Holiday Gift Shopping
These Cool Holiday Pop-Up Shops Can Take Care of All Your Gift-Giving Needs
Find the perfect gifts for your loved ones while shopping local.
Tis the season to shop, and though we have our favorite retail standbys, there’s nothing like discovering something completely new. Sure, holiday shopping is about the gift, but don’t discount the journey—there can be more to it than packed lines, sold out “it” products and screaming children (and, let’s face it, adults). Holiday pop-ups and…
Spend Less Without Being a Grinch: 8 Holiday Ideas
Give meaningful gifts and use nature's decor to work holiday magic without blowing your budget
This article originally appeared on Houzz.com. Between the endless stream of holiday music, window displays and festive events, the holiday season can sometimes feel like a never-ending parade of opportunities to blow the budget. But when you set and stick with a budget you feel comfortable with, you are bound to feel better, and probably…
Laura Gaskill, Houzz Contributor
Gift Ideas for Kids: Toys on Parade
Northwest toys and baby goods—from precious felted animals to teething necklaces.
Reusable Kids’ Placemats at The Bookstore at Chihuly Garden and GlassThese fun, eco-friendly, nontoxic and erasable placemats offer the active kiddo in your life what may seem to be endless enjoyment. Featuring illustrations by Seattle artist Kate Endle, they are designed to channel the creative spirit in Chihuly’s work to inspire younger generations. Starting at…
Holiday Gift Idea: Desktop Designer Dumpster
The perfect desktop or bookcase accessory, ideal for storing and displaying about a half-dozen of your favorite magazines (ahem), these hilarious Steelplant Mini Steel Dumpsters are crafted by Issaquah-based artist Ryan Christensen from 16-gauge steel, with each design individually accented with lid tiles, bright paint and graffiti tags. Sorry, wine not included. $175–$250, available at…
Holiday Gifts for Foodies
Bitters, booze and bacon jam: Thank the holiday host with these easy-to-snag, locally crafted goods.
Cyprus Pyramid SaltCapitol Hill’s modern-day apothecary, Karyn Schwartz’s SugarPill is filled top to bottom with scent-sational herbs, cocktail bitters, and smoked, herbal, infused and classic salts. Thank your holiday hostess with a beautiful jar of salt; the scented crystals add an intoxicating flavor to grilled meats or crostini. $13 per 3-ounce jar, available at SugarPill…
Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Dog Lovers
These gifts are perfect for that hard-to-buy for dog-person on your list.
Bowser BeerFor those who let their pooches guzzle the real stuff (you know who you are!), offer them healthier booze: Des Moines–based Bowser Beer dog beer is made from USDA chicken or steak, plus malt barley (B vitamins!) and glucosamine (for joint health!). $19.99/six-pack, available at Wally Pets (Wallingford, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N; 206.547.0301). A…
Holiday Gift Guide: Paper
Unique stationery, calendars and gift wrap from local artists.
Pike Street PressNestled 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…
Gifts for Men
A guy-friendly wish list.
Cairo Screen-print Vintage TieWith funky design motifs that include cassette decks, Polaroid cameras and bicycles, these screen-printed vintage ties—made on Capitol Hill—also defy boring office attire. $18, available at NuBe Green Sucree ‘Sugar Daddy’ Money ClipLocal metalsmith Jill Jandreau’s cheeky little bill clip is hand-forged from copper and finished with patina for an industrial…
Holiday Gift Guide: Books
Go old school and give the gift of the printed word.
One-size-fits-all gifts that look good on any shelf. Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)In his book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, National Book Award-winning author and Seward Park-resident, Timothy Egan delves into the…