It makes sense. I mean, who needs the hassle of the holiday in-and-out, the stress of navigating sales at big-box stores and dealing with manic crowds, when you can complete your holiday shopping with a few clicks of the your mouse? And, might we add, while binge-watching new Gilmore Girls
episodes and drinking hot cocoa? (We’d suggest stocking up on Fran’s Dark Hot Chocolate
or Chocolopolis drinking chocolate
for the winter).
What’s more, shopping online gives you the opportunity to bypass traditional everyone’s-getting-it gifts for purchases with a personal touch—and a local benefit. Here’s how to shop locally in Seattle this holiday season, and better yet, how to be the gift-giver everyone wishes was their Secret Santa.
Etsy is chock-full of unique items made by Seattle producers. Some of Seattle’s best creatives even started there before graduating to their own grown-up companies. Check out some of our favorites picks:
Perks of Aurora: Pop culture is in (just ask the former EMP museum). For the movie/music/TV show connoisseur in your life, gift handmade cards and mugs adorned with images from the likes of Saved by the Bell, Golden Girls, Friends and Parks and Recreation.
Kani Botanicals: Natural, handmade and organic skin and body products like face masks and lip balms.
Seattle Candle Company: Bring the scents of Seattle rain, fresh coffee and the pine forest into your home with all-natural hand-poured candles.
wrenbirdarts: Whimsical embroidery that features hand-drawn and hand-stitched patterns, like a colorful donut or Big Foot. You can even request custom orders. It’s not just Grandma’s craft anymore!
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Andrews Reclaimed: Give a home a rustic feel with recycled wood gifts like a succulent planter or jewelry rack.
Three Bad Seeds: Evoke the forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest with sculptural woolen pillows made to order.
elephantine: One of our favorite Seattle bloggers offers modern, handmade jewelry perfect for any taste, including a jewelry of the month club. You can also check out Mignon, her house- and officeware shop with gems like a travel candle or a dog bone cookie cutter.
Image credit: elephantine