Philly’s Ultimate One-Stop Holiday Shopping Guide

Ten of the best modern-day general stores, each packed with a lot of little somethings for everyone on your holiday gift list.

Barnes Foundation Gift Shop

2025 Ben Franklin Parkway | Center City
Nestled in the airy basement of the Barnes is a gift shop as small and mighty as the collection itself. Among the standard museum offerings (Monet’s- oil-painting ties), you’ll find far more eclectic gems: velvet photo albums embossed with designs from the museum’s metalwork, ceramic appetizer plates as thin as lace, intricate hand-forged iron candleholders, and MoonSpoons locally made wooden tableware.
Go here for: Kids’ coloring books in which budding artists can take Crayolas to famous masterpieces ($6.50).


8433 Germantown Avenue | Chestnut Hill
This garden-inspired lifestyle shop is stocked to the brim with planting know-how and homewares even the non-green-thumbed will dig. From a super-modern hanging garden ($19) to an eternally chic Gräf & Lantz tote ($229), the person-who-has-everything doesn’t stand a chance.
Go here for: A custom terrarium assembled in a unique vessel, just for you (starting at $19).

The GardenShop at Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road | Kennett Square
It’s the original Terrain: a bright atrium teeming with pretty vignettes, unusual live greens (plus the pots to put them in), and a hefty selection of giftable goods like books, activity kits (way more fun than they sound), nature-inspired pottery and servingware, and a lily-of-the-valley perfume ($49.99) created exclusively for the shop.
Go here for: The prettiest plants you won’t find anywhere else.

The Little Apple

4353 Main Street | Manayunk
Gifts from here look like you put thought into them—even if you didn’t. Tie a stopper made from repro vintage faucet handles ($22 to $28) around a cheap bottle of wine; stick a fancy ceramic cheese marker ($5) into a block from Di Bruno’s; wrap a book (we suggest My Dog’s Brain, $14.95) in a colorful eco-friendly blanket ($135). Move over, Martha.
Go here for: “Snow in a Can,” the perfect pick for West Coast pals.

Trove General Store

19 Paoli Shopping Center | Paoli
Trove feels more Old West than Main Line shopping center. It oozes cowboy-chic Americana (think thermoses next to Filson flannels next to handmade leather belts), with set-design-quality vignettes that’ll keep your eyes and hands seriously busy.
Go here for: Last-a-lifetime Pendleton blankets (starting at $200) for insta-Western flair.

Scarlett Alley

241 Race Street | Old City
Though it’s cluttered—in the way that only the very best shops are—the organization is impeccable: accessories and jewelry up front (delicate Nora Kogan rings), tabletop and homeware in the center (Roost everything), loungewear and apothecary a bit further back (cloud-like Barefoot Dreams robes), and a recently revamped, thoroughly modern kid’s section.
Go here for: The made-in-Philly wall-mounted hang-up racks shaped like animals and tree branches.


Multiple locations
When it has to look (a) creative, (b) pricey and (c) utilitarian, this is your spot. From grilling rubs ($10.50) to a set of Mauviel copper cookware ($2,800 for a 12-piece set), you’ll find the perfect “What do I get them?” present and never have to worry about a gift receipt.
Go here for: Classic, understated, free gift-wrapping.

Bucks County Dry Goods

8 East State Street | Doylestown
5 Klines Court | Lambertville
For the big (authentic mid-century modern wood credenzas and Bertoia chairs), the medium (framed works by local artists; boho-cool women’s apparel; sweet tin signage) and the small (jewelry, wallets, vases, picture frames).
Go here for: A prime collection of coffee-table books.

Omoi Zakka Shop

1608 Pine Street | Rittenhouse
It’s something straight out of Japan, a postage-stamp-size shop filled with tiny (and very reasonably priced) treasures that feel beautifully exotic, yet also brilliantly commonplace. Exhibits A, B and C: hand-bound journals almost too pretty to write in; wood-barrel ballpoint pens from Japan; pastel bento lunch boxes.
Go here for: Anything from their new Boyscouts accessory line, just in from the Netherlands.

Open House

107 South 13th Street | Midtown Village
This is more curiosity shop than mere gift boutique. What’s perhaps most curious about it is that even though it’s packed with nearly everything you can think of—kitchen and bar accessories, small furniture, wall decor, baby goods, jewelry, kitschy games, soft goods—nothing in it feels out of place or less than covetable.
Go here for: Philly-centric stocking stuffers.