Yinzer Gift Guide Giveaway!


If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ll want to click … … HERE … … to be whisked away to my annual World Famous (not really) Yinzer Gift Guide for Pittsburgh Magazine.

I’m not joking when I say I’ve spent months researching for this gift guide full of Burghy goodness. As I do that research, I buy stuff. And sometimes I am given stuff. And I always give them away to you, because you’re dear to me.

So here’s what one lucky winner is getting this year!

1. Four Audra Azoury Pittsburgh ornaments and one Pittsburgh bookmark.

Santa over Pittsburgh:




Fort Pitt Tunnel:


Skating at PPG.


And you’re not getting this one, but look at it. LOOK AT IT DAMN IT.

PNC Ornament

I miss baseball. Check out all her ornaments here.

This is the bookmark you’re getting:


2. Even though it didn’t make the list because I decided to go with the Mister Rogers Sticky Note Set instead, this fabulous shirt sold at the History Center and made by Commonwealth Press. It’s super super soft, girl fit, large. They run small, so it’s more like a medium. Again, can’t express how soft it is.


You can buy it here and check out the matching tote.

3. HONEY! Michelle Wright was kind enough to send me some of her honey to give away to you. So you’re getting her raw dark honey, raw light honey, tea infuser, beeswax/essential oils lotion (it is heaven. I’m not even joking.), and the adorable mug with spoon. Listen to me … any foodie or baker in your life will FLIP over this honey. It’s local. Raw. Meaningful. Would you just trust me? Geez.

Here’s the mug you’re getting in addition to the delicious, local raw honey:


Here’s her site if you want to order stuff from her. Local bees, saving the planet. I don’t need to explain to you how nature works and that if you don’t buy the honey before it all sells out, you have to wait until the bees make more honey. Her light honeycomb is already sold out, but you can snag the dark still.

4. Candles! You’re getting my three favorite Sugar Creek Candle Company scents. Waffles N’at (my favorite. It is AMAZING.), Monkey Farts (coconutty!) and butt naked. LOOK AT THE ART WORK.

I’ll also throw in the limited edition “Winter Flurry” scent which sort of tips its hat to Mark Andre Fleury. Candles you can give to ANY gender. Perfect.

Also gonna throw in some scented Sugar Creek chapsticks, and they are coconut and Butt Naked flavors. BUTTS. Here are the ingredients list on those.


LOVE them. Don’t know what meadowfoam is, other than a possible Sherwin Williams paint color name, but LOVE THEM.

5. The Pittsburgh coloring book for adults that I purchased for you.


Wait until you see the Kennywood page. So awesome.

6. The Yinz Might Be From Picksburgh calendar I purchased for you.


7. The winner will be receiving their choice of shirt from the Pittsburgh Shirt Company.

igloo shirt


8. All four prints in the special set Dave Dicello and I put together for the gift guide, including mats for framing them.



I think that’s it. I didn’t total it up, but that is hundreds of dollars worth of gifts!

If anything else arrives, I’ll toss it in the box for you, and yes, I will mail this treasure to you as long as you live in the 48 contiguous states. Sorry, Alaska. Not sorry, Hawaii; you live in HAWAII.

If you’re local, it would be cool if you agreed to just swing by Las Velas in Downtown or Madero in Murrysville (our two restaurants) if one of them is convenient to you and pick them up there.

How to enter?

Well, this world is kind of depressing lately, and I’m not going to lie. It’s getting to me. It’s slowly chipping away at the Sue Heck in me. So how about you cheer me and my readers up? Tell me about the nicest thing a stranger has ever done for you, or the nicest thing you’ve ever done for a stranger. Help an elderly person cross the street? Carry groceries? Pay for the coffee order of the car behind you? Paid off someone’s layaway?  ANYTHING. One nice thing. No matter how small. No matter how big. Brag. BRAG ABOUT YOUR AWESOMENESS in this world of turmoil. BRAG about that amazing thing that stranger did for you. Please. And we’re going to read them all and we’re going to feel better about humans taking the time to help other humans who they DON’T EVEN KNOW, okay? Group hug.

