Best of Philly: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Best of Philly: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Now that the holiday season is upon us you have likely added all the names to your holiday shopping list, but now you are faced with the age old question… what to buy for everyone? Choosing the “perfect” gift can be tough; you want to make sure that it’s not only something your loved one will like but also something that shows them how much they mean to you.

In the spirit of giving, we have compiled a list of holiday deals right here in the greater Philadelphia area. We’ve found gifts for everyone on your list–that support local businesses at the same time.

So, what makes these holiday deals the best in Philadelphia? Some of these retailers are offering deep discounts that make them incredible deals in the area, while others are uniquely Philadelphian and provide goods you can’t find anywhere else.

Holiday gifts neatly wrapped

Joan Shepp

Joan Shepp is a Philadelphian institution, having provided women’s fashion to the region for 45 years. The boutique, located in Rittenhouse Square, offers curated clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories from world-renowned designers that you may have a hard time finding elsewhere.

Best of all, between now and Christmas, they’re featuring one perfect gift idea each day on their Facebook page. And if one of those gifts doesn’t strike your fancy, you can shop at their special sale Saturday, Dec. 17th. Visit Joan Shepp.

Host Interiors

If your special someone loves interior decorating or if he or she’s been asking to redesign the living room for the last five years, a gift from Host Interiors should top your holiday gift list.

Host is located in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood, with a new second location in Ardmore. They offer high-quality furniture, unique home décor and interior design services—meaning they can transform your home from cookie-cutter to modern, chic and fabulous. The best part of Host? Right now they’re featuring a long list of items in their Floor Sample Sale.

Check out their locations around Philadelphia for some beautiful Christmas gifts. Learn more.


For the person in your life who appreciates beautifully rustic home goods, Terrain provides the best holiday gift deals in the Philadelphia area. The store, owned by Urban Outfitters, is a little bit country, a little bit modern—and absolutely beautiful.

Terrain features gifts for the garden, like outdoor planters, vases and terrariums; outdoor furniture and accessories; gifts for the home like serving trays, dinnerware, candles, gadgets and novelty drinkware; as well as food and holiday décor like wreaths and ornaments.

Part of the fun of shopping at Terrain is the beautiful space—so rather than just one gift from Terrain, you may want to give your special someone a shopping trip. Learn more.

Beautifully rustic home goods gifts by Terrain in Philadelphia

The Closet Works

The Closet Works is the organization expert in the Philadelphia region. And this year for the holiday season they’re helping you give a gift your loved one will love forever; a custom home organization system.

The Closet Works creates not only custom closets but also custom home organization systems for your kitchen pantry, mud room, office, garage and family room. Their organization systems can be designed to perfectly match any style or need—which means that no home organization or custom closet is the same!

Plus this Christmas, they’re featuring the best deal of the year: for every $1,000 you invest in a custom home organization project you will receive $500 off, plus a complimentary accessory pack, valued at $175 and a gift card of up to $200!

Walk-In closet with center island by The Closet Works near Philadelphia

Shop Sixty Five

This women’s fashion destination was named Lucky Magazine’s best boutique in the country, which isn’t surprising since former New York stylist Linda Bidlo hand picks every piece each season.

Shop Sixty Five offers denim, dresses, handbags and other clothes from a long list of diverse designers including Rag & Bone, IRO and Designers Remix. This holiday season they are hosting a variety of sales between now and Christmas from select individual designers that will help you find the perfect standout gift for your special someone. Visit Shop Sixty Five.

Di Bruno Bros.

The tagline on their website says it all—Di Bruno Bros. has been culinary pioneers since 1939. If you’re looking for great culinary holiday gift ideas that scream “Philadelphia,” shop at Di Bruno’s for the best gourmet cheeses, meats and specialty foods (and try to walk out without picking something up for yourself).

If you’re having a hard time deciding which delicious gifts to give, try a gourmet gift box with meats, cheese and foods or their monthly cheese clubs. Visit Di Bruno Bros.

Philadelphia Gourmet Food Gifts Dibruno Brothers

Luxe Home

If you’re looking for design inspiration and you love modern, contemporary furniture and home décor, Luxe Home is your destination for a great holiday gift.

Luxe Home offers high-end furnishings and designer brands that will make your home look elegant and stylish. And right now, during their Fabulous Fall Sale, you can get high-end furniture for less-than-high-end prices. Learn more.

Starr Restaurants

Holiday Gift Card For Starr Restaurants in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is known for its dining scene, with hot new restaurants popping up every week. One mainstay is restaurateur Stephen Starr, with 19 restaurants in Philadelphia alone, and several more in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Washington, D.C.

Stephen Starr gift cards make an excellent Philadelphia-area gift, even for the most discerning foodie on your list, because you know you’re giving a top-notch dining experience with delactible food and impeccable service. Plus, for every $500 you spend on gift cards, you’ll get a bonus $50–great for stocking stuffers or to keep for yourself. Learn more.

These holiday gift deals from unique Philadelphia shops and boutiques can help you cross off everyone  on your holiday shopping list—and help support local businesses! Visit these retailers in store, or online, in the coming weeks to make sure you impress the special people on your holiday gift-giving list.