Holiday Gift Guide: Tech-Savvy Accessories

The best Northwest-made accessories to bestow on beloved gadget geeks this season.

Still those texting fingers for a millisecond and redirect your iThing’s browser to these Northwest-based “techcessories” (also known as protective accessories for your personal playthings) to bestow on your fellow gadget geeks this holiday season.


>>iPad: Portland-based Grove’s leather and bamboo iPad case is one talented multitasker: Accenting the laser-cut “Two Birds” design by Seattle native Mike Klay, the leather cover automatically wakes or puts the device to sleep with integrated magnets, and also folds back into a stand for both viewing and typing positions.

Get it: From $109 at

>>iPod: Kelowna, British Columbia–based artist Helena Pion’s case toughens up your playmate, literally (the hard plastic shell prevents iPod suicides) and in looks, with the photographer’s rough ’n’ tumble slat-board skin design.

Get it: $44.95 at

>>E-reader: Tuck your Kindle (or e-reader of choice) into this retro fabric clutch designed by North Seattle’s Angela Kay Designs. Designer Angela Huse stealthily pads the snappy little number with soft fleece and a contrasting polka dot lining.

Get it: $39.95 at

>>iPhone 4: Intricate, precision-etched designs (often by Seattle artists, such as illustrator Jared Nickerson) add kicky personality to the stainless steel adhesive decorative cover plates by Luxe Plates in Pioneer Square.

Get it: From $22.95 at