"Shop Local" in the South Hills Holiday Gift Guide

Shop local this Holiday Season with buisness who have something for everyone on your list!

By Sponsored Advertising Content October 29, 2020

It's time to start making your list and checking it twice. Holiday shopping time is here and you are starting to search for the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Macaroni Kid South Hills is here to help you find just the right way to show your love, thanks and appreciation through gift-giving. 2020 has been an extremely rough year for everyone, so we are here to give you some great incentives to shop local while finding the best gifts for everyone on your list. 

Did you know that when you shop locally, for every $100 you spend, $68 of that will stay in the community? If you're looking for more reasons why you should spend your dollars locally, read this article on what happens when you shop local. We are encouraging all of our readers to shop local this holiday season, so we can keep the local businesses we love. If that isn't incentive enough, let's see if we can sweeten the deal...

How about this for Holiday cheer?! You can WIN by Shopping and Suppoting Local!!

When you give back and buy from any of the small businesses below between now and December 31st, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST, Macaroni Kid is going to give back to YOU!

Thanks to a generous donation from Pittsburgh's Hardest Working Realtor, Michael Pohlot, ONE lucky shopper is going to WIN a $150 Target Gift Card for shopping local. All you have to do is shop local (with any of the businesses below) then submit a copy of your receipt (each receipt counts as a separate entry) HERE or anywhere you see this banner ⤵️.

That’s not all folks! Because we want to spread the word of all the amazing local business we have right here in Pittsburgh, we are also going to award ANOTHER lucky winner a $150 Target gift card to do some holiday shopping just for sharing this guide!!! Each time you share this on YOUR social media, in a group, on a page or in an email and upload a screenshot, it will count as a separate entry to win! This winner will be announced on the last day of our 12 Days of Giveaways with plenty of time to shop for the holidays! Upload your screenshots HERE or anywhere you see this ⤵️

🗓 Don't forget about our free calendar of kids' events and activities for the holidays - sign up for it here.

Our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide has great gifts and ideas for

Click on any of the buttons below ⤵️ to see some great gift ideas grouped by reciever. Scroll down to see our featured businesses that are sure to have something for everyone on your list and great Macaroni Kid Subscriber exclusive deals. 

Bookmark this page as we will be adding new ideas and deals all season long!


Frenchies Modern Nail Care

Frenchies Modern Nail Care is a new kind of nail studio located in the South Hills in Norman Center. Frenchies proudly offers an upscale environment and the safest, most sanitary hand and foot care in the South Hills.
Macaroni Kid Subscriber Exclusive: use the code MAC10 for 10% off

Goldfish Swim School Peters Township

Goldfish Swim School is the premier learn-to-swim facility for kids ages 4 months to 12 years. We use our holistic philosophy, The Science of SwimPlay®, to build life skills both in and out of the water using play-based learning in a fun and safe environment.
Macaroni Kid Subscriber Exclusive: 25% BONUS on Gift Certificates!

Enchanted Experiences
Pittsburgh, PA - Virtual & Travels

Pittsburgh’s Highest Quality Character Entertainment Company

Rustic Creations USA

Rustic Creations USA is a small local business that is devoted to creating handmade, unique, quality products at affordable prices, for your home and your life.

We offer a variety of candles and soap for every time of the year, along with limited edition candles and soaps that you will only find at certain times throughout the year. Each candle and soap is hand-poured for a homemade feeling from the heart. 

We also handcraft wax melts, incense sticks, body and air freshener sprays, hand sanitizer, pine cone fire starters and potpourri baskets.
Macaroni Kid Subscriber Exclusive: Show this ad in store and receive 15% off your entire purchase.

Family Spinner

Do you want to have better conversations with your family?  Connect, communicate and enjoy each other's company with Family Spinner, a tool for face-to-face and online conversations with parents, grandparents and friends.
Macaroni Kid Subscriber Exclusive: code MACKIDS gets you $3.50 off 

The Little Gym
Donaldson Crossroads, McMurray

The best way to encourage children is with a smile! The Little Gym is non-competitive, and Serious Fun, which means children are encouraged to strive for their personal best.   We teach children ages 4 months to 12 years to learn Gymnastics, Sports Skill Development, Dance & Parent Child classes.  The Little Gym is excited to also offer Private Play Dates for your family and friends as well as birthday parties, camps and parents survival nights! Give your child the gift of play this holiday season.

Kennywood Park
West Mifflin 

Kennywood is America's Most Thrilling Historic Landmark! Featuring eight roller coasters and many more modern thrills and classic rides,  the Pittsburgh-area amusement park offers enjoyable experiences for all ages. From a 12-ride Kiddieland and lands themed to Thomas & Friends and the Pittsburgh Steelers, to the three 1920s-era wooden roller coasters, families can find a day or whole summer of fun at Kennywood!

A Season Pass to Kennywood gives you family fun all summer long! Enjoy wild roller coasters from the century-old Jack Rabbit to the state-of-the-art Steel Curtain, plus attractions for all ages and those world-famous Potato Patch fries. A Basic Season Pass is just a few dollars more than a single-day ticket, so go for the value!

Included with every 2021 Season Pass purchased, our Dayback Guarantee allows you comfort in planning for summertime family fun. Should we experience an unexpected closure related to COVID 19, your Kennywood Season Pass will be extended into the 2022 Season for an equal number of operating days at no additional cost starting on Opening Day of 2022. For example, if we lose two weeks in August, we will extend your pass to include the first two weeks of the 2022 season. In 2022 you will be offered a prorated discount on your purchase of renewal passes. Available for a limited time, this offer will be based on the number of Operating Days extended into 2021.

