Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Photo credit: Bloom Away

This year has been unprecedented in so many ways and that also means the holidays are going to look and feel a little different too. Some of our favorite holiday traditions have been canceled, and we may not get to spend time in-person with our loved ones, but we can still mail presents! Here is this year’s gift guide with a special focus on local and woman-owned businesses.

Bloom Away is founded by two Seattle women Sasha and Alena, who share a passion for florals and event styling. They’ve crafted gorgeous ready-to-order holiday bouquets and wreaths. We may not be able to spend in-person time with our loved ones—especially those that aren’t local—but we can still appreciate them from afar with some beautiful arrangements. Delivery is available to the Seattle area, Shoreline, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville. They also ship nationwide.

Shop the florals here.

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A small business started by mother-daughter duo Hannah Fuchigami and her mother Melody this year, Picnic Party Seattle is a pop-up picnic service offering a romantic date for two or a luxury picnic for groups of 2-8 (subject to change in accordance with Washington’s Covid-19 guidelines).

When you request a picnic, you can add on food and beverages to really make your picnic party special. Expect delightful sparkling water or tasty tonics, while the food ranges from charcuterie platters to sushi boards. Hannah and Melody take care of the set-up and clean up for a stress-free experience.

Book your picnic here.

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Wish you were Northwest, founded by PNW sisters Tahnee Birkeland and Tory Cobrea, creates Northwest cozy cabin vibe-clothing and accessories that stirs up memories of road trips and mountains.

Shop the brand here.

Photo credit: Wish You Were Northwest

Ayako & Family partners exclusively with Mair Farm-Taki to create delicious heritage and heirloom plum preserves in their signature hexagonal jars. Mair Farm-Taki is a Japanese-owned and operated Certified Organic farm in Wapato, Washington in the Yakima region. Century-old orchards, walnut trees, over a dozen varieties of wild, heritage and heirloom plums make the farm. Read more of their story here.

Shop the jams here.

Photo credit: Ayako & Family

One year after trying Abbio cookware, these are still our favorite pans and they’ve held up well! Brothers Jonathan Wahl and Eric Wahl who were born and raised in Seattle, launched their direct-to-consumer cookware last year with a tri-ply surface that makes it extra resilient to scratching. As most of us are cooking more this year, this is a thoughtful gift for a cook or any level.

Shop the cookware here.

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Like many other small businesses year making pivots this year, The Works Seattle, founded by Kellie Phelan, shifted from in-person classes to specializing in DIY Kits. An enjoyable interactive and hands-on gift with kits include making your own holiday wreath, bath bombs, mochi, bubble tea, and more.

Shop DIY Kits here.

Photo credit: The Works Seattle

Founded by Sarah Morales, RADgal is a womens empowerment brand based in Seattle that gives voice to women’s issues through clothing. The vintage inspired every day wear includes this soft rainbow sweatshirt for some much-needed cheer this year.

Shop the tees and sweatshirts here.

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Based in Seattle, Katrina launched Studio Toujours in 2020 and specializes in small-batch, handmade earrings. Made from polymer clay, they are super lightweight and can comfortably be worn all day. Every piece has at least one component made from start to finish entirely by hand. Katrina has an eye for detail and a modern aesthetic. Follow her on Instagram to see her process.

Shop earrings here.

Modern hoops in white. Photo credit: Studio Toujours

Warby Parker has a fun collaboration of eyewear chains with jewelry designer, Roxanne Assoulin and the two brands will also be making a donation to an organization close to both of their hearts—Girl Up, an initiative founded by the United Nations Foundation to advance girls’ skills, rights, and opportunities to be leaders. The limited-edition beaded chains are available in three color and material combinations.

Shop the eyewear chains here.

Photo credit: Warby Parker

Two more gift ideas from Warby Parker—this cute travel case that fits three pairs of glasses or sunglasses! Bonus: it doubles as storage for when you’re not on the road (read: most of this year). And second, the ultimate last-minute gift, available in multiple denominations ($50, $95, $125, $145, $195, $295). Shop gift cards here.

