The Seattle Small Business Gift Guide You Can Shop in Your Pajamas from Anywhere in the World

I don't know about you, but my favorite gifts are the ones that are the most unique, thoughtful or meaningful. I dunno, I guess we've just swung so much into the commercial side of the holidays that it just makes me feel so touched when I can tell someone really put thought into finding the perfect gift for me rather than just checked my name off their list. It's that warm, glowing feeling that someone really knows you that I crave and I want to give someone that feeling too when they open up my gift. I find that I'm most able to do that when I have sourced gifts from small businesses, especially small businesses that are local to the Seattle area. Not only does it provide the opportunity to support an entrepreneur, which hello!, but your gifts are almost 100% guaranteed to be more special than something you'll find in a national chain. 

I know not everyone has time to traipse around shopping at a bunch of brick and mortar stores, heck, that's why online shopping is the best! BUT just because you're online shopping, it doesn't mean you can't still shop small and local. That's why the internet is even more amazing in this day and age. We can all have a shop. That also mean if you’ve found my blog and you’re reading this list from South Carolina, you too can support a small Seattle business! It’s like magic!

In putting together this list, I put out a call to my neighbors and Seattle Girl Bosses for suggestions, so you’ll find many of those here as well as many of my own favorites. And while this this is meant to highlight the shops themselves, I have chosen a favorite from each one that I would actually purchase for a friend or little rug rat in my life (or have already!). I know this list is buy a drop in the ocean of wonderful small business we have here in Seattle, so if you have a suggestion, drop it below in the comments!

So without further ado, here's my holiday gift guide to Seattle-area favorites for anyone in your life!

COOL STUFF FOR FINGERS, EARS, WRISTS AND NECKS aka jewelry

GRACE GOW

Handcrafted by Cat McCadden right here in Seattle, Grace Gow jewelry is out of this world or a little bit of the ocean - creative, unique, or as they say eliciting "a reaction." And for me, my reaction to every one of their pieces is jaw pretty much dropped. The barnacle pieces are so much yes. All the jewelry is unisex and they do custom and wedding pieces as well! 

NOVANORTHWEST

Speaking of being plant-obsessed, okay we weren’t actually, but hey, how about this shop that allows you to wear an actual plant on your heart for LIFE? Okay, Amber has many other beautiful pieces at Nova, but for the jewelry wearing plant lover, this succulent terrarium necklace is everything!   

PENGUINA DESIGNS

Jewelry lovers, especially those who love unique bead work, will appreciate the work of Penguina Designs, made right in West Seattle. Johanna has some great opportunities coming up for you to view her work in person, which is where it really shines, so check her website for details, but I really love her work with Czech glass and wire - these earrings are just so good!

 HAPPY FOX STUDIO

For the minimalist jewelry lover, Tacoma's Happy Fox Studio is a dream come true. Not only is Allison a talented jewelry designer and maker, I'm also a fan of the fact that she donates 10% of net sales to organizations focused on racial and social justice and environmental activism.

ASTOR & ORION

For the lover of global dreams come true, Ballard's Astor & Orion has a great story of conception, and a great selection of locally design small batch pieces. I can't wait for the Stella black to come back in stock, but in the meantime, I'm partial to the Lotus Dangles.

 LA OBJETERIA

Playful. Whimsical. Those are two of the words that Barbara uses to describe the jewelry she designs right in her home. I’d have to agree. Diamonds are a girl's best friend? Well, Barbara helps us rethink gemstones with her dibujoya collection. The metalwork diamond earrings,  

NOVANORTHWEST: Succulent necklace

PENGUINA DESIGNS: Earrings

HAPPY FOX STUDIO: Minimalist Earrings

ASTOR & ORION: Dangle earrings

LA .OBJETERIA JEWELRY: Earrings

NICE STUFF FOR WALLS aka art

Purchasing art can be a personal thing, but that doesn't mean it doesn't make a good gift.

LARVA LAMP

For the art lover with a small budget, Larva Lamp is a great find. Seattle-based artist, Mic Mandeau, sells their line drawing selection through Instagram, but also welcomes commissions as well. With a set of 5 prints for $20, you can share a local artist with all your friends without breaking the bank. I'm particularly eyeing the botanicals, since we all know I'm plant-obsessed.

KANDRA SCHEFFLER

Fine art painter Kandra Scheffler's abstract art doesn't make you think a five year old could do that. Her work is considered and powerful and portray a keen understanding of color theory, which as a designer I appreciate so much!

