5 Best Shops for Mother’s Day Gifts

Mom-marqueeAll right, guys. We’ve got five full days until Mother’s Day. And let’s face it, most of us will procrastinate until the bitterest of bitter ends. This means a) No time for shipping! b) No time to waste on all-day shopping ventures. (Yep, this rules out monogramming, too. Sorry, mom.)

Lucky for you, this isn’t our first time at the rodeo. We’ve been aimless mall wanderers, plucking through leftover crap, convincing ourselves that, Yes! Mom totally wants a Vera Bradley bag from Hallmark! It’s not a fun place to be. To save you from that stress—and to save your mom from getting a Vera Bradley  bag from Hallmark—here’s your shortlist of the best, must-visit-first stores for Mom. Chances are if you can’t find anything here, well, maybe your mom might actually just really want your love. (But still buy her a nice card, ‘kay?)

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A Gift for Cancer Patients and Survivors That Doesn’t Suck: TREATMiNT

Photo via Treatmint Box.

Photo via TREATMiNT Box.

Subscription-based gift boxes are everywhere now. You can get them for makeup, health food, beer—hell, you can even get them for your pet. But this has to be the best iteration we’ve seen yet: TREATMiNT Box. It’s the first-ever variety created specifically for cancer patients and survivors, and it’s the brainchild of Philly gal Kimberly Fink (who’s pretty much one of the strongest, most stylish women we know), along with her business partner and childhood best friend Wendy Nichols.

How amazing is that?

We’re Obsessed With Swoonfull, the Main Line’s Awesome New Gift-Giving Service

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The “Break Up” gift box. Photo via Swoonfull.

My new obsession: Swoonfull, a brand-new Main Line-based company that puts together thoughtful, themed gift boxes and sends ‘em out for you. They’re basically the elves of the northeast (they call themselves “giftologists”) and they make it ridiculously easy to actually be the kind of friend you always try to be, you know, before life gets in the way. (I can’t tell you how many break-up/new baby/new house/get well gifts I have at home that I’ve never actually gotten around to mailing out. It’s rather embarrassing.)

Read more about it here.

The Death Of The Gift Box


Something is missing from the holidays this year. Over the weekend, I thought I’d finished my shopping. But after taking inventory of what needed wrapping before Christmas, a question hung over me:

Where the @&%# are the gift boxes?

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The $38,400 Watch We’re Coveting Now

Cleopatra’s sultry swipe of kohl eyeliner has long been adopted by the stylish set. But her penchant for reptilian adornments—a sign of power in ancient Egypt—has been a bit slower to take hold. Enter Bulgari’s iconic Serpenti watch, an 18-karat yellow-gold bracelet dotted with diamonds, which coils about the wrist for a statement-making take on  time-telling. Cleopatra—and Liz Taylor—would approve. $38,400 at Govberg Jewelers, Rittenhouse and Ardmore.

snake charmer Bulgari bracelet

Photo courtesy of Bulgari.

5 Awesome Sales and Shopping Events This Weekend


Last-minute shoppers, you’re in luck.

  • Adresse has already started its holiday sale. Go to Old City’s poshest shop and get 30 percent off the boutique’s high-end merch. 45 North 2nd Street. 
  • Joan Shepp is having an art and fashion event on Saturday from 1pm to 3pm. Head to the high-fashion Liberty Place store and score a complimentary self-potrait by local artist Denise Fike, along with 40 percent off all fall stock. The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Walnut Street.
  • Govberg Jewelers hosts a Roberto Coin trunk show at its Suburban Square location on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.  65 St. James Place, Ardmore. 
  • Knit Wit hosts a pop-up shop at its Chestnut Street location now through Friday featuring Debil bags, D’Agostino scarves and tops, and Sophi Reaptress printed leggings. Bonus: 20 percent off all full-price merch at the store (pop-up items not included). 1729 Chestnut Street.
  • ToBox is hosting a Scarpe DiBianco trunk show on Friday (2pm to 9pm) and Saturday (9:30am to 2pm). I advise you to head there on Saturday: If you buy a pair of custom DiBianco shoes that day, they’ll give you a free, matching belt ($275 value). 25 South 19th Street. 

Shoppist’s 25 Gifts of Christmas: Day 19


Now that the holidays are officially upon us, we here at Shoppist are in full gifting mode. Each day this month, we’ll unveil our 25 top gifts to buy in Philly this season. (Trust us: We’ve shopped everywhere to bring you the best of the best.)

Because every single one of your girlfriends has approximately 423 throw pillows, I advise you to give them a cheeky, adorable doll instead. Scarlett Alley stocks the Late Greats line of plush, 12-inch-tall dolls, all featuring original illustrations of famous figures, from Frida Kahlo to Gandhi. There’s Abe Lincoln for your history buff pals, Coco Chanel for your fashion-savvy friends, Albert Einstein for the brainiacs, Jane Austen for the bookworms, and Freddie Mercury for, well, everyone. (Who doesn’t love Freddie Mercury?)

The Details: Late Greats dolls, $42.95 each at Scarlett Alley, Old City.

Give To: Your girlfriends.


Here’s Where To Score Free Gift-Wrapping In Philly

GiftWrap(H)Though gift-wrapping has its joys (i.e. discovering you’ve perfectly measured out that square of wrapping paper), it’s not without its own distinct set of annoyances, like realizing that you’ve run out of paper and will have to patchwork it together. Or finding that you’ve used all the Scotch tape. Or spending forty-five minutes trying to figure out how the hell to wrap something that doesn’t fit inside a gift box. We know that while turning out a fantastic-looking present can make you feel like this, there’s nothing quite as amazing as hearing a shopkeep utter the words “Would you like us to wrap this for you?” Here, 15 stellar shops that do it all for you—for free. Because that, my friends, is the best gift ever.

Who needs elves?

Shoppist’s 25 Gifts of Christmas: Day 5

Xmas5Now that the holidays are officially upon us, we here at Shoppist are in full gifting mode. Each day this month, we’ll unveil our 25 top gifts to buy in Philly this season. (Trust us: We’ve shopped everywhere to bring you the best of the best.)

Why we here at Shoppist love this skateboard: It’s refreshingly free of bold designs and graphics, and crafted of reclaimed walnut by Kensington-based woodworker, artist and designer (and former pro-surfer) Ben McBrien, of Farmhaus Modern. The skateboard feels like the rest of his collection: a regular object elevated to something of an art form. (See: His gorgeous cutting boards.)

The Details: Farmhaus walnut skateboard, $325 at Art Star, 623 North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties.

Give To: Your little brother.



Day 1: A weekender for him.

Day 2: A geometric ring for her.

Day 3: A posh nail polish set for your teenager.

Day 4: A tabletop speaker for dad.