Philly-related gifts you can buy that aren't pieces of LOVE Park
Hundreds lined up Friday morning to NOT buy $50 chunks of the old LOVE Park. Here are some things you can actually purchase.
By now you've heard about The Great LOVE Park Tchotchke Debacle of 2017, in which hundreds of folks lined up on Black Friday morning to buy a $50 objet d'art made of stone from the old park, only to be told the sale wasn't happening because artist Robert Indiana hadn't given permission.
LOVE Park keepsake sale shut down at last minute
As close as you're getting to owning one of these things. source (origin)
Hundreds in line were given "certificates" instead of granite stones, BillyPenn.com reported.
Tsk. Like love itself, so often just beyond our reach.
So unless your name is on the list to buy one of the 250 LOVE Park pieces already, you're not getting one. Here are a few Philly-centric items to consider instead.
Some require a trip to the brick-and-mortar, some are available online. All are gift-worthy!
Gift an anytime ticket to the Museum of the American Revolution
Haven't been to the Museum of the American Revolution yet?
Gift a friend a discounted anytime ticket and grab one for yourself. Right now, they're $20 ($5 off!) and good for a full year, so you and your buddy have plenty of time to make and reschedule plans a few times before you finally get it together.
The discounted tickets are available for a limited time, here: https://tickets.amrevmuseum.org/WebStore/shop/view...
Keep weird Philly alive at South Fellini
Dude, that's cold. Hat, $25 at South Fellini.
We hit South Fellini on Small Business Saturday, scooping up several gifts for folks on our list and scoring a little branded tote bag (corny yes, but if it's for free it's for me).
But you can always access the goofy goodness of this tiny East Passyunk shop online, and pick up such inside-jokey items as the Crumb Bum hat, for when your head's cold and you feel like the kind of person Frank Rizzo would insult in the street. SouthFellini.com
The Workshop School students have your Jawnaments and more
The original Jawnament was an instant classic back in 2014. Today it comes in several colors, including red.
First things first: Yes, The Workshop School is selling the ever-popular Jawnaments again this year, along with several other laser-cut wood ornaments made by students. Don't miss the delicate snowflake earrings, each with a randomly-generated design from a program the kids created in class.
In October, Generocity reported, Workshop School students held a fundraiser for which 11th and 12th graders designed five different themed Escape Rooms. These clever kids definitely deserve your cash, and the ornaments and earrings are all under $10 apiece. So you can afford to buy a bunch to hang on the tree, give as presents or use to decorate a wrapped gift.
Get some Sixers tickets, while you still can
As we type this, the Sixers have won three in a row and are battling LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, so obviously the Wells Fargo Center is packed.
But beyond that, there's a general sense -- at least, early on in this season -- that Philadelphia 76ers basketball is fun again -- for the first time! If everyone stays healthy (makes Sign of Cross) and the team maintains a decent record, Sixers tickets could be a hot commodity by New Year's.
Get in on that now. Single-game tickets are available on StubHub.
Why you should buy two copies of 'Walking Philadelphia'
Walking Philadelphia, by Natalie Pompilio and Tricia Pompilio
Full disclosure: Natalie Pompilio, half of the sister duo behind this smart, sassy collection of self-guided tours, is a longtime friend of This is Philly. But that's not why we're recommending you buy two copies of this recently-published book.
Pick up a hard copy of this book for a friend, and grab yourself one too.
It's always worth getting hipped to interesting spots you didn't know about, and next time friends come to visit Philly from out of town and ask you what to do while they're here, you'll have something fun and new to tell them. Plus, it's a book full of walking tours. You need the exercise.
Color your Philly-lovin' world with gifts from Philadelphia Independents
A page from the "Drawn Jawn" coloring book by Kate Otte
Only a few weeks ago, a colleague was in Philly from out of town, and staying in Old City. We pointed him toward Philadelphia Independents at 35 N. 3rd St. for gifts to take home. He came away with magnets and a LOVE ornament and none were cheesy, or mass-produced. Get it all in the shop or online.
We especially like the "Drawn Jawn" coloring book, which as this recent Philly.com piece tells you, is filled not just with pictures to be colored in but activity pages, including one where you get to pick out the household items suitable for use in saving a parking spot. Fun for the whole family!