 CHI CHI LAND

Çiğdem “Chi” Michalski of Chi Chi Land creates work that is inspired "in equal part by nature, urban culture and folk art" and I'm here for it. Graphic and color-driven, I love her pieces thoroughly.

 BROOK WESTLUND

Brooke Westlund is someone whose art I've been folllowing for a while and I finally bought my own piece (I just need to go pick it up!) easily through her Instagram stories. You can find her available works through her website and in her gallery, but I love how she posts them on her stories making them so easy to view and claim. It's like modern QVC.

THE MINT GARDENER

I want to turn everyone of The Mint Gardener's pieces into wallpaper. I find it to be botanical perfection. Sarah is a true flower painting talent and I need to make a whole gallery wall dedicated to Sarah's art. Yes, I'm fan girling.

KANDRA SCHEFFLER: Abstract art

CHI CHI LAND: We make it rain

 
BROOKE WESTLUND:  Mixed media painting

BROOKE WESTLUND: Mixed media painting

THE MINT GARDENER:  Burgundy, poppy drawing

THE MINT GARDENER: Burgundy, poppy drawing

 

STUFF TO FULFILL HGTV DREAMS aka home decor

SALTSTONE CERAMICS

I was over the moon excited when Saltstone Ceramics opened in my neighborhood. They offer classes and workshops for everyone from kids to teens to adults, so for the crafty artist in the family who wants to learn how to throw pottery, this is the perfect gift! But for those of us who like to fill their homes with handcrafted ceramics, Saltstone has a wonderful selection! You'll find more in their physical shop, but the online store offers a nice range of their options, including the stunning Mountain Series. Can you get more Northwest? I ADORE EVERY SINGLE PIECE (are you listening, Santa?).

SANKARA IMPORTS 

Once you go Turkish towel, you'll never go terry again. That goes for anyone you might gift them to as well. I love using them as décor too - depending on the size they add great texture to any space. But Sankara Imports, located right in Bothell, offers so much more both in their brick and mortar and online. I love supporting a woman owned business who is committing to help promote social good through handicrafts.

MOOREA SEAL

There are so many things I could recommend from Moorea Seal's eponymous shop in downtown Seattle and online. These faceplanters though (which are finally back in stock so snap one up!!), or one of the pieces from the beautiful moon phase collection she designed. I've been following Moorea since before she even opened a brick and mortar store and it's been wonderful to see her grow her business steadily through the years. She is boss lady goals for sure. And to top it all off, she's an amazing author of the 52 Lists series, but for this list, I'm recommending Make Yourself at Home. It's a fitting book for anyone who is seeking to make their home a reflection of them and doesn't know where to start.

MEMENTO STYLE

Paige of Memento Style inherited a powder room in her older house with black and white toile wallpaper that doesn't reflect her style at all, so rather than just pull it down, she put a basket of crayons in the room, so you can add your own creative flair to the space before you do your business. She's drawn to color and it shows in the selection she has curated from her travels. The Suka Bowl is a great choice for the person who needs to add a pop of color to their space. I can think of a thousand ways I'd style this.

PLANT SHOP SEATTLE

If you know me at all, you know that I am a crazy houseplant lover who is committed to sharing the gospel of houseplants for everyone. You don't have a black thumb I promise. You just need more plants. Add some life to the house of a loved one. Local plant shop has recently opened up the option to ship their plants and planters and their selection is on point. The peace lily is a good starter plant - it's fine in low light and wants to stay alive. I have one in my basement I neglect on the regular and it still loves me for some reason. Just be careful with this one if there is a pet or kid (or weird adult) that is partial to houseplant munching.

SEATTLE FLOWER TRUCK

Even though I am a crazy houseplant lover as I stated above, I still enjoy cut flowers now and again, though I have never mastered the art of flower arrangement. Never fear, the Seattle Flower Truck is here. My sister in law turned me onto them because she basically has a subscription to their arrangements and constantly has new and consistently artful bouquets gracing her dining room table. Make a relationship with Katie and some really cool things happen (of the flower variety). Everyone should have a personal flower arranger. Goals.

