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Send a little love during quarantine with these creative Pittsburgh care packages

click to enlarge Netflix & Chill Pick Me Up Gift Pack by Workshop PGH - WORKSHOP PGH
Workshop PGH
Netflix & Chill Pick Me Up Gift Pack by Workshop PGH
Pittsburgh quarantine fundraisers offer perks like custom t-shirts, candles, and other products. If you want to support local small businesses, artists, and makers, but can't decide on what to buy next, try a care package featuring a variety of fun and functional goods. Right now, people are teaming up and collaborating on care packages that offer items ranging from something to wear, something to smell, something to read, or something to wash with.

#WarshYourHands Soap Package

As described on the Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents blog, #WarshYourHands is a package created by a "collaboration of three Western Pennsylvania queer-owned small businesses" to "promote public health.” Each box, priced at $25.75, comes with a t-shirt by Etna Print Circus, soaps by Dragonfly Lake Scents, and a digital snowflake from Steel City Snowflake, a project conceived by Sue Kerr with support from the F. Dok Harris Initiative and designed by Code4Good.
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Ton Pottery
Hip Mom Small Biz Box from Ton Pottery

Limited Edition Small Biz Boxes

The Millvale-based Ton Pottery studio is carrying a number of Small Biz Boxes filled with goodies from area makers, as well as reading selections from White Whale Books. Right now, you can find boxes for Mother's Day, with curated selections for moms who like crafts, cooking, cool books, handcrafted jewelry, and more. 

Workshop PGH Pick Me Up Gift Packs 

Workshop PGH might be closed, but it's still sending some love with a variety of gift packs available on its online store. Priced from $35-68, each pack contains a plant, and cards and handcrafted ceramics by local artists, as well as distinctive themed items. There's Gay Ole Time with gifts made by local queer makers, the sweet-smelling Artsy Aromatherapy with scented oil from 837 North Perfect, the laid-back vibes of Netflix & Chill, and the Colorful & Thoughtful pack, which contains a mask-making kit.


Self-Care Box Set
click to enlarge Self-Care Box Set featuring items from City Books, North Ave. Candles, Leaf & Twig, and Hecatea and Me. - NORTH AVE. CANDLES
North Ave. Candles
Self-Care Box Set featuring items from City Books, North Ave. Candles, Leaf & Twig, and Hecatea and Me.
City Books, North Ave Candles, and two tea makers, Leaf & Twig and Hecatea and Me, teamed up to create a box set to help you or a loved one get through self-isolation. Each box contains a pair of literary-inspired candles, two artisanal tea blend samples, one randomly-chosen Blind Date with a Book selection, and a vintage library checkout card bookmark. No two boxes are the same, so be ready for a surprise.

Social Distancing- Themed Boxed Card Set
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Social Distancing- Themed Boxed Card Set by theBird+theBeard
Stationary company theBird+theBeard wants you to start letter-writing again with geeky, science-inspired boxed sets containing their most popular greeting cards. For $30, you or a friend receive two of the company's best-selling cards plus stamps to mail them. For $28 (that includes shipping), you can send your mom, step-mom, mother-in-law, or another maternal figure a greeting card along with a gift-boxed mug for Mother’s Day.

Be Social While Distant Crafting Kits By Songbird Artistry
click to enlarge Be Social With Distant Crafting Kit skull design By Songbird Artistry - SONGBIRD ARTISTRY
Songbird Artistry
Be Social With Distant Crafting Kit skull design By Songbird Artistry
Songbird Artistry, a brick-and-mortar shop on Penn Ave. in Lawrenceville, has crafting kits for anyone to do while socializing virtually. The kits include a glow-in-the-dark embroidery sticker with a choice of designs that include a monogram, music note, skull, lightning bolt, and more. Songbird Artistry owner, Debbie Maier Jacknin, believes the kits would make a great Mother's Day gift for crafty moms and grandmothers.

Share the Sweetness Give Kit And Bee Sweet Bundle By Bumbleberry Farms

Bumbleberry Farms, an apiary out of Somerset, Pa., has some sweet bundles to send and share. You can sponsor a Share the Sweetness Give Kit that includes Bumbleberry Farm honey and spreads, as well as coffee, tea, bagels, and dish towels made by small businesses. The kits are sent to essential workers serving through the pandemic, including community groups, nursing homes and hospitals, fire departments, and others. There's also the Bee Sweet Bundle, described on the Bumbleberry Farms site as a "vintage-inspired" gift set containing eight-ounces of the company's Heritage Select Honey and a little honey dipper, all for the delicious price of $14.99.


Garbella Mother's Day Gift Sets

Give mom or another special person in your life a nice surprise with these limited gift sets by the Carnegie-based shop, garbella. Now available for delivery to arrive on either Sat. May 9 or Sun. May 10,  the sets contain locally made garbella products such as magnets or tea towels, coffee beans from Commonplace Coffee, or a terra-cotta potted flower.

Gift boxes from love, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Paper readers voted love, Pittsburgh the Best Locally Owned Retail Shop for a reason. Right now, the business has several gift sets and care packages ready to make someone's day brighter. The Care Package Gift Box has a selection of fun products, including coffee and a coffee mug, stickers, and a pen and notebook. There's also the Best Day Ever Gift Box with a stemless wine glass, Sarris chocolates, a scented candle by Lit Soy Candle Co., and care products by Lovett Sundries. For foodies, there's the Kitchen Gift Box with hot banana pepper mustard from Miller's Mustard, habanero pretzels from Just Right Spice, and a garlic and herb blend from Steel City Salt. There's also the Box Of Love Gift Box full of signature love-Pittsburgh products, and an Essential Pittsburgh Candle Sampler Box.

Are we missing a cool care package? Please let us know at awaltz@pghcitypaper.com.

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