Yes, you can just write anything you want to comment and win, but how about you cheer me up instead? If you don’t use a real email address, I won’t be able to contact you and tell you that you won.

I want to get this in the mail in time for the holidays in case the winner plans to use them as gifts, so that means we’re going to shut this puppy down next Wednesday at noon at which time Random.org will pick the winning comment.

If your comment for some reason goes to spam, flip a table.

Don’t flip a table. Be patient and I’ll regularly dig them out of spam and publish them.

Good luck and group hug.

Shop the gift guide and support these local Burghers. 


  1. Beth Piontek
    December 5, 2015 11:42 pm

    I found an elderly couple wandering in a mall parking lot looking for their car. He had a walker and was on the verge of tears. I offered to drive them around. They piled in and we drove. Turns out they were parked on the other side and walked out the wrong door (a mistake I have made often). I was just so glad they found their way with their packages.

  2. Matt Rubin
    December 6, 2015 12:51 am

    The nicest thing someone did for me recently was have a long friendly talk. I was in a bad mood and my Uber driver was very chatty made the time fly. By the end of the drive, I felt great.

  3. Diana McDonald
    December 6, 2015 2:54 pm

    I was lucky enough to go to Florida with some friends recently. An elderly man lived a couple doors down from the house we were staying in. When we were leaving, we took all the food we didn’t eat over for him – he was most appreciative! On a side note, I love reading your blog. It literally makes me LOL!

  4. Roz
    December 6, 2015 4:55 pm

    I was standing at the bus stop on a cold evening waiting to go home. I overheard a woman talking on the phone saying that she either had the money to pay for her sick daughter’s prescription or food for her and her children for the evening (as they could get more from the food bank the next day). I opened my wallet and gave her whatever cash I had — it seemed like such a small amount — but at least they could eat for the evening and her daughter could start healing.

  5. Brenna
    December 7, 2015 8:05 am

    Once I was in the drive-thru at Bruegger’s getting breakfast for my family when the cashier told me that the car in front of me had paid for our order and that they’d said to tell me Merry Christmas or something along those lines because it was wintertime. Such a nice thing to do! Also a customer at my store recently paid for another customer who’d forgotten their wallet so they wouldn’t have to come back. I love seeing humanity at its’ finest!

  6. Rachel
    December 7, 2015 8:28 am

    My husband and I were flying back from a weekend trip to North Carolina that involved lots and lots of delays. An elderly woman on our flight was flying back home by herself after going to her granddaughter’s wedding. She was sitting alone in a courtesy wheelchair provided by the airport when she spilled her trail mix and then knocked over her bag while trying to pick up her snack. I helped her pick up her things and get situated again so that she wouldn’t have to wait for airport staff to help her.

  7. Kelly D
    December 7, 2015 11:50 am

    The most recent I can think of is when my car wouldn’t start at my kid’s school the other day. Two maintenance workers came out and jumped my car. When it didn’t start right away, they kept working on it. They saved us!

  8. Mary Lynn
    December 7, 2015 12:37 pm

    A friend of ours fosters dogs and she ask us to help her out . Having previously adopted a pet from her last year, we said yes. Lily bonded so well with our two dogs that we decided to adopt her. Now we are a happy family of five.

  9. Katie
    December 7, 2015 4:03 pm

    After I was in a hit and run (people are such JERKS!) a woman noticed me crying by the side of the road and invited me in to her house while I waited for the police… made me feel like not everyone is terrible!

  10. Charles Miller
    December 7, 2015 4:22 pm

    I just would like to say Merry Christmas to everybody from a yinzer now living in N Georgia…

  11. Dawn
    December 7, 2015 5:10 pm

    I was going to a meeting, slipped going down stairs, and on the way down flung my leg out so quickly my shoe went sailing off….right into a random stranger’s hand. He gave it back, helped me up, and for the love of all that’s holy did not laugh right in my face.

