Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. Sure, I love cookies, feasts, lights, the tree, and getting gifts. But what I really love about Christmas is buying gifts for people. I spend a lot of time finding the perfect holiday gifts. I think about the person’s interests, needs, and my relationship to them and try to find a gift that’s both thoughtful and practical.
Since I’m constantly curating gift ideas for my friends and family, I thought I’d share some of the best items I found with you. And if you saw my Seattle holiday markets article, you know I love shopping local. That’s why I decided to make this year’s holiday gift guide filled with all Pacific Northwest businesses and makers (a lot of which I discovered at this year’s holiday markets). So take a peak, find some gifts, and learn more about some of the awesome local businesses you can support this holiday season.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s exploring local fleas, vintage shops, and craft fairs.
You should see the mania that ensues when I travel. I try to find all the best maker markets in the area. In fact, I was just in Brooklyn a few weeks ago and I laid out an itinerary of the local fleas and indie markets I would be attending.
But perusing for local gems isn’t just for when I travel. I’m obsessed with doing it right here in Seattle, too. That’s why, every season I update my Seattle events calendar (nerd alert!) to keep track of all the holiday craft fairs and indie market pop-ups happening in the area. This year, I thought I’d share it with all of you because I’m a huge believer in shopping local and finding that perfect gift with a story behind it.
So mark your calendars people. You’re about to see the ultimate (maybe borderline obnoxious) list of all the Seattle-area holiday craft fairs and maker pop-ups happening this year.
I’ve been chipping away at my goal list and making progress organizing my apartment. I finally committed to art prints and frames to finish restyling my mantel (pictures soon!). I cleaned out my closet and listed a bunch of items on Tradesy and my neighborhood Buy Nothing group (have you heard of this? It’s AMAZING). Oh, and I finally purchased photo albums and am almost done organizing them!
However, I still have a bunch more to do to finish this list. Mainly, I need to find better lighting solutions, get a new side table, and finally outfit that bar I always wanted. So I’ve curated items I not only need for functional purposes, but also items that will improve the cohesiveness of my space. What does that mean for you? A list of the need to have items for a chic home! Okay…and a few other items that aren’t “home decor” to say, but definitely goodies that will make you smile. 🙂
Step away from the jewelry, chocolate, & lingerie (but keep the flowers). Valentine’s Day is about giving gifts that take extra thought and sometimes effort. I’ve curated some of the best and most thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift ideas for both him and her, and then paired them with experiences or crafts to up the wow factor.
Let this be the year you give your loved one the best Valentine’s Day gift ever.
Giving and receiving gifts for the holidays and my birthday (it was last week!) reminds me of all the useful or pretty items I’ve been wanting but haven’t committed to buying yet. Match that with my extreme anxiousness to clean and organize come the New Year…well, let’s just say I spent way too much time in January obsessively searching for random items and keeping Pinterest in business.
For example, I’ve been looking for a table fan duster like crazy. You know: something that I can stick between the small grates and use to dust the blades. I’d prefer not to have to take the whole damn fan apart because, let’s be real, ain’t no one got time for that.
So with the New Year and my constant distraction, I thought I’d introduce a new monthly series to the blog called The Lust List. It will be an opportunity for me to share some of the pretty items I’ve recently found or been coveting for a while. Read on to discover what I’ll likely be taking home in the near future.
(And seriously, if you know of a table fan duster, let me know!)