Locally made gifts
This article was originally published in December 2012
Scrabble Tile Necklaces — Repurposing old Scrabble tiles, Festivity Designs offer an original line of whimsical, colorful necklaces, just right for kids, tweens and teens. Each pendant is handmade in Seattle and features a bright, fun image, from cats and dogs to quotes and eco-friendly statements.
Mama K’s Aromatic Play Clay — Delight little ones with this 100 percent natural modeling clay, made in Seattle with certified gluten-free flours and organic essential oils. Based on aromatherapy, the scents include lavender (soothes), bergamot (eases), lemongrass (inspires) and cardamom (refreshes). Select individual colors or get a tub of five.
Recycled Glass-infused Pottery — Incorporating broken glass into pottery pieces, Paloma Pottery in Ferndale, Wash., handcrafts beautiful items for your home. Owner/artist Nicole Whitney takes locally sourced recycled glass and fuses it into the pottery, which creates a crackle glass surface and also ensures each piece is unique. Choose from a selection of items at PCC, including soap dishes; candle bases; and simple, elegant necklaces.
Seattle Sundries Soap — Made in small batches and cut by hand, the artisan soap from Seattle Sundries is made the old-fashioned way, using natural oils, butters, botanicals and clay. Choose from Buck Naked Soap, Bitchin’ Kitchen Soap, Sasquatch Soap and more, including a line of traditional wet shaving soaps. Each one is packaged in a handy reusable travel tin.
Puzzles and Bookmarks — Seattle-based Re-Marks uses eco-friendly materials to make its line of jigsaw puzzles, which includes 100 large piece puzzles and 750 and 1,000 piece puzzles. Need a gift for a book lover? Pick up Magnetic Page Clips, which make great bookmarks and also replace staples and paper clips by holding multiple pages.
Vance Family Soy Candles — Handcrafted in Vancouver, Wash., from GMO-free soy and organic essential oils and flavor oils, these candles contain no synthetic fragrances. Organic Mixer candles are available in cocktail-inspired scents such as Apple Pie Shooter, Nutty Irishman Coffee, Peppermint Patty and Black Raspberry Vanilla Shaker. The vintage jar candles also make a great gift, available in scents such as Christmas Tree Farm, Pacific Northwest Rain and Spiced Latte.