You’ve been invited to a holiday party, or a last-minute family member will be coming to your house for the holiday festivities and you have nothing for them under the tree. We have all been in this position, and it’s never fun. Read on for some great suggestions for last-minute gifts you can get at Philly stores. Included are gifts for the foodies, music fans, sports fans and art lovers in your life.
The Barnes Foundation Membership
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
The Barnes Museum is the latest edition to the Philadelphia parkway. If your last-minute guest is an art enthusiast, a membership to the museum would make a perfect gift. If you don’t want to do a full membership, tickets to a special exhibit or a donation in their name would also make an art lover’s holiday. You can do it online, too, which makes purchasing a last-minute gift extremely easy.
402 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
If you’re looking for a last-minute present that is still unique, try the Eye’s Gallery on South Street. The store specializes in Latin American folk art and has been a staple on South Street since 1968. The best thing about the Eye’s Gallery is the variety of Latin American products it offers. Find everything from home decor and toys to apparel, accessories and more. The inventory consists only of hand picked and fair trade items, making Eye’s Gallery the perfect place for an original last-minute gift for the person who has everything.
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Fine Wine And Good Spirits
8 Penn Center Plaza
1628 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
A fine wine or an expensive liquor is not only perfect for the holiday party, it also makes the perfect holiday gift. You may consider keeping a stash at home just for those last-minute gift predicaments. Fine Wine and Good Spirits has a wide selection of wine and various alcoholic beverages. The staff is very knowledgeable and will offer excellent suggestions, the store is easy to navigate, and it offers free tasting events as well.
Starr Restaurant Gift Cards
138 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923 6069
Stephen Starr is a Philadelphia icon known for his many fine dining establishments throughout the city. He is the brainchild behind Continental, Morimoto, Alma de Cuba, Buddakan and about at least half a dozen more and has expanded his empire to Atlantic City, Florida and Washington, D.C. as well. Starr Restaurants offers gift cards that are good in most of its restaurants in Philadelphia. It’s the perfect last-minute gift for the person on your list who loves going out to eat at a variety of different restaurants. In fact, Stephen Starr has his own cult following, and a Starr gift card would be the ultimate gift for those people this holiday season. For a list of participating restaurants, visit here.
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Wells Fargo Center Events
3601 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
The Wells Fargo Center is always busy with various events all year long. Tickets to an event is a perfect last-minute gift for anyone. You can order the tickets online and have them mailed directly to your friends or family, or they can pick them up at the will call window. Whether your gift recipient is a sports fan, music fan or would like to take the family to “Disney on Ice,” there is something for everyone at the Wells Fargo Center.
Christina Thompson is a freelance travel writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.