Paulina Reso Paulina is the digital media and film editor at Philadelphia City Paper. When she isn't fretting about the website, she's writing about urban cycling, people's pet projects and cultural oddities. She's grown a five-pound zucchini and teenage girls often mistake her for Julia Stiles.
The Home Cook: Shopping for the casual chef
The Do-Gooder: What to give while giving back
The Bike Commuter: Best buys for those on two wheels
The Philly Enthusiast: For those whose love of the city runs deep
The Explorer: For the person who loves new experiences
No one wants to be known for buying lame, one-step-above-fruitcake gifts, but nailing down the perfect present isn’t easy. It requires some heartfelt reflection, and who has time for that during the holiday crunch, especially if ribbon-curling shears and wrapping paper are involved? To keep the frantic, last-minute shopping to a minimum, we thought of five kinds of people you might find in your life — the do-gooder, home cook, bike commuter, experience-seeker and Philly enthusiast — and scoured local shops for memorable presents they won’t want to toss in a pile of returns. From the practical (a nifty U-lock holster for cyclists) to the whimsical (a kayak tour of the Schuylkill) to the unconventional (26 pounds of organ meat), we’ve culled a diversity of gifts from around the city so you can please even the most curmudgeonly of Scrooges on your list, all while supporting area businesses. Happy holidays!
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