As a kid, you tend to overlook stocking stuffers in favor of those big wrapped presents lurking under the tree, but as an adult, a new discovery awaits: The smallest gifts in stature can often pack the biggest punch (jewelry, tickets to a ballgame, cufflinks). I’m declaring the following list as proof to my point- they may be small, but they are mighty:
Since my toes are still thawing out from my walk to the office this morning, I think it’s safe to state, “Baby it’s cold outside.” And since it is that glorious time of year to snuggle up by the fire and get warm and cozy with a book, I’m devoting today’s gift lineup to all things soft and cuddly.
We could all use a bit of R & R right about now as we all scramble to finish off those last minutes gifts and baked goodies for co-workers, am I right? Thus I am not going to sit here and pontificate: Boys, your ladies will love these sweet beauty items and pampering memberships. Ladies, your girlfriends will, too. Now, zen out.
Julep Nail Salons’ ‘Julep Maven’ membership
In the January issue, I review the charming and very delicious Travelers Thali House on Beacon Hill. It's a bittersweet review for me because the restaurant is so good, so welcoming, and the food is lovely in so many ways. But where is everyone?
It is quite tempting to intro this spirits-, brews- and beer-related post with big exclamation points following a drawn-out exclamation: “Booze!” But I will try to keep things classy and restrain myself. However, thanks to a boom in local distiller and craft brewery products in our fair city, I can’t guarantee your recipient will be able to contain their glee over these gifts:
It is a lot of work to throw a holiday shindig (hey, those cookies don’t frost themselves) and even more work to host relatives (hey, those bathrooms don’t clean themselves either), so show your appreciation for the host or hostess with one of these sweet tokens, or if you hearken back to last week’s post on foodie products, any of those treats make stellar, cost-effective hostess gifts as well.
Alrighty, listen up boys: Sure diamonds are great, but if you really want to knock your savvy gal’s socks off this holiday season, we recommend these oh-so-Seattle, stylish jewelry pieces. And guys, don’t worry, your day is coming too. Friday will be devoted to booze-related gifts, so you save this link, and forward that one on to her.
This statement probably comes as little surprise given our occupations, but the Seattle mag edit staff is full of paper geeks. We heart old-school letterpress, still believe in hand-written thank you notes and nothing delights us more than picking up our Ilee desktop calendars every December. Sure, we all spend our days hammering out words on a keyboard, but there is something imminently thoughtful and intimate about a paper gift from these local crafters- we’re betting your friends and family will agree.
Top o’ the morning! We’re kicking off this week’s lineup of our holiday gift guide with oh-so-Northwest books written by Seattle magazine friends including forager Langdon Cook and spirits expert A.J. Rathbun. Stay tuned this week for more local gift ideas (jewelry, easy-to-grab-hostess favors and booze-inspired gifts will all debut by Friday!) as we offer new suggestions each weekday through December 23.
Our “12 Days of Christmas” gift guide continues today with a special class of kiddo-themed gifts, those that may be just as much fun for parents, too. In others words, please both parties with one grand-slam gift: