Christmas and Hanukkah cards and wrapping paper from Pacific Northwest artists and other favorites.
After all the care you put into selecting gifts to make all your loved ones feel special, don’t forget the finishing touches.
A heartfelt — or smile-inducing — card and pretty wrapping can make what’s inside the package, dare we say, almost secondary. Here are some picks from local makers and a few other standouts.
Words matter, and the Pacific Northwest’s abundance of talented designers can help you find the right ones to express yourself. All the better if they reflect our sense of place and sensibility.
The Paper Delights Seattle Cheers Card features the city’s skyline, and Seattle Snowglobe Card (both $15 for eight at Paper Delights, Wallingford) drips with gold-foil elegance. Both are part of the local shop’s first line of gold-foiled letterpress cards.
Annie’s Art & Press’ Rain & Coffee & Salmon & Weed Card ($5 at Annie’s Art & Frame, Ballard, and Portage Bay Goods, Fremont) sounds like some locals’ idea of a perfect Christmas list. The print shop, located upstairs from Annie’s Art & Frame, now has its own press and a line of holiday insta-classics.
Don’t forget to bring Seattle’s favorite drink, coffee, into the holiday mix. The Seltzer Pour Over Card ($4 at seltzergoods.com) is perfect for your favorite barista or caffeine addict, and has a nice message to boot.
SWEET AND SAUCY
Yardia’s Yule Log Holiday Card ($5 at brigidaswanson.com) celebrates wintertime in the woods with an original watercolor. It’s printed on 100 percent recycled cardstock and comes with a recycled envelope, in keeping with local artist Brigida Swanson’s love of nature.
Give the gift of laughter with Sad Shop’s Holidays Are for Crying and Eating and Santa and I Both Like Making Lists Cards ($5 each at ilikeyouandnaps.com), printed in Seattle on 100 percent recycled paper. Many other silly sentiments are also available.
Give cheer as you say cheers with the Emily McDowell Studio Comfort and Joy and Cookies and Bourbon Card ($19 for eight at emilymcdowell.com), which has a fresh, modern design. Or give Farewell Paperie’s Eggnog Because Relatives Coaster Card ($5 farewellpaperie.com), which is designed and printed in Seattle and doubles as a coaster.
Get hip to Hanukkah with the Waterknot Chanukah Rocks Card ($5 at waterknot.com), printed in Portland and featuring tiny guitars perched atop menorah candles. Or go secular with the locally made Sporelandia Joy to the World Card ($16 for 10 at etsy.com/shop/Sporelandia) with a simple message and lush floral print.
IT’S A WRAP
Cards aren’t the only way to express yourself. Opt for some original wrapping paper and your gift will be fun for days before it’s opened.
The Archie McPhee Super Awesome Christmas Wrapping Paper Book ($16) will cover a pile of presents, with 12 perforated sheets of 27-inch-by-18-inch gift wrap. The local line’s holiday prints include Bigfoots in Santa hats, an ugly-Christmas-sweater print and, of course, bacon. The line’s Chrismukkah Reversible Gift Wrap ($5 for two sheets, both at Archie McPhee, Wallingford) is printed with a hot-rod-riding Santa on one side and motorcycle-riding Hanukkah Harry on the other, so you’ll be covered for all occasions.
The kids will love Wondershop’s Merry Rexmas Wrapping Paper ($5 at Target), featuring festive dinos.
For the more sophisticated, opt for the bright red Belle & Union Fa La La, Y’all Holiday Gift Wrap ($8 for two sheets at belleandunion.com), or forgo the holiday theme with Cavallini & Co. Vintage Map Decorative Wrap ($4 per sheet at Annie’s Art & Frame), featuring maps of Seattle and more exotic locales.
Just ready to be done? Tell it like it is with Farewell Paperie’s I’ll Take It Gift Bag ($8 at farewellpaperie.com), which can be reused for birthdays and holidays to come.