Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Philly gift ideas

Below are local Philly gift ideas. Happy holiday shopping!

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1) South Fellini Philly-themed pins. Intent on showing off the “pretty and gritty” of South Philly, South Fellini’s Tony Trov and Johnny Zito opened their East Passyunk Avenue novelty shop this year for precisely this sort of occasion. Go for the pins –ideally the Wawa Jawn, but their newly released East Passyunk logo pins will also do just fine. ($12, SouthFellini.com or 1507 E. Passyunk Ave.)

2) Michael Malizia custom drawings. Wanting something a little more personal? Hoboken sketch artist Michael Malizia transforms memories – think: photos of a since-gone pet or a scene from a home video – into an artwork. This is one that, surely, will stick around for generations. ($650-plus, MyLifeStudioArt.com)

3) Yowie bottle opener. Most of us can agree that bottle openers aren’t the most sightly objects stocking our kitchen. Yowie, the online shop that operates out of the Italian Market, is offering a colorful Pat Kim bottle opener that promises to not “be banished into the utensil drawer.” Sold. ($36, ShopYowie.com)

4) Japanese-style apron. This open-back apron is made from reclaimed linens with customizable pockets. To boot, 25 percent of proceeds are forwarded to Urban Agriculture. Consider it a good starter gift for the family’s cook-in-training. ($88, TheKitchenGardenSeries.com)

5) Philadelphia tree ornament. If the tree’s looking devoid of Philly representation this year, this one’s a no-brainer as a stocking stuffer or bonus gift for mom or dad. Go with the AIA Design Center’s ornament, which packs in depictions of One Liberty Place, City Hall and the Liberty Bell. ($25, AIABookstore.com or 1218 Arch St.)


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Decorating Your New Home For The Holidays

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Decorations are an essential part of getting in the holiday spirit! Here are some small tips to get creative with in order to make your new home look extra festive for this winter holiday season with little time and effort:

  1. Use any extra ornaments for an ornament display. Place sparkling and colorful ornaments on a cake stand around with leaves for a beautifully simple centerpiece or table decoration.
  2. Greenery will surely add a festive touch in your home, whether its along a staircase or even around a doorway. This will create a very inviting atmosphere in your home. The same thing can be done with lights!
  3. Decorate a small artificial white tree with holiday items. Candy canes, bows and mints will make a stunning display on any table.
  4. A festive chandelier-like decoration can be made from clustering ornaments, tying different colored bows on them and hanging them from the ceiling or door frame.
  5. With a simple touch of spray paint, a frosting look can be added to a wreath to transform it into a winter decoration. Put on gold or any other holiday colored leaves to add a pop of color.
  6. Filling a snifter with different kinds of shiny silver bells will add some sparkle to your dining room table.

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Helpful Decorating Tips for Bedrooms

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Bedrooms are a very important area that you want to reflect yourself and your style! Here are some helpful bedroom decor tricks to help you get started on decorating a sanctuary that is just right for you:

1. Pillows are never a bad idea for your bedroom. Pile on pillows of different colors and patterns to make your room unique and extra comfy. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns of different sizes, floral designs and geometric shapes.

2. A printed bedspread does a lot with bedroom decor. If you use a printed bedspread, the rest of the room can come together with matching accents of color on the walls or floor.

3. You could also use printed patterns as your accent instead. Using similar solid colors for bedspreads and walls with accented lamps, rugs and artwork can bring a room together nicely.

4. Use pops of color if you want color without a full time commitment of painting the walls or buying furniture by putting hints of it in your accessories.

5. A light source on your wall beside the bed can reduce clutter on your night stand and you wont have to worry about knocking it over. This could also be useful with a fine tune bulb for night time reading and relaxing.


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Fall Fest & Spooky Saturday

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Fall fun on the Ave for the whole family

When: Saturday, October 29, 11am-4pm

Join us for a day of spooktacular fun with free activities for the kids, adults and even fido too! Shop from dozens of crafters, enjoy fall fare, and bring your pooch to Amelie’s Bark Shop for a treat and water station. All activities at The Singing Fountain (East Passyunk & Tasker) unless otherwise noted.

KID STUFF

  • FREE pumpkin decorating, fall and Halloween-themed arts & crafts, BenFM music and Trick or Treating from the Crafters 11:00AM-1:00PM
  • Costume Contest staggered by age group:
    • 11:00AM – Ages 4 & Under
    • 1:30AM – Ages 5 to 8
    • NOON – Ages 9 to 12
    • 12:30PM – Dogs
  • Trick or Treating down the Avenue 1:00PM
  • FREE treats and music at the Mifflin Triangle (EPA & Mifflin) 1-4:00PM

LIVE MUSIC

  • 1:00PM – Shakey & Winky
  • 2:00PM – Mia Johnson
  • 3:00PM – Las Palabras

CRAFT SHOW

Nice Things Handmade is bringing in dozens of local artists with crafts, artwork, clothing and more.

