108 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Can entrepreneurs Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran do anything wrong? The duo has played a huge role in the revitalization of Midtown Village with their group of restaurants and boutiques on 13th Street. Verde is no exception to the quality that guests have come to expect from the team. The trendy gift shop specializes in jewelry and accessories and also carries clothing, home items, creative Philadelphia-themed items and other unique gifts. Each item in the shop has been carefully curated to provide a selection that’s different than what you’d find at other stores. To make it even better, the space is shared with Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolate by Chef Marcie Turney, which are handcrafted in the small studio kitchen in the back of the shop. It’s the type of place you should visit when shopping for that person that has everything, and you’re likely to also leave with something for yourself.
231 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Located in the heart of Old City, Xenos has been providing Philadelphia souvenirs and gifts for 25 years. It’s the perfect spot to bring out-of-town visitors looking for Philly-themed merch or if you need something that screams “City of Brotherly Love” to send to someone who could use a reminder of home. (Think Liberty Bell replicas, LOVE sculpture coasters and more.) Other products available include novelty collections such as Cat’s Meow Village (handmade wooden replicas of popular landmarks), movie memorabilia, Asher’s chocolate and more.
The Little Apple
4361 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
The Little Apple is a charming boutique located in Manayunk selling home décor items, accessories, unique vintage finds and greeting cards. Philadelphia-themed wine totes are always popular sellers, but you’ll also find a wide selection of gifts for bike enthusiasts, aspiring chefs, moms-to-be, new home owners, newlyweds, and just about anyone in your life that’s deserving of a little something that’s more special than the typical mall fare. Bonus: Dog lovers will enjoy “shop dog” Bettie Page, the owner’s adorable Chihuahua.
935 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
SWAG’s tagline is “You’ll always be remembered for giving a SWAG gift.” And the Northern Liberties boutique delivers on its promise with an eclectic selection of whimsical gifts, home décor, clothing, kitchenware and more. Handmade gifts are a specialty, with many of the artists and designers being Philadelphia locals. Fun kitchen gadgets, handmade jewelry, screenprinted tea towels and quirky baby items are just a few examples of what you’ll find. Once you’ve chosen the ideal gift, complete the package with one of the creative greeting cards SWAG offers.
3610 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
J. Lamancuso opened his first Hello World shop in the Antique Row area, later opened a second spot in Rittenhouse and most recently (in 2014) became fully dedicated to the expanded University City spot. The new space combines the previous gift shop (Hello World) and home good store (Hello Home) in one huge lifestyle store. The shop offers a wide variety of gifts and home décor items ranging from quirky trinkets like tea-scented erasers, children’s puppets and animal jewelry holders to quality handbags, men’s watches and furniture. So there’s something for every budget. If you’re looking for Philadelphia-themed gifts, Hello World has that too. Wine glasses, mugs, magnets, prints and more are all available with Philly icons and landmarks.
Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area.
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