Top 10 holiday favorites

This article was originally published in December 2015

Decorate your home or grab the perfect gift for a friend with our selection of appealing goodies.


1. Epicurean cutting board + knife combo

Combining a 3-inch Victorinox paring knife with a petite cutting board made from dishwasher-safe, non-porous wood fiber, this set is perfect for picnic sets, using as a cheese plate or tucking into small kitchens.

2. Now Foods essential oil diffusers

These five fabulous styles of ultrasonic diffuser offer style choices for everyone, including one that runs on USB connections and is perfect for dorm rooms. All use heat-free diffusion to maintain essential oil integrity.

3. Local wreaths

Decorate with an aromatic holiday wreath, handcrafted at Alm Hill Gardens in Everson, Wash. Alm Hill is part of a nonprofit farmer collective whose mission is to grow, raise and represent food and farmers in Washington state.

4. Hanukkah candles

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with these hand-dipped, 100 percent beeswax tapers from Big Dipper Wax Works in Seattle, Wash. Each box contains 45 candles, available in natural, blue and white, and multi-colored.

5. Big Dipper Pinecones

Available in three sizes and colors, these beautiful faceted pinecones are sculpted to suit modern decorations or more traditional holiday décor.

6. Dancing Dear 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.

7. Flipside gift sets

This family business makes each hat in the Pacific Northwest from up-cycled and sustainably sourced materials. You’ll find a variety of styles, each with a simple, striking design, paired with a cozy scarf.

8. Luzzano Bonarda Frizzante “Sommossa”

A fantastic hostess gift, this fizzy red wine offers intense black raspberry fruit and appealing hints of earth and savory herbs and lively effervescence.

9. Theo chocolate

Packed with luscious recipes (both sweet and savory) from Seattle’s own bean-to-bar chocolate maker, this is a positively delicious gift when paired with some new Theo chocolate baking bars.

10. Fermented Vegetables

Chances are you have a friend who craves the tangy crunch of fermented foods. Inspire them to make their own, with recipes for 64 different herbs and vegetables, plus another 50+ recipes to put them to use.

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