STOCK & PANTRY

For the sleek cocktail lover, I adore this shaker, but be sure to explore the rest of Stock & Pantry's online and physical shops, because their selection is beyond good, especially for those enjoy Japanese and Scandinavian influenced design.

https://www.stockandpantry.com/stelton-collar-cocktail-shaker-set.html

SABLEWOOD PAPER COMPANY

Sablewood Paper Company is a custom wedding stationery and graphic design studio, specializing in wedding paper goods, wood signage, and small business branding, and let me tell you, Sandy is so incredibly talented! You may not gift someone their wedding invitations, because duh, but how cool would it be to have a favorite poem handlettered for you mom or other lover of prettily written words?

REBECCA ROWLAND INTERIORS

I may be a little biased, but I don’t think there is a better gift you can give a friend than the gift of an interior design consultation. Up to two hours to pick a designer's brain about anything they can imagine? Where to put the sofa. Paint color recommendations. DIY coaching. Remodeling advice. Styling tips and so much more. This is a great gift for someone who's just bought a house or has no design sense whatsoever as a bit of a hint, hint. It's the gift of me!! Well, a consultation with me at my very reduced holiday gift giving price ($198 vs the usual $399. What??) that will remain available for anyone who finds the link to it through this guide, so consider yourself lucky, my friend. Wink. Hey, I had to add my services - I represent Seattle-based small business too! 

SALTSTONE CERAMICS: Mountain platter

SANKARA IMPORTS:  Turkish towels

SANKARA IMPORTS: Turkish towels

 
MEMENTO STYLE:  Suka bowl

MEMENTO STYLE: Suka bowl

SEATTLE PLANT SHOP: Peace lily

 
 

SABLEWOOD PAPER COMPANY: Hand-lettered poem

REBECCA ROWLAND INTERIORS:  Consulting

REBECCA ROWLAND INTERIORS: Consulting

 

STUFF TO DO WITH OTHER PEOPLE aka experiences

WINE AND DESIGN

For the wine loving creator in your life comes a new paint and sip boutique in Snohomish. It make a great friend night out, so gift a certificate to each of your pals and make it an evening of channeling your inner Bob Ross or Frida Kahlo with a side of merlot.

CITY SWEAT SEATTLE

City Sweat Seattle gives people an experience with Seattle's first infrared wellness spa. You can get your light on, but also an organic massage and so much more. It’s a veritable relaxation station.

 SARA MACIAS AESTHETICS

Sara has to be one of the sweetest spirits you can ever get waxed by. She’s calming and kind and you almost don’t mind that you’re getting coated in hot wax that is going to be ripped from your skin in a moment of self care. So. Get that hairy man in your life to tame the beast with a little wax or five. Beauty is pain, right?

BATHING BEAUTEAS 

For some the best experience is never leaving the house or being around other people for that matter, that's why I add Bathing Beauteas to the list. It's a great company that benefits Unbound, which seeks to help rehabilitate victims of sex trafficking in Seattle - an amazing cause. So give the gift of a deeply relaxing tea bath to any home spa lover in your life (and maybe pair it with a cool candle).

ACUPUNCTURE WITH DR RUSSO

Not for the faint of heart and scared of needle, but acupunture can be a great gift for those who are into alternative treatments and haven't explored acupuncture yet. I've done it several times myself and find the experience

BELLS PASTRIES

An in-home private baking lesson? This would be a fun activity for a parent with older kids or a set of flatmates or a girls night out. Gift yourself, gift each other and then bake something fabulous!

WINE AND DESIGN: Painting class

SEATTLE CITY SWEATS: Infrared wellness

SARA MACIAS AESTHETICS: Waxing

BATHING BEAUTEAS:  Luxe bath set

BATHING BEAUTEAS: Luxe bath set

DR FRED RUSSO: Acupuncture

BELLS PASTRIES: In-home baking class

STUFF THAT HELPS YOU BE A GROWNUP aka adulting

TIDES & PINES

Everyone knows that men can't groom themselves unless they have products specifically developed and marketed to them. It's a fact. My gut tells me it is. So save the men in your life from stinky stinky bodies and unruly hair by shopping the Men's Grooming section at the impeccably curated Tides & Pines shop located online and in Ballard. I promise they have a lot of other great stuff besides beard oil, so be sure to check them out.

INK + VOLT

I'm a lifelong doodler who's still remains proud of her A+ from Penmanship class who wonders why that's still not a thing, so I'm very much a fan of paper notebooks and planners and calendars and there is not one that I love more than Seattle's very own Ink + Volt line of planners. My friend Alicia, contributor to this blog, turned me on to them and j'adore them. They are an especially good gift for anyone who has been turned onto the whole bullet journaling trend.

