Holidays in Philly

The best of Philly Etsy, a Yards tour, Sixers tickets: Gifts of brotherly love for cheap

Gifts for mom, dad, friends and that weird relative.


There are only so many scarves you can buy your mom and so many ties you can gift to your dad every holiday season. And your friends are probably sick of those gift cards.

If you’re trying a bit harder this winter, why not a Philly-style gift? It’s perfect, both for someone who lives in the region and loves it or a long-lost Philadelphian now sadly living elsewhere. And most importantly, you can do it for cheap.

Here are 11 Philly gift ideas that you can pick up for under $15:

For mom

Black and white Philly print


Mom love the city? This cool, black and white 8×10 print is just $6.99 on Etsy, leaving you a few bucks to find a frame to put it in. Mom will love the skyline-meets-newsprint feel.

A candle that smells like the outdoors

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United By Blue

United By Blue in Old City creates responsible and durable goods in a sustainable fashion. And for $14, you can get mom a candle hand-poured in Philadelphia that smells like the Tioga Woods, the morning fog, or four other outdoor scents. Shop online or swing by the store at 144 N. 2nd St.

For dad

A hunk of cheese from Di Bruno Bros.

DiBruno Bros.

DiBruno Bros.

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Whether he’s into stinky and funky or rich and creamy, a solid hunk of delicious cheese from Di Bruno Bros. is likely to run you $14.99 or less for 8 oz., depending on what cheese you think dad might be most into. Or you can grab a tub of any of their signature cheese spreads for $5.99.

A Yards Brewery tour

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Screenshot via Yards YouTube

Spend some time with your dad at Yard’s Brewery at 901 N. Delaware Ave. and take him there on a weekend for the tour. Go up, check in, pretend to pay an exorbitant amount of money so your dad really appreciates it, and then snicker quietly because it’s FREE.

For a sibling

Go see the Sixers

Wells Fargo Sixers
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They’re terrible, but still entertaining. And the super cheap price makes it that much more fun. Give your brother or sister two tickets for the Jan. 7 game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Atlanta Hawks and spend $12 on both tickets combined if you buy from StubHub. You’re welcome.

A bottle of local wine

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Support local small business Pinot Boutique, located at 227 Market St. in Old City, and snag a bottle of wine — many of them are local — for as low as $13.99. Check out the selection here.

For a random relative

A set of gourmet Philadelphia candies

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Philadelphia Candies

Could anything be more decadent than Oreos dipped in velvety chocolate? Get your weird cousin or your out-there Aunt Carol a box of eight for $9.95 because it is actually impossible to not love a box of sweets.

Anything from Christmas Village

M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Seriously. Anything. Weird food spreads? Check. Strange mittens? Sure. Philly sports prints? Got ’em. The weird gifts are located at the set-up at LOVE Park and are all pretty cheap. Also: Check out the new tents at Dilworth Park for mostly inexpensive gifts from local businesses. It’s new this year!

For your best friend

Gear from their fav neighborhood

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If your BFF is obsessed with Brewerytown or just can’t get enough of Pennsport, why not get ‘em the gear? Find neighborhood-specific shirts, bags and trinkets on Billy Penn’s Cafe Press page here. You have choices like a glass for $11.99, a tote bag for $13.99 or a baby onesie (aww) for $14.99.

This Philly pint glass

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This is probably the coolest pint glass you could ever buy for someone. It’s created from a hand-drawn Phanatic with an image of the skyline INSIDE HIM. And it’s $12.50 with free shipping. Every single Philadelphian in your life will love it.

A Jawnament

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These jawn ornaments are made and sold by Philly students at the Workshop School, and at $4, they’re a steal. The ornaments come in four colors, and the students also sell other ornaments and all-natural lip balms.

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