Best of Philly

Best Gift Shop

2016 BEST Customized Gifts

Sweet Whistle

Easiest way to become everyone’s favorite friend? Buy your gifts from this Bryn Mawr-based online company, which curates luxe gift boxes full of festive items — cocktail ingredients, truffles, candles, catchalls — that feel handpicked and thoughtful. You can even modify the pairings (or create your own) to perfectly tailor your present.

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2016 BEST Gift Shop

Moon + Arrow

754 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA

You won’t find anything flashy here. That’s the beauty of this flea-market-like store, which brims with handcrafted, low-key-cool treasures like fringed yarn wall hangings,unglazed earthenware air-plant slings and gorgeous jewelry, so you’ll never have to scrape off a "Made in China" sticker before wrapping. Read more »

2016 BEST Philly-Centric Gifts

Philadelphia Independents

35 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

The goodies here fall into the Brotherly Love vein (hand-drawn neighborhood maps, prints featuring neighborhood-centric designs) without veering into cheesiness. Everything is made in the Philadelphia area, so you’re supporting local business when you buy that "Home Sweet Jawn" watercolor print. Read more »

2014 BEST Gift Shop

Scout & Annie + Details

125 East State Street, Kennett Square, PA

This two-in-one shop has original mid-century-modern home accessories placed like found works of art on shelves, as well as throws, funky pillows and colorful serving trays. In short: Everything here is worthy of your wrapping paper. Read more »

2014 BEST Thoughtful Gift


It’s quite possibly the best idea we’ve seen this year: a subscription-based gift-box service for people dealing with cancer. The Philly-based brand, brainchild of cancer survivor Kimberly Fink and her childhood friend Wendy Nichols, curates thoughtful gift boxes (full of uplifting and pampering products like journals and organic lotions) that you can order on a… Read more »

2013 BEST Gift Shop

Deconstructed Living

201 East Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA

Being faced with a birthday party for a particularly persnickety co-worker is daunting. Finding him an inspired gift a chardonnay-scented candle in a reclaimed wine bottle at this cheery boutique is not. Read more »

2012 BEST Gift Shop

Pinot Boutique

227 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

Come here for Riedel decanters for your snooty oenophile uncle, handpainted glasses for Mom and her gal pals, and a posh picnic basket stocked with stemware for you (because outdoor drinking need not be limited to tailgating at the Linc). Read more »

2012 BEST Women's Gifts


1616 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Men: Go here, tell gift-whisperer/owner Dana Bank what you did, and she’ll find you the perfect thing to make it all better. Women: Go here, tell Dana all about your fabulous girlfriend, and she’ll find you the perfect thing your fabulous girlfriend didn’t even know she wanted. Read more »

2010 BEST Gifts and Flowers

Hana and Posy

35 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

This teensy Old City shop has everything you’d want for a shower, birthday, holiday or thank-you, from organic onesies to locally farmed bouquets to all-natural candles to recycled notebooks (below). Read more »

2010 BEST No-Brainer Birthday Presents


1927 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Things we’ve found this year in this compact Walnut Street boutique: a delicate gold-dipped leaf pin (for Grandma); a knuckle-dusting gemstone ring (for friend); a Big Buddha bag with a sassy leather flower (for sister); dapper watch-movement cuff links (for boyfriend); a wide-brimmed sun hat (for ourselves … couldn’t resist). The place remains a never-ending… Read more »