Holiday Gift Guide: Shop South Street for Gifts Under $25

Dec 7, 2022 | In The District

Stocking stuffers, white elephant inspo, and affordable gift ideas! Oh my!

Shop small and local this holiday season on and around South Street with the help of our brand new South Street Gift Guide! Whether you’re looking for your significant other, your bestie, or your family, these Gifts Under $25 are sure to inspire the holiday spirit!

Fashion and Accessories

Gear Dangle Spike Earring / Ceramic Leaf Trinket Holder

Worm’s Emporium — $20 / $12 (available in-store)

Locally made earrings. Locally handmade leaf shaped dish, glazed in a soft green to hold any kind of trinket or treasure.

Perfect Gifting for:
• The “tough to buy for” cool kid
• The person with lots of trinkets (!!)
• The friend who loves supporting local artists

📍: Worm’s Emporium, 523 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Let Boys Feel Crew Socks

Paper Moon — $6

Spread the message with your new favorite Let Boys Feel Crew Socks.

Perfect Gifting for:
• The “hard to shop for” teenage boy
• Little brothers and younger siblings
• The most important man in your life <3

📍: Paper Moon, 520 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Not Your Mama’s Retro Tree Earrings

South Street Art Mart — $10

Handmade with love and nostalgia.

Perfect Gifting for:
• The friend with a curated holiday music playlist
• Anyone who loves holiday rom-coms
• Anyone who celebrates Christmas in July

📍: South Street Art Mart, 530 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Vintage Cufflinks

Raxx Vintage Clothing — $25 & Under (available in-store)

Perfect Gifting for:
• The Dad who says “I don’t need anything” when you ask what he wants for the holidays
• The soon-to-be graduate who is transitioning into adulthood
• Anyone who loves vintage thrifting

📍: Raxx Vintage Clothing, 534 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Fuzzy Bucket Hat

Urban Princess Boutique — $25

Super soft bucket hat. One size fits most. The perfect addition to your winter wardrobe. Available in multiple colors!

Perfect Gifting for:
• The person who’s still wearing their festival wristbands
• The friend who always underdresses in the cold
• Anyone dreaming of a White Christmas 🎶

📍: Urban Princess Boutique, 620 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Jaden Keyholder

P’s and Q’s — $25 (available in-store)

Perfect Gifting for:
• The friend who always loses their keys
• The Virgos, Capricorns, and Pisces who need organization systems for everything
• Anyone who works at a job that requires lots of physical movement

📍: P’s and Q’s, 820 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Ceramic Graphic Hair Clip

Worm’s Emporium — $20 (available in-store)

Locally artisan made ceramic graphic hair clip, glazed with mod pop art colors.

Perfect Gifting for:
• Your most fashionable friend
• The minimalist
• Anyone who’s growing out their bangs

📍: Worm’s Emporium, 523 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

DOT COTTON Anklet Socks

BUS STOP Boutique — $15

Available in multiple colors!

Perfect Gifting for:
• The “cozy cute” friend
• The person whose closet is already full
• Anyone with a shoe obsession

📍: BUS STOP Boutique, 727 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Vintage Pearl Necklaces

Raxx Vintage Clothing — Starting at $12 (available in-store)

Perfect Gifting for:
• The friend who dresses like its the 1950s/60s
• Moms who deserve a little pampering
• Anyone who loves dinner parties

📍: Raxx Vintage Clothing, 534 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Charlie Wallet

P’s and Q’s — $22

Perfect Gifting for:
• The young person who gets lots of gift cards during the holidays
• The chaotic friend who needs to downgrade their wallet
• Anyone looking to declutter their pockets or purse

📍: P’s and Q’s, 820 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Plush Fuzzy Sunglasses

Jade Fashion Boutique — $16 (available in-store)

Perfect Gifting for:
• The social butterfly
• Your fashion icon friend
• The person who never repeats an outfit

📍: Jade Fashion Boutique, 250 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Vintage Earrings (Clip-On and Pierced)

Raxx Vintage Clothing — Starting at $12 (available in-store)

Perfect Gifting for:
• The friend who is always wearing chunky fashion earrings
• The person who wants to play around with earrings but doesn’t have their ears pierced yet
• Anyone with a holiday sweater collection

📍: Raxx Vintage Clothing, 534 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

GK Eurosport Men’s Dress Belt

Dudes Boutique — $20

Perfect Gifting for:
• The fashionable parent, sibling, or significant other
• The young professional who is still building their closet of work clothes
• Anyone who enjoys practical gifts over electronics/gift cards

📍: Dudes Boutique, 646 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Home Goods

Black Splatter Cereal Bowl

YOWIE — $10

The best cereal bowl in the game, period. Also great for that midnight ice cream. Easy to use, clean and integrate into your kitchen. Like Pringles, it’s hard to just have one!

