Philadelphia Souvenirs: 14 Unique Gift Ideas from the City of Brotherly Love
1. Mummer’s Umbrella
Located in the heart of Mummer country in South Philly, is the Mummer Museum where you can watch videos of the parade and get an up-close perspective of their elaborate costumes. Learn how to do their signature strut and pick up a Mummer umbrella ($18.00) or two to better get you in the spirit of things.
There is also collection of dolls for sale dressed in full authentic Mummer regalia – perfect for both, the doll lovers and doll collectors in the family. Prices range from $25.00 to $87.00.
1100 S. 2nd St.
2. Phillies Phanatic Puppet
Be sure and check out the second level of the store for the Phanatic Attic. Here you will find a treasure trove of gifts featuring one of baseball’s most endearing and enduring sports mascots, the Phillies Phanatic.
A nifty item is the Phanatic puppet. The beloved Phillies mascot is great fun to watch at the games and this colorful puppet captures his whimsical expression, playful nature and bright green color. Of course, he is accessorized with a Phillies baseball cap and jersey. $21.99
Philadelphians love their Phillies, no doubt about it. Majestic store offers all kinds of logoed apparel, for humans and your favorite pet.
Citizens Bank Park
One Citizens Bank Way
3. U.S Mint Silver Quarters & Moneybag
The new, multi-year America the Beautiful silver quarter collection is a must-have. High quality silver characterizes these uncirculated beauties, which can be purchased in a US Mint moneybag for a truly extraordinary gift. The quarters are all coded with a ‘P’ indicating their city of origin. Varies in price depending on the quantity but to give you an idea, 5 uncirculated America the Beautiful silver quarters are priced at $31.95, $49.95 for 100 identical coins in a U.S Mint moneybag.
151 North Independence Mall East
4. Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates
5. Betsy Ross Byers Choice Doll
Other one of a kind dolls available at the Betsy Ross House are from the Little Souls line. Handcrafted near Philadelphia, these engaging dolls are dressed in colonial garb. $70.00
Another very special gift idea, available only at the Betsy Ross House, is to purchase the official flag that flies over the house and which is changed out on a regular basis. If you or a loved one have a special birthday, anniversary or another memorable occasion, check and see if they have the flag for that specific date. Made in America, these flags cost $75.95.
6. Redware Pottery
Elfreth’s Alley Redware dishes are made from locally sourced red clay by an artist in Bucks County, outside of Philadelphia. Each piece is signed. 4” round plate costs $14.00; 6” round - $20; 9 ½” - $28.
For the architecturally-minded, original pen and ink drawings of the alley by area architects are also available, capturing the beauty and ambiance of Elfreth’s. $10.00
126 Elfreth’s Alley
7. Diamond Jewelry
Whether it’s the eye-catching allure of a diamond bracelet or diamonds or the simplicity of a sterling silver Liberty Bell charm, Campbell & Company will find just the right item for you or a loved one. By the way, if you are a dog lover, you definitely have to stop by and meet Campbell’s Employee of the Month (several months running now), a wonderful golden retriever who is delighted to help make far-flung visitors feel at home. Prices vary.
8. Yards Award-Winning Philadelphia Pale Ale
In 2003, Yards Brewing Company partnered with the City Tavern — a favorite bar of the nation's founding fathers — to create Ales of the Revolution, a line of historic beer recreations based on the original recipes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin. Prices vary.
Also, if you are into cycling or just want a great-looking, ultra-comfortable shirt, check out Yards bicycle shirts for men and women with original designs and logo from their beer lines. Made in the U.S., $69.00.
901 N. Delaware Ave.
9. Phillyware Gift Set
The Pennsylvania General Store is located at the historic Reading Terminal Market, an indoor farmers market which first opened its doors in 1892 and still flourishes today. Featuring over 80 vendors, two of them descendants from original stand holders of a century ago, it’s a vibrant, bustling place. You can find gourmet take-out, PA Dutch baked goods, local honey, handmade jewelry and clothing, and lots more. Stop by at lunchtime to enjoy real Philly food. It’s a great place for people-watching.
While at the Pennsylvania General Store, you might want to also check out their wide selection of Jonathan’s wooden utensils. This is the most gorgeous line of wooden spoons, spatulas, forks and other items you will ever see. Crafted in a small town outside of Philly, these pieces are all hand-made from cherry wood and are almost too beautiful to use. But definitely do use them, as they are smartly designed and exceedingly functional in the kitchen. See, you can have it all! Average cost $20.00
Be sure and browse the Terminal and then finish off your tour with a Philly tradition, Bassett’s ice cream!
10. Duross & Langel Soaps and Candles
Bliss out to the gorgeous colors and designs of the soaps themselves. Made in small quantities to ensure top quality, Duross & Langel products are made from the best natural ingredients available. You’ll feel like the most pampered celebrity when you use these wonderful products. $7.50 per bar.
