by Lori Hinton
The holidays are officially here. Time to kick it into high gear. What do you get that special someone this year? Hmm. And for the aunt who has everything? How about a host gift for the party next week? Head to The Junction for gift-giving inspiration.
Fleurt is known for its fashionable floral. Really, who can resist the adorably sweet signature mason jar bouquets? And the chic custom wreaths compliment any holiday display. But this Junction gem also offers a unique array of gifts—from sassy shopping bags by Emily McDowell, recycled leather wallets, cork handbags and Handmade La Conner bath products to cheese and gin making kits, savory sauces and a wall of custom made jewelry. Check out Fleurt’s spotlight in Seattle Met’s Holiday Gift Guide and on Seattle Magazine’s Holiday Cheat Sheet! Shoppers from all over the city are coming to snatch up gifts featured here.
Got a wine lover on your list? Swing by Bin 41 for an amazing selection of 1200 different labels! Customized holiday gift baskets are also a big hit for host gifts (note: 24 hours notice required).
Speaking of the host(ess) with the mostest, bring a little bling to his or her holiday table with glitzy French Sabre serveware from JF Henry. For a sleek but classic look, try the wooden Kentucky Salad Tongs that fold flat for easy storage. For timeless table art, consider rustic Sparq slate cheeseboards. And check out the slate Alki Lighthouse ornaments, while they last.
Hop over to Click! Design That Fits to keep checking off the list. This virtual museum of modern art, décor and creative gift ideas enlightens even the most stumped of all holiday shoppers. Take the Five Ply Design species-specific birdhouses, for example. Handmade in Seattle, these modern bird homes are functional eye candy that even non-ornithologists can appreciate. And the paper mache iPhone amplifiers by Westside artist Fritz Rud, are a must-see. The combination of old, found objects and new technology appeals to a multigenerational audience. Colorful coffee presses and etched Italian wine glasses are also great host gifts. And art fans will eat up the vibrant paintings by George Perrou. Bike fanatics are all over the Alchemy Goods recycled bike tube bags, and ask to see Snacktime by Fish’s Eddy for cheeky plates and mugs with hilarious sayings not fit for print.
For a gift that’s music to your ears, check out Easy Street Records‘ selection of USB turn tables with software to convert your LPs into MP3s. And while CDs make a great stocking stuffer, splurge for the box set (like Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes Deluxe Edition) to put under the tree.
Wander into Wild Rose Antiques for once-loved and new treasures, like West Seattle artist Janet Ramble’s snowman oil paintings and coasters.
For the outdoor enthusiasts, Emerald Water Anglers has everything from fly rods, reels, waders and gorgeous Patagonia down jackets (for men and women) to Helio portable hot water showers, waterproof backpacks, Grape Solar portable charging stations, and GoPro adventure cams.
Still frantic? Don’t panic. As the clock ticks down, holiday shopping is fun and easy when you don’t have to leave “town.” West Seattle town, that is.
Stay tuned for next week’s feature on stocking stuffers and last-minute gift ideas!