The 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Perfect local holiday gifts for everyone on your list

By Jennifer McCullum


December 2, 2015

This article originally appeared in the December 2015 issue of Seattle Magazine.

From the perfect hostess gift to children’s playthings, 
we’ve rounded up our favorite holiday finds from local stores—
presents sure to surprise everyone on your list

From the perfect hostess gift to children’s playthings, we’ve rounded up our favorite holiday finds from local stores—presents sure to surprise everyone on your list.

Let’s dive in.


1. Layer strands of camel bone beaded necklaces for a modern take on the classic string of pearls. $60 each, available in store at Maison Luxe (Madison Park, 2806 E Madison St.; 206.405.2828;

2. One of the few places you can find Viv & Ingrid sterling and gold filled hoops is at new Madison Park shop Alice. Prices range from $80 to $125, available at Alice (Madison Park, 2811 E Madison St.; 206.322.7467;

3. sterling silver cuffs from local designer Joanna Morgan’s Huntress collection make fierce additions to any jewelry box. Atala cuff, $355, and Ishtar narrow cuff, $525, available at Joanna Morgan Designs, by appointment only (Pioneer Square, 306 S Washington St., Studio 105; [email protected]

4. Winter temps can wreak havoc on hands. Fend off frozen cuticles with scented hand creams rich in essential oils from Provence. $15 each, available at Marigold and Mint (Capitol Hill, 1531 Melrose Ave.; 206.682.3111;

5. Notes of jasmine, bitter almond and pink pepper comprise the essence of Broken Glass, the soft and spicy fragrance from Ballard’s Blackbird. $88, (

6. Jade alligator leather and gold-tone Italian hardware have us green-eyed for this luxe clutch from local design studio Anne Sylvain. $1,950, Anne Sylvain Studio & Showroom, by appointment only (Georgetown, 5660 Third Ave. S; 206.447.2316;

7. Discover finds like this hand-assembled, gold-plated pendant at Baleen’s new brick-and-mortar jewelry shop, now open in Ballard. $34, available at Baleen (Ballard, 6418 20th Ave. NW;


1. Handmade olive wood bowls and trays from Sur La Table add a rustic element to holiday serving ware. Bowls range from $15.96 to $23.96; serving board, $13.56, available at Sur La Table (Pike Place Market, 84 Pine St.; 206.448.2244;

2. Jane Domestic’s suede mitt resists heat as high as 500 degrees Fahrenheit and has a nonslip, pliable grip to grab everything from heavy roasters to thin baking sheets. $30, available at Marine Area 7 (Madison Park, 2814 E Madison St.; 206.323.9141;

3. Curl up in cozy cable-knit and herringbone wool throws, $95 (cable-knit) and $130 (herringbone), available at Veritables (Bellevue, 10220 Main St.; 425.455.8335;

4. Let loved ones know you’re thinking about them this holiday with Paper Hammer’s metallic-edged notecards created in the store’s letterpress studios in Tieton. $20 for a set of 8, available at Paper Hammer (downtown, 1400 Second Ave.; 206.682.3820;

5. Spice up favorite holiday dishes with Jacobsen Salt Co.’s classic salt trio, featuring the Portland brand’s pure flakes, lemon zest and Pinot Noir flavors. $39, available at Watson Kennedy Fine Living (Pike Place Market, 86 Pine St.; 206.443.6281; or visit

6. Dress up holiday toasts with luxe, modern glass-and-gold flutes from Georgetown-based Rosanna. $72 for the set of four,

7. Intrigue Chocolate Co.’s dark chocolate truffles come in seasonal flavors, including Jamaican hot chocolate and bourbon vanilla. $22 for the Truffle Collection 12-piece seasonal assortment, available at Intrigue Chocolate’s new shop (Pioneer Square, 157 S Jackson St.; 206.829.8810;

8. Each one of Pattern & Posy’s cotton cocktail napkins is hand sewn and printed in the Etsy shop’s Fremont studio. $40 for a set of four.

