Top Gift Ideas for Her in Pittsburgh

February 5, 2019
Gift Ideas
jason wolfe

If you’re like a lot of guys, you wake up one day and look at the calendar, and realize your girlfriends birthday is tomorrow!

Or maybe things got hectic around Christmas and all of a sudden it’s Christmas Eve, and you still have to get her a present! Maybe it’s because you can’t think of anything she’d like, or maybe just nothing has stood out so far.

Not to worry, we’ve put a list together of the top gifts any Pittsburgh girl would love to have. Whether it’s for her birthday, Christmas or you just want to surprise her out of the blue, these gifts are always welcomed and appreciated.

Use a GiftYa card to any of the places listed below, and add an extra, personalized touch like a photo or a video to your message. She’ll love the extra effort! GiftYa cards don’t lose their value and never charge the recipient to use them either. You can feel confident giving a GiftYa card, and with a huge selection of stores to choose from, you’re sure to find that perfect gift!

1. Gaynor’s School of Cooking

If your girl likes to cook check out the classes available here! Image courtesy of Gaynor's School of Cooking
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309 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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412-325-2703

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Mon-Sat 9am-10pm
Sun 12pm-10pm

Whether your girlfriend likes to cook or would like to learn, the Gaynor School has a class for that.

My wife and I did the couples night and had a great time. Gaynor is friendly and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend for a night out. - Yelp Review

With such a wide selection of classes-- from sushi making to couples classes and even pierogi making classes-- you’re sure to find one she’ll like.

Need a bit more help just getting down the basics? They also offer classes on fine cooking that will have her whipping up delicious eats in no time.

Don’t forget about their baking and pastry classes either!

2. Burgh Bits and Bites Tour

Get a sampling at some of Pittsburgh’s top restaurants in the Southside. Anyone who loves to cook, or even just loves to eat, will enjoy this gift! Image courtesy of Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tour
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Southside Tour

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866-736-6343

If your girlfriend is more interested in trying new foods than cooking them, this food tour of the historic Southside is a great option.

I have been on a lot of food tours and this one did not disappoint. Every single stop was exceptional... - Yelp Review

These walking tours last about 2 hours and are a great way to sample the fare from restaurants you might not have had the chance to try yet. It’s also a wonderful way to hear bits and pieces of Pittsburgh history while you’re at it.

There is so much try on Carson street-- from pizza to grape leaves to milkshakes!

Other food tour locations include Allentown, the Strip District Market, Brookline, Bloomfield, Lawrenceville, Northside, and even custom tours!

3. Garbella Handmade Goods and Gear

Adorable handmade gifts especially for Pittsburghers! Image courtesy of Garbella's
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5202 Carnegie St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Shopping local is the way to go, and you can’t go wrong with a cute and quirky gift for your Pittsburgh gal from Garbella’s.

Operating out Lawrenceville, this former Etsy shop has quickly grown and their items can be seen in stores throughout Pittsburgh.

There are mugs, tea towels, pins, magnets, and ornaments just to name a few. Everything in the shop has an endearing Pittsburgh feel, so if you’re looking for a unique gift, check out this store.

4. Sephora

If your girl is into makeup, you can’t go wrong with a gift from Sephora. Image courtesy of Sephora
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5526 Walnut St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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412-687-2484

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Mon-Tues, Thurs-Sat 10am-7pm
Wed 10am-8pm
Sun 11am-5pm

If your girlfriend is into all things beauty, then check out Sephora for a gift for her.

...this location seems to have really kind and professional staff...They'll really take the time to work with you, which is awesome! - Yelp Review

This place is packed full of all the best makeup brands, and they even offer perfumes and and brushes as well.

If you’d like to give her an extra treat, ask about setting up a mini-makeover with the professional staff. She’ll be sure to remember this gift for years to come!

5. Colony Cafe and Wine Bar

Image courtesy of Colony Cafe
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1125 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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412-586-4850

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Tues-Sat 10:30am-9pm

This place is a must-try for anyone that loves good coffee and loves cats!

