Gift baskets are a great way to send a unique gift to thank clients or coworkers. They also make great hostess and grab bag gifts. For those you don’t know well, a gift basket is always thoughtful and appreciated, and for those close to you, a gift basket can reflect a hobby or personal interest and shows just how well you know them. A gift basket can be a small add-on gift or a huge statement. That is why the gift basket has been a favorite of gift givers everywhere for years. If you are planning to delight someone with a gift basket this year, here are some great local stores to shop for the perfect basket.
Basket of Pittsburgh
210 Bilmar Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Pittsburgh is the home to many great products from Heinz ketchup to the Clark Bar. Why not delight your friends with a basket of the best of what Pittsburgh has to offer? There are many Pittsburgh-themed baskets to choose from. Basket of Pittsburgh also supports many local retailers and artisans by including their products in beautiful gift baskets. Try the Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood trolley filled with favorite Pittsburgh snacks.
3825 Saw Mill Run Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
Known for delicious gourmet foods, McGinnis Sisters has locations in Brentwood, Monroeville and Adams Township. The store offers many unique food baskets that are perfect for every palate. Choose from gourmet food, deli baskets, Pittsburgh-themed baskets, Breakfast in Bed, fresh fruits or chocolates. For a truly unique gift, McGinnis Sisters also offers steak gift boxes complete with thick prime cuts of steak and marinade.
Pennsylvania Macaroni Co.
2010 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Located in the Strip District, Pennsylvania Macaroni Company is known for gourmet meats and cheeses. The store has mouth-watering gift baskets for all of the foodies on your list. Try an antipasti basket filled with Italian meats and cheeses or a baked brie basket with everything you need to make your own warm and gooey baked brie. The “yinz burgh” gift box contains all of your Pittsburgh favorites such as Mancini’s bread, Isaly’s Chipped Chopped ham and Turners iced tea.
2013 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Located in the Strip District, Dreadnought Wines has the perfect baskets to delight the wine lover on your list. Gourmet food and wine accessories are paired with your favorite wines from around the world. For a gift that keeps on giving, try the wine of the month club which will deliver a boxed wine gift each month for the time period of your choosing.
290 Roupe Road
Eighty Four, PA 15330
Located in Eighty Four, J&D Cellars hand-crafted vinifera, native, hybrid and fruit wines. From dry and complex to sweet and delightful, J&D has a wine for anyone on your list. At J&D, you can pick up a beautiful gift basket complete with wine, complementing cheeses, crackers and wine glasses and accessories. Choose from those available or combine some favorite items in the shop with your favorite wine for a custom basket.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.