FALL FARE

Enjoy outdoor eats and drinks from Stogie Joe’s, Pub on Passyunk East, Mamma Maria Ristorante, and Weckerly’s

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Philly’s Cheesesteak & Food Fest

cheesesteak-festPhilly’s Cheesesteak & Food Fest, a day to celebrate the city’s signature foods, will be held on October 15th at Citizens Bank Park, just a short drive from Siena Place.

In its second year, the event will feature over 50 food vendors sampling their signature cheesesteaks, hoagies, roast port, water ice, and other Philly favorites! Guests can also enjoy a craft beer garden, carnival games, and live music. The famous Phillie Phanatic will even make an appearance (after all, Cheesesteaks are one one of his favorite foods!). Philly’s Cheesesteak & Food Fest promises to be one tastiest events of the year!

When: Saturday, October 15th from 12:30 to 5 PM

Where: Citizens Bank Park
1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148

General Admission: $20
(includes free parking)

Premium: $45
(includes 10 food samples, free parking and 2 Phillies Tickets)

VIP: $65
(Includes 15 food samples, early entry at 11 AM, free parking, a commemorative cap, 2 Phillies Tickets, and access to the VIP Rooftop).

For more information or to buy tickets visit: http://www.cheesesteakfest.com


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What makes a house a home?

how-to-choose-a-family-petThere’s an old saying “home is where the heart is”. A house is four walls and roof that provide shelter from the elements. A home is a safe haven from all of “life’s little storms”. Above all, home is place where you feel comfort, security, and love.

The people (and pets!) you share it with
Your kids are in the backyard playing fetch with the dog and your husband’s making a sandwich in the kitchen. Meanwhile, the cat’s napping on your keyboard, again. Everyone going about their routines gives your home the unmistakable buzz of life.

The rituals you create
From standing Saturday movie nights complete with popcorn to your annual Independence Day barbeque, the traditions you keep with family and friends create fond memories — and get everyone looking forward to making more.

The smells of good cooking
For many folks, a house isn’t a home until it’s been cooked in. From the wafting aroma of soup to the mouthwatering smells of baking cookies, every meal you stir up in your home is nourishment for both body and soul.

Comfy corners
It may be that reading chair you’ve moved into every place you’ve lived since college, or your memory foam mattress with the plush covers you splurged on. No matter how clean and modern your style, every home needs at least one or two cozy spaces where you curl up and relax.

The memories you make
This is where you were standing when you found out you were pregnant with your first child. Here are the marks on the wall measuring your children’s growth. And it was at this dinner table that you celebrated your last big promotion. Every cocktail party, Christmas Eve, or simple Sunday afternoon leaves its impression, making your house a repository for every experience of a life well lived.

Siena Place’s luxury townhomes are built with superior workmanship and the finest quality amenities, within one of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods. At Siena Place, your home is your sanctuary. Learn more about this spectacular community by visiting: http://www.sienaplace.com or calling our sales manager at 215.339.5390.

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Organize Your Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clutter in the kitchen is no fun. We use our kitchens daily, so keeping them tidy is a constant battle, and it’s so easy to accumulate things you don’t need. Sometimes you just have to get rid of some things to make your kitchen appear cleaner, and make it more efficient for you when prepping meals, serving them, and cleaning up afterwards. Have no fear, we’re here to help! Here are some tips for de-cluttering and organzing your kitchen:

First you have to decide what to keep, sell or donate, store, or toss? You’ll have to ask yourself – “When have I last used it?”

NEVER:  Toss it in the trash, or pile it in the donation pile.

WITHIN THE LAST YEAR: Toss or store it, depending on what it is. If it’s something you only use seasonally, then store it in a separate container and mark it (e.g. “Holiday Cooking Tools.”)

WITHIN THE LAST MONTH: Keep it, but find a place for it.

YESTERDAY: If you use these everyday, you’ll need to put these clean and within reach so there always ready when you need them

Next step, is to end the clutter…

SORT: Decide where the item goes – trash, donate pile, storage, or right back in the drawer or kitchen cabinet.

TOSS: Everything that’s in the trash pile goes bye-bye! If it has no use, then you need to get rid of it

ORGANIZE: Clean the spaces in your shelves, and fridge. Clear away dirt and crumbs. If items are dirty or dusty toss them in the dishwasher or hand clean so they can be returned to their proper place.

