10 of Our Favorite Holiday Gifts Found at Pittsburgh's Museums
These suggestions may spare you the stress of finding the perfect gift.
The holidays can be hard for those who aren’t the most creative gift-givers. You know how it goes: you receive a thoughtful and unique gift from a friend, only to give them a gift card in return. Spare yourself the stress and look somewhere a little different this year — museum shops.
Pittsburgh is home to more than 30 museums. Their gift shops offer goodies for budding artists, Andy Warhol fans and karaoke enthusiasts — and that’s without even leaving the North Side. Most shops don’t require admission if you’re just there to shop. Here are our 10 picks (among many more) of the neatest items around town.
AT THE MATTRESS FACTORY
Mini karaoke microphone that plugs into your phone – $10.00
Your loved ones can belt out the ballads like superstars right from their smartphones. Your second gift can be not mentioning it if they’re not the best singers.
Letters to my future self – $14.95
A sweet gift for someone starting a new chapter in life, this booklet contains 12 letters to write to one’s future self. Each contains a prompt asking the writer to reflect on the past and is addressed “To: My future self” and “From: the old me.”
Body doodlers -$9.50
This set of six washable face and body crayons are great if you’ve always wanted to design your own tattoo, but don’t want a real one. They also make a wonderful gift for kids — better they use these to draw on themselves than permanent markers.
AT THE FRICK
Demolished ballparks necktie – $49.95
This silk necktie showcasing six demolished baseball fields, including Pittsburgh’s own Forbes Field, is ideal for baseball geeks and history buffs alike.
Corset gold foil print – $17.50 for an 8×10
For those always hunting for new home decor: try this gold foil print of a victorian burlesque vintage corset.
Young artist texture painting set – $26.00
This painting kit, intended for ages 5 and up, includes five paint colors, five texturizing tools, paint tray, 20 pages of paper and an art guide book. Your refrigerator will be newly decorated in no time.
AT THE SENATOR JOHN HEINZ HISTORY CENTER
Mr. Rogers sweater changing mug – $13.00
What better way to start the morning than with a coffee and Pittsburgh legend, Mr. Rogers? Add a hot drink and Mr. Rogers jacket changes from a suit jacket to this yellow cardigan, his signature look.
Pittsburgh: Cool stuff every kid should know $9.99
Find out what year Pittsburgh officially reinstated the letter H in its spelling, and many other hometown fun facts in this little book.
AT THE WARHOL
Marilyn Monroe note pad -$14.99
It’s a two-for-one: both Warhol and Marilyn Monroe fans will love this notepad.
Brooklyn Bridge sketch book -$10.00
From Warhol’s 1983 series on the Brooklyn Bridge, this quirky sketchbook is sure inspire aspiring artists.