Treat the special fellas in your life to something a little more unexpected this year.
There are certainly some nice ties in the world, but you may want to treat the special men in your life to something a little more unexpected this year.
Here are a few options for techies, foodies and the young at heart.
Olympia Provisions Dopp Kit Salami Set ($132 at olympiaprovisions.com). What’s better than a cool red dopp kit ready for travel? One stuffed with four Portland-made salamis, an Opinel pocket knife and a walnut cutting board.
Leather Orbitkey ($50 as shown above at orbitkey.com). He’ll feel a little like MacGyver with this sleek keychain that also holds a bottle opener and USB drive.
Amazon Echo Dot ($50 at amazon.com). This mini version of the Echo has all the same voice-command features and can be stashed anywhere.
Filson Ballard Blanket ($280 at Filson, Ballard). Filson recently opened a compact outpost in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, and this cozy wool blanket is a store exclusive. It’s a must-have for anyone with ties to the neighborhood.
Raw Materials Design Growler Tote ($69 at rawmaterialsdesign.com). This locally designed tote holds two growlers in ruggedly handsome style. Extra-heavy waxed cotton canvas, a figure-eight-shaped divider and industrial felt on the bottom ensure everything stays safe and secure.
Sub Pop 3-Button Set ($5 at megamart.subpop.com). He can show his love for local music with a package of three Seattle-themed Sub Pop buttons from the local music label.
Sugru Rebel Tech Kit ($15 at sugru.com). Stuff a stocking with this fix-it kit that includes four packs of the flexible, moldable rubber, a booklet of ideas for using it, remover and a storage tin.
Players Make Plays Beast Quake Hoodie ($75 at playersmakeplays.com). Not just another piece of Seahawks gear, this hoodie, from local designer and former Seahawk Gibran Hamdan, shows the play diagram from Marshawn Lynch’s famous “Beast Quake” run against the Saints in 2011.
Huzi Cozmo Complete Set ($165 at fab.com). These grown-up blocks are sure to please anyone who loves space or minimalist design. The beech wood pieces can be mixed and matched to create out-of-this-world combinations.
Penguin Galaxy Series 6-Book Deluxe Boxed Set ($225 at booksellers). Load him up with winter reading with this sci-fi box set that includes classics such as “Dune” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” A sleek Lucite box with brightly colored edges makes it a showpiece.