I think we’re all in agreement that November flew by far too quickly. Sure, Thanksgiving is still a week away, but before you know it, you’ll be trading in your turkey for tabletop Christmas trees, and foliage for festive lights. And who doesn’t love getting a head start? That’s where Terrain’s Holiday Open House comes in—and it’s just as whimsical and festive as it sounds.
Everyone’s favorite vintage shopping event, Franklin Flea, kicks off its holiday market tomorrow at 10am. As any avid flea-marketer knows, timing is everything. You’ve got to get there early, and—if you’re really angling for top-notch deals—you’ve got to come with a game plan. And who better to be your guide than Franklin Flea’s founder, Mark Vevle?
First, the nitty-gritty stuff: The holiday vintage market takes place from 10am to 5pm every Saturday through December 20th, which will be the last winter market. It’s located in the historic Strawbridge’s building at 801 Market Street (yep, its new neighbor is Century21!). For more information, click here.
Now on to the fun part, which includes Fendi jewelry, the cutest-ever holiday cards and some seriously cool antiques.
Hey, we get it, it can be tough hitting up all your favorite local retailers in an afternoon, especially if one is on Fabric Row and another is in NoLibs. That’s why they’re all coming together starting tomorrow for a mega holiday pop-up shop. Yup, Armour, Bus Stop, Ritual Ritual, and Third Street Habit will all be in one place from 11am to 6pm, November 7 through November 16. Your holiday shopping just got seriously easy.
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.)
Here, our full list of the 24 best gifts to buy in Philly—plus what to give today.
SHOPPIST’S GIFT GUIDE
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.
Day 5: A made-in-Philly skateboard for your little brother.
Day 6: A set of Narberth-made essential oils for mom.
Day 7: A bag of made-in-Philly gifts for out-of-town pals.
Day 8: A cool pair of diamond studs for your girlfriend.
Day 9: A metallic bag for your sister.
Day 10: A fleece hoodie for your dog.
Day 11: A wishbone necklace for your best friend.
Day 12: A rugged camping cocktail kit for your boyfriend.
Day 13: A made-in-Philly wooden matching game for your preschooler.
Day 14: A locally grown lavender set for your hostess.
Day 15: A milk bottle carafe for your Office Best Friend.
Day 16: A pom-pom bracelet for your niece/cousin.
Day 17: A wallet and change tray for your husband or dad.
Day 18: A fire pit for your husband.
Day 19: A hilariously adorable doll for your girlfriends.
Day 20: A bar of made-in-Philly soap for a stocking stuffer.
Day 21: A surrealist candle for your mother-in-law.
Day 22: A dapper, made-in-Philly blazer for your boyfriend.
Day 23: A soft scarf for your boss.
Day 24: A luxe bag for your wife.
And for today, Day 25? Give the gift of time with your loved ones. (Sounds sappy, I know, but hear me out.) Make reservations at one of these spots, get tickets to see the Grace Kelly exhibit at the Michener Museum (it’s fantastic), buy a growler of the craft brews made right here, and pencil in the dates in this, all wrapped up and tied with a red bow.
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?
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.
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.
Now that the holidays are officially upon us, we here at Shoppist are in full gifting mode. Starting today, December 1st, come to Shoppist each day as we unveil our 25 top gifts to buy this season. (Trust us: We’ve shopped everywhere to bring you the best of the best.)
Up first? This gorgeous leather weekender by Canadian designer Jennifer Yau. Her line, One Fated Knight, is inspired by the Middle Ages (see the sturdy hardware and Old World detailing), but rendered in a totally modern way. And it’s practical, too, with a roomy interior, detachable shoulder strap and two outside pockets. We love its tiled leather exterior, a rich, glossy black that looks even better with age.
The Details: One Fated Knight ‘Chancellor’ bag, $310 at Sugarcube, 124 North 3rd Street, Old City.
Give To: Boyfriend/husband.