‘Tis the season to start making holiday wish lists! Get inspired this gift-giving season, escape the crowds, and support local businesses with these 27 unique stocking-stuffer ideas for the whole family.
1. Emma + Jane Shoppe
The charming boutique Emma + Jane Shoppe offers a variety of unique gifts, home goods, bath essentials, and cozy outfits, plus a whole and specialty foods pantry brimming with unique items any foodie would love to find in their holiday stocking. Looking for something experiential? The boutique also hosts workshops and crafting classes throughout the year.
2. Beavtown T’S
Show off your hometown Beaver or Pittsburgh pride with one of Beavtown‘s vintage-style, easy wear, often humorous and always from the heart t-shirts, totes, or towels – the perfect stuffing stocker! They also offer a selection of items with slogans that work for any local locale. You can order online, but for the complete Beavtown experience, visit their storefront in Beaver’s historic shopping district.
3. Maker’s Den
Adorn your holiday tree with Maker’s Den‘s line of high-quality, custom, handcrafted wood ornaments or stuff a stocking with a beautiful cherry-wood Monstera or Flower print keychain. Have a bigger stocking? Their handsome cutting and charcuterie boards, holiday signs, or a customized creation would be the perfect addition!
4. Hungry Run Distillery
Imagine the delight of your nearest and dearest who enjoy high-quality, handcrafted distilled spirits upon spying a selection of Hungry Run Distillery‘s mini bottles in their holiday stocking! The distillery offers a wide selection of traditional spirits as well as several unique flavors, including cranberry-flavored vodka and spiced-flavored rum crafted specially for the holiday season.
Gritwell‘s signature Woodruff front pocket wallet is the ideal stocking stuffer for anyone who appreciates fine, hand-tailored leather goods. Slim enough to fit in any pocket - or stocking - the wallet holds six to eight cards and folded cash. They also offer a selection of other items perfect for stocking stuffers, such as key holders, key hooks, and bookmarks.
Give the gift of good fortune without the calories this holiday season with JayBeeYell‘s unique fortune cookie cards. Each card features an original artist card created by Jenny Barron Landis. Your secret message will sometimes be funny, always be kind, and no two are alike – and it will fit perfectly in almost any stocking!
7. The York Merchant
Deck the halls and fill the stockings with one-of-a-kind finds at The York Merchant. Featuring the work of dozens of local artists and crafters, the beautiful artwork, handcrafted jewelry, wood and metal crafted goods, fabric and clothing items, and exquisite home décor are but a sample of what you’ll find. You’ll be tempted to fill your own stocking!
8. Laurel Highlands Olive Oil
Surprise the foodies on your list and stuff their stockings with delectable, flavor-infused olive oils and vinegars from Laurel Highlands Olive Oil. With more than 50 varieties from which to choose, you can’t go wrong! Complete the theme with some of their international and specialty foods that are sure to tickle the taste buds -- or try out their olive oil beauty products.
9. Penn Highway Market Place
With multiple vendors offering everything from vintage goods to collectible items and handmade crafts to delectable food, you’re sure to find a great stocking stuffer for even the pickiest person on your list at the Penn Highway Market Place. Surprise your favorite crafter with a stocking of “experiences” through gift cards for craft classes at the Cricut Design Space or a Stitch & B!+¢h crochet class for beginners.
10. Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center
Whether you’re a fan of opera or not, visit the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center to learn about the amazing life and career of Pennsylvania’s own beloved opera superstar. While there, stop in the gift shop to do a bit of holiday shopping for treasured stocking stuffers as unique as the amazing Ms. Horne, including German music boxes, toys, hand-quilled cards and stationery, novelty soaps, handcrafted sterling silver jewelry, and even a 14-karat gold-dipped pistol tie bar!
11. Bear Hollow Country Store
Find handcrafted rustic items, giftware, fudge in a variety of flavors, Pennsylvania maple syrup, local honey, and smoked meats at the whimsical shop known as Bear Hollow Country Store. If that special someone in your life loves the outdoors, you’re sure to find stocking stuffers and other gift items that are sure to delight!
12. Cummins Country Charm
Cummins Country Charm has everything you need to bedeck your home in country-inspired holiday splendor while picking up the perfect stocking stuffer to surprise that special someone! They have handcrafted, farmhouse-themed home décor items including custom wreaths, signs, refinished furniture, and baskets as well as delightfully scented soy candles and soaps, jewelry, apparel, bath and body products, and even deliciously flavored coffee.
13. Dan Smith’s Candies
Brookville, Clarion, Ridgway, and DuBois
Make your holiday extra sweet and fill your holiday stockings with a delicious assortment of Dan Smith’s Candies. For almost seven decades, their peanut butter melt-aways, coconut clusters, peanut clusters, and assortment of dark and milk chocolates have brought holiday cheers from generations of candy lovers!
14. BWP Bats
Excite your biggest baseball fan with an engraved, 17-inch commemorative bat from BWP Bats peeking out of their stocking this holiday season, then surprise them with a full-size, custom-made bat crafted from the finest Pennsylvania hardwoods sitting under the tree. You’re sure to find the perfect bat for all your ballplayers whether they’re starting out in T-ball or a professional.
15. Cord & Iron
Cord & Iron‘s hand-poured, soy-based candles are the perfect stocking stuffer. With a 40+ hour burn time, these candles will fill the homes of you and your loved ones with the delicious scents of the season. As a bonus, these candles are made in beautifully designed glass containers that, when fully burned and cleaned, will allow you to stylishly enjoy your favorite holiday cocktail or other cold beverage. While at this small-town store, be sure to browse the wide selection of canvas prints and colorful hand-made cement planters and similar décor.
