Everyone has that one person – or, let’s be honest, a few people – who are hard to shop for around the holidays. Maybe they don’t really need anything. Or maybe they’re joining the club of valuing experiences over possessions. No matter what the reason, we’ve compiled a list of nine unique gift ideas for your favorite Pittsburgh foodie!

Gaynor’s School of Cooking

At Gaynor’s School of Cooking, you’ll have a totally hands-on lesson about how to make your favorite foods. From sushi to pierogie, along with basics like knife skills, Gaynor’s has a class for everyone. Book a class or buy a gift certificate, but definitely don’t forget to BYOB when you go!

Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tour

Even if you’ve lived in Pittsburgh your entire life, we’re betting there are still some neighborhoods you haven’t explored. In our opinion, the best way to explore is by sampling food, so why not go on a food tour with Burgh Bits and Bites?? And you can book a custom tour for the most experienced of Pittsburgh foodies.

The Dinner Detective

The Dinner Detective, inside the Omni William Penn, is a four-course murder mystery dinner. The actors are hidden throughout the audience, which means anyone in the room might be involved in the show! Bring the whole family (ages 15+, please) or a big group of friends – and also bring some cash for the bar.

Pittsburgh Brewery Guide

The Pittsburgh Brewery Guide is a fun, affordable gift for the craft beer lover in your life. At only $10, your guide will be stamped like a passport as you visit each of the breweries. Make your own coupons good for an evening out and a beer at a few of the breweries, and you have one pretty amazing gift.

Coffee Passport

Speaking of passports, have you heard of the Coffee Passport? Every coffee fan needs one of these! You’re basically pre-paying for a coffee from each of ten participating coffee shops. Just go to each coffee shop, order off an exclusive menu, and get your passport stamped. We think this is such a fun way to try out all the amazing coffee Pittsburgh has to offer!

Garbella Handmade Goods and Gear

If you’re looking for special, handmade Pittsburgh gifts, Garbella is where it’s at. You can get anything from mugs to tea towels to aprons to clothing. There are even gifts for the tiniest yinzers on your list!

Wigle Whiskey

Everyone knows about Wigle Whiskey, but did you know they have some unique gifts? You can gift a membership to the Whiskey Club…um, yes please! Or check out their shop area at the distillery for things like an age-your-own whiskey kit, complete with an aging barrel.

Enrico Biscotti

Enrico Biscotti is an establishment in Pittsburgh, but they offer more than just their biscotti. Gift a friend one of their classes and enjoy a few hours learning to make something new! Besides, going for a class gives you the opportunity to buy some delicious biscotti to take home.

Basket of Pittsburgh

We realize not all Pittsburgh foodies live in Pittsburgh, so why not send them a little taste of home? Basket of Pittsburgh has tons of gift baskets to choose from for a variety of occasions, not just the holidays! Keep them in your back pocket for every event – because Pittsburgh classics are so much better than flowers.


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

Lauren loves all things Pittsburgh and all things food! When she's not checking out a new restaurant, you can find her in the kitchen trying a new recipe, working on her photography, or out on a bike ride exploring the city.

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