It’s been a tough year for everyone to say the VERY LEAST but now it’s the holiday season and we’re feeling like giving. We partnered with our friends at Innovative Extracts and other local businesses to give away local gifts every day for 25 days.

First, a little about our sponsor – Innovative Extracts. Our friends Andy, Vince, and Matt are really passionate about growing locally. The 3 veterans teamed up to build on Vince’s decades of agricultural expertise at Golden Farms after identifying the need for local, seed-to-sale, and affordable CBD products. After Matt drew their logo on the back of an envelope, the seeds were planted (literally and figuratively), and Innovative Extracts continues to grow. From third-party tested, high-quality CBD products (you can order online!) to an on-farm extraction lab to top-notch educational content (because TBH, we could all use some more info on CBD), these guys are our go-to! So THANK YOU fellas for supporting our mission!

How it works:

Starting on November 27th, Made in PGH will post a giveaway on Instagram daily. Entering is easy: just follow the local business and Made in PGH then tag a friend (or three!) in the comments. Winners will be selected five days after each post in our stories. We’ll DM the winners in case you miss it! We recommend turning on your notifications for @madeinpgh so you don’t miss one single giveaway!


Day 1: The Pretzel Shop

Date: November 27th
Giveaway: $25 Gift Card

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and covered in your fav toppings, who doesn’t love a pretzel. The Pretzel Shop has been slinging snacks in the Southside since 1927.  Fun fact: They still bake pretzels out of the original brick oven from 1872! That’s some history right there!

Day 2: Fifth Season

Date: November 28th
Giveaway: A 4-week subscription to a variety 4-pack of salads ($126 value)

Locally rooted in Pittsburgh, Fifth Season provides our city with salads that can’t be beat, and they deliver them right to your door! With a fridge full of these ready-to-eat salads, eating a healthy lunch is easier and faster than ever. The salads taste amazing because their greens are grown indoors at their robotic vertical farm, which ensures the produce is raised in the perfect conditions. Fifth Season offers plant-based, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free selections. Find Fifth Season at a store near you!

Day 3: SweatNet

Date: November 29th
Giveaway: A 12-month membership ($120 value)

Online workouts have been the way to go this year. SweatNet supports your wellness journey, holds you accountable AND provides fun fitness classes… all from a distance – well more than 6-feet. Unlock some deals with their local business partners, meditate, get recipes and more with a SweatNet subscription.

Day 4: Up in Arms Tattoo

Date: November 30th
Giveaway: $50 Gift Card

Up in Arms Tattoo has been inking up the Burgh since 2009. With 4 full time tattooers and a professional piercer they have over 20 years. of experience combined. From basic to elaborate, from original to ink that’s been done before – these artists focus on all styles of tattoos. Cleanliness may be a bigger focus in 2020 but Up in Arms has followed various guidelines to keep it clean and safe for their customers – probably why they were voted Best Tattoo Shop in Pittsburgh 2020!

Day 5: Nate’s Reptile Rescue

Date: December 1st
Giveaway: T-Shirt and Adoption Fee Waived

Nate’s Reptile Rescue has rescued 817 scale-y friends and counting in the Pittsburgh area. From rescuing to boarding to adoption – this non-profit makes sure as many lizards, turtles, snakes, geckos and more live their best life in the Burgh and surrounding areas.

Day 6: Chasse Permanent Makeup

Date: December 2nd
Giveaway: One FREE Service ($620 value)

If you’re like us, putting on makeup is a process. That’s where Tanya Chasse comes in to help. Just a few minutes from Riverview Park you can find services like microblading, permanent eye liner, powder brows, tattoo removal and more. As always with anything permanent, you’ll want to find someone you can trust so check out their reviews and your mind will be eased.

Day 7: Pastries A La Carte

Date: December 3rd
Giveaway: $25 Gift Card

Cookies, pastries and cupcakes – oh my! Pastries A La Carte has been slinging sweets right outside of the city since 2004. They have the cutest cut out cookies for every occasion, cheesecakes you can’t go wrong with and even options for the gluten-free community. Check them out and order online for your holiday needs.

Day 8: The Modern Cafe

Date: December 4th
Giveaway: $25 Gift Card + Growler

Who doesn’t love the cafe vibes? Right on Western ave in the North Side, you’ll find a family-owned retro cafe with a modern twist – get it? Modern Cafe is known for its craft beer selection filled with local hops, and homemade, award winning sandwiches. Indoor and outdoor dining options are available or take food, beer and cocktails to your own home!