PUT AWAY: Put storage items away, donations go in donate pile, and everything else that’s left should be organized so that it can be easily accessible. This might include reorganizing the dishes a little or your silverware so that the items you need most are in front or are at eye-level.


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Second Saturday on East Passyunk!

 

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Kick off fall this weekend by attending Second Saturday on September 10th! Shop fall fashions, view art installations and sip on complimentary cocktails while strolling down East Passyunk.

Featured stores this month include:

Baum’s Dancewear

Baum’s Dancewear is a manufacturer, wholesale distributor and retailer of quality dance footwear, apparel, costumes and accessories. They offer the finest brands and most diverse collection of dance and performance products, at exceptional prices!

Visit the South Philadelphia location on Second Saturday to receive a the punch card! For every $20 you spend you get a punch, fill up your entire card and receive 15% off your next purchase.

Location: 1805 E Passyunk Ave
Hours: 10am-5pm

 

King’s Music

King’s Music in South Philadelphia has everything for your music needs. Visit them for music lessons, instrument repair, recording, and the best deals in the area on instrument purchases.

Guitar strings and guitar picks are buy one get one (of equal or lesser value).
Sign up for lessons on Saturday and receive $10 off a music lesson for any instrument!

Location: 1828 East Passyunk Avenue
Hours: 10am-6pm

 

N.R.S boutique

N.R.S Boutique has all one of a kind designs & vintage clothing and accessories.

This Saturday marks the beginning of the Fall sale. All items are 15% off and the will be 1/2 off sale racks!

Location: 1822 E Passyunk Ave.
Hours: 12pm-8pm

 

Occasionette

Occasionette is a curated gift shop on South Philly’s East Passyunk Avenue, boasting one of the city’s largest selections of independent cards and gifts.

The first 40 shoppers to spend $40 or more in the shop will receive a free tote bag filled with $25 worth of goods & gifts! Saturday only. Shop early to be sure to get your tote filled with free goodies with your purchase!

Location: 1825 E Passyunk Ave

Hours: 11am-8pm

To learn more visit: http://www.visiteastpassyunk.com/events/second-saturday.php


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Crafts to Celebrate the End of Summer

 

Feeling bored on this rainy Thursday? Create one of these charming crafts celebrate the last days of summer!

Stenciled Nautical Decor

Stenciled nautical motifs onto inexpensive buckets, glasses, and even cloth napkins. All you need is a little craft paint, a brush, and stencils or stenciling tape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clamshell Wreath

Pondering what to do with this year’s seashell collection? Create a summery wreath to hang on your front door!

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Striped Pillow Covers

Nothing says summer more than nautical stripes! These stylishly striped pillows say it all to your guests, “Sit back, relax, and enjoy the last days of summer.”

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Creating an Effective Workspace at Home

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Whether you’re retired or you work from home, it’s always nice to have a space to do work, engage in a hobby, make phone calls, or store important documents. Here are some tips and design recommendations to create an efficient and luxurious workspace at home.

It’s important to first come up with a plan on how you’re going to make your work space more functional so you can accomplish more with fewer interruptions. Staying focused and motivated is essential in making a home office work, so start by organizing your frequently used items and purchasing time- and space-saving equipment, software and storage products, says the Houston Chronicle.

Make Wise Use of Storage
Most home offices are no larger than a small bedroom or craft room. That means space is at a premium, yet you have a lot of stuff to store and display. While you may be tempted to hang photos, diplomas, and awards of distinction on your walls, they take up valuable space for storage. You’re going to need that wall space for bins, bookcases and shelving. Double up wherever you can. For instance, an ottoman with a removable top pulls double duty as a storage bin for papers, spare blankets and craft items. If it has a solid top on the underside, flip it over and pull triple duty as a coffee table.

Get Organized
If you’re like most homeowners, you have a lot of files. If you don’t have extensive filing cabinet systems, you’re going to have to get creative. The main point is to set something up where you can easily and quickly access the file you need. Best bet is to purchase software where you scan important documents, then store them electronically. But if you’re still an old school fan of paper version, use tabs, separators and different-colored folders to group similar paperwork. Place in filing cabinets if you have them, with more relevant files to the front and older ones to the back or in a closet.

Integrate your Electronics
Keep all your electronics necessary to do daily work all within reach of your chair if possible. Create a workstation that encompasses your deck, a chair, phone, and printer/fax/copier in one. If you splurge on any one thing in your office, let it be your office chair. Get an ergonomic one, especially if you’ll be using it for a good portion of the day. An L-shaped work station works best for most people, allowing you to stay seated and swivel as needed. You may want to invest in a clear plastic mat under the chair for ease of use.

It’s best to have an office space that’s all your own. If you’re sharing the space with a kids’ playroom, home gym or craft room, the distractions could keep you from being productive.


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