  12. Shannon
    December 7, 2015 6:32 pm

    When I was in a minor car accident a woman that witnessed the accident stopped to provide comfort. She also gave me her name and number to provide to the insurance company because she knew the other guy was at fault. Ended up needing her witness account because the jafoff that hit me lied to his insurance company and said it was my fault. That lovely lady that stopped was the tie breaker and he was ruled at fault.

  13. LynneMarie
    December 7, 2015 9:34 pm

    I work in a Dr’s office and recently I drove one of the elderly patients home so that she wouldn’t have to spend money for a cab.

  14. Maryanne
    December 7, 2015 10:26 pm

    Last year we went on a long road trip, staying at hotels along the way. Each hotel we maximized our toiletries we were given. Then made small grab bags of shampoo and soap to give out to homeless at Xmas.

  15. Jennifer
    December 8, 2015 8:14 am

    When I was pregnant and getting off the bus on a rainy day without an umbrella, a stranger walked me to my street with their umbrella.

  16. Anne
    December 8, 2015 9:44 am

    Earlier this year, my boyfriend underwent a bone marrow transplant. I was his caregiver during that time and we stayed on the hospital grounds. We became good friends with many of the other people who were also staying there. During a particularly rough period of time, another caregiver handed me a little giftshop bag and told me, although things were looking dark, I needed to look forward and have faith. That everything would work out. In the bag was a little book of inspirational and biblical quotes.

  17. Liz S.
    December 8, 2015 12:25 pm

    I’ll never forget the night I was shopping in the Iggle, on the way home from work after a really tough day. I had a small bag of groceries and a huge bag of cat food, which I (stupidly) thought I could carry without a cart, all while wearing heels. I was almost to the door, and fell…hard. I was splayed on the ground, totally embarrassed, with my groceries rolling everywhere. A girl who was about 9 or 10 came running over, helped me to my feet and picked up my things. No one else in the store even looked at me! I was so overcome by her small act of kindness, considering her young age. She didn’t ask her Mom if she could help, she just came running. Still makes me tear up thinking about her.

  18. Donna W
    December 8, 2015 2:58 pm

    I was in line behind two college roommates buying stuff for their dorm room at Ikea. They were paying cash, and ended up not having enough. They were going back and forth trying to decide what they could do without, and I stepped up and gave them the $$ that they needed. But really, I try to practice kindness everyday in even the simplest of ways, like acknowledging and thanking the grocery bagger, holding doors, etc.

  19. Diane Mego
    December 8, 2015 4:16 pm

    I once noticed someone really struggling to walk a block from her car to the little farmers market in the neighborhood. I asked if I could help, walked with her, got her order together and bagged, etc. Then she asked me to drive her car from a block away so she could just get in. I took the odd looking key, walked to the car..and had no idea where to insert the slot key to start the car. I had to go back and have her dumb it down for me. In general though – it’s the day to day niceties of people holding a door or at least not maniacally hitting close door on the elevator that brighten my day.

  20. Did I mention I'm homesick?
    December 8, 2015 6:47 pm

    I’m a homesick “adopted” yinzer (Ohio-born, but my heart’s in my second home of Picksburgh and I’m now stuck in Arizona). I used to have a license plate on my car that said YINZR, and a Penguins plate frame around it. Someone in California put a note on my car that said “Hello from a fellow yinzer!” To me, the homesick quasi-yinzer, that made me very happy indeed.

    I recently helped an older woman get her things situated while in the airport security line. She was so appreciative and sweet!

    Ginny, thanks for this blog. It warms my heart and makes me feel a little less homesick.

  21. Becki
    December 8, 2015 10:25 pm

    Buying gifts for our church’s Giving Tree. I love knowing I’m helping someone in need and adding to the specialness of the day.

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  23. Frank
    December 9, 2015 8:34 am

    I was running late for an interview and 30 min before the appointment, I realized I had forgotten my suit coat. Panicking, I went into a real estate office nearby and asked if they had any spare jackets that their agents used. Instead, one of the agents took off the jacket he was wearing and gave it to me to use. When I offered to leave identification, he declined and wished me good luck. I didn’t get the job, but I got a lesson in the kindness of strangers.