Check out their line of hand-poured candles, too. Made of the purest soy wax, these candles burn almost forever… well, 30 hours at least. A great gift for a loved one is their LOVE candle, celebrating one of Philadelphia’s most popular pieces of public art, Robert Indiana’s LOVE statue at 15th St. and J.F. Kennedy Blvd. $18.00
117 S. 13th Street
11. Eastern State Penitentiary Key
It was the world’s first true “penitentiary” imprisoning many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone. Today it is no longer an active prison but a very active tourist destination and designated historic site. One of their unusual offerings in the gift store is a key chain featuring an exact replica of the front gate key. $7.00
It is also renowned for scary nighttime tours and great Halloween festivities. Look for the limited edition Teddy Scare Bear. Exclusive to ESP, the 8-inch plush Teddy Scare is not your grandmother’s teddy bear… for one thing the brains are removable! Clearly, not meant for impressionable children under 14 (there are small parts). $14.95
A few years ago, a photographer made a study of the doorways of the prison. The result is an intriguing poster that is, at the same time, atmospheric, chilling and architecturally arresting. It’s a one of a kind image. $11.95
2027 Fairmount Avenue
12. Conjoined Gingerbread Men Cookie Cutter
Then there is the Mütter Museum calendar, with images of the museum by a renowned group of photographers. $14.95
Where else could you find giant toy microbes or a plush anatomically correct heart pillow (a great Valentine’s Day present, by the way) than at the Mütter Museum gift shop? I Heart Guts plush heart, $18.00
Feeling a little chilly? There is a bright yellow winter scarf proclaiming a crime scene…..$16.00
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 S. 22nd St.
13. Ben Franklin Bear
Complete with tri-corner hat, colonial attire, this plushy toy bear is outfitted with iconic Ben Franklin glasses, white wig and bear-size Liberty Bell. The packaging gives a brief overview of his prominent role in the U.S. history. It is a great way to introduce children to his amazing story. A true Renaissance figure, Franklin was a writer, publisher, diplomat, scientist, political adviser and philosopher. His impact on the nation and the city of Philadelphia, in particular, is almost incalculable. Made by a company right outside of Philadelphia, Ben Franklin Bear retails for $19.95.
At the same location, pick up your very own copy of the Liberty Bell for just $14.99. Made in Pennsylvania, it is one of the most enduring symbols of the country’s beginnings. Well, there you have it, a number of great gift ideas to help celebrate and commemorate your visit to Philadelphia. Enjoy your stay and come back soon!
14. ‘We the People’ Silk Tie
At the same location you’ll find a finely crafted Pilsner glass imprinted with one of Ben Franklin’s most popular sayings, “Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Yep, that quote comes to us courtesy of Ben Franklin. So when you’re in Philly, raise a glass in salute to his indelible impact on a very young U.S. government. $9.99. Then of course you’ll need some coasters for those glasses, perhaps ones bearing the image of Ben himself...
Other Interesting Souvenirs from Pennsylvania
If traveling to Pennsylvania is not on your immediate agenda, or you simply can't afford an extra space in your luggage, fortunately, these days, you can find a wide selection of authentic and truly interesting Pennsylvanian souvenirs online. Presented here are some of the Pennsylvanian products sought by foreign visitors, now available online for your convenience.
2. Shoofly Pie - Shoofly pie is a molasses cake traditionally baked by the Pennsylvania Dutch since the 1880s. It started off as a crust-less molasses cake called Centennial cake in 1876, to celebrate the centenary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. Today, Shoofly Pie (with a crumb topping) is a favorite Amish and Mennonite dessert. For those who have an irresistible sweet tooth, Shoofly Pie is a definite "must have" and by far the most popular dessert made in Pennsylvania's Dutch Country!
3. Gettysburg Cap - The Pennsylvanian town of Gettysburg is famous for Gettysburg National Battlefield, site of a turning point in the American Civil War. Over the years, the town has lent its name to many different things, including US Navy vessels, baseball teams, etc., whose apparel now are collectible items.
5. Steelers Apparel - The Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional American football team competing in the National Football League's North Conference division. If you yourself or some of your dear ones are keen on American football and Pittsburgh Steelers in particular, consider their headwear, apparel or some other accessories as a perfect gift from Pennsylvania.
6. Liberty Bell - The Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of American Independence, whose toll is believed to have heralded its proclamation in 1776 Philadelphia, has been replicated in a miniature form as a piece of desk decoration for home or office. Die Cast Liberty Bell Replica is a perfect collectible showpiece to give as a gift to any historian or history-minded individual.
7. Middleswarth Chips - Middleswarth Potato Chip Variety includes Original, BBQ, Sour Cream & Onion flavors. Made from the finest potatoes, steam-fried and cooked to perfection, these potato chips are bound to become your all time favorite snacks, fit to put a smile on your face with every bite, prompting you to crave their "kitchen fresh" flavor, time after time, after time! The right potato chips in the right package!
8. Philadelphia Candies - Philadelphia Candies has been manufacturing fine chocolates for nearly a century now. If you're looking for a gift comprising both milk and dark chocolate, Philadelphia Candies abounds in finest creams, fruits, meltaways, nuts, and caramel in their delicious assortment. Georgia Pecans covered in homemade caramel, chocolate peanut butter truffles, original caramel with a unique butter rum flavor, and vanilla caramel with traditional flavor are just some of the lures of Philadelphia Candies that you will find hard to resist.
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