Find the perfect gift for the holidays in Seattle. (©Yuri Levchenko/Flickr, Creative Commons)
Looking for the perfect gift but want it to have a Seattle connection? Here, six things perfect for your shopping list, all made in Seattle or developed by Seattleites.
There's a new clothing line from Seattle-based design veteran Joey Rodolfo, and it's perfect for busy men who love to travel. Buki has classic pieces that will last forever, but the best part is each is made from state-of-the-art fabric that not only features thermoregulation and moisture management, but also is super comfortable and travels well. The men's line includes tailored sweats, everyday basics and button-down shirts that easily go from casual settings to the office.
Pictured here, the Contender Hoodie. Every guy needs a comfortable hoodie that doesn't look sloppy, and this one fits the bill. Plus, how cozy to pull it on while opening gifts and enjoying breakfast? Buki has a holiday pop-up shop open in downtown Seattle through Dec. 31. Shop for men's and women's apparel at 1826 Sixth Ave. Or purchase items online.
Everyone needs something warm to toss in a bag, whether traveling, going to dinner or just visiting friends—during winter months, drafty spaces, chilly rooms and cooler temps mean layers are necessary. Seattleite Amy Cooper has created one such piece with her Red Twist Cashmere Wrap. It came out of a need for something soft and warm during flights from Asia back to the United States. Cooper's wraps come in a huge variety of colors and are made from cashmere she found in Beijing.
There are multiple ways to wear the wrap, making it a great multifunctional garment that will be worn over and over again. And on top of being a cozy, flattering and versatile gift, each wrap helps educate underprivileged girls in Asia via a donation to Room to Read. Find the wraps online.
For Your Best Friend
There are plenty of Seattle makers crafting beautiful jewelry, and one to check out is Fresh Tangerine. The minimalist aesthetic hits the sweet spot between high fashion, versatility and an affordable price point. The company was started by Kim Kogane and now has a studio and showroom in Pioneer Square. All the pieces are made in the studio with 14-karat gold fill and sterling silver—recycled metal when possible. There is plenty to choose from, including rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
While their stacking rings and beaded friendship bracelets are fabulous gifts, pictured here are the Ellipse Earrings from the new Metamorphosis line. The perfect size for those that like to make a subtle statement, the earrings can be dressed up or down. There is also an Ellipse Necklace available. The studio/showroom is open Tuesday-Friday from 9 am-5 pm at 89 Yesler Way on the second floor or purchase jewelry online.
For Your Mom
Seattle's Chinatown-International District is full of hidden gems—both stores and products that make unique gifts. This holiday season, Ethnic Seattle has rounded up some great gift options from a few of the neighborhood's shops. The For the Love of Tea gift set is perfect for tea lovers on your list. From Vital Tea Leaf Seattle, the kit includes four teas—blue people, Siberian rose, lychee and coconut—as well as a tea pot to brew them in.
There are multiple other options including a coffee pack, make-your-own-pho kit, a yummy scents package with a candle and soap and more. Find the Ethnic Seattle gift options online.
For Your Dad
Warm dad up from the inside with a Seattle-made hot sauce from a favorite Mexican restaurant, Casco Antiguo. The Pioneer Square spot creates dishes inspired by traditional Mexican food, but uses local Northwest ingredients. The restaurant's line of hot sauces are all-natural with no preservatives. There are five varieties to choose from: Pina, with pineapple and habanero peppers, garlic, spices, vinegar and salt; Red Chili, with Fresno peppers, garlic, spices, vinegar and salt; Serrano with serrano peppers, garlic, spices, vinegar and salt; Habanero, with habanero peppers, garlic, spices, vinegar and salt; and a special Hawk Sauce, a blue and green celebration of the Seahawks with green apple, blueberry and habanero.
Find the eight-ounce hot sauces at the restaurant or online.
For The Person on Your List Who Has Everything
Seattle's beloved Pike Place Market celebrates two huge milestones in 2017. Not only is it turning 110 years old, but also the new MarketFront is opening. The new addition to Pike Place Market includes a public plaza with viewing deck, retail and commercial space, new day stalls for farmers and artists, new low-income housing units and more. Part of the fundraising efforts for the new addition are personalized Market Charms. The metal charms are engraved and will hang from a fence overlooking Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The money raised helps completion of the MarketFront, in addition to other programs, including a senior center, food bank, preschool and medical clinic.
A charm makes a fun gift that also gives back—order by Dec. 16 and the gift receiver will get a personalized card and keepsake by Christmas. You can still order one after the deadline: Charms are available through Jan. 31, 2017, when there will be a grand opening celebration.
Even More Options
If none of these fit the bill, there is plenty of shopping to be found. Check out Moorea Seal for jewelry, home items, clothing, bags, hats and more from local and national artists; Urban Craft Uprising Headquarters, the brick-and-mortar storefront for the city's popular twice-yearly craft show, where you'll find all kinds of fantastic gifts made by local and regional artists; E. Smith Mercantile for men's and women's clothing, accessories and home items made in the United States; NuBe Green, a store filled with gifts made in the United States from green and renewable resources, including kids' items, accessories and home goods or Prism for unique accessories for men, women and the home.