Photo credit: Warby Parker

West Seattle startup Cutieplants sells do-it-yourself succulent kits for the home or to spruce up a home office. They also offer gift kits that come with a coupon to redeem a live succulent (instead of having the live plant inside), which are perfect for the holidays so you can buy them ahead of time and not worry about having to give them immediately.

Shop gifts here.

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Tokki is a reusable gift wrap company that launched in late 2019 by Jane Park (also the founder of Julep). For most of 2020, Tokki pivoted to manufacturing and selling masks and while face coverings are still part of the product mix, this season, the company returns to its gifting roots with an enhanced product line (including the candles pictured below, a lovely wood cheese boards, and more), all wrapped in its vibrant, eco-friendly fabrics with a digital tag for personalizing with GIFs, personal videos, or images. 

Shop gifts here.

Photo credit: Tokki

Seattle wood artist Amanda Whitworth is the owner of Sawdust and Soul, and she makes stunning plant hangings, wall hangings, and cute ornaments for the holidays.

Shop the ornaments here.

Ornaments. Photo credit: Sawdust and Soul

Looking to support an inspiring woman-owned business in Fremont? One-stop-shop Sfingiday proudly supports more than 100 small production artisans, and each piece is curated by artist-owner Christine Helen Olson. You’ll find a strong focus on local producers, but Olson has also discovered unique hand-crafted items from across the country and Mexico, the UK and Canada, too. The ever-evolving store sells gems ranging from original paintings, archival prints and handcrafted jewelry, to ceramic gifts, aromatic body care and environmentally-friendly household goods.

Shop gifts here.

Courtesy Sfingiday

Help save our artists and entertainment spaces by purchasing Keep Music Live merchandise, found at Bartell Drugs or on the organization’s website. This organization is doing amazing work to save our stages before they vanish forever.

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Courtesy Bartell Drugs

Speaking of music, help keep beloved KEXP DJ John Richards and wife Dr. Amy Lindsey’s small business afloat. While vinyl-fueled, vegan meals inside Life on Mars might be temporarily on pause, you can help this friendly Capitol Hill venue navigate shutdowns and other obstacles by ordering takeout or gifting merch this holiday season.

Find totes, hoodies, coasters, vinyl stickers and tees, some of which feature our favorite message: “You are not alone.” (A portion of the proceeds from this shirt support local artist Ezra Dickinson as well as Crises Connections). 

Shop gifts here.

Courtesy Life on Mars

Based in Seattle, Rho Cosmetics founder Rachel Ho creates clean, safe, results-driven skincare products with the mission to inspire and empower consumers to make better beauty choices. We love how intensely restorative and hydrating her Repair + Balance Serum & Cream products are.

Shop their products here.

Photo credit: Rho Cosmestics

Aú Natural Skinfood, one of the best skincare lines we’ve discovered yet, features products that star hydrating superfoods like Manuka honey and other natural ingredients native to New Zealand (think kiwi fruit). Major bonus: The company has done away with single-use plastic bottles and instead has created a line that provides refillable aluminum bottles that can be purchased once and then refilled with completely compostable and biodegradable packs.

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Looking for some holiday bubbles to treat your loved ones (or yourself)? Domaine Ste. Michelle makes delicious sparkling wine that can liven up any holiday table. Their Brut Rosé with strawberry aromas pairs well with charcuterie, and is perfect for pre-dinner grazing. The classic Brut, with its tangerine aroma and toasted nutty flavors, pairs with traditional holiday food. With its light sweetness and citrusy flavors, the 2014 Luxe would go splendidly with dessert. And for next-day leftovers, (the best part!) the Extra Dry bubbly is a versatile wine for brunch. Think turkey sandwiches, maple-roasted chicken, and buttered veggies. Be sure to account for a snooze after!

Shop the sparkling collection here.

Photo credit: Chateau Ste. Michelle

In June of 2018, co-owners and husband and wife team, Tim Gamble and Teresa Spellman Gamble, purchased Woodinville’s William Church and Cuillin Hills wineries creating the umbrella brand, Tinte Cellars. Community, volunteerism, and philanthropy was the foundation of Tim and Teresa’s upbringings and their business reflects these values today.

