Growing up, chocolate gave me a sore throat if I ate even more than a few bites. So I always thought chocolate wasn’t really for me. I became a person who chooses savory over sweets most times.
When I was older I learned why chocolate hurt my throat. It’s because I grew up with the Hershey’s and Nestle’s of the world, where the main ingredient is sugar. When I learned about artisan chocolate and the “bean to bar” philosophy, I became aware of how chocolate is made and why you should consume (mostly dark) chocolate from respectable makers.
The Pacific Northwest fortunately has a lot of artisan chocolate makers, probably because we’re an area of the nation that cares a lot about our health and sustainability. As a result, I’ve become a “chocolate person”. And these artisan chocolate makers are the reason for that.
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.
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!
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.