If I only had one word to describe Colony Cafe, it would be adorbs!  It has all the things I need in life: cats, caffeine, alcohol and food.  And cats!... - Yelp Review

If your girlfriend is any animal lover, treat her to a day at the Colony Cafe. They offer good food as well as coffee, tea, and wine.

But what really makes this place special is that all the cats here are from Animal Friends and available for adoption. Spend a couple of hours petting the cats here and we’re sure you’ll want to take one home.

Make sure to schedule in advance as space here books up quickly. It’s easy to see why!

6. Kiln-n-Time

Your girlfriend will love the chance to make her own art! Image courtesy of Kiln-n-Time.
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3801 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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412-687-0383

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Tues-Sat. 12pm-9pm

If you’re looking for a gift for an artsy girl, why not check out Kiln-n-Time in Lawrenceville?

...had a wonderful time! The class is BYOB, which helps create a relaxed, fun atmosphere. - Yelp Review

Here they offer all kinds of classes, from ceramics to painting and even glass fusing. No worries if you’re a beginner either-- these classes are aimed at having fun.

There are even date night options, where you can BYOB to your class. Talk about a one of a kind gift!

7. No.14

The threads from this boutique are spot on. If your girl is a fashionista, grab a gift from this spot she’ll be sure to love! Image courtesy of No.14.
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4601 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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412-260-6088

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Tues-Sat 11am-6pm
Sun 12pm-4pm

No. 14 is a cute boutique in Lawrenceville filled with trendy and on point fashion and jewelry.

I absolutely adore this little boutique!...every time I visit this store I am tempted to purchase almost every item I see. - Yelp Review

There are no big box labels here-- everything is hand picked by the owners and complements their aesthetic.

If you’d like to get a gift that is not only just her style but also helping out local small businesses, this should be a place you check out.

8. Mystery Theater Pittsburgh

You are a part of the show at the Mystery Theater Dinner! Something out the ordinary your girlfriend will love. Image courtesy of Mystery Theater Pittsburgh
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Gaetano’s
1617 Banksville Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216

ticketing@murdermystery.com

For a truly unique experience, consider treating your girlfriend to a murder mystery dinner show.

This group of talented actors really know how to make an entertaining evening out. You don’t just sit down and watch the show either, the audience is an essential part of the play, teaming up with each other to try and solve the mystery.

What better way to build a stronger relationship with your girlfriend then with some interesting-- and at times, hilarious-- theater?

9. Blue Apron Meal Delivery

With items that come directly to her door, cooking dinner will be a snap! Image courtesy of Blue Apron.

Chances are your girlfriend is a busy woman, and sometimes she doesn’t have time to cook on the weeknights.

...The meals so far have been excellent and all the ingredients super fresh. - Yelp Review

Wouldn’t it be great if you treated her to a subscription to Blue Apron, where dinner arrives at her doorstep ready to go?

All the portions are specifically measured out and recipe cards are included with each order. You can even adjust the frequency with which you get your orders, and can pause the delivery if you’ll be out of town.

That’s one less thing for her to worry about, plus it’s the gift keeps on giving!

10. Littles Shoes

The best shoe store in Pittsburgh, hands down! This is only one tiny section of the shoes available! Image courtesy of Littles Shoes
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5850 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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412-521-5350

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Mon-Sat 9:30am-9pm
Sun 12pm-5pm

An iconic fixture in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, Littles has been providing stylish, well made shoes to Pittsburghers for years.

Truly amazing...This is a classic shoe store with shoes galore and very attentive staff...Great funky purse selection too. - Yelp Review

With a wide array of all kinds of shoes, your girlfriend can trust she’s getting the best brands on the market.

In case she doesn’t know what she wants, the staff are readily available with suggestions. Whether she wants a cute wedge for a sundress, or comfortable, everyday flats, Littles is sure to have what she’s looking for.

It can be intimidating to shop for your girlfriend-- there are so many options to choose from. But whether she likes beauty products, fashion, or doing something outdoors, any of the ideas on this list are sure to please her.

Have you purchased any of the items listed above? Let us know in the comments!

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