For the 2020 holiday season, Tinte Cellars has curated a selection of holiday gifts that will delight wine lovers and give back to charities. Each year, Tinte Cellars selects a few nonprofit organizations to receive a portion of all wine sales (right off the top). This year, 5% of all retail sales and 10% of all wine club sales will be split equally between Mary’s Place, Northwest Harvest, and Seattle Children’s Behavioral Health Crisis Care Clinic.

Shop wine gifts here.

Tinte Cellars Red Wine Gift Set. Photo credit: Brad Johnson

Specialized catering company Gourmondo Co is local and women-owned. Founded by CEO Alissa Leinonen, Gourmondo offers boxed offerings to take your virtual celebrations this holiday season up several notches. Everything can be customized—including personalized notes—and delivered, contact-free to each person’s home throughout the Seattle region.

Get your quaranteam ready for all the yummy festivities—think bite-sized appetizers like sweet potato tartlets and shrimp cocktail, desserts like mini pecan tarts and mint macarons, or holiday cocktail flights with craft libations made from your favorite liquor! You can sit back and order a full holiday meal or indulge in some cooking classes from home. In addition, you can give back through Gourmondo meals by donating meals to local charities.

Photo credit: Gourmondo Co.

Just this once, think inside the box. A box of carefully-curated, local goodness, to be precise. Made In Washington offers an entire collection of virtual celebrations with its “In a Box” series. Think Movie Night in a Box with cheese popcorn, truffle-infused almonds, and other delicious snacks, it turns an ordinary Netflix night into an extraordinary, elevated evening. For those with a sweet tooth, try their Chocolate Tasting Flight in a Box, which includes the very best of artisanal chocolates that Seattle has to offer. Each tasting flight contains Fran’s, Theo, Seattle Chocolates, Joe Chocolate, and Chukar Cherries, all in one delicious package, and comes with a wine-pairing guide.

Made in Washington is an absolute treasure-trove of local goodies from small businesses, including edible infused teas from women-owned Capuli Club in Redmond, gorgeous cutting boards from Wag & Wood, organic, small-batch BBQ sauce from Black-owned Paunchy Elephant in Marysville, and more.

Shop gifts here.

Photo credit: Made in Washington

Support local farmers by gifting delicious treats from Holmquist Hazelnuts Orchards, a fifth-generation family-run business in Lynden. Among their delicious offerings, try hazelnut varieties like dry-roasted, sea-salted, butter toffee and dark Belgian chocolate-covered. Find their offerings at many local farmers markets (like Ballard!), or order directly from their website or Amazon Storefront (roasted and sea salted only).

Shop gifts here.

Courtesy Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards, LLC

The Charitable Marketplace is an online version of Pike Place Market but with a charitable twist—proceeds from every item go to the Power of Pike Place, the Market Foundation’s COVID-19 recovery program supporting merchants, people, and community of Pike Place. 

Buy gifts from 100+ market vendors here.

Stay Weird and Shine On. Shinesty delivers quirky, fun, sometimes outlandish holiday-themed pajamas, intimates, dresses, and suits.

Shop for gifts (or for yourself!) here.

Photo credit: Shinesty

This season, wrap up someone you love the softest blanket you’ll ever experience from Sunday Citizen. These ultra-cuddly throws come in a variety of colors and designs — and we personally think pair perfectly with a mug of hot tea or perhaps a cozy cocktail.

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Photo credit: Sunday Citizen

Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism proudly launched its 2020 digital holiday gift guide to spotlight local artists and makers. Support talented Washingtonians producing artisan-crafted goods, natural bath and body products, locally-produced gourmet foods and other alluring gifts the capture island magic.

Inspiring makers range from Camano Honeyworks and Utopia Farm (known for its charming candles) to Camano Island Coffee Roasters, Whidbey Tea Company and Mutiny Bay Blues (which offers an incredible online shop dedicated to the celebration of those famous blueberries grown on Whidbey Island; think preserves, granola and dried blueberries). Find delightful notecards by Craig Johnson and chocolate delicacies by Sweet Mona’s. The majority of the items featured in the online guide are available for nationwide shipping.

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Courtesy Sweet Sisters

Contributors: Corinne Whiting, Jennifer Liu, Aakanksha Agarwal