November 24, 2020
Seattle Home Holiday Gift Guide
2020: the year of the home. There’s never been a better time to gift your family and friends something useful or fun for their home. It’s also more important than ever to support our local small businesses, which is why we’re bringing back our Seattle Home Holiday Gift Guide! There’s something in the guide for everyone on your list and to fit every home style. Watch (in person or via Zoom) as the recipient opens what’s sure to be a unique gift this holiday season—and feel a sense of accomplishment for having supported your local entrepreneurs and artists. Enjoy our 2020 Seattle gift guide!
1. Wood Tray
The ultimate party platter is the charcuterie board, and nothing spruces up its presentation like a handmade wood base. Combine beautiful design with functionality, and order one of these locally made gathering trays from Urban Made in Seattle, WA. Comprised of solid North American walnut and non-toxic resin, it’s a perfect gift for a new homeowner or someone who loves to host.
2. Topography Coasters
For the Pacific Northwest lover on your list. These coasters are topographic maps of Washington’s most beloved volcanoes: Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens, Mt Adams, and Mt Baker. Designed and made in Seattle, they are the perfect addition to any coffee table. From midcentury modern design to rustic cabin chic. At $35 for a set of 4, you can buy one for a friend and one for yourself.
3. Handmade Ceramics
With a retail shop in Wallingford, you can stop in during store hours or order online from Saltstone Ceramics. We love their Mountain Stacking Bowls for the neutral palette and modern pattern. Plus, anything that is microwave and dishwasher safe is a win! The shop is full of options from independent ceramicists, to help stock any type of home with unique, story-filled wares.
4. Tea Kit
If you haven’t been to Miro tea, you’re overdue for a visit! They’ve got a well-thought-out takeout procedure currently, but they also have select items available for purchase online. Their at-home tea kits caught our eye. There’s nothing better when stuck inside than treating yourself to a warm beverage. Travelers will enjoy the matcha kit, as it’s an opportunity to be transported to a different culture.
5. Coffee Canister
Coffee aficionados will love this thoughtful gift. Not only is Miir’s Coffee Canister backed by a lifetime warranty, your purchase supports a Seattle-based, certified B-corp. A portion of the proceeds will go towards sustainable giving projects supporting clean water and a healthier environment. Plus, this airtight canister is arguably one of the best on the market! Pairs well with a freshly roasted bag of local beans.
6. Live Plant
Help your family and friends get through a winter stuck inside by brightening their space with a live plant! Shop Ravenna Gardens in University Village online and pickup in store, or schedule a time to shop in person. The shop is full of small gifts and thoughtful supplies for a new plant parent such a decorative pots, gardening gloves, watering cans and more. Easy to care for plants include: jade, snake plants (Sanseveria) and pothos.
7. Quarantine Candle
Let’s be honest: if 2020 had a scent, it would be banana bread. This quarantine staple smell can fill your home all year long with a Glass Goat Soy Candle hand-poured in Seattle. In a 12oz glass jar with optional leather lid, it’s a perfectly packaged gift for the homebody on your list. There’s plenty of noteworthy scents to choose from including First Snow, Hot Toddy and Campfire. The tin size versions would make for great stocking stuffers.
8. Seattle-made Chocolate
A tasty treat is always a welcome gift. Theo Chocolate goods are organic and fair trade, so you can feel good gifting them. Plus there’s vegan and allergy-friendly options as well. As of November, they are only allowing 6 people in their flagship Fremont store at a time, and you can also shop online. If you’re not sure what to get someone on your list, chocolate is always a good choice!
9. Prints, Paintings & Other Art
It’s more important than ever this year to support local artists. Without the crowds of large craft fairs, this holiday season is going to be very different for a lot of local creators. Be sure to seek out local craft fairs that have taken things virtual like Urban Craft Uprising or Artists Sunday. Our favorite way to discover new artists is by filtering by location on Etsy.com. That’s how we stumbled upon the work of Morgan Padgett aka Jargenink. Her handpainted watercolor and ink art is inspired by nature and would be a striking addition to any home.
10. Design-Centric Dog Toys
If there’s one thing Seattle has a lot of, it’s dog owners. So, it’s more than likely you have a pet parent on your list. Get them something useful to help keep their pup occupied during virtual school or Zoom meetings with The Odin dog toy, designed in Seattle. It’s geometric design cleverly dispenses dog treats as your furry friends gets some exercise.
Regardless of what you decide to gift, sending a small token of appreciation to your closest family and friends will be a welcome surprise this year. We hope our 2020 Seattle gift guide was helpful, and wish you a cozy and warm holiday season!