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Shop local gifts to love for the holidays. Can you say Pittsburgh-brewed advent beer?

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Shopping local for last-minute holiday gifts that not only keep giving but also give back to Pittsburgh?
Aside from supporting your favorite nonprofit, local artist or neighborhood boutique, here’s a few gift ideas:
Advent calendars have grown up. While it might be a tad late to start one, Pennies from Pittsburgh will help you catch up fast. Devon and Tim, husband and wife, have created an inspiring advent guide to great craft beer drinking, including many local brands.  Your favorite craft beer drinker might appreciate a case of their suggested advent brews.
Pittsburgh comic artist Ed Piskor has been documenting the early days of hip hop music through his online comic strip. Now his paper volume (Fantagraphics, $24.99) is flying off the online shelves. The word on the street is Pittsburgh is the only place with copies still available, but not for long.
Piskor’s book chronicles, through cartoons, the formative years of hip hop, capturing “the vivid personalities and magnetic performances of old-school pioneers and early stars like DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, plus the charismatic players behind the scenes like Russell Simmons; Debbie Harry, Keith Haring and others,” says the New York Times.
The Phantom of the Attic Comic Book Store in Oakland and Copacetic Comics Company have a few signed copies left. Piskor himself will be signing more books at the Brillo Box tonight from 7-9 p.m.
Another Pittsburgh graphic artist, Frank Santoro, has released a new graphic novel “Pompeii,” ($15.11 on Amazon) packed with illustrative drawings that conjure Roman art and architecture. The story chronicles the journey of Marcus, a young expat artist and assistant to Flavius, the famous painter and is getting rave reviews. Santoro will join Piskor at the Brillo Box tonight.
Support the Pittsburgh startup community and show your love for the ‘burgh with a Dahntown tee ($20) offered by Kit Mueller and BuiltinPgh.
Nothing shouts out Pittsburgh like a basket filled to the brim with stuff made here. Basket of Pittsburgh does just that, with a Heinz Hamper for your favorite sport’s fan, a Taste of the Town, Incline Edibles and our personal favorite, Thanks a Dot, including Pittsburgh Popcorn, coffee and more.

Have a good holiday gift idea? Share it with the rest of us!

Happy Holidays one and all.

Writer: Deb Smit
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