The unlisted list of Yinzer Holiday Gifts

My 2013 Yinzer Holiday Gift Guide will be up this week over at, giving you plenty of time to get orders in to be delivered in time for the holidays.

This year’s list was especially hard to compile what with so many great Burghy gifts entering the market since last year. As you know, the goal of the list is to show you gifts that are either made BY Burghers, ABOUT Pittsburgh, or IN Pittsburgh.

Suck it, China. And for the hell of it, you too, Portland.

While these items didn’t make the list this year for one reason or another, I still wanted to share them with you because they’re all worthy gifts:

1. Slaterzorn apparel

Category: ABOUT Pittsburgh

Why it’s not on the list: Holy pricey, Batman! I have trouble recommending you spend $80 on a pair of socks unless those socks have a 50 dollar bill inside of them.

Why it’s awesome: Most black and gold gear looks like Steely McBeam either puked or died on it. Not at Slaterzorn where classy, upscale team-themed apparel is available to gift to the people in your life who love the Steelers, Pens, and/or Bucs, but who wouldn’t wear a bedazzled hypocycloid even if you threatened to take away their country club membership.

Here’s a sampling of the pricey, but oh so gorgeous gear for men and women:

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Want. I don’t know. I might include the scarves on the official list. But still … $85?! Wah.

2. Go Down on Me Incline Shirt

Category: ABOUT Pittsburgh, BY Burghers

Why it’s not on the list: It’s a PG-rated magazine.

Why it’s awesome: [snicker]

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3. Perfectly Simple earrings

Category: ABOUT, BY, and IN

Why it’s not on the list: I chose different jewelry to feature on the list …

Why it’s awesome: … but these are funky and adorable and come in a crazy cute variety. The mustache ones are just knocking my socks off.

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4. Light of Life Ornament by Wendell August Forge

Category: ABOUT, BY, and IN

Why it’s not on the list: I featured their 2012 fundraising ornament last year, and wanted to put a different non-profit-benefiting gift on the list this year.

Why it’s awesome: This ornament, like last year’s, was designed by one of their program members. There are only 500 available, so get one while you can for a suggested donation of $20. $25 if you want them to mail it to you.



5. Kobold Watches

Category:  BY Burghers, IN Pittsburgh

Why it’s not on the list: ALL. OF. THE. DOLLARS.

Why it’s awesome: I was hunting for a watch made in Pittsburgh (I feel like some Burgher somewhere should be Kickstarting a line of steel watches or something. Get on that.) These watches are local and they are incredible. AND ALL OF THE DOLLARS! So if your middle name is McMoneyBags, these are for you, ranging in price from a bit over $2,000 to ALL OF THE DOLLARS:

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Seriously gorgeous. Seriously out of my budget.

Now I’m off to spend my day at the History Center, the Incline gift shop, Wildcard, and possibly the Pittsburgh Public Market for one final hunt for cute Burghy gifts that I might have missed, and then the Yinzer Gift Guide will be ready to go.

Be prepared to repent of covetousness.


  1. Butcher's dog
    November 11, 2013 9:41 am

    Not to mention Wendell August Forge oozes craftsmanship from every pore. And a question…what is the age line below which no one even knows how to put a watch on, let alone has and uses one? Somewhere in the low 30s? Younger? Just curious.

    • Matt
      November 11, 2013 11:54 am

      I’m 29, and know how to put a watch on, but have worn a watch maybe twice since getting a cell phone…

      Ginny, as for the black and gold apparel, it’s nice but – that belt has the outline of Missouri on it. Not *quite* Pittsburgh, despite the yinzer coloration.

  2. MattDC
    November 11, 2013 10:35 am

    What would Christmas morning be without an Incline T-Shirt? His and Hers. Fun for the whole (adult) family. You might just end up seeing bedazzled hypocycloids..

  3. janmarietta
    November 11, 2013 6:07 pm

    Don’t care much for the attire at Slaterzorn, and their prices are ridiculous!

    The Kobold website is worth checking out.

  4. PGH Pharmacy Tech
    November 14, 2013 7:47 am

    Butcher’s dog, I’m 27 next week and religiously wore a watch until I destroyed too many nice ones on the countertop at work. I actually do miss my watch, much more convenient than fumbling for my phone!