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5 Truly Unique Pittsburgh-made Gifts and Where to Find Them

This year, skip the big boxes stores and discover one-of-a-kind handcrafted products from over 200 talented makers, artists, and craftspeople at the Handmade Arcade Holiday Market.

Sure, you could just run over to Target for a pumpkin-spiced candle or order the newest trending kitchen appliance on Amazon, but what if you could find a gift as memorable and unique as the recipient? Below, you’ll find 5 such gifts all made right here in the Burgh and all found at the Handmade Arcade Holiday Market. Back in person at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on December 4 and online November 27-29, Handmade Arcade’s highly anticipated annual Holiday Market features one-of-a-kind handcrafted products from over 200 talented makers, artists, and craftspeople. Best of all? Tickets are free with registration. This year, stop scouring the internet and standing in line at the big box stores and shop local handmade products that won’t get regifted.

For the Caffeinated Science-lover

Product: Caffeine Molecule Earrings

Price: Starts at $18.00 per pair

Maker: Sorcery Science

Now you can wear your caffeine fix! Part of Sorcery Science’s Molecular Structure Jewelry line, these handcrafted earrings are available in a variety of materials. Stop by their booth at the Handmade Arcade Holiday Market for a variety of other science-related gifts from Honeycomb and Bee Cufflinks to a Uterus Necklace.

For the Proud Pittsburgher

Product: Love is Love Pickle Pierogi
Holiday Tree Ornament

Price: $15
Maker: Pittsburgh Pottery

Show off your Pittsburgh Pride with a TRULY unique handmade ceramic ornament from Pittsburgh Pottery. Featuring a strange but beautiful pickle/pierogi pairing, this one-of-a-kind ornament would be a wonderful addition to any Yinzers Christmas tree. Check out the Pittsburgh Pottery booth for more Pittsburgh-themed ceramics like mugs and shot glasses.

For the Imaginative Explorer (adult or child)

Product: Topanga pack
Price: Starts at $39 per pack


Crafted by local maker PACKPACK, the colorful and versatile Topanga pack empowers wearers to explore the world in style. Available in both adult and child sizes, all of PACKPACK’s unisex packs are handpainted and designed to last a lifetime. Pick one up for the globetrotter in your life at their booth at the Handmade Arcade Holiday Market.

For the Soap-loving Thespian

Product: King Lear - Lavender Patchouli Soap

Price: Starts at $8.49 per bar

Maker: Pip & Lola's Everything Homemade

That’s right — it’s Shakespeare’s classic tale in a luxurious bar soap! Scented with lavender and rich patchouli, King Lear soap is just one of many of Pip & Lola's Shakespeare-inspired soaps. Stop by Pip & Lola's booth and treat the theater lover in your life to English Tea Rose scented, Juliet soap, or musky harvest moon Macbeth soap.

For the Adventurous Art Lover

Product: Blue Bull art print

Price: Starts at $36.99 per print

Maker: Gabriela Ortiz Art and Design

Channel the excitement of the Running of the Bulls with this vivid Blue Bull art print from Pittsburgh-based artist Gabriela Ortiz. Available in a variety of sizes, this gorgeous print would make the perfect gift for the adventurous art lover in your life. Visit Gabriela Ortiz’s booth at the Handmade Arcade Holiday market, and you’ll find dozens of other spectacular prints and original paintings.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Find more truly unique gifts from indulgent candles to hand-forged knives, to sustainable handmade wallets at the Handmade Arcade Holiday Market.

About the Handmade Arcade Holiday Market

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

So much more than just a market, this holiday extravaganza celebrates the region’s art and culture with everything from live glass blowing demonstrations to free take-and-make craft kits. Whether you’re shopping for the perfect gift or just looking to be inspired, Handmade Arcade’s talented maker community will surprise and delight with one-of-a-kind artwork, trendsetting home decor, funky jewelry, accessories, and rare treasures that you won’t find at the big box stores. Registration is required to attend and COVID-19 safety protocols include social distancing and a mask requirement for attendees older than two. See Handmade Arcade’s website for full details.

Friday Night Happy Hour: $35, December 3, 5-7:30 p.m.
Main Event: Free, Saturday, December 4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Early Bird Shopping: $25, December 4, 9:30-11 a.m.

Plus, shop online from the comfort of home! The Virtual Holiday Market runs from 12:01 a.m., Saturday, November 27, to 11:59 p.m., Monday, November 29 on handmadearcade.org.

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