  24. Lexi
    December 9, 2015 4:55 pm

    We used to leave bags of stuff on the porch for our neighbors when I was in college. The house was full of kids, the parents didn’t speak English, and the dad often say on the roof reading to escape it all. I don’t know if they knew it was us, but the oldest boy would shovel and push our cars out of the drive way during those snowy Erie winters.

  25. Jodi
    December 9, 2015 5:55 pm

    The nicest thing anyone ever did for me was after a fender bender on Route 51. The college student who accidentally rear ended me on Route 51 sent me flowers at work with a note of apology and saying he was glad no one was hurt.
    It was no nice and unexpected. He struck me as a nice young man when we exchanged info by the side of the road, but I never thought he would think to do something so nice.
    It really touched me and I think of it every once in a while and it never fails to make me smile.

  26. Carrie
    December 9, 2015 6:09 pm

    I stopped for gas at Getgo and a gentleman approached me and said he was out of gas and left his wallet at home. I didn’t have any cash to give him, so I swiped my credit card at his fuel pump so he could get some gas. Made me feel good to help someone out!

  27. Karin
    December 9, 2015 6:48 pm

    I was visiting my father l in Montefiore Hospital. In the middle of the day the empty bed next to his was put on the floor and a young man was assigned to it. I don’t know what was wrong with him but he had many troubles. One was speech. When the candy stripper came in and offered my dad a snack he ignored this young man. I could see that he wanted something so I asked him and he motioned yes. I stopped the candy stripper and told him Hey he wants one too. Won’t go into that conversation but I got this young man his snack. Later he motioned to me that he needed his gown tied. (yes I was a little nervous about that one) Well I could see by his expression that he was happy I helped him out. I know I felt good.

  28. Rachel Weber
    December 10, 2015 4:40 pm

    Not sure if I’m making it in time for the drawing. Recently, we met a guy stranded at a gas station. He just needed enough gas to get home. I was a little unsure of swiping my card, so I just gave him all the cash I had. It was enough to get him home. He was so appreciative!

  29. Gina
    December 11, 2015 8:54 am

    Years ago, I was in Chicago on a business trip and I was pickpocketed. I didn’t realize it until I had eaten dinner in a restaurant, and reached for my wallet to pay the check. I was mortified to explain to the waiter what had happened, but everyone from him to the manager were so kind. They comped my meal, called the hotel to explain what happened (since my cards were gone and I couldn’t use them to check out), and paid for a cab back to the hotel. A couple sitting at the bar heard what was happening, and tipped the waiter for me. They also insisted that I take some cash from them, just in case I needed it. I tried to say no, but they insisted. I asked for their address to reimburse them, but they just said to pay it forward. Two days later, I was back in Pittsburgh and driving home through the Hill. I noticed an older man and two young children next to a car that was broken down. He didn’t have any money with him for a cab to get his grandkids home, so I passed on the kindness that two nice strangers had just shown me. when I told him the story, he said he planned to pass it on. I like to think that somewhere, this kindness is still being passed along.

  30. bucdaddy
    December 16, 2015 8:27 pm

    I was at Kennywood one day and the day was turning to evening, and getting cool. I’d left a sweater in the car and decided to go get it. I asked the young lady (girl, really) watching the gate if it was OK if I went out and came back in and why, and she said sure. I came back with the sweater bundled in my arms and she said she was sorry but she had to check it. I said sure, and she did and gave me the OK. She said, “Thank you.” And I said, “No, thank YOU for being here and helping to make this a safe place for us to come and have fun.” And she said, “You’re the first person all summer who said that to me.” I teared up just a little.

    I may have done nicer things but that’s the first one I thought of.

    Anyway, I went looking for a yinzer present for a couple I know who are moving to Bethel Park and the first place I looked was your list. Michelle Wright’s stuff wasn’t practical for me to get this year, so I went to Sinful Sweets instead, but I’ll have her in mind next year. Thanks! Feliz Navidad!