Local Christmas gifts from Seattle and Pacific Northwest designers and artisans for everyone on your list.
The Northwest’s wealth of talented artisans makes it easy to shop local this holiday season, supporting the community and giving those you love something unique and special.
Here are some picks for gifts made in the Pacific Northwest for everyone on your list.
Give a gift she’ll keep close to her heart. Frawn’s Geometric Locket ($61 at etsy.com/shop/frawn) is a modern update of the classic treasure-holder, with the pieces held together by magnets. The hip geometric necklace is laser-etched and hand-painted in Portland in bold blue or red.
Charming Natalie Deleon Eyelash Pillows ($42 at La Merde, Phinney Ridge) are handmade in Ballard and are a sweet, soft place to snuggle up.
The versatile Una Johanna Dress ($168 at Velouria, Pioneer Square, and una-shop.com) is designed and made in Seattle with a twisted cowl neckline and shirred waist for a ladylike, contemporary look. It’s made of super-soft jersey that dresses up or down to suit every occasion.
Surprise him with a one-of-a-kind Ravenglass Productions Double Growler Caddy ($44–$49 at ravenglass-productions.com), handmade in Queen Anne from reclaimed wood hand-painted with his favorite team logo, character or design. The carriers are available in many handsome wood stains and include an attached bottle opener.
Upgrade his camping experience with a Trixie and Milo Gentleman’s Portable Shot Glass ($18 at Fireworks and trixieandmilo.com). Designed in Portland, they are a grown-up twist on the classic Boy Scout camping cup in stainless steel. The cups hold two fluid ounces and collapse into a pocket-size brass disc that attaches to a key ring or belt loop. Comes in eight engraved designs.
He’ll win that Ugly Christmas Sweater contest hands-down in the Archie McPhee Santa Lincoln Sweater ($39.50), a hilarious, limited-edition piece from the goofy local store.
For kids and teens
Challenge your tween or undertake a family project with the Fascinations Toys & Gifts R2D2 Metal Earth 3D Model Kit ($12 at Hot Topic and Top Ten Toys). The kit, from the Seatac-based company, has pieces that pop out from flat metal sheets and connect with tabs. No glue or solder is needed. Model types are available to suit every interest.
For older kids, the Original Pin 35mm Wooden Camera Kit ($99 at original-pin.com), made in Seattle, encourages creativity. The laser-cut, wooden camera fits together like a jigsaw puzzle to create a fully functional pinhole camera. The kit contains everything they need to take photos, including a predrilled precision lens, instructions and a roll of 35mm film.
Treat your favorite young lady to a tub of sweet-smelling Maggie’s Bath House Body Frosting ($10 at Ballard Home Comforts), handmade in Beaverton, Ore., from chemical-free, natural ingredients. Richer than a lotion, it mimics the look and consistency of fresh-whipped cake frosting. Available in eight delicious flavors such as Washington Rain and Pink Sugar.
Stasia Burrington’s Space Kitty T-shirt ($35 at Sassafras, downtown), designed and screen-printed in Seattle, is out-of-this-world cute. The original illustration is just quirky enough appeal to tweens and teens.
Little Orange Room’s beloved “S is for Seattle” onesies are now available as cute Raglan Baseball Tees ($27 at Bootyland Kids, Wallingford). Go hyperlocal and show your neighborhood pride with “F is for Fremont” or “B is for Ballard” designs, printed in Seattle on sweatshop-free organic cotton. Available up to size 6.
Wee ones will love “Monkey World ABC” ($9 at etsy.com/shop/matthewporterart), by Seattle artist and children’s author Matthew Porter. The sturdy board book has inventive occupations for every letter of the alphabet, including Astronaut, Snake charmer and Xylophonist.
Seattle natives and newcomers alike will gain a better understanding of the city’s history with The Seattle Times’ Seattle Memories Book: The Early Years ($45 at store.seattletimes.com). The beautiful coffee-table book covers the late 1800s through 1939. Get free shipping on Seattle Times Store items from Nov. 27–Nov. 30.
Need a last-minute gift? Whiskey Wicks’ Emerald City Essence Wood Wick Candle ($20 at Butter Home, Capitol Hill, and whiskeyinkandlace.com), hand-poured in Seattle, is made of vegan soy wax, smells like ocean rain and has a wooden wick that crackles like a campfire. Keep a few on hand for hostess gifts and surprise visits.