9. Mix things up with Cocktail Kingdom’s smooth coil bar spoon, featuring a muddler top. $32, available at E. Smith Mercantile (Pioneer Square, 208 First Ave. S; 206.641.7250; Class up cocktail prep or presentation with this marble serving slab. $65, available at Mario’s (downtown, 1513 Sixth Ave.; 206.223.1461;

10. Savor Autumn Martin’s Wilderness Collection caramel sauces, inspired by the regional flavors of the Northwest. $12 each, available at Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery (Ballard, 5427 Ballard Ave. NW, 206.453.3792; Capitol Hill, 1650 E Olive Way, 206.258.2591;

11. The sparkling champagne scent of Seattle-based Antica Farmacista’s limited-edition candle is a festively fragrant way to celebrate. $44, available at

12. Artist Rachel Kozlowski’s stoneware serving bowl features a festive pheasant for displaying holiday eats. $39, available at West Elm (South Lake Union, 2201 Westlake Ave., Suite 100; 206.467.5798;

13. Queen Anne–based Distillery Provisions infuses hand-cut cucumbers with gin and whiskey barrel brine, creating deliciously boozy pickle flavors for a unique holiday appetizer. $6.75 per jar,

14. This four-piece stainless steel cheese set features four different blade shapes for cutting, spreading and sharing. $27.50, available at Mrs. Cook’s (University Village, 2685 NE Village Lane; 206.525.5008;

15. sheepskin slippers hand-crafted on Whidbey Island keep toes toasty. $109.95, available from Northstar Trading Co., one of the rotating vendors at Pike Place Market (downtown, First Avenue and Pike Street; 800.446.9276;


1. Playful patterned socks made from merino wool and combed cotton ensure that guys will look and feel good right down to their toes. $10.50–$32, available at E. Smith Mercantile in Pioneer Square

2. Waxed charcoal canvas, black leather and a tapered strap make the tm1985 mail messenger bag a chic, comfortable carryall that can stand up to Seattle seasons. $282, available at Hammer + Awl (Madrona, 1137 34th Ave.; 206.992.7444;

3. Henley’s wireless speaker channels an iconic 1960s-style transistor radio with its perforated leather casing, paired with modern functions, such as Bluetooth compatibility with any phone, tablet or laptop. $159.95, available at Calisea (Pioneer Square, 87 Yesler Way; 206.538.0191;

4. VSSL’s flashlight flask contains a glass-lined, interior container that can hold up to 10 ounces of your beverage of choice, two collapsible stainless steel shot glasses, and is equipped with LED flood-beam lantern lights for night-capped adventures. $95, available at E. Smith Mercantile in Pioneer Square

5. Aussie beauty brand Aesop opened its latest outpost in Fremont this August. Aesop’s moroccan neroli shaving serum, post-shave lotion ($80 for the set) and shaving brush ($63) are essentials for an old-school, barber-shop-style shave each morning. Aesop (Fremont, 3415B Fremont Ave.; 206.632.1287;

6. Celebrity stylist Ilaria Urbinati has dressed some of Hollywood’s leading men, including Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper. Her limited-edition collection for Eddie Bauer puts a modern spin on classic menswear items, such as the River Rock marled skull cap. $35, available exclusively at Nordstrom (Bellevue Square, 100 Bellevue Square; 425.455.5800;

7. Inspired by vintage pilot watches, Filson’s scout dual-time watch is hand-assembled in Shinola’s Detroit factory and features a brushed stainless steel 45.5mm case, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face and a Horween leather strap. $900, available at Filson (SoDo, 1555 Fourth Ave. S; 206.622.3147;


1. Tattly temporary arrow tattoos from new Pioneer Square boutique Your Secret Admirer hit the bull’s-eye for stocking stuffers. $2, Your Secret Admirer (Pioneer Square, 112 S Washington St.; 206.739.5998;

2. Don’t let the name fool you: Butter Home’s “old timey” slingshot (complete with felt balls as ammo) is the perfect present for the young and young at heart. $12, available at Butter Home (Capitol Hill, 1531 Melrose Ave.; 206.623.2626;

3. The micro maxi kickboard scooter can grow with your little one, supporting riders weighing as much as 110 pounds. $129.99, available at Wee Tots Children’s Store (Bellevue, 10245 Main St., Suite 103; 425.502.7182;

4. Local lip balms from Estrella come in fun, fruity flavors such as ginger orange and pink grapefruit, and are all natural and plant based. $3.99 each, available at local gift shops including Retrofit Home (Capitol Hill, 1103 E Pike St.; 206.568.4663; or visit

5. Turn any table into a miniature tennis court with npw’s dining table tennis set. $30.95, available at Portage Bay Goods (Fremont, 621 N 35th St.; 206.547.5221;

6. Pointe pretty as Frozen’s Princess Elsa in blue leather ballet flats from Queen Anne–based Linge Shoes. $39,


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