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Holiday Gift Idea: Desktop Designer Dumpster

Steelplant Mini Steel 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 Venue (Ballard, 5408 22nd Ave. NW; 206.789.3335;

Give the Gift of Booze: Six Bottles That Will Impress Your Friends

A.J. Rathbun
Springbank 10-Year Old Single Malt Scotch
Springbank 10-Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Is there a cocktail fanatic on your gift list this year, and one whose bar is already full of equipment? Then get them what they really wanta bottle bursting with an intriguing spirit or liqueur. The following six are chosen for their particular gift-ability. Heck, you can even pick one up as your gift for me. Read more »


Holiday Gifts for Foodies

Cyprus Pyramid Salt

Cyprus Pyramid Salt
Capitol 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 (Capitol Hill, 900 E Pine St.; 206.322.7455; Read more »

Matthew Inman Open Studio, the Biggest Caroling Contest and Other Weekend Musts

Fremont Christmas Lenin Statue Lighting
'Tis the season for the annual holiday Lenin statue lighting in Fremont

An Especially Festive Artwalk
Friday (12/7) — Three fun reasons to visit Fremont this week: The annual Lenin statue lighting (in lieu of a tree); a holiday arts and crafts bazaar; and Matthew Inman, the man behind The Oatmeal, who’s hosting a special open studio sale where you can get a book signed or pick up some Oatmeal merchandise—perfect gifts for any cat or Star Wars lover.   Read more »


Local Couples Celebrate Their (Now Legal) Same-sex Marriages

The cake topper at the wedding of Valerie Curtis-Newton and her wife Kim Powell. They were married legally in Conneticut in 2009.

There’s an electric feel of happiness in the air today as same-sex marriage becomes officially legal in Washington state and couples of all ages, colors and creeds line up to be among the first who receive marriage licenses. Read more »