 GLASSWING SHOP

There's a certain breed of people who appreciate a well-designed stapler. Glasswing Shop is the kind of retailer where you can find that and a slew of other well designed items for the home and body (i.e., clothes). It's one of my favorite shops to walk through, but you can find a great selection online as well, including that stapler I mentioned.

SUNKISS

 It's like a moodring but for your coffee mug. Nolan of Sunkiss created these mugs using a treatment that changes the image when you add hot water. So I pretty recommend this for the friend who has been wanting to take their coffee vessel experience to the 11.

STOCK AND PANTRY

For the sleek cocktail lover, I adore this shaker, but be sure to explore the rest of Stock & Pantry's online and physical shops, because their selection is beyond good, especially for those enjoy Japanese and Scandinavian influenced design.

COPPERWORKS DISTILLING

Pair that shaker with a locally distilled vodka or gin for an stylishly made martini that appropriately shaken and definitely not stirred. Copperworks Distilling was just named 2018 distillery of the year and for good reason, so don't let friends drink well vodka, give them the gift of a refined palette.

CAPULI CLUB SIPS + TREATS

Capuli Club Sips + Treats, started by a mother/daughter team out of Redmond, upcycles imperfect fruits into dehydrated spiced fruit juice. They offer a variety of flavors and even a subscription box for those who want their gift to keep on giving. I'd sip that!

CERTAIN STANDARD

There's this Seattle-based snobbery that says that you can tell someone who isn't from Seattle by the fact that they're carrying an umbrella. I will admit that Seattle's weather isn't the most umbrella friendly in the world, as heavier rains are often accompanied by punishing winds, BUT for those who love to leave their goretex at home and show off their sense of style, these umbrellas are quite literally designed to bring people joy. A Certain Standard umbrella is therefore a step above a normal everyday umbrella, it's a Seattle bringer of joy, so gift one with confidence that the recipient's face will truly light up. My personal favorite is the Wallingford, both for its lovely color and the simple fact that I live in Wallingford.

OPERFECT OPOSSOM

For the lover of vintage clothes, I’m a fan of Operfect Oppossom's shop on Etsy. She offers a range of finds from the 50s to the 90s, but I'm especially this digging this needle punch sweater from the 1970s.

BOHO CHIC BOUTIQUE

Okay, so the Boho Chic Boutique doesn't have a website yet, but it's worth it to make a trip out to Tulalip to take advantage of their super cute selection. It's pretty cool that there is a locally owned shop tucked into the Premium Outlets. Like or follow them on Instagram. 

TIDE & PNES:  Men’s Grooming

TIDE & PNES: Men’s Grooming

INK + VOLT: Planner

GLASSWING SHOP: Stapler

STOCK & PANTRY: Cocktail shaker

COPPERWORKS DISTILLING: Vodka

CAPULI CLUB: Velvet hibiscus

The Certain Standard: Wallingford Umbrella

OPERFECT OPOSSOM: Needlepunch sweater

STUFF FOR DROOLERS AND POOPERS aka babies (I hope)

BOSTON STREET CHILDREN’S SHOP

I know I promised easy couch surfing local shopping, but the Boston Street Children's Shop in Post Alley is one of my favorite kid-focused shops in Seattle - I've bought many a gift there for baby gifts. Looking for a baby AC/DC shirt? They stock it (or they did last time I was in the market for one!). I promise you'll have the hippest children around dressing them in the finds here. It's worth putting on your rain coat and making the trip downtown, I promise. In fact the entire area is a mecca of independent retailers I frequent for gift shopping. Heading to the market is a great way to take in all the holiday decorating and support local businesses in one fell swoop!

DOUGLAS FELTS

Ditch the plastic fruit and go with handmade felt apples, oranges and bananas instead. Douglas Felts' take on playfood is a joy that any baby or toddler would delight in. And no worries about getting a black eye if your kid is a vicious little thrower of anything that lands in their paws. Kelly recommends throwing them in a gentle wash and air dry, so it's pretty simple to keep them clean too!

MANZANITA KIDS

Manzanita kids created a fan in me with their handcrafted, Montesorri-inspired wood toys. Every single one of their baby rattle designs are borderline too adorable. Start with the rattles for that baby in your life and graduate them to one of their awe-inspiring dollhouses representing a variety of architecural styles (and animal shapes) 

SEE JANE C JANE SEW

I found the swiss army knife of baby blankets! It's a festival of sensory experiences made by Etsy shop SeeJaneCJaneSew. Okay, so (sew?) it's not exactly a blanket, but what you'd rather a kid get attached to rather than a yard of fabric, I promise. This also won't get confused with any of the other kids' at daycare, that's for sure! So many patterns to choose from and you can even get one custom made! I'm adoring the llama tag toy though, because I'm fully living for the llama moment we're having right now.

DOUGLAS FELTS: Felt grocery set

MANZANITA KIDS: Fox rattle

SEE JANE C JANE SEW: Sensory tag toy

STUFF FOR SKIPPERS AND DREAMERS aka kids

ESSENTIAL DOUGH CO

I was obsessed with the smell of Play-doh as a kid. My favorite thing to do was open a fresh pack and inhale deeply before carefully removing the brightly colored glob from the yellow cylinder so I could lift press it against my nostrils and breathe in again. Now, however, I realize that I was basically just huffing a truckload of chemicals into my young lungs. Confession, I also ate Play-doh on many occasions. I was an eater. I ate crayons and chalk and those salt dough ornaments we made for our Christmas trees in Sunday school. Long story short, there is an alternative for your kid, one that is food grade (for your little munchers like me) and lavender scented, thus calming your hyperactive beast into quiet time sculpting. Thumbs up in my book, Essential Dough Co.

LOCAL AUTHORS VIA UBOOKSTORE

When I was a kid, we'd go to the library weekly, and I'd go home with a stack of books as big as me. I continued that tradition with my own daughter, because if you want to raise a reader, you need to immerse them in books. Giving books is still one of my favorite ways to celebrate children's birthdays and holidays. Support Northwest authors by choosing gifts from this list compiled by the staff of Seattle Public Library. I'm pretty partial to anything by Elizabeth Rose Stanton, including Henry. Don't forget to support local booksellers, some of which do offer online purchases, like the University Bookstore, independent since 1900! If you have any other favorite Northwest authors, share them in the comments below!

 RATHER PUCKISH

Speaking of books, this print by Julia AKA Rather Puckish is a great gift for your little bookworm to hang in their room. It's one of my favorites of her works, but her entire line of prints and cards are just as puckish as you'd expect. She even does custom illustrations if you want to immortalize a puckish pet for someone perhaps?

KIDS ON 45TH

Why buy a bunch of new clothes for akid who is just going to outgrow them in about 3 months anyway? Kids on 45th, a shop right in Wallingford offers a really cool program where you can send them a kid's sizes and style and they'll build you a box and send it directly to you. How fun would it be for that little one to open up a box full of new-to-them duds?

https://kidson45th.com/

KID-FOCUSED EXPERIENCES

I'm a big fan of giving experiences rather than stuff whether to my own kids or those of my siblings or friends. It's a great way to grab time with your niece, nephew or godchild. Here are links to places that offer memberships or experiences in or around Seattle that are perfect for gifting aside from the usual zoos, aquarium and museums.

Paint the Town -

A kid-friendly place to paint pre-made ceramic mugs, bowls & plates on-site - they'll even provide the works if you prefer to paint at home!

PlayDate Sea -

A Seattle parent's dream come true - a play place where kids can be active without getting drenched during our rainy, rainy days. I didn't see a way to make a purchase online, but you can always create your own IOU-style gift certificate.

Seattle Symphony - Tiny Tots

How wonderful to give a child exposure to classical music from a young age? I wish I'd known about this program when Audrey was little.

The Center for Wooden Boats - Toy Boat Building

In Seattle, we have water, water, everywhere - so why not give a kiddo some maritime skills? If only to decorate a boat with bottlecaps and markers. Sounds like fun to me!

Bayview School of Cooking

I know this is a bit of a drive from Seattle, but I couldn't find any kiddie cooking classes closer to Seattle - if you know of any in the area - do share in the comments below! I just think this is a rad experience for a kid who's super into being the next Gordon Ramsey or Padma Lakshmi. It's also a cool way to cure your picky eater of some of their food aversions.

ESSENTIAL DOUGH CO: Lavender-scented dough

ELIZABETH ROSE STANTON: Henny

RATHER PUCKISH: I love you print

So there you have it! Again, I’d love to hear any other selections you’d add to this list of small Seattle businesses for this gift guide. Just drop them in the comments!

Happy Shopping and more importantly, HAPPY HOLIDAYS

xoxo,

Bex