Dynamic duo Valerie Safran and Marcie Blaine Turney’s Mediterranean-inspired Barbuzzo is nearly always packed. Bide your time at next-door boutique Verde while waiting for a table.
Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, $8-$45
The holidays are the only time your spinning teacher strays from her stringent diet. Choose from flavors like Mexican Mole (cinnamon, pasilla chili) and Sweet Lula (marshmallow, vanilla bean) to make the detour well worth it.
Philly Streets Wine Tote, $18
Your food blogger friend lets you tag along to nearly every restaurant opening. Let her know how much you appreciate being her plus-one with a sturdy BYOB bag.
Love & Toast Eau de Perfume, $10-$34
Ever the girly girl, your sister has yet to forgive you for hacking off Barbie’s hair. Sweet scents in whimsical bottles may finally get you off the hook for your bratty behavior.
Preloved Scarves and Mittens, $24-$38
Though dreadlocks and the hacky sack are history, your former college roommate is still a hippie at heart. Patchwork accessories made from reclaimed fabrics will remind her of her Phish days.
Hudson Valley Seed Library Art Packs, $6
Aunt Gloria traded in city living for sunny Sedona long ago. Ship her seeds in cheery envelopes to sprinkle throughout her rolling acres.
Verde, 108 South 13th Street (215-546-8700 or verdephiladelphia.com).
Photo: Jason Varney / Courtesy of Verde