16. Elk County Council on The Arts
It’s easy to find unique stocking stuffers at the Elk County Council on The Arts (ECCOTA) sales gallery. With the work of close to 60 artists and artisans who draw their inspiration from the beautiful Elk County countryside, your problem will be limiting yourself to just a few! You’ll find stunning handcrafted glass ornaments and other glass creations, pottery and ceramics in striking colors and glazes, beautiful wood crafted items, and gorgeous artwork, prints, jewelry, and fiber creations– each piece a true work of art and unique.
17. South Street Botanical Designs
Whether she’s stylish, traditional, or free-spirited, you’re sure to find the perfect gift at South Street Botanical Designs. They feature a delightful selection of clothes, jewelry, shoes, candles, and bath and beauty products from her favorite name and inspirational brands. New baby in your family? You’ll also find fun clothes and whimsical gifts for your newest little member at this unique boutique.
18. Pine Springs Pottery
Stop by or call ahead to step into a working potter’s historic home studio and shop for beautiful pieces of handmade artisan stoneware at Pine Springs Pottery. Find a unique mug or bowl for everyone’s stocking this year – each piece handcrafted on the potter’s wheel, dipped in the artist’s subtle gray base glaze and hand painted with one of her signature designs.
19. Artisan Center at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce
Give your loved ones a piece of the Pennsylvania Wilds with a gift from the Artisan Center at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce. With more than 60 artisans contributing works that range from candles to fresh roasted coffee beans to paintings, bath and beauty products, craft, and maple syrup, each a work of art sure to bring a smile when the stocking is “unstuffed.”
20. Four Diamonds Ranch
Play with the adorable goats while shopping for handcrafted lotions, potions, and other bath and body goods at Four Diamonds Ranch. You’ll have the best scented stockings around with their homemade soaps, scrubs, bath bombs, lotions, perfumes, bath teas, beard oils, shaving kits, and lip balms – perfect for every guy and gal on your list! Top off the stockings with one of their locally made craft items.
21. Taylor Chip
Lancaster and Gordonville
For the ultimate in stocking stuffer deliciousness, the soft, super dense, rich, gooey, dense, and big cookies from Taylor Chip are sure to impress even the most discerning of cookie monsters. They offer a variety of cookie types – from the more traditional chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and snickerdoodle to espresso bean, salted caramel pretzel, and spicy salted cocoa. You’ll want to try them all!
22. Cooksburg Dry Goods Gift Shoppe
Visit the quaint and beautiful, woodland-themed Cooksburg Dry Goods Gift Shoppe located in a log cabin along the scenic Clarion River to find unique stocking stuffers for all your “hard to buy for” friends and family this year. The store is stocked with gifts for all ages with a large selection of children's books, puzzles, and toys to fill the little ones’ stockings and beautiful tableware, candles, unique art, pottery, and even camping supplies for all the others on your list!
Who knew a store whose (almost) sole product is bow ties could have such a large and devoted following?! Grace the holiday stockings and spruce up the look of your fashion-forward loved ones with a high-fashion bowtie from Knotzland. Crafted from the best in textile discards, they create vibrant, wearable bowtie art from both custom and ready-to-wear designs sure to bring smiles this holiday season.
24. Wigle Whiskey
Add a bottle of cheer to stockings this year with handcrafted distilled spirits from Wigle Whiskey. This family-owned, award-winning business offers a wide variety of gifts including ready to drink bottled cocktails, specialty barrel finish whiskeys, Pennsylvania rye whiskey, bourbons, gin, absinthe, rum, liqueurs, glassware, and even barrel-aged coffee!
25. Pip & Lola’s Everything Homemade
Stuff your loved ones’ stockings with handcrafted vegan and vegetarian scented body bars, facial soaps, and solid shampoo bars from Pip & Lola’s, then gift them the ultimate in skin care with a subscription to their Soapreme Goody Box with four to six unique items sent to their door each month. For every two items you purchase, Pip & Lola’s donates one bar of soap for every two they sell to domestic violence shelters and charities, making your gift go even further.
26. Pagoda socks
Pagoda socks are a “must-have” from The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. The design on the sock features a beautiful image of the Reading’s iconic pagoda, located atop Mount Penn. They’re made of the highest quality, U.S.-grown, ring-spun cotton with a little stretch added to make them super comfortable and easy to wear. These are a fun stocking stuffer for your Reading-proud friends and relatives - and those who aspire to be!
27. Tom Sturgis
Slip in a small bag of Tom Sturgis chocolate covered pretzels into everyone’s stockings this season! If you have lots of stockings to fill, order a carton of 12 4-ounce bags of the delicious treats wrapped in holiday cellophane bags. Their tins, tubs, and totes make the perfect thank-you gift for teachers and guests. Or, visit the retail store for other salty treats and gifts from America's first pretzel baker.
28. PA Mercantile
Let your loved ones show off their PA pride with stylish swag from PA Mercantile, the official store of the Pennsylvania Tourism Office. From t-shirts to bandannas, these Commonwealth-themed gifts are all designed and printed in Pittsburgh and can be shipped directly to your door. This PA gear is perfect to wear as you Pursue Your Happiness across the Keystone State!
29. Pennsylvania Craft Breweries
400+ Breweries in the Keystone State
For many, it’s not the holiday season without a bit of brews and booze! Visit your local brewery to pick up some of their signature or seasonal beverages. Whether you prefer cans or bottles, both fit perfectly in any size stocking. Not sure which breweries are near you? Pursue your Hoppiness and use our brewery finder to locate a craft brewery you’d love to try.
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