Giving ideas

This article was originally published in December 2013

Regardless of who’s on your list this year, PCC has you covered with creative ideas in the realm of edible gifts and more lasting choices like toys, hats and cookbooks. We’ve pulled together a terrific selection of fun, affordable goodies for all ages that are equally suitable as stocking stuffers or for your closet stash of emergency gifts.


Andes Gifts Monster Hat

Choose from four friendly monsters in three colors. These goofy hats are Fair Trade certified and handcrafted from a soft wool blend.

Green toys ferry boat

Perfect for Puget Sound’s preschoolers, this sturdy boat comes with two cars and a retractable loading ramp. Made from dishwasher-safe, 100 percent recycled plastic, it’s designed to float.

Global girlfriend penguin ornament

Does the world need more adorable penguins? We think so. These cheery felt ornaments are adorned with tiny scarves and handcrafted by a Nepalese nonprofit organization.

Dancing Deer Baking Co. Gingerbread Cookie House

With dozens of already-baked cookies in four shapes, plus 16 ounces of icing mix and a piping bag, this kit just needs a child’s imagination (and an adult’s help) to make it come alive.

Guillow’s Jetfire Gliders

These high-quality balsa wood planes are quick to assemble and are the best-flying glider we’ve seen. Each package contains two sturdy planes — extra fun for racing!

Put an Egg on It

Eggs are a kitchen staple, but it’s time to move them beyond the basic breakfast. This cookbook starts with simple tips and continues on to street-style tacos and delicious grilled sandwiches.

The Night Before Christmas

A die-cut version of a 1917 edition of the classic poem, this book is illustrated by Margaret Evans Price. It’s a charming gift for young children and their parents.

Sweet Marcel Socks

Available in over-the-knee, knee high or mid-calf styles, these soft socks sport a variety of colors and patterns, turning them into wearable art.

Andes Gifts Finger Puppet

It’s time for the world’s cutest pint-sized puppet show, thanks to a world of hand-knit, Fair Trade, animal finger puppets representing all seven continents.

Channel Craft pick-up sticks

This classic family game is slightly oversized, making it a bit easier for smaller hands, and is crafted from birch wood. Includes instructions and a sturdy storage bag. Made in the U.S.

Indigo Wild Zum soaps

With scents ranging from almond to citrus to spruce to mint, these pretty soaps are festive, fresh and sure to be appreciated.

iPop holiday magnets

Adorable little button-like magnets are strong enough to keep your photos in place on the fridge and are decorated with works from several artists. Selection varies by store.

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