And Here Are 6 (More) Gifts Philadelphia Should Have Given Pope Francis

How I know Pope Francis is as close to a saint as anyone in the world: When Mayor Nutter presented him with six sports jerseys and a mini replica of the Liberty Bell, he did not immediately have him executed, but instead graciously accepted them. See? Look how happy he is pretending to be!

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I think Mayor Nutter could have put a tiny bit more thought into this. So did Dan McQuade, who offered up some other ideas earlier today. But I think we can go even further here. If we really want to lure the Pope to Philly, we’re going to need to bring out the big guns, which, ironically, come out of much smaller outfits than pro sports teams. Here are my ideas for Philly papal presents—each one made right here in the city.

Click here. Because we’re better than sports jerseys.

Philly Brand Toggery Just Launched an Amazing New E-Shop

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Earlier this week, local brand Toggery launched an incredibly chic new website. Let’s just say, this is how e-stores should be done. Flat shot pics and images on models. Multi-platform compatibility (we checked). Easy scroll-down menu. It’s that good. I mean, if they wanted to sell potato sacks, I’d probably bite, but the fact that they stock sustainable, USA-made, high-quality basics gives me all the more reason to shop the new site. Once you click over there, check out their minimalist Tumblr; they update regularly with shop news and pics of bloggers wearing the designs. (It’s pretty handy when you’re in a style rut.) Rather get some brick-and-mortar action? The brand is stocked all over the country, but you can find it locally at Knit Wit and Arcadia. Hey, it’s good to have options, right?

Shoppist’s 25 Gifts of Christmas: Day 22

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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.)

How to fake a supremely thought-out, custom-designed gift a mere three days before Christmas? Head to Commonwealth Proper’s newish studio at 19th and Chestnut (you’ll want to call first)—or visit them online—and spring for one of the company’s off-the-rack pieces. While the majority of the menswear company’s offerings is bespoke, you can find a few ready-to-wear gems, like this cotton twill blazer, made right here in Philly. The lightweight, unstructured jacket is polished but casual; he’ll want to pair it with jeans. And when he asks if it was made-to-measure, just smile and don’t reveal a thing. (Oh, and a tip: CP’s ready-to-wear line runs a bit smaller than their custom-made pieces, so opt for one size larger than normal.)

The Details: Cotton ready-to-wear blazer, $385 at Commonwealth Proper, Rittenhouse.

Give To: Your boyfriend.

SEE ALL SHOPPIST GIFT PICKS HERE.

Shoppist’s 25 Gifts of Christmas: Day 11

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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.)

We’ve been fans of Philly-based J. Rudy Lewis’s work for a long time. His hand-forged metal cuffs—some wrapped, corset-like, with leather—are earthy perfection, and totally unlike jewelry we’ve seen before. But our new favorite piece is his cast whale wishbone necklace, which comes on a steel chain (shown), hand-wrapped silk cord, or (for $10 more) a hand-dyed thick leather strap with a quote from Patti Smith, a prayer she says before live performances: “I’d like to thank God I’m alive.” We’ll take one of each, please.

The Details: Handcrafted cast whale wishbone necklace, $159 at J. Rudy : exo.

Give To: Your best friend.

 

MISSED PREVIOUS GIFTS? SEE WHAT YOU MISSED HERE.

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.

Shoppist’s 25 Gifts of Christmas: Day 8

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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.)

Diamond studs are a tad yawn-worthy. For a cooler spin on the basic bauble, we suggest heading to Bario-Neal, the adorable Bella Vista workshop/store that turns out gorgeous pieces (both custom and ready-to-wear) handcrafted from ethically sourced stones and reclaimed precious metals. The Aster Stone earrings are cast from an aster flower, with a small diamond center. Since each pair is made to order (you can choose 14-karat white, yellow or rose gold), you’ll need to jump on this quickly; call for a lead-time estimate. But for earrings like these, we think it’s worth the wait.

The Details: Aster Stone earrings, $270 at Bario-Neal, 700 South 6th Street, Bella Vista.

Give To: Your girlfriend/wife.

 

MISSED PREVIOUS GIFTS? SEE WHAT YOU MISSED HERE.

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.

Shoppist’s 25 Gifts of Christmas: Day 7

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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.)

The easiest way to give the best of the best in Philly? Spring for stadler-Kahn’s mini bucket bag, a curated collection of eight gifts, each one made in Philly. The bag (a dark-wash denim tote, constructed in Philly and printed with Alex Stadler’s quirky illustrations) is filled with a 12-ounce bag of Metropolitan Bakery granola, a one-pound bag of La Colombe coffee, a four-piece box of John & Kira’s chocolate, Masters of None “ill” necklace, Fabric Horse holster for bike U-locks, a Girls Can Tell “Boathouse Row” dishtowel, and a felt topiary by artist Heidi Bleacher. Talk about one-stop shopping.

The Details: Mini bucket bag of made-in-Philly items, $135 at stadler-Kahn, 1724 Sansom Street, Rittenhouse.

Give To: Out-of-town friends.

 

MISSED PREVIOUS GIFTS? SEE WHAT YOU MISSED HERE.

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.