Rosa La Belle 

Unique, sustainable, heirloom open-ended play toys. Free local delivery within a 10-mile radius.
Macaroni Kid Subscriber Exclusive: use the code GIFT10 for 10% off your order!

Pittsburgh Candle Works

Scented soy candles that celebrate the heart and soul of Pittsburgh.
Macaroni Kid Subscriber Exclusive: use the code MAC15 for 15% off your purchase

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Fireside Nutcracker brings the magic of the holiday season to your home! This virtual production adapts the timeless holiday ballet for film, featuring Tchaikovsky’s stunning score, the brilliant ballet of PBT company dancers and classic Nutcracker characters. See PBT from a new perspective and experience Pittsburgh’s favorite holiday tradition like never before.Pre-register today for first access and unlimited views through Dec. 31. Plus, receive an invitation to join us for a special Fireside Nutcracker Opening Night Celebration on Dec. 17 underwritten by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan. MORE INFO HERE

Experience even more holiday excitement with PBT's Fireside Nutcracker education programs for all ages. Join PBT live via Zoom for education programs throughout the month of December. Each program is $5 and only one ticket is required per household to attend.

Ever After Events

Children Entertainment and Princess Parties - Princess Party or Holiday Visit from a Favorite Fairytale Character
Macaroni Kid Subscriber Exclusive20% off base package 

Hand & Stone Upper St. Clair, PA

Hand and Stone
Upper St Clair & McMurray

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa of McMurray & Upper St Clair offer luxury services at an affordable price. We specialize in Himalayan Hot Stone Massages and an array of Facial Services, including Dermalinfusion. Our top-notch Massage Therapists and Estheticians are available 7 days a week to accommodate a spa treatment catered just for you! We're running a BOGO (for Nonmembers) & B2G1 (for Members) gift card promotion through 11/29 and a Holiday Gift Card Event 12/1-12/31.

Ivy & Gannet

We are a local, women-owned business making custom-designed, versatile, knot-style headbands with a rotating seasonal inventory. Additionally, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are offering the option to add buttons to your headband (free of charge, upon request) for use with a face mask to give your ears a much-needed break!  These headbands can be the perfect stocking stuffer for kids or a unique and useful gift for a sibling, family member or friend. You’ll be glad to find that Ivy & Gannet headbands are so comfortable and versatile they can not only be worn casually, but they are trendy enough to wear to work, and they can make it through a tough workout at the gym! Lastly, we are also able to make headbands customized with a logo or specific design which can be a great way to advertise your gym, yoga studio, sports team, charity etc. Buttons can be added to any order by including note/comment with order placed. Baby sizes available in all designs upon request.

Fun Fore All
Cranberry Township

Fun Fore All is the Pittsburgh areas most fun and exciting year round family fun park. We offer both indoor and outdoor attractions to provide family fun for all ages. Beginning Thursday November, 26th through Monday November 30th we are offering Stocking Stuffers that contain valuable coupons that can be used each month of 2021. This is over a $95 value for only $15. For more details about the coupons or to purchase online visit us at or stop by and pick some up.

Della & Lila Book Series

As parents seek gift ideas that will educate and engage their children this holiday season, there is no better gift than supporting a children’s book that gives back. The creative Della and Lila Book Series, co-written by Brianne Mitchell and her two daughters Della and Lila, brings light to community giving and kindness.  The three books: Della and Lila Meet the Monongahela Mermaid, Della and Lila Meet the Monongahela Monster and Della and Lila and the Treasure Adventure tell adventurous tales from the eyes of a child while emphasizing compassion, friendship, kindness and community. This family-owned series from Pittsburgh donates proceeds to the nonprofit, River Fund in effort to help children and families in need. A perfect stocking stuffer, we’re encouraging families to step away from the tablets and remember the importance of kindness this season. 

Eat'n Park

Treat your loved ones to the goodness of a meal prepared by Eat'n Park with a gift card, family meal or box of cookies this holiday season. 

Urban Air North Fayette

Trampoline and Adventure Park

Kristen Miller Photography

Looking for family photos? A holiday mini or even a boudoir session for that special someone? Kristen Miller is a Pittsburgh photographer that will creatively and tastefully capture your most cherished memories for you. Give the gift of images that will last a lifetime this holiday season.

The Possession Cleanse

An organization, decluttering, and letting go in-home service.

Rodan + Fields

Life Changing Skincare

Heather Elliott Creations

Signs, masks, ornaments, cups, t-shirts
Macaroni Kid Subscriber Exclusive: MACKID15

Moon Goddess Essentials

Handmade Crystal Jewelry, Reiki certified, Crystal healer.
Macaroni Kid Subscriber Exclusive: 10% of Reiki Service

Topaz Thimble
Bethel Park

Alterations and custom sewing
Macaroni Kid Subscriber Exclusive: free shipping with code MACKIDS

Younique Presenter
South Hills

Makeup and Skincare: from lashes to lippies, masks and more!
Macaroni Kid Subscriber Exclusive: Order directly through Kari for 10% Off!

Handmade Masks

Fill a stocking with a mask from any of our talented local mask makers!

Macaroni Kid South Hills has a local directory of family friendly businesses - please check them out if you are still looking for a businesss to purchase items off of your wish list!

We also asked our followers on social media to share their small businesses in this ⤵️ post! You'll find a ton of great resources here as well! Happy shopping!

Want to win some amazing prizes from our sponsors? Check out the 12 Days of Giveaways and ENTER NOW for the drawings that will start December 1st!

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