Sure, we’re not doing the big family gathering, where everyone sits around and creates a snowstorm of ripped wrapping paper. But this couldn’t be a better year to send someone a small token to let them know you love them.
Our experts have come up with fantastic gift picks for pretty much anyone you could be shopping for. We’ve broken down the individual gift guides by category, below:
For the coziest clothes
Yeah, it’s cold, but that’s not the only reason why it feels like a good time to wrap ourselves in the softest, coziest sweaters, sweats and knits. Fashion and beauty writer Elizabeth Wellington has found the best local spots to buy for comfort, and they’re pieces that you’ll want to leave the house in, once the pandemic, and our hibernation, subsides. Plus, you’re supporting local businesses, which should also make you feel warm inside.
For Philly foodie fans
If you want to send a taste of Philly across the country, you can. Yes, even cheesesteaks. Grace Dickinson found the Phillyest food gifts, from Lore’s chocolates to La Colombe to some yummy DiBruno classics, that ship across the U.S. You can even send a little chocolate LOVE sculpture to friends who need a bit of sweetness as we ride out the rest of 2020. And if you don’t need to ship, we’ve got a list of food gifts you can only get in Philly, as well as some local cheese ornaments that look good enough to eat.
» READ MORE: The most Philly food gifts you can send nationwide
For cocktail (and mocktail) lovers
The perfect gift for someone who wants a fancy at-home happy hour. We found seven of the best cocktail kits in the city for making a perfectly mixed drink possible at home. From margaritas to hot toddies and yes, even mocktails, this is a list of pristine imbibables. (We have expert tips for how to properly mix a good drink at home, too, for the budding mixologist.) And, sure, it’s not cocktails, but a Wawa beer kit gets an honorary place on our list, too.
For whisky lovers
Whether you’re thirsty for something local or more unusual, Craig LaBan has picked 16 of the best brown boozes for every price range. Excuse us while we go and fact check each of his choices.
» READ MORE: 16 great whiskeys for a sip of holiday cheer
For music lovers
We all need a living room dance party right now. Good news: Nobody is watching (unless you still have that Zoom meeting open). Give the gift of a soulful groove to connect to. Here are music critic Dan DeLuca’s music and music-related gift ideas — from Mariah Carey’s new memoir to Tierra Whack shoelaces and Low Cut Connie yarmulkes.
» READ MORE: These are the music gifts your friends will love
For people who like it spicy
Want to help keep a friend warm this winter? We’ve found the 10 best locally made hot sauces for every level of pain tolerance for the chilihead in your life. Whether you’re looking for something with a smooth heat or are in more of a daredevil burn-your-face-off mood, this is a gift guaranteed to keep someone warm for when the weather gets cold.
For home cooks
Fair enough: A lot of us are in a cooking rut after a year cooking at home. Food editor Jamila Robinson has some fresh inspiration in her cookbook list that will do more than feed us well, they will help us connect with our kitchens, our families and ourselves.
For book lovers
This might be the winter to curl up with a good book, or a stack of them. We’ve rounded up 15 of the best reads, including memoirs, fiction, non-fiction and more. Want to pick em up? We have a list of the best local independent bookstores across the Philly, the suburbs and New Jersey.