Perfect last-minute local gifts for everyone on your list

Large Party Pack (1)
The large party pack from ROOT.

Haven’t found the perfect gift for absolutely everyone on your list yet? Don’t worry, you don’t need to write a letter to Santa to get what you need—plenty of spots around Philly have some last-minute gift ideas that will be a hit for the holidays. 

Chestnut Hill Business District

This holiday season, if you purchase a gift card from one of the many businesses that make up the picturesque suburb of Philly, then you really will be purchasing a gift that keeps on giving. With every purchase of a $25 or $50 gift certificate, shoppers will automatically also be entered into the chance to win additional prizes from a variety of Chestnut Hill spots. Options range from unique boutiques, highly-sought-after eateries, luxurious personal services and more. Those interested can order gift cards in person at the Chestnut Hill Welcome Center at 8514 Germantown Avenue, by calling 215-247-6696, or by purchasing online.

Ice Sculpture Philly

If you’re looking to get a truly unique gift, look no further. According to a release, Peter Slavin, a nationally known Philadelphia-based ice sculpture artist, has been making custom ice creations of all sizes — using Philadelphia tap water — for over 30 years. Ice Sculpture Philly crafts customizable, ornate sculptures for events and as gifts, and Slavin and his team of ice artists create show-stopping luges and art at every turn by captivating audiences, crafting bars made completely of ice, and designing ice sculptures for weddings and group events across the globe. For this holiday season, Ice Sculpture Philly will work with you to design a sculpture, or you can just support them now and shop later with the purchase of a gift card.

Ice Sculpture Philly. Provided

Franklin & Whitman 

Sometimes, the gift of being pampered is truly one that is on everyone’s list and one local company can help you out with giving just that. Franklin & Whitman is the Philadelphia-born clean and PETA-Certified Vegan skin and haircare brand, and most recently the popular brand released their first-ever line of shampoo and conditioner. The first scent in the line is dubbed Bella Vista and it’s described as an invigorating combination of rosemary, mint and orange zest. The brand is quickly growing, available for national shipping in Whole Foods throughout the region and through Urban Outfitters digital store.

12th Street Catering 

Everyone has or can think of a foodie or homegrown chef in their life, and 12th Street Catering has the perfect assortment of gifts for that person on your list. The West Philly based business is offering special holiday menus that include celebration boxes, virtual cooking classes and even shippable treats and gifts for your loved ones. Virtual Cooking Classes offer a guided Zoom call with 12th Street Catering’s Executive Chef that will engage your entire group, and to make things easy, each class includes all necessary ingredients delivered right to your door, and step-by-step instructions to create the perfect dish. Celebration Boxes on the other hand are available in Dinner, Cocktail, Lunch, and Brunch Box options, each individually packaged for guests to enjoy the same meal in their respective locations. Other shippable gifts include a Classic Popcorn Trio, Custom Logo Branded Soup Mugs, Holiday French Macarons and much more.

12th Street Catering’s celebration box. Provided

ROOT Crafted Cocktail Mixers 

After this year, we could all use a drink. To help with that, the local company started by entrepreneurs/moms/neighbors Trish Lauden and Diane Aemisegeo is offering their line of unique-flavored, all-natural and organic cocktail mixers that pair perfectly with any spirit. The mixers come in an assortment of flavors and pack varieties: a Cocktail Party Pack ($29), which includes four 4-ounce bottles of ROOT Crafted mixers as well as a ROOT crafted jigger, The Holiday Hostess pack ($55), which includes one 32oz. bottle of Lemongrass mixer and two 16oz. bottles of Hibi Hibi and Au Pear mixers, and the Small Gift Box that includes 2 16 oz. bottles of ROOT Crafted and a custom copper shaker. If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer as well, ROOT is also offering The Burlap Gift Bag ($48), which includes one full-size bottle of ROOT Crafted and a copper shaker, or if you want to go even bigger, ROOT Crafted also offers a Large Party Pack ($99), which includes five full-size cocktail mixers and a ROOT Crafted shaker. ROOT is available for nationwide shipping with free shipping over $25 and 20% off your first order if you subscribe to their newsletter. The products are also on


Living in Philly, it’s almost a given that someone on your list bleeds green. For any Eagles fan in your life, why not give a decked out mask or game day bag? The mask from Simitri is $24 and features a hand-embroidered sequin Eagles patch on a silk blend mask, which sits comfortably behind the ears. Each one comes with a pocket for a filter insert and is washable and reusable. Although we can’t celebrate games in person just yet, Simitri’s clear stadium-approved Game Day bags are the perfect gift for when we can do just that as well, those can also be found on the company’s site. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit different, the local jewelry company is also offering an assortment of newly styled headbands, or can make masks with any team or logo on them. 

Simitri’s Eagles mask. Provided


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