Shoppist’s 25 Gifts of Christmas: Day 13

A made-in-Philly wooden game is perfect for little ones—and requires no batteries.



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.)

Most toys and games out now are plastic, electronic, all bells and whistles and AA batteries, which makes finding hand-crafted wooden toys all the more refreshing. Philly-based company Mama May i, founded by mom-of-three Jessica Perkins,  makes smart, thoughtful, sensory-based toys for babies, toddlers and small children that get them engaged, keep their attention, and nurture development and imagination. The Make A Match game—a pouch of small wood disks printed with different hand-drawn illustrations (we’re fans of the non-cheesy Philly version, naturally—recalls the old-school Memory game, and we’re obsessed. Original hand-drawn illustrations in the 50-piece Philly set include the Liberty Bell, Art Museum, Independence Hall, a soft pretzel, Reading Terminal Market, Ben Franklin, City Hall, a cheesesteak and Boathouse Row. Oh, and SEPTA. Because it’s never too early to prepare your children for the harsh realities of adulthood.

The Details: Mama May i ‘Make A Match Philadelphia’ game, $27 at

Give To: Your preschooler.




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.