Day 9: Wings Over Pittsburgh

Date: December 5th
Giveaway: $25 Gift Card

While Wings Over is a company that started in Massachusetts, this city’s franchise has been a staple in Pittsburgh’s Southside for a few years now. While they OBVIOUSLY offer wings, they also have ribs, sandwiches, wraps, salads and more!

Day 10: Mike’s Beer Bar

Date: December 6th
Giveaway: $25 Gift Card

Across from PNC Park on Federal St., you’ll find this pre-game staple with over 500 beer options for even the pickiest of hop drinkers. Mike’s has a full menu of the finest bar food and TVs for your viewing pleasure. Make sure you tell your friends to “Meet Me at Mike’s!”

Day 11: PGH Apparel

Date: December 7th
Giveaway: T-Shirt & $25 Gift Card ($45 value)

“Pittsburgh’s esteemed H: the one letter that exemplifies what it means to be from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.” PGH Apparel is an online shop that also has store fronts in Bethel Park and Wilkins Township. Do we really need to say more? We’re from PGH and we rep that heavy so grab some new black and gold gear at PGH Apparel.

Day 12: PGH Fresh

Date: December 8th
Giveaway: $100 Gift Card (can not be used for catering orders)

We love us some meals delivered for our convenience and local so how could we not partner with PGH Fresh? Eating healthy isn’t always easy when you’re busy but PGH Fresh helps. This local meal delivery company provides already cooked meals made with fresh ingredients, conveniently packaged and delicious recipes right to your doorstep – all you need to do is heat and eat. You can purchase individual meals, sign up for weekly meals with a subscription or use them for any catering needs.

Day 13: Breadworks

Date: December 9th
Giveaway: $25 Gift Card + Breadworks t-shirt ($40 value)

We always knead some good carbs from our friends Breadworks Bakery. Made fresh daily, you can always get your favorite dinner rolls, rustic breads, sandwich loaves and more seven days a week!

Day 14: Katie’s Clay Studio

Date: December 10th
Giveaway: $25 Gift Card

Get muddy and create with Katie’s Clay Studio in the North Hills. Katie’s offers paint your own pottery, pottery wheel throwing, glass art, pallet wood art, canvas painting and more opportunities in the studio. No matter your experience level, you can create a masterpiece with the help of a professional!

Day 15: The Foundry

Date: December 11th
Giveaway: $25 Gift Card

In Pittsburgh’s North Shore, you’ll find The Foundry Table & Tap – a locally owned & locally sourced new-American eatery. The Foundry features farm-fresh local and seasonal ingredients, as well as an extensive selection of seasonal craft brews and creative cocktails. Guests can enjoy the river-side patio (with heaters for the winter) with unsurpassed views of the Allegheny River and downtown skyline. Whether it’s a date night, weekend brunch or a private event, The Foundry has you covered.

Day 16: Innovative Extracts

Date: December 12th
Giveaway: Your choice of Farmhouse, Mint, or Lemon Blend Tincture ($45 value)

We already told you a little about our friends at Innovative Extracts, so now we’ll tell you about their CBD tincture we’re excited to give away. Some potential benefits of Innovative Extracts CBD tinctures include healthier sleep cycles, fewer aches and pains, and reduced stress (because 2020…). If you don’t happen to win, definitely put this on your list of stocking stuffers from Santa!

Day 17: Four Twelve Project – A Wine and Dinery

Date: December 13th
Giveaway: THREE $25 Gift Cards (three different winners)

Four Twelve Project – A Wine & Dinery that features wine drafts and bottles made by Moon’s own Four Twelve Winery. Much more than a winery, Four Twelve Project (FTP) will offer a farm-to-table food menu featuring as many locally sourced quality products we can get our hands on and offer frequent chef specials on a seasonal menu. We’ll also be focused on locally made art and music as well hosting events that showcase the talents and passions of our community.

2.Dine in AND take out available

3. Reservation ONLY, Tuesday through Saturday 4:12 until 8pm

4. Gift cards are available and can be used for dine in AND take out 

5. Sangria and Wine Slushies also available to go

Farm to table is the name of the game for Four Twelve Project – A Wine & Dinery featuring wine on tap and bottles from Four Twelve Winery in Moon Township. With a focus on local they feature as many locally sourced quality projects they can with frequent chef specials and a seasonal menu. Currently available for dine & and take out (including sangria and wine slushies), Four Twelve provides an experience you don’t want to miss.

