Holiday Gift Guide, Day 12: Stocking Stuffers

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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:


Chef’n palm peeler


Before someone attempts to peel that pile of potatoes prison style with a paring knife, get him or her this little handheld lifesaver from local comapny Chef’n. Secured on the hand by a finger hold, this amazing tool keeps fingers safe from the blade and makes for easy peeling with a sharp, sliding blade.



Baggu fold-up tote bag


If you are anything like me, there are a plethora of reusable grocery bags tattooed with corporate logos tossed in your car trunk. But I actually use and love my fold-up Baggu bag, which wraps up into a pocket-sized pouch and comes in punchy patterned designs.



Albums by our best new Seattle bands of the year


Seattle has a wealth of local musicians, but a slew of new local artists really knocked our socks off this year. Snag these albums for that special, musically-inclined someone.


$22 - $109

Northwest-made tech-savvy accessories


Still those texting fingers for a millisecond and redirect your iThing’s browser to these Northwest-based “techcessories” (also known as protective accessories for your personal playthings) to bestow on your fellow gadget geeks this holiday season.



Prize braided headband, Olivine (pictured above)

Slip Prize’s five-piece braided headband--made from hand printed fabric and super soft suede-- into your teen’s stocking (although this, ahem, twenty-something also has one); elastic in back provides a nice, snug fit.



Perhacs Studio’s felt bowls


This sculptural bowl by local artist Brandon Perhacs is made from soft merino wool felt and is reversible, easily snapping together with other bowls to create mod designs (including rolled up to stuff down that hanging sock).


Happy holidays to all!


Missed any of the previous Gift Guide installments? Get caught up:

Day 1: Gifts Fit for Foodies

Day 2: Parent-approved Kid Gifts

Day 3: Seattle magazine Friends’ Foodie Books

Day 4: Darling Calendars, Planners and other Paper Products

Day 5: Baubles and Bling from Local Jewelry Artists

Day 6: Sweet Hostess Gifts

Day 7: Spirits- and Beer-inspired gifts

Day 8: All Bagged Up

Day 9: Primped and Pampered

Day 10: Soft Knits and Cuddly Creatures

Day 11: Oh-So-Seattle Presents


Photos courtesy of Olivine; Chef’n; Baggu; James Bailey; Hayley Young; Perhacs Studio