Perfect Gifting for:
• The person who just moved in to their first apartment or house
• Your artsy friends with impeccable taste
• Anyone who eats cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

📍: YOWIE, 716 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

The LARRY Flashlight

Cohen & Co Hardware and Home Goods — $12.99 (available in-store)

Comes in its own gift box!

Perfect Gifting for:
• The “I can fix that” person
• Your friend whose toolbox is constantly growing
• Anyone who doesn’t have an emergency kit yet

📍: Cohen & Co Hardware and Home Goods, 615 E. Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Filling Spaces Anika Napkins

Moon + Arrow — $12

Table Hand block printed on soft, natural linen napkins featuring whimsical pattern designs in beautiful rich colors.

Perfect Gifting for:
• The person with a Pinterest-perfect apartment or house
• The friend who still uses paper towls as napkins
• Anyone who collects table settings (including special holiday settings) ❄

📍: Moon + Arrow, 742 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Artisan Handmade Cheese Knife

Sam Shaw’s Treatery — $15

Perfect Gifting for:
• Cheese lovers
• The “perfect host” friend
• Anyone throwing a holiday or New Year’s Eve party

📍: Sam Shaw’s Treatery, 306 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Keep South Street Weird Drinking Glass

South Street Art Mart — $15

This is an 18oz glass with etched design. All TurnstyleART glassware is sandblasted, creating a uniform frosted etching that is 100% dishwasher safe and will not peel or flake away over time.

Perfect Gifting for:
• The Zythophile (a.k.a. the beer lover)
• The person who loves to recount their South Street stories from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s
• Anyone with a collection of drinking glasses

📍: South Street Art Mart, 530 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

P.F. Candle Co Room & Linen Spray

Moon + Arrow — $22

P.F Candle Co’s Room & Linen Sprays offer an effortless, fine mist and a fragrance load that’ll ensure your favorite scent stays where you spray. Use them on your bedsheets, pillows, couches – anywhere in the home that needs a bit of a boost.

Perfect Gifting for:
• The person who is always burning incense, lighting candles, and warming wax melts
• The friend who is obsessed with making their home as comfy as possible
• Anyone who prefers scents that are on the dark and musky side

📍: Moon + Arrow, 742 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Ashes to Dust Salt and Pepper Set

Crash Bang Boom — $13

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust. Super unique shaker set that is perfect for the Gothic home. By Alchemy. Fine bone china with silicone stopper. Approx. 3″ tall.

Perfect Gifting for:
• The goth adult who is only happy when it rains
• The friend who loves Tim Burton and has several new wave Spotify playlists
• Anyone who’s ever said “I found it on Atlas Obscura

📍: Crash Bang Boom, 528 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Arzach Incense

YOWIE — $20

Hand dipped incense made in Melbourne Australia. These incense sticks feature notes of clary sage, White tea, Labdanum. Each pack contains 15 sticks.

Perfect Gifting for:
• The coolest person you know
• Crystal girls and folks who love tarot cards
• Anyone who needs to cleanse their space

📍: YOWIE, 716 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Mid Century Scotch Glasses, Cheeseboard (and other vintage goodies)

B-Bop Vintage — $12 each / $18 (available in-store)

Perfect Gifting for:
• The “entertainer” friend
• The “hard to shop for” person who already has everything
• Anyone with an at-home bar set-up

📍: B-Bop Vintage, 619 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Tasty Treats

Gritty Bar

Aurora Grace Chocolates — $8

White chocolate, peanut butter, and caramel in a 60% dark chocolate shell.

Perfect Gifting for:
• Stocking stuffers
• Flyers/Philly sports fan
• Anyone participating in a holiday gift swap

📍: Aurora Grace Chocolates, 517 S. 5th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Hot Chocolate Bomb

Scoop DeVille — $12.50

Perfect Gifting for:
• The significant other who prefers to stay home on date night
• The person who is always looking for an excuse to wear comfy clothes
• Anyone who loves chocolate

📍: Scoop DeVille, 538 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Koffmeyer’s Old Fashioned Cookie Tins

Sam Shaw’s Treatery — $18.49

Multiple flavors, including chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, black & white, and snickerdoodle.

Perfect Gifting for:
• Oldhead Philadelphians
• Kids who deserve a sweet treat
• Anyone who needs a little extra love this holiday season

📍: Sam Shaw’s Treatery, 306 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Season Hard Cider 4-Pack 12oz Cans

Hale & True Cider Co. — $20

Perfect Gifting for:
• The person who loves seasonal beers and ciders
• The friend whose house is always stacked with an impressive selection of alcohol
• Anyone who’s go-to drink at the bar is hard cider

📍: Hale & True Cider Co., 613 S. 7th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Everything Else

J.Hannah Nail Polish

Moon + Arrow — $22

A line of carefully-edited, high quality polishes for the color-resistant. Polishes that consider the gracefulness of hands, and the role of subtle color as an element in the considered wardrobe. Inspired by artists’ palettes, natural elements, and the muses who we envision channeling specific colors or moods. All polishes are non-toxic, cruelty free and made in the USA.

Perfect Gifting for:
• The friend who does their nails at home (and they always look fantastic)
• People who change their nails with the seasons
• Young folks who are exploring their gender presention

📍: Moon + Arrow, 742 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Heritage Healer Hand Salve for Men

Walter Pine Floral Studio — $14

A hardworking hand salve for the active man—this thick balm is packed with essential oils for fighting back against rough, calloused skin.

Spreads evenly onto hands without leaving residue behind so you can get right back at it.

Perfect Gifting for:
• Anyone who works with their hands
• The person who has a lotion for everything
• The man who has never touched skincare products before (not event moisturizer!), but he’s finally ready to turn his life around

📍: Walter Pine Floral Studio, 729 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Philly Game Shop’s Top Picks Under $25

The Philly Game Shop — $25 & Under

Sushi Go!, Kingdomino, Coup, The Crew: Quest for Planet Nine, Codenames Disney Edition, Codenames, Hanabi, Looney Labs Fluxx 5.0, Trapped, & Love Letter.

Perfect Gifting for:
• The friend who hosts game night
• Any kids exploring the world of tabletop games
• Anyone looking for a way to bring the whole family together this holiday season

📍: The Philly Game Shop, 519 S. 5th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

“Your Black Friend” Short Graphic Novel

Partners and Son — $5

Book by Ben Passmore.

Perfect Gifting for:
• Literally anyone, but especially your white friends
• The person who collects graphic novels and comics
• Anyone following an anti-racist path

📍: Partners and Son, 618 S. 6th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Banana Bread Candle

Aurora Grace Chocolates — $20

Perfect Gifting for:
• The friend who collects candles for every room in their apartment
• The homemaker whose house always smells amazing
• Anyone who can’t make it home for the holidays

📍: Aurora Grace Chocolates, 517 S. 5th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

ZippyPaws Hanukkah Squeakie Pattiez Menorah Dog Toy

Ham + Bone — $7.99

Perfect Gifting for:
• The Jewish dog parent
• The person who dresses up their dog up in holiday outfits
• Anyone who decorates every square inch of their apartment or house during the holidays

📍: Ham + Bone, 715 E. Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19147

NR Camtray

Neighborhood Ramen — $20

Design by Philly artist Kara Sankus.

Perfect Gifting for:
• The super chill friend
• Younger siblings who are dabbling in new hobbies
• Anyone with a medical card

📍: Neighborhood Ramen, 617 S. 3rd St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

North Pole Snow Card

Paper Moon — $6 (available in-store)

Perfect Gifting for:
• Long distance relationships
• Your folks back home
• Anyone who usually gets money in a card

📍: Paper Moon, 520 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Artful Giving

3rd Street Gallery — $25 $ Under (available in-store)

A range of artful goods, all made by member of 3rd Street Gallery, an artist-owned and run cooperative of local area artists.

Perfect Gifting for:
• The friend who is a supporter of the arts
• The person who loves handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts
• Anyone who loves going to museums and galleries

📍: 3rd Street Gallery, 610 S. 3rd St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Free Soul Expressions Moon Goddess Incense Burner

Totem Brand — $15

Perfect Gifting for:
• Anyone who loves Stevie Nicks
• The person who always says, “Hey, look at the moon!”
• The friend who is super into astrology

📍: Totem Brand, 535 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

3-in-1 Plant Moisture Meter, Blue

Walter Pine Floral Studio — $19

The Jungle Club’s 3-in-1 Soil Moisture Meter ensures the health and quality of your plants by helping you know when to water, the pH level and how much light your plant needs. To use, stick the probe 2-4 inches into the soil and adjust until the dial swings. After 10 minutes, note the moisture/pH/light level in the dial. Remove and wipe clean after use.

Perfect Gifting for:
• Anyone with a green thumb
• The person who cannot keep their house plans alive
• The cottagecore friend

📍: Walter Pine Floral Studio, 729 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Zen Pocket Puzzle

Urban Princess Boutique — $16.50

Made in the USA. Eco-Friendly. Handcrafted puzzles made to mellow your mood, hence the name Zen Puzzles. 50 pieces. 4.4″ x 4.4″

Perfect Gifting for:
• The parent who’s always carrying toys for their young child
• The friend who needs help de-stressing after work
• Anyone seeking more calmness and clarity in 2023

📍: Urban Princess Boutique, 620 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

“What If There Were No Black Folks” Children’s Book


Black and Nobel — $9.99

Perfect Gifting for:
• The child who is learning to read
• The friend who is beginning to teach their kid about difficult topics and subjects
• Any and all young people in your life

