10 Best Things to Buy in Philly Stores Right Now

Wish lists.


Toys, trunks, towels and more.

As a shopping editor here in Philly, I spend the bulk of my time scouring local stores, their social media pages and their web shops to find the best of what’s out there, right now. This means I see a lot of stuff — and that my shopping wish list is usually a mile long.

This week, I found some great standouts — for her, him, home and the kids. Here are the 10 things topping my shopping list right now, all from some of the coolest shops in Philly. 

1. A giant bear-sloth stuffed animal with sprinkles all over it.
I have so many baby showers coming up, and this plush toy is so quirky and cute. (Plus, the kid won’t grow out of it in three months.) Craftholic hugging cushion, $48 at Omoi Zakka Shop, Rittenhouse. Buy here.

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2. A simple, modern tote.
I carry a ton around every with me each day, so I need a super-roomy bag. This Monserat de Lucca black leather tote is minimalist (the fringe can be detached, but why would you want to?) and totally luxe. $310, coming soon at Vagabond, Old City. 

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3. A Bario-Neal ring.
The designers behind the Queen Village jewelry boutique just released three new styles. I love this delicate morganite ring. Starting at $418 at Bario-Neal, Queen Village. Buy here.


4. A vintage fish belt/necklace!
This vintage Judith Leiber chain is adjustable (there’s a hook-and-eye closure) so it can be worn as a belt or necklace. I’m obsessed. $110 at Malena’s Vintage Boutique, West Chester. Buy here (if you must).


5. Dom Streater art prints.
Yes, you recognize Dom’s name: She’s the Philly designer who won Project Runway. And though I love her collections, I’m equally smitten with her graphic paintings, available in limited-edition prints. $15 each at Dominiquestreater.com.


6. Boardshorts for him.
Spring’s creeping up, which means summer can’t be all that far behind. I’m updating my husband’s swimwear with these solid-color boardshorts, which are short enough to feel modern (below-the-knee trunks are out) but not so short that he’ll balk at them. $64 at Art In The Age, Old City. Buy here.


7. A multipurpose towel.
This super-soft and lightweight towel, from one of the best Japanese import shops in town, does triple-duty: It’s great as a blanket, bath towel or a beach towel, so it’s perfect to bring along on warm-weather trips. From $86 at Rikumo, Spring Garden. Buy here


8. A zebra rocking toy.
I don’t have kids, but I still want this in my house. (Is that weird?) $269 at Millésimé, Old City. Buy here.




9. Vintage Moroccan pillows.
I adore the bright colors and patterns — and each is a completely handwoven vintage piece, so no two are the same. They give a home an eclectic, well-traveled feel (even if you’ve never been to Morocco). From $78 at Mushmina, Rittenhouse. Buy here


10. Mukluks!
It’s cold out there. These wool booties have leather soles, and they’re the cutest way to keep your toes toasty. (Oh, and science says you should probably wear them to bed, too.) $14 at Adorn Boutique, Fishtown. Buy here. (Note: All pairs are different; send them an email to request a specific color.)