I Made It! Market brought over a hundred vendors to Nova Place (Allegheny Center Mall). For over two days, I lurched, lingered, and wandered through the labyrinth of merchants. Here’s my recommendations for Gifts Made in Pittsburgh as seen at I Made It! Market.
1Modern Zen Terrariums for Relaxation
Staghorn Garden Cafe doubles as one of the best coffee spots in Pittsburgh. On the garden side, they assemble gorgeous terrariums that make the perfect low maintenance gift. Want more? They also teach classes on the zen art of terrarium making. No shipping: this is one of those scavenger hunt deals. You need to show up to the cafe to find a terrarium to call your own. You can’t put a price on enlightenment.
2Sacred Geometry Christmas Ornaments – Naked Geometry
Naked Geometry is brings sacred geometry to the masses. Mathcore artist James Gyre laser cuts local wood based on geometric designs found in nature. This Christmas James has scaled up several designs from his jewelry line to become Sacred Geometry Christmas Tree Ornaments. Unimpressed? Big spender? Check out his LED Lamps.
3DIY Wallets, Cases, and Watches – Fabnik
Fabnik is another gem of a company operating out of Techshop Pittsburgh. Fabnik is aimed at the DIY friend or weekend project master. They sell three kits that allow you to stitch together your own wallet, iPhone case, or mechanical watch band.
4Heavy Metal for Adventurers – Artifact Metalworks
Does your son and his dog venture off into the forest for hours at a time? Artifact Metalworks is a local forge that makes knives for adventurers, chefs, and Z-Day preppers. If that doesn’t suit you, they also manufacturer some nice hair sticks. This humble shop does custom orders so it’s best to message them on Facebook.