Day 18: MLH Distillery

Date: December 14th
Giveaway: ___ Gift Card

MLH Distillery is worth the trip to Grove City (with a designated driver of course)! Visit the tasting room to sample cocktails with their homemade spirits like vodka, gin, coffee liqueur and more. If you’re dying to try these spirits but not ready for the trip, you can get them shipped right to your door by shopping online!

Day 19: Closet Rehab

Date: December 15th
Giveaway: TWO Design Sessions – virtual or in person (two different winners)

Closet Rehab is located in one of our favorite quaint neighborhoods – Sewickley. This boutique offers fun, colorful accessories for the minimalist closet. Spice it up even more with your own custom jewelry design session in-person or virtually! For this giveaway choose from thousands of acetate and acrylic pieces sold exclusively at 412 Style Labs of all different colors, shapes, and sizes to create your very own bespoke pair of earrings in under 30 minutes. 

Day 20: City Vista Apartments

Date: December 16th
Giveaway: $50 Gift Card to Local Restaurant, Scoglio

City Vista Apartments is located right outside of the city in Greentree, PA.  Live as close as you can get to Downtown Pittsburgh without the City taxes. This community includes amenities: a car care center, a pool area, a fire pit, and a health and wellness center.  Check out the studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments at City Vista!  You will love the space!

Day 21: Downtown Pittsburgh Dogs

Date: December 17th
Giveaway: Local Treat Your Pet Package including $20 Gift Card to Wagsburgh Pet Store, $20 Gift Card to Petagogy Pet Store, a Complimentary Pet Photo Session PawPrints Pet Potraits by Charlene ($100 Value), $20 Gift Card to Diamond In The Ruff Grooming Studio, $20 Gift Card to Sit Means Sit Pittsburgh Dog Training and a $25 Gift Card to Downtown Pittsburgh Dogs Dog Walking & Pet Sitting ($205 value)

Life gets busy, especially now. Downtown Pittsburgh Dogs are trusted pet care for your four-legged family members when you can’t be there. Downtown Pittsburgh Dogs are pet-loving employees that help you nurture your four-legged friends when there’s a lot going on. Their gift certificates are the perfect gift for animal lovers in Pittsburgh. Treat yourself, your friends and your furry friends today!

Day 22: Crystal River Gems

Date: December 18th
Giveaway: $25 Gift Card

This place is a real downtown hidden gem! Crystal River Gems is located on Fifth Ave and offers everything from rocks and crystals to gemstones to pendants and more. Shop in-store or online and find some unique gifts and treat yourself along the way too.

Day 23: Made in PGH

Date: December 19th
Giveaway: Made in PGH gear including a sweatshirt, t-shirt, hat, decal, mask and a tote ($125 value)

Oh hey! We know these people! Made in PGH started out as a lifestyle brand providing our fellow yinzers with our favorite local restaurants, bars, coffee shops, bakeries, boutiques and more. But who doesn’t love to represent the Steel City? So we started locally sourcing some merch by printing with some friends like Commonwealth Press, PlanetHEMP and Revival Printing Co. and working with local artist for designs.

Day 24: American Natural

american natural fall drinks
Image via: American Natural

Date: December 20th
Giveaway: FREE Tank of Gas & Pizza ($40 value)

American Natural is not just a gas station, they a major company who focuses on local roots. American Natural Eatery offers snack and specials from local brands like Mancini’s, Millie’s, Steel City Coffee Roaster and more. Their convenience app and curbside pickup are key when you’re on the move!


Date: December 21st
Giveaway: FREE Farmhouse Blend CBD Tincture + $200 shopping spree at

And for our grand finale, Innovative Extracts is giving away another Farmhouse Blend CBD Tincture along with a $200 shopping spree! From CBD Gummies for you to CBD for your anxious pets to maybe a bundle for a your secret santa gift – you’ll find something you need for sure!

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Chelsie Masciola

Brand Manager, Made in PGH

Chelsie is our Brand Manager here at Made in PGH. She is focused on content, event and brand strategy. If you want to chat about any partnership opportunities, reach out to! Let's talk over a cup of joe!

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