📍: Black and Nobel, 422 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Yamato Indigo Dye 10g

Totem Brand — $20

Perfect Gifting for:
• The DIY Queen
• The friend who loves denim
• Anyone who collects hobbies and projects

📍: Totem Brand, 535 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Role Playing Dice Sets and Singles

Queen & Rook Game Cafe — Under $25 (price varies)

Perfect Gifting for:
• The young person getting into tabletop gaming
• The aspiring D&D Dungeon Master
• Anyone who loves The Adventure Zone, Critical Role, or Dimension 20

📍: Queen & Rook Game Cafe, 607 S. 2nd St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Mockingbird Journals

Paper Moon — $13.50 (available in-store)

These snarky journals will make you the envy of the coffee shop with its faux vintage cover and eye-catching gold lettering. Perfect for writing, drawing or visual thinking of all types.

Perfect Gifting for:
• People on journaling TikTok/Pinterest
• Your creative BFF
• Anyone who’s a little bit of a mess

📍: Paper Moon, 520 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Crystals, Incense, & Metaphysical Items

Garland of Letters — $25 or Under (available in-store)

Perfect Gifting for:
• The friend who works with crystals
• The person who is always changing up their altar
• Anyone who loves a wide selction of incense

📍: Garland of Letters, 527 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Gift Card Ideas

Repo Records

Repo Records is a pot of gold when it comes to gifts. Stocking much more than records, Repo also carries books, candles, koozies, slipmats, and more. Can’t decide on what to buy for the music lover in your life? Then let them choose!

Perfect Gifting for:
• The person who doesn’t have a Spotify Wrapped because they only listen to physical media
• The friend with a killer record collection
• Anyone who loves music and pop culture trinkets

📍: Repo Records, 506 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Brickbat Books

Browse new and used books & records at this Fabric Row bookstore. You’ll find everything from artist’s monographs to pulp fiction, and children’s cooks to poetry at Brickbat Books!

Perfect Gifting for:
• The young person who loves to read
• The older family member who exclusively reads history books
• Anyone who dreams of built-in bookshelves

📍: Brickbat Books, 709 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Philly Vintage Bazaar

Philly Vintage Bazaar is so much more than a vintage shop! Working with local creators and artists, this bazaar also features a plethora of home goods and accessories, including incense, protection kits, vintage earrings, and jewelry.

Perfect Gifting for:
• The friend who dabbles in magic rituals
• The person with a carefully curated “look”
• Anyone looking for nice additions to their new apartment or home

📍: Philly Vintage Bazaar, 744 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Vinyl Altar

Metal is alive and well at Vinyl Altar, the Fabric Row record store housed inside “The Reliquary” with two other shops. Stop in to pick up your favorite new releases and dig through their killer selection of classics at the same time!

Perfect Gifting for:
• The metalhead in your life, obviously
• The person who never stopped collecting CDs
• Anyone with a Discogs account

📍: Vinyl Altar, 732 S. 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Loomen Labs Candle + Seltzer Bar

A CANDLE and SELTZER bar? Yep, you heard us. Loomen Labs is nestled just south of South Street, and their seasonal scents and party packages make it impossible to stay away for too long! Plus: Check out their new “Hanging On South Street” candle!

Perfect Gifting for:
• Your BFF
• The couple who loves trying new experiences
• The person who can pick up any hobby at any time without previous experience

📍: Loomen Labs Candle + Seltzer Bar, 620 S. 5th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Tattooed Mom

This bar, restaurant, event space, and street art museum is definitely a South Street rite of passage. Either your parents hung out here in the 90s, or you got your parents hooked on their tater tots. Either way, the gift of TMoms is a gift of love!

Perfect Gifting for:
• The vegan who’s dating a non-vegan (or vice versa)
• The newly 21 friend who’s never been allowed upstairs before
• Anyone who stops to take photos of street art

📍: Tattooed Mom, 530 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Head House Books

Recently named Best Bookstore by Best of Philly 2022, Head House Books is a literary treasure trove tucked away on 2nd Street. The carefully curated selection of books is enough to capture any avid reader, so let the bookworm in your life choose their own adventure!

Perfect Gifting for:
• The person who always carries a book with them
• The friend who is interested in the Philly lit scene
• Anyone whose Goodreads account is overflowing with new releases

📍: Head House Books, 619 S. 2nd St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

PMG is a South Street touchstone that everyone should visit more than once. You may be most familiar with the awe-inspiring outdoor structures, but the rotating lineup of folk art exhibitions and pop-up events like The Gardens After Dark are not to be missed!

Want to give the gift of a glittering mosaicked labyrinth under the glow of colorful nighttime lights? Then grab tickets for The Gardens After Dark now through the end of December.

Perfect Gifting for:
• New Philadelphians
• Your crush
• Anyone who is coming to South Street for the first time!

📍: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

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