Although the holidays are known as the season of giving, it’s nice to be on the receiving end, too. For some seasonal gift-giving (and receiving) inspiration, we asked Philadelphia's top tastemakers to share what they're hoping to get this year.
Adopt a Pig "Piggy Bank" (Benefitting the Pediatric Cancer Foundation) Deborah Van Cleve Phelps, owner Van Cleve Collection
"I have seen it all, being in retail for the past 30 years, and I find the most meaningful gifts are the gifts that give back. For this reason, I really love Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s Adopt A Pig program. These one of-a-kind piggy banks are hand-painted by children undergoing cancer treatment while at DuPont Hospital, and are only $25. The best thing? All are unique and it's a surprise which one will be delivered!" —Available at AdoptAPig.org
"I always wish for success, health and great happiness for the whole Giovanna & Pileggi staff. But, a Cartier watch wouldn’t be bad either!" —Available at Cartier.com
Stocking Stuffers (& a Donation to Charity) Brian Kappra, owner of Evantine Design
"A week (or month) at my favorite place on earth, Casa de Frutas in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica, and lots of wine! I’ve been eyeing a pizza steel, cookbooks for my collection, a drone, and Ugg slippers, but most importantly, a donation to any of my favorite charities; Project Home, Abramson Cancer Center or Donors Are Heroes." —Donate at ProjectHome.org, Abramson Cancer Center, or Donors Are Heroes
Shun Premier 7" Santoku Knife Anthony Mascieri, co-owner of Plenty Cafe
"I’ve always wanted a Santoku Chef's Knife. The Shun Premier 7" Santoku Knife is a gorgeous, Asian-inspired knife that allows for maximum strength and stability in the kitchen. The Japanese word “Santoku” translates in English to "three great things:" referring to slicing, dicing and mincing. As I’ve just opened my third Plenty Café, the knife commemorates Plenty’s trifecta." —Available at SurLaTable.com