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How to Shop Local (for almost anything) this Holiday Season

How to Shop Local (for almost anything) this Holiday Season

Looking to cut out Amazon, Target & big box stores this holiday season? Here’s our cheat sheet for EVERYTHING Local

This year, the holiday season may look different with wait times to enter your favorite local shops or shifting online. Regardless of who is on your gift-giving list, there are plenty of options to support local businesses this season (and throughout the year!)

Shopping locally means that twice as much of the revenue will stay local, benefiting your community, creating local jobs, lowering your carbon footprint. It’s more than essential this year, when local businesses are in danger due to the pandemic.

Here’s how to find local options for almost anything:

Bath Goods / Beauty /Treat Yourself

Whether your friend wants to switch to sustainable beauty products or you need a stocking stuffer, here’s a few local solutions.

Base Butter

Green Ablutions zero waste shampoo & conditioner bars

Lancaster County Soapworks

Sabbatical Beauty

The Tin Goat

Vellum Soap Company for candles, soap, balms & more. The soap is made with recycled tallow from Primal Supply Meats & Carnicopia.

Duross & Langel


The best stocking stuffers fill you with cheer.

The Foodery

Richmond Bottle Shop

Tiny’s Bottle Shop

Book Worms

For the word nerd or book lover, there’s a local bookstore close to you:

Harriett’s Bookshop – 258 E Girard Ave

Head House Books -619 South 2nd St

Joseph Fox Bookshop – Established in 1951, sits at 1724 Sansom Street

Shakespeare & Co – 1632 Walnut Street

Uncle Bobbie’s – 5445 Germantown Ave

Crafts Boutiques & more

Find a locally made home good, craft, ceramics & more

Art Star Gallery & Boutique

Clover Market

Local PHL Market – 1135 Pine St

Nice Things

Philadelphia Independents – 35 N 3rd St


Make the holidays a little bit sweeter.

Aurora Grace

Éclat Chocolate

Good Good Chocolates

John & Kira’s Chocolates

Mueller’s Chocolate Company

Pastries by Me

Shane Confectionery

Compost Services

Give the gift of reducing their waste this holiday season:

Circle Compost

Kona Compost

Mother Compost

Dogs, Cats & Pets

For your friend who got a quarantine BFF:

Amelie’s Bark Shop

Accent on Animals

Baltimore Pet Shoppe

Bonejour Pet Supply

Doggie Style Pets

Fairmount Pet Shoppe


The best gifts are consumable:

Brine Street Picklery

Crust Vegan Bakery

Fifth of a Farm Creations with Philly-inspired jam names and more


Believe Boutique – 1226 W. Ritner St, PHiladelphia

Children’s Book World – 17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford

cBOP – 393 Lancaster Ave, Haverford

Lucky Duck Toys – 832 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr

Minnow Lane for natural parenting goods – 2029 Frankford Ave, Fishtown

The Nesting House – 542 Carpenter Lane, Phila

Tildie’s Toy Box – 1829 East Passyunk Ave

pucciManuli for one-of-a-kind whimsical toys in Ardmore

Locally Made Clothing & Accessories

For the fashionista, even in quarantine:

Alice Alexander

Grant Blvd

Lobo Mau for slow fashion made in PHL

Made & Maker

Room Shop

Hardware Stores

Whether you offer to tackle a DIY job or pick up planters, you can skip Lowe’s & Home Depot this season.

Cohen & Co Hardware offers hardware, supplies plants & flowers

Rittenhouse Hardware has thousands of home goods

Home Decor & Goods

For the new homeowner or make their abode more cozy:

Liz Kinder Ceramics

Open House for Philly themed gifts, decor, accessories, jewelry and more on 107 S. 13th St.

Remark Glass a zero-waste, woman-owned business in South Philly that offers barware to lighting and keepsake gifts.


Whether you need a stocking stuffer or upgrade wares for the home chef/sourdough baker in your life, here’s a few ways to shop locally.

Amy’s Place in Reading Terminal Market also has a digital Mercato shop.

Dino’s Party Center has boxes, pans, and baking supplies for your quarantined home chef making who loves making cookies, cakes and cupcakes.

Fante’s Kitchen Shop on 9th Street has a wide range of home supplies for stocking stuffers to cookware, gadgets, espresso machines and more. Treat your loved one and yourself.

Independent Clothing Boutiques

For styles that stand out:

Bus Stop

Lost & Found, 133 N 3rd Street

M Concept, 1540 South Street

Downerss, 2026 Frankford Ave

Geisha House, 149 N 3rd Street

Kin, 1014 Pine Street


It’s the little things:

Bario Neal


Modern Hex

Moon & Arrow

The Tiny Jeweler

Stitch Prism


For the oenophile in your life

We all can use a little more cheer:

320 Market Cafe (Media, PA)


Cook has transformed to Cork with bottles or gift boxes for the wine lover in your life.

Deerfoot Vineyard & Winery

DiBrunos 9th Street Bottle Shop

Fishtown Social

Mitchell & Mitchell Wines

Wine Dive Philadelphia

Pharmacy & Holistic Medicine

For the herbalist:

EarthMother Herbs

Penn Herb Company

Solace Pharmacy & Wellness in Francisville (1526 Ridge Ave 1st Floor)

Plant lovers

For the new or seasoned plant moms & dads:

City Planter in Northern Liberties

Cultivaire Plant Store in Brewerytown

Plants Etc

Pomelo in Germantown (6352 Germantown Ave)

Sister Sunflower (7904 Germantown Ave)


Urban Jungle (1526 E. Passyunk Ave)

Vault + Vine offers seasonal flowers, houseplants and a new Plant of the Month Club.

Walter Pine Floral Studio

Recycled, Reused & Vintage Goods

Gifts don’t have to be new to be special:

Greene Street Consignment


Philly Aids Thrift

Running & Athletic Gear

Mitchell & Ness

Philadelphia Runner


For the one who loves to capture words the analog way:


Casa Papel

The Papery of Philadelphia

Paper on Pine

Omoi Zakka in Old City & Rittenhouse offers stationary, notebooks, along with unique home goods

Tea & More

For a stocking stuffer or pair with a cup or teapot:

Herbiary in Reading Terminal

Tooth of the Lion at farmer’s markets & online

The Random Tea Room

Viva Leaf Tea Co. – pick up teas, honey & houseplants, too! 6730 Germantown Ave, Mount Airy

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher
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