[shop] a seattle girl’s holiday gift guide

Happy holidays, friends! Here’s the Seattle installment of my annual holiday gift guide – the rest you’ll be able to find over on SarahStuder.com in just a few days. This is a list of many of my favorite things about Seattle and the kinds of things I would love to find underneath the tree on Christmas morning (or any day of the year)!

Gourmet Gifts for Local Foodies

Pick up an assortment of items and ingredients for your food-lovin’ friends. My ideal package would include some of Skillet’s Bacon Jam, Mama Lil’s Peppers, some Rub With Love spice rub, Fran’s or Theo Chocolates, a bottle of Ballard Bee Honey (love their label) and a bottle of something boozy from your local distiller, brewer or winery – check out Fremont Mischief, Oola Distillery, or Batch 206.

A Cooking Class and Cookbook!

There are endless ways to put this great gift together. I’ve taken cooking classes from Cicchetti and Cook’s World and would recommend them both – and then make a day out of it by heading to the Book Larder or Elliott Bay Books and let your gift recipient pick out a cookbook from a local Seattle author of their choice. Or better yet, buy a ticket to Tom Douglas’s Cookbook Social on December 4th and stock up on lots of cookbooks by local authors while sampling bites of food from the recipes in the books! Tickets are only $20 – hope to see you there!

The gift of Uber!

Technically, this can be given to anyone residing in an Uber city, but who wouldn’t appreciate a couple Uber credits deposited into their account? I certainly would! Make sure your friends or loved ones are riding around town in style!

A Ride in the Hot Tub Boat!

This would be a great group gift for up-to-six people, and also totally appropriate for birthdays or just a random surprise. It’s a hot tub! It’s a boat! It’s a hot tub boat! Float around Lake Union and be the envy of everyone – both on shore and on the water – I mean, a yacht is nice but does it have a hot tub? Probably not. Anyway, it’s averages out to about $50 or $60/person and is so much fun (from what I hear).

Spa Day at Banya 5 or the Olympic Spa

Heat up in the steam rooms and then plunge into the cold plunge pools at Banya 5 in South Lake Union, or head North to Lynnwood (or South to Tacoma) to Olympus Day Spa.

A Day of Wine Tasting in Woodinville

Give the gift of vino! Head over to the Eastside for a delightful day of wine tasting in Woodinville, where there are nearly 100 tasting rooms to choose from. Tasting fees are between $5-$20 at each spot (waived w/ purchase of a bottle), so pick a price point and cover the fees for your guest at 3 or 4 rooms.

Personalized Jones Sodas

I made a Mozel-themed set of Jones Sodas last Christmas and on the cheap thanks to a Groupon deal, but I think it’s a great personalized gift that you could make totally funny or completely serious if you wanted to. Just upload a photo, choose your flavor, and type in your own text and voila! Your own sodas!

Stocking Stuffers from Archie McPhee

I love Archie Mcphee – it’s my go-to place for fun little toys and presents. I almost always have something from Archie McPhee in my purse, whether it be a GI Joe head, a “guy”, some bacon Band-Aids, etc. Where else could I have found cartoon baseball bats? I ask you, really. Visit Archie McPhee for any mustache, bacon and sushi items you might need – and the greatest place for stocking stuffers.

Toys from Schmancy

I so enjoyed the Plush You! event at Schmancy and if ever I was in need of an almost-one-of-a-kind gift for a kiddo, I would head directly there. Frankly, I wanted a lot of the plush animals for myself, but I think that my niece could probably give them a better home. Anyway, if you’re looking for a unique gift that isn’t one of those Sophie giraffes, check out Schmancy.


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