Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The holidays have arrived and I am sure you will be giving many presents and hostess gifts during this season. We put a list together of some of our favorite sweet and savory treats for your friends and family. We hand-picked a few of our personal favorite local edibles from Pittsburgh and the surrounding area that we think would make perfect gifts and we wanted to let you know about them!

Pretzel Crazy –

These hand-crafted treats are perfect for every occasion, and can surely satisfy that sweet and salty craving! They start with fresh baked pretzels, coat it in the creamiest caramel, dip it in Milk, Dark or White chocolate then top off the pretzel with any of their 20 melt-in-your-mouth toppings from candies, cookies or nut toppings. They do great seasonal colors and designs and also offer other products as well such as dipped marshmallows. Although they do not have a store front, they can be found all year long at pop-up stores and festivals around the Pittsburgh area.

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Crave Haute Parisian Macarons –

The Crave Macaron is surely to be the favorite at the holiday cookie table, as they are defined as an elegant calculus of crumble, cloud and cream. These scrumptious macarons were created by a Mother-Daughter duo located in Belle Vernon, and artisanally handcrafted with the finest and unique ingredients. They offer these exquisite little pleasures in over fifty flavors! You can order them by quantity to serve at your own holiday event or order them packaged to be given out as party favors or hostess gifts.

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Patti’s Pasticceria –

Most Pittsburgher’s think of Enrico Biscotti Company when they are craving an Italian biscotti, but we encourage you to check out a lesser known hidden gem of an Italian bakery we like for their freshly baked cookies, biscotti and cakes! Head over to Patti’s Pasticceria located in White Oak, PA and taste their mouthwatering treats. Patti owns the bakery and we think their biscotti are as authentic and tasty as our favorites found in Tuscany. Their holiday cookie platters are perfect for any family function and you can order smaller quantities as gifts. They also offer these sweet treats all year long for Pittsburgh Cookie Tables.

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Jean-Marc Chatellier’s Bakery –

This French bakery offers authentic French pastries. We recommend their chocolate mousse cake, sea salt caramel macarons and Brenton French Shortbread. The Brenton French Shortbread is a cookie-like cake which originates from Brittany, Jean-Marc’s homeland, the Northwest part of France known for buttery pastries. Cut into slices and eat as is, or top with fresh fruit and whipped cream. This item makes a great gift for school teachers, hair stylists, manicurists and anyone else you would like to thank at the holidays. You can find these delicious treats at their bakery located in the Millvale section of Pittsburgh.

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Red Hawk Premium Peppers –

Just a few hours outside of Pittsburgh near State College, PA, this husband and wife owned company creates “Hot” products, such as hot sauces, red pepper jams, spice rubs, and dried powders. They feature some of the rarest to the hottest peppers in the world in their products. They offer gift sets for the holidays and we highly recommend the red pepper jelly mixed with a block of cream cheese for the zestiest vegetable dip you have ever tasted. You could mix and match a selection of their products and make a nice gift basket to give someone. These award winning products can be seen all throughout the year at nearby farmers markets and are able to be shipped right to your door!

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Happy Holidays! We hope you enjoy our recommendations!