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Holiday Gift Guide | A&E

For those born without the gift-giving gene, the holidays can be a stressful time. You want to come up with thoughtful, high-quality, and affordable gifts for your loved ones, but self-imposed pressure and maybe procrastination often get the better of you, and you’re left scouring the grocery store for Visa gift cards on Christmas Eve. This year, wow your friends and family with these local gifts.

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Coffee Gift Set

The coffee addict in your life needs this gift set. It includes Tacoma-based Campfire Coffee’s Mountain Top espresso blend, Roasted In Seattle’s Evergreen Roast Coffee, a Black Coffee Caramel Macchiato-scented candle, and a coaster. Made in Washington | $60

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Peppermint Bark from Gig Harbor Candy Co.

Peppermint bark, or even just peppermint, is a hallmark of the holiday season. Treat someone with a sweet tooth to Gig Harbor Candy Co.’s peppermint bark. Gig Harbor Candy Co. | $10

Fig Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit

Do you have a loved one who loves to host? This fig cocktail kit makes a perfect gift. Each kit includes a dual barrel (orange), bourbon whiskey, Liber & Co. caramelized fig syrup, cherries, The Bitter Housewives Aromatic Bitters, and two Heritage rocks glasses for their next party. Heritage Distilling Co. | $125

Caribbean Hot Sauces Set

Know someone who loves adding heat to their food? Tumwater’s Hotbabe-Hotsauce fits the bill with three of its most popular Caribbean hot sauces: Trini Hot Pepper Sauce, Scotch Bonnet Mustard Pepper Sauce, and the Chillin’ n Grillin’ Spicy Sauce. Hotbabe-Hotsauce | $25

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Personalized Minibar

For the person who’s always wanted their own bar but didn’t have the space for it, this might be the answer. Handmade in Seattle, the Barbox is an elegant 4-in-1 minibar toolset that’s beautifully crafted with light rustic wood and comes with a portable bartender kit stand. MyWonderhaus on Etsy | $99

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Mount Rainier Watercolor Painting

For the outdoorsy person in your life, gift this beautiful watercolor print from Seattle artist Natalie Schwab. It comes in different sizes, though we recommend making this a centerpiece over the mantel or your office wall during Zoom calls. NatalieSchwabArtwork on Etsy | starts at $25

Insulated Stainless Steel Personalized Water Bottle

Do you know someone who has an emotional support water bottle? Gift them a personalized upgrade. This 17-ounce stainless steel water bottle from Marysville comes in six colors and 31 font styles, so you can make the ultimate personalized water bottle for someone you care about. Markeza on Etsy | $29

Phenomenal Women Timeline Mug

From ruling kingdoms to hurtling through outer space, women have been achieving phenomenal things since the dawn of time. This porcelain mug from Tukwila-based Rosanna shows some highlights of amazing women throughout history and makes a great and empowering gift for a wondrous woman in your life. Rosanna | $28

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Hand-Dipped Hot-Buttered Rum Incense Sticks

Getting into the spirit of the holidays engages all of the senses, including smell. These hand-dipped, clean-burning hot-buttered-rum-scented incense sticks from Port Angeles will make anyone’s home feel warm and fuzzy. Each package contains 20 sticks, and each one burns for about an hour. DreamyTimesShop on Etsy | $14

Self Care

Care Box for Expecting Moms

Pregnant moms need all the pampering they can get — that’s why we recommend this comforting gift box from Bonney Lake-based M/S Gift Co. It includes tea, a clay mask, body polish, hair ties, and a sweet treat. M/S Gift Co. on Etsy | $64

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Hyaluronic Moisture Cream

The winter season can leave skin looking dry and dull. Gift this rich moisturizer that includes a powerful blend of hyaluronic acid and plant extracts that trap moisture and deeply hydrate the skin. French Girl | $50 

Handmade Soap Bars

Shelton-based Riverdance Soapworks specializes in organic and handmade soaps and other bath luxuries. We recommend the black tea and honey soap bar as a stocking stu  er because it’s aromatic and beautiful. Riverdance Soapworks | $9 

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Dooeys Vegan Leather House Shoes & Sandals

In today’s work-from-home life, many are stuