Holiday Gift Guide: Paper

Unique stationery, calendars and gift wrap from local artists.
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Pike Street Press
Nestled at the bottom of the Pike Place Hill Climb, Sean Brown’s Pike Street Press cranks out some of the coolest letterpress holiday cards in town from his gorgeous 1964 Heidelberg Windmill press. Our fave: his Space Needle New Year’s card (shown above), complete with fireworks. Available at Pike Street Press.


Paper Source
Head to this downtown Bellevue wonderland of paper goodies for your fill of holiday inspiration. Pick up coordinating wrapping paper, gift bag and ribbon—we can’t decide between Season’s Tweeting with snow frosted birdhouses; Skiing Gnomes (an ode to Ballard?) sophisticated Pine Branch on Slate with bright red berries (shown above, left); or kitschy Holiday Octopus (shown above, right) and Santa Hat Dogs for a bit of levity. Prices start at $2.50, which means we don’t have to choose at all! Bonus: A do-it-yourself paper poinsettia wreath ($19.50) is a great project to do with the kids and enjoy all season long. Available online at


Each month of Ja Tuber’s Ilee Paper goods letterpress and silk screened desk calendar brings a little bit of joy to the viewer, with images inspired by the natural world and the feel of the season. A portion from the sale of Ilee’s 2013 calendar will be donated to Service Opportunities for Disabled Adults (, a non-profit that provides services for adults with disabilities. $23. Available at

Farewell Paperie
We absolutely love the cards from Georgetown letterpress designers Farewell Paperie, whose Christmas and Hanukkah sentiments are so clever and hilarious (Hope Someone Jingles Your Bell This Year; Jewish Jazz Hands! It’s Hanukkah!) that you’ll wish you’d thought of them yourself. From $5, available at

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