Seattleite Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Here’s a roundup of our staff favorites for this holiday season. From a cozy jacket to skincare to the perfect pan, we hope you find some of fun things on our list.

andieanderin. Neckties

A lovely, silk bow neckties for any woman in your life. Inspired by influential women and founded by two women: Cara Ingham and Lisa Santos. The women’s necktie has been a staple accessory for centuries, but it was popularized most recently in the 70s and 80s with the women’s movement and women working their way up the corporate ladder. The necktie was the women’s interpretation of the man’s tie. 

Prices range from $40 to $68. Browse them here

prAna Permafrost Jacket

We’ve discovered the coziest clothing item that you (and anyone you gift it to) will want to dwell in all winter. This full-zip women’s jacket keeps you stylishly warm with its snuggly insulation, high neck, and relaxed fit. Plus, the jacket’s 100% recycled polyester fabrication means you can feel great about wearing it again and again.

$119. But it at prana.com

Abbio Large Nonstick Skillet

No one likes long clean-up times in the kitchen. The nonstick surface of this pan makes clean up a breeze (they also have a smaller version that’s perfect for morning eggs). Good cookware is hard to find and a little confusing to shop for. A great gift for those who enjoy cooking, those who are interesting in starting to cook more at home, or for yourself! Abbio is founded by two brothers from Seattle who wanted to simplify the process by creating a single set of cookware for almost any type of cooking. 

$77. Comes with a high-temp silicon hot pad—you can choose the color. Buy it from the Abbio website

Moonlit Midnight Shift Facial Oil

This facial oil helps lock in moisture when you sleep with papaya, ginseng, and jojoba to help soften and tone skin. Bonus: it smells really nice— it’s lavender-scented. All skincare formulas by Moonlit Skincare are vegan and cruelty-free.

$34. Buy it at shopmoonlit.com

Beau & Stella Mini Luck Necklace 

Who doesn’t need a little extra luck in their lives? Delicate and feminine jewelry designed in New Orleans and handmade in Washington—they have a variety of styles available in addition to this cute horseshoe shape, including constellation and zodiac designs.  

$52. Comes in 14k gold filled, sterling silver, and rose gold filled. Visit their Etsy shop for this and other designs.

Two Cranes Botanicals CBD 

Medical studies suggest that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the risk of cancer, metabolic disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases when taken orally. In addition, CBD is a more powerful antioxidant than vitamins E and C and can repair damaged skin. 

Founders and twin sisters Susun and Hanna started Two Cranes to create potent, organic, single-source, botanically-blended CBD from a verifiably trustable source. Two Cranes is based out of Seattle with production in Colorado. 

They offer three dosages: 300, 725, and 1000. Prices start at $15. More about Two Cranes and their products here

Book: “101 Ways to Rock Solo Female Travel”

The perfect gift for those fearless, wanderlusting females in your life, this informative and fun-to-read book is written by Charyn Pfeuffer, a Seattle-based feminist writer and sex educator, along with Dayna Steele and Jenny Block. These 101 tips are designed to help the reader feel empowered, make the most of her solo adventures, stay safe and enjoy incredible experiences—all on her terms. (Side note: one of Seattleite’s travel-loving contributors may just have contributed a few words of her own!)

Buy it from $9.95 at Amazon.com,  Barnesandnoble.com or books.apple.com.

Shinesty Holiday Pajamas

Delightful, hilarious, and downright quirky holiday-themed pajamas, suits, dresses, and underwear. From ninja gingerbread to Oreo polar bear to tinsel tiger pajamas, it’s so much fun to browse. Shinesty also has skater dresses and jumpsuits in fun prints for your ugly Christmas sweater parties that will actually make you feel cute. 

Prices vary. See their wide selection for men and women here

Photo credit: Shinesty

First Aid Beauty Gift Packs

This skincare company aims to address challenges from eczema and oily t-zones to dark spots and wrinkles, while carefully selecting ingredients so you don’t have to worry about what’s inside your products. (There are 1,300 ingredients on First Aid Beauty’s no-no list.) These colorful, whimsical kits make for perfect gifts, whether you seek a tiny stocking stuffer or a bigger offering. 

$11 and up. Buy them at firstaidbeauty.com

National Park Foundation Calendar

Consider buying gifts that give back this season, benefiting admirable organizations like The National Park Foundation—the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. (They have the important job of helping protect more than 400 national park sites across the country, and we are so grateful for all they do.) While the wall calendar provides beautiful inspiration to accompany life organization tasks, you’ll also find gifts like coloring books, telescopes, drinkware and board games. 

$14.99.Buy it at nationalparks.org

Chinook Book 

Who doesn’t love the gift of savings? These popular coupon books (also available via phone app) help shoppers find deals all year-long at local, sustainable stores, restaurants, tour companies and so on. And their mission is certainly something we can get behind: “We connect sustainable organizations and businesses with conscious consumers to incentivize everyday sustainable lifestyle choices.”
 
$16 for a 12-month app subscription. Buy it at chinookbook.com or print versions at local stores like Town & Country/Central Markets, Central Co-op and select Whole Foods stores.

 

The Ultimate Northwest Charcuterie Collection

Whether you are looking for a gift or need a show-stopping spread to put out for your holiday party, Anacortes-based SeaBear Smokehouse and Seattle’s Salumi Cured Meats have your charcuterie needs taken care of this season. The teams worked together to hand-select seven iconic, Washington food brands to best represent the Pacific Northwest region:

  • Smoked Salmon from SeaBear Smokehouse
  • Coro Cured Meats from Salumi
  • Beecher’s Flagship Cheese from Pike Place Market
  • Shallot Mustard from Tom Douglas
  • Girl Meets Dirt Plum Preserve from Orcas Island
  • Truffle Infused Almonds from Recipe 33

Retailing for $100, the Ultimate Northwest Charcuterie Collection can be ordered online and shipped directly anywhere in the U.S. via MadeInWashington.com.  It is also available to purchase at the newly renovated Made In Washington store in Pike Place Market’s Post Alley.

Photo credit: Made in Washington

Amara Blue Designs Moon Phase Bar Necklace 

Handmade in Vancouver, BC, this moon phase bar is a beautiful statement piece or could be worn every day. Amara Blue Designs also offers custom initials necklaces and other fun hand stamped sayings, like “plant based bae”. 

$65. Buy it here.

Shantiva Copper Pitchers 

Resolutions, resolutions! Being healthier and fitter is perhaps the most popular one and this is a great gift for someone on your list who resolves to be healthier next year. According to Ayurveda, drinking from a copper water pitcher has some health benefits as copper has antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. At Shantiva, skilled artisans make these beauties by hand, creating functional and Instagram-friendly jugs. 

To make the most of your pitchers, fill with water at night for the next day so the copper-infused water can get ionized. The infused, mineral-ly water just tastes different—yummy, earthy, and pure—and it may help to provide better energy, improved digestion, and clearer skin. 

$39.50 to $54.50. Buy it at shantiva.com

Glerups Boots

The perfect post-activity shoe/slipper, these Danish wonders are made from 100% natural wool and based on a long tradition of hand felting. The shoes’ unique foot-shaped design and soft materials make these gems warm, uber-comfortable and tempting to wear all winter long.

$125. Buy them at glerups.com

Saltworks Epsom Bath Salt 

Based in Woodinville, SaltWorks has a range of premium-grade specialty salts from culinary, gourmet salts to therapeutic salts for the bath. The Epson Eucalyptus smells amazing and dissolves easily into the tub for a relaxing, refreshing bath. Their gourmet salts range from smoked sea salt, truffle salt, Himalayan pink salt, to espresso, lemon, and habanero salt, and more! 

$8.99 on the Saltworks website

Chipmonkey Wine

Sure, sending delicious, sommelier-selected wine is always a thoughtful gift for those you love, but delivering it alongside a personalized, heartfelt and/or hilarious message crafted by witty Seattleite Kanchan Schindlauer? Even more meaningful for everyone involved. Schindlauer, a former scientist turned entrepreneur and certified sommelier recently launched this service (tag line: “There’s a wine for that!”) to memorialize all of life’s events—the good, the bad and the just plain funny. Make your loved ones smile this holiday season while sipping on their new favorite wine. 
 
Prices vary. Buy them at chipmonkeywine.com
 

Mionetto Prosecco DOC Organic Extra Dry

Who doesn’t love the gift of bubbly? (And especially bottles that won’t break the bank and can be delivered to your door in less than an hour?) Celebrate the season with tasty Mionetto options like their classic Brut, the innovative Mionetto Organic and the luxury DOCG range (as well as the affordable Mionetto Il Collection). This sparkling Prosecco, made from grapes cultivated without the use of chemical products and synthetical fertilizers, merges “delicate fragrances of acacia blossoms and strong tastes of golden apple, pineapple and orange.” 

Prices vary. Buy them at drizly.com/wine-brands/mionetto/b887com

Olive + M Travel and Glow Set 

For the frequent flyer in your life! These TSA-approved sizes of Olive + M’s Cleansing Oil, Face Oil and Body Oil help travelers maintain nourished, glowing skin while on the road. Bonus: This natural, olive-oil-based skincare line was recently picked up by many Target stores in the Seattle area. 

$72. Buy it at oliveandm.com (or select Target stores)

Muscle Rub by Quanta
 
Give the gift of pain relief, while getting in on the sizzling CBD craze. Formulated by a biotech firm, Quanta utilizes a patented technology that polarizes CBD, allowing it to be absorbed into the body more easily and effectively. (The all-natural formula is said to be safe for all ages and even pregnant women.) It comes in a salve consistency in three varieties: original, sensitive and extra strength.
 
But it from $45.00 at quantacbd.com.
 
 

Fine Jewelry by Zaabel

For something extra special to splurge on for a loved one (or for yourself!), Zaabel’s jewelry is modern with old-world charm because of its intricate, painstaking craftsmanship.

Founded by design aficionados Hina Israr and Sooryia Tharayil, Zaabel was conceived as an anti-thesis to traditional jewelry. At Zaabel, one-of-a-kind designs are handcrafted in 18-carat gold and are embedded with exotic gemstones. Hina is a Seattleite, who previous lived in the Middle East, India, and Australia. Her exotic travels are big inspirations for the design process. 

Prices range from $1000 to $4000. Buy it at Zaabel.com. 

Contributors: Corinne Whiting, Aakanksha Agarwal, Jennifer Liu, Andrea Pesola