Holiday Gift Guide: For the Home

Feather your friends’ nests with kitchen gadgets, quirky accessories and other unique local gifts.

By Seattle Magazine


November 23, 2012

Ladies & Gentlemen Nyth Fruit Bowl
This eclectic fruit bowl, from the Ballard-based husband-and-wife duo of Dylan Davis and Jean Lee, resembles an artsy bird’s nest, constructed from splatter-painted layers of stoneware clay. Available in 11-inch ($145) and 14-inch ($175) diameter sizes at Ladies & Gentlemen,


Chef’n Mushroom Slicester
Slice up morels with Chef’n’s new hand-held mushroom slicer with stainless steel sheers; the downtown company’s clever device creates perfectly sliced ’shrooms and is top-rack dishwasher-safe, too. $14.99, available at City Kitchens (downtown, 1527 Fourth Ave., Suite 100; 206.382.1423;


Pantone Universe Color Mugs
A colorful token for the friend who is always glued to the Pantone website each November, these bone china mugs come in all colors of the Pantone rainbow—Basil 624, Cornish Cream 1225 and yes, special-edition Tangerine Tango 1463. $15, available at Assemble (Phinney Ridge, 7406 Greenwood Ave. N; 206.913.2470;


Iluxo Design Seattle Modern Wall Clock
Keep time in Seattle style: San Francisco designer Mariko Carandang’s cherry bamboo timepiece features the Space Needle and skyline cutouts for a subtle nod to city pride. $39.99, available at



These Creatures Mini Wall Hooks
Hang coats, leashes, keys and princess tutus on New York City– and Seattle-based company These Creatures’ bright, happy wall hooks. The stylish metal hooks come in a variety of animal shapes, from birds and squirrels to our favorite, the baker bunny and cupcake model. $28–$48, available at Urban Dogs (Bellevue, 2036 Bellevue Square; 425.456.0009) and


Perhacs Studio’s Ewebol
This sculptural bowl by Bainbridge Island 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 into a stocking). $79, available at



Harman London candles
Ross MacQuarrie co-founder of the Olympia-based Harmon London has mined the depths of classic fragrance profiles to create two candle collections that evoke the spirit of his native England. From the warm teak of London Meade to the summer garden fresh scent of Reilly’s Peony, these soy wax-blend candles, $21.99, make an uplifting and mood-brightening gift for anyone on your list. Available online at


Piano Nobile trays
Forgo the tin this year and package your cookies on a BPA-free melamine Textile Trays ($40) derived from the hand-drawn and hand-printed textiles designed by Ballard-based Piano Nobile. Husband and wife design team, Isabelle and Nickolas Robertson, rework modern and fresh graphics like chevrons, dashes and grids onto platters worthy of any holiday party table. Available online at


Lucca Great Finds Parveen Scissors
These unique, hand-forged scissors—made from carbonized steel and cast brass, signed by the maker and available in various sizes—make an elegant accessory to a well-dressed desk. Starting at $12, available at Lucca Great Finds (Ballard, 5332 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.782.7337;


The Design Pallet Wood Elm Bud Vases
Bruce Hanamura, owner of Wedgwood-based Design Pallet, creates handcrafted wood accessories for home and office. These small bud vases, $26 at Momo, look demure a seul, but make a statement arranged as a group. Handmade blossom, by artist Kay Hirai, also at Momo (Chinatown/International District, 600 S Jackson St.; 206.329.4736;


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