I’ve been scouring all the Seattle-area holiday craft fairs to get gifts for my family…and ok, myself too. The stands I always find myself gravitating toward are the ones with artisanal food goods.
Maybe it’s the samples, but I think it’s also the fact that the majority of my family is really into food. My dad literally asks for gift certificates to artisanal food stores every year. And nothing makes my mom happier than when I stick locally-made salted caramels in her stocking.
Food is a universal language we all understand, so it makes the best gift for anyone on your list. Male, female, old, or young, everyone appreciates getting a taste of something new, especially if it’s not something they’d buy on their own. So here’s my Pacific Northwest-sourced holiday gift guide featuring gift ideas for foodies.
I’m sort of obsessed with old things, particularly of the home variety. You should see me when I travel. It doesn’t really matter that it’s completely impractical to go to flea markets or antique malls thousands of miles away from Seattle. I still always make time for perusing antique vintage shops in the area.
I just love everything about them. The array of items. The more affordable prices, yet high quality craftsmanship. The glimpse back in history. The opportunity to breathe new life into something and save it from the landfill. The smell. Ok…maybe the smell isn’t the best. But it’s something that I’ve come to associate with a lot of happy shopping memories.
Being obsessed with antiques, vintage, and second-hand items also means I’ve ended up in pretty subpar junker scenarios. There’s nothing I like more than the hunt, but sometimes I have to be in the mood to go through 1,000 items I would never want before I find that gem.
This inevitability has helped me develop a keen eye for great antique vintage shops. Ones that have great prices, are organized, and have carefully-curated items just waiting for a new home. I want to share my favorite antique vintage shops in Seattle so you, too, can enjoy the thrill of thrifting without the exhausting exposure to junk you have no intention of breathing new life into.
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s pretty serendipitous that I discovered a Seattle-based flower subscription service that delivers the most gorgeous bouquets. I’m obsessed with giving thoughtful gifts, so I wanted to share more about this unique business because I think a monthly flower delivery would make such a lovely Mother’s Day gift (maybe paired with my easy DIY necklace!).
Plus, there’s a little promo code surprise at the end of the interview that gets you 20% off your first delivery. So get ready to learn more about this local, woman-owned business, see her impeccably designed flower arrangements, and find out where she thinks everyone should go in Seattle.
Any time I go to Discovery Park or Golden Gardens in Seattle, I scour the sand looking for interesting stones, shells, or sea glass. I never really had a plan for these. I just liked seeing what I could find on any give trip to one of these gorgeous Seattle beaches.
But last year I had the idea to turn these treasures into Christmas presents for the ladies in my family. They ended up being a huge hit, so with Mother’s Day coming up I wanted to share this easy DIY necklace tutorial with you. All you need are sea glass or stones, malleable craft wire, scissors, and tweezers!
It’s starting to become that “in between” weather in Seattle. It’s not cold enough for a winter coat anymore, but it’s still too cool to go jacket-less. It’s the type of weather that makes spring style inspiration hard to come by.
Luckily when this weather comes rolling in, I turn to one of my trusted fashion uniforms. I grab some of my favorite PNW made and vintage finds and style it into this “borrowed from the boys” look.