Uniquely Ardmore & Regional Holiday Gifts

Give a gift connected to Ardmore, Merion, Wynnewood or the surrounding area this holiday season.

Updated Nov. 25, 2011...

Are you looking for a holiday present that is unique to this area?

Check out the list below for alternate gifts, such as memberships to local gardens or museums, tickets to local performances or books or movies with local ties.

If we've left out anything (or anyone), please let us know, and Happy Holidays. 

                 —Tom Walsh, Local Editor

P.S. A star (*) means it's among the editor's favorites. 


Membership in Local Organizations

Tickets, Subscriptions or Gift Cards to Local Performances

  •  *
  • (Mt. Airy) *
  • (Mt. Airy)
  • (Media)
  • (Chestnut Hill)
  • (Newtown Square)
  • (Newtown Square)
  • (Media)
  • (Berwyn)


Books About the Area

Books by Local Authors or Set Locally

  • The Financier, Theodore Dreiser *
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Lucky, Alice Sebold (memoir) *
  • In the Beauty of the Lilies, John Updike *
  • Green Grass Grace, Shawn McBride
  • The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen *
  • The Bridge, Solomon Jones
  • Etta, Gerald Kolpan *
  • Extraordinary Renditions, Andrew Ervin *
  • Look Again, Lisa Scottoline (all Scottoline is set in and around Philly; this one is set in Narberth)
  • Third and Indiana, Steve Lopez *
  • A Prayer for the City, Buzz Bissinger *
  • by Joyce Magnin
  • Books by Devon resident and author Beth Kephart
  • The Evil Mailbox And The Super Burrito by 10-year-old Media Elementary student Garry Wagner-Robertson
  • Chanticleer: a Pleasure Garden by Adrian Higgins
  • Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There by David Brooks
  • The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut: The Irish Who Died Building America's Most Dangerous Stretch of Railroad by William E. Watson
  • The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan 
  • Ghosts in the Garden: Reflections on Endings, Beginnings, and the Unearthing of Self by Beth Kephart (set at Chanticleer)
  • Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor by Tad Friend  
  • Growing Up in Wayne by Henry DeWitt
  • The Blackbird Sisters series of mysteries by Nancy Martin
  • Strange but True by John Searles (murder after the Radnor High School prom)
  • Bluest Blood by Gillian Roberts
  • I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia by Gillian Roberts
  • Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisine: The Fabulous Flavors and Innovative Recipes of North America's Finest by Susanna Foo
  • Susanna Foo Fresh Inspiration: New Approaches to Chinese Cuisine by Susanna Foo
  • Father Sky by Devery Freeman
  • Appetizers at Devon (cookbook benefits the Devon Horse Show)

Movies With Local Ties


  • Trading Places
  • Rocky
  • Philadelphia *
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • Witness
  • The Sixth Sense *
  • Best in Show *
  • Unbreakable *
  • 12 Monkeys
  • My Architect: A Son's Journey *
  • A History of Violence *
  • Lady in the Water
  • Wide Awake
  • Law Abiding Citizen
  • Baby Mama *
  • Invincible
  • The Lovely Bones
  • To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar
  • Mad Men
  • Taps
  • Bazaar of All Nations




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