Need some holiday shopping inspo? We will be shopping in a different neighborhood each week throughout the holidays. Come with us to the Southside!

Here are 9 local businesses you gotta check out for gifts for others and for yourself:

Illegal Apparel

Apparel so good it should be illegal, and it is. Pittsburgh’s own Illegal Apparel is a brand that’s all about being true to yourself. You’ll find sweatpants, hoodies, and shirts at their flagship store in the Southside, along with limited in-store only releases every few weeks.  

Wings Over Pittsburgh

Show yourself some tender love and care by soaring over to Wings Over Pittsburgh. With tenders, wings, sandwiches, and oodles of sauce options you are only as limited as your appetite. You can build a simple meal for yourself or plan for an aircraft-carrier-sized catered feast. And don’t forget to add the waffle fries and garlic parm tots! 

Fireborn Studios

Bowl over your fam and friends and totally be kiln’ it this holiday season with some locally made pottery. At Fireborn Studios you’ll find a diverse selection of pottery along with a cera-mix of awesome other work from glass, jewelry, and print artists. The studio is part retail space and part display space of larger scale work and experimental work. And if you’re more of a DIYer seize the clay by signing up for one of their pottery classes or workshops. 

Southside Boxing Club

Hit up the Southside Boxing Club to punch your holidays up a notch. While this gift doesn’t come in a box, it does come with a ring. They welcome anyone who wishes to learn the art of boxing to check them out, but they specialize in professional boxing training and MMA crossover athletes. 

Quick Drip IV

The holidays are great, until they aren’t. When last night was a trip let your day be a drip. With Quick Drip IV you’ll get back to being you in as little as 45 minutes. They offer drips for health, fitness, hangover prevention and hangover cures. Each drip is customizable to what benefits you. 

ASCEND Pittsburgh

Take your gift giving to new heights this holiday season by gifting classes to Ascend Pittsburgh. With Learn To Climb, Boulder Basics, and Climbing 101 anyone can be a rock star. Learn it solo or even climb with your friends. It’s a great way to sneak in some fitness and live a little boulder.

Cilantro & Ajo

Spice up your holiday with the tastes of Cilantro & Ajo’s Venezuelan street food. The mouth-watering menu of empanadas, arepas, parrillas all pair nicely with their brown lemonade or Frescolita. Be sure to grab their holiday special plato navideño which is served on Saturdays and Sundays. You can check out their restaurant in person or hit up their food truck. And just in queso you’re having a party they also offer catering and a private party space.  

Twelve Whiskey BBQ

If your goal is to add a bit of a classic taste of the Southside to your night then Twelve Whiskey BBQ, with its variety of food and 100+ beer options, is the place to head. Watch the game on their big HD screens, indulge in the fun atmosphere, or plan ahead and grab some of their catered bites.  

The Meatball Co.

With your choice of meat, sauce, and quantity at The Meatball Co the ol’ ‘ball game is always a winner. Next time you head out just tell your friends “Meat me” in the Southside and they’ll know where to go. 

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

Mo is a pun-loving Pittsburgher who likes to take photos and write. When not focusing on her kiddos, you'll find her pursuing happiness and working on living the American Dream via one craft beer at a time. She blogs at and

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