7 Shop Owners on the Best Gifts to Give for Valentine’s Day

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Does anything say it better than wine and chocolates? | Images via Trove and Verde.

Valentine’s Day shopping is a fraught experience. You want to seem thoughtful, loving and not-cheesy (so, please, avoid this). So while we could round up a list of what we want to give and get (and we will later, so just wait!), we figured we’d first hit up the people who know this whole V-Day shopping thing best: the store owners who watch it go down year after year.

To help you whittle down your shopping options, we got local boutique owners to spill on the best things for the loved ones in your life, from chocolate eclairs to pocket squares. Happy shopping! Read more »

The Art of the Regift: How to Do It Without Getting Caught

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Sneaky Santa-ing. | Shutterstock.

One Christmas, my parents received a lovely set of salad bowls from semi-distant relatives. There were six in the box, which wouldn’t really have been a problem, except for the minor fact that the set was actually supposed to contain eight. My parents never brought up the gaffe with the giftees, a generous omission that spared them the embarrassment of being caught in a red-handed re-gift situation. But here’s the thing: My family didn’t judge them for re-gifting. We judged them for doing it so damn poorly.

Regifting is a necessary evil, something akin to gorging on junk food: We all do it (or have at some point considered doing it), but we don’t ever want to talk about it or, God forbid, get caught doing it. There are rules to be followed, sticky boundaries to keep in mind, diagrams to consider, details to triple-check. Here’s how to master the delicate art of the regift.  Read more »

Holiday Shopping Guide: 26 Best Gifts to Give in Philly

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Present perfect. | Photograph by Nell Hoving.

Consider this your holiday shopping road map, gift-givers: We scoured the top boutiques in Philly to unearth the best presents to give now, from cool tech and cute toys to locally made treasures and all-out luxury. You’ll find little-known offerings (a tea subscription service!) and shop-owner faves (that kid’s matching set came highly recommended), plus some brand-new, fresh-on-store-floor items you’ll want to know about before everyone else has a chance to get their hands on them.

So go, take a look, and get out there and get shopping. Have a question or need some gift-giving advice. Send Shoppist an email. Just think of us as your elves. (Only wearing slightly better shoes.) Read more »

7 Not-Cheesy Hostess Gifts You Can Find in Philly Shops

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From tea to wax wine toppers, here are the gifts you should be giving.

Anyone who has ever hosted a party knows the hostess-gift range is surprisingly narrow: a bottle of wine, a cheese plate, a bouquet of flowers. And while these gifts aren’t bad (who doesn’t want wine?), they just feel less-than-special.

To avoid being the millionth person to come bearing a bottle o’ red this Thanksgiving, follow the shopping list below. I’ve rounded up some of the coolest, most thoughtful gifts to bring to your Thanksgiving host, all from stores in the Philly area. Bring one of these and guarantee yourself a spot at next year’s table.  Read more »

Monday Obsession: Skeem’s Custom Coffee Candle for Paper Source

MO-SkeemOur Wedding editor Carrie Denny has a thing for smelly stuff. The scent of vanilla wafts down the hallway outside of her office (this is thanks to her Alora “smelly sticks,” which she scores at TownHome on Walnut Street.) The glass shelves in her bathroom are filled with dozens of perfume bottles, and she actually drinks out of an empty glass candle jar which, to be fair, is by Skeem and is so gorgeous we’d drink out of it, too.

Also by Skeem? This Cafe Au Lait candle, a custom scent devised by the Philly-based candle company for Paper Source (one of their many custom offerings for retail stores; they have special products for Terrain, Anthro, Urban and Tavern on the Green’s restaurant shop). In her words: “It’s not so strongly coffee-ish that you keep looking around for a pot of it brewing, but just enough that it evokes the same cozy, creamy comfort while you’re sitting there binging on bad television.”

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6 Best Gifts To Buy At Nordstrom’s Gift&Go Pop-Up Shop

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Nordstrom‘s constantly evolving “pop-in” shop series has quickly become a favorite for limited-edition, super-exclusive goods and collabs (remember Rag & Bone and Poketo?). So you can imagine our anticipation for December’s announcement. And, unsurprisingly, their Gift&Go pop-up, modeled to look like a giant opened box (with bows, wrapping paper and the like), does not disappoint. It’s got all the festivity of Santa’s Village but, well, with Clare V. clutches and whimsical onyx cat rings.

Up Next: The gifts you need to add to your list.

Be Well Philly Gift Guide: 5 Awesome Holiday Gifts for CrossFit Athletes

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When we asked Jeff Liebreich, co-owner of the South Philly and Penn’s Landing CrossFit boxes, Fearless Athletics, to do a CrossFitter’s gift guide for our series this year, we had no idea he’d come back with not one, but two food items on his shopping list. Our takeaway? That CrossFit makes you very, very hungry—even for what might be the best-ever cheat-day dessert.

Below, Jeff’s killer ideas for what to get the CrossFit enthusiast in your life.

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Buy This Now: One Year of Eyebrow Treatments at About Face

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The best year-long gift out there. | Shuttershock.

We’re positively giddy over this surprising contender for best holiday beauty gift: one year of eyebrow waxing and shaping for $240 (usually $300) at About Face. It’s the present your gal pals will never expect, but be endlessly ecstatic about. Which, ya know, is the best kind of reaction. But—forewarning—the deal is only available today. So if you want to give the gift of perfectly groomed Hepburn-meets-Delevingne arches, the clock is ticking.

Get all the details on the deal here.

The Shoppist Gift List, Day Two: Waltzing Matilda Boots

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Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ve reveal our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

A fellow editor described these boots at the “cooler, locally made version of Red Wing Boots,” and I agree. They are by Waltzing Matilda, a leather goods company based in Wayne.  The hand-sewn Horween leather boots feature seven eyelets, rawhide laces, a rugged Christy sole and—the best part—a (very unobtrusive) hand-stitched logo at the heel. It’s craftsmanship at its very best.

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The Shoppist Gift List, Day One: Hermès Soaps

 

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Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ve reveal our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

When it comes to gift boxes, only a few manage to make your heart skip a beat: Tiffany blue, Cartier red and Hermès orange. How to gift the latter without blowing your budget? Spring for this addition to the Hermès  lineup, a trio of soaps perfect for gift-giving. At less than $60, they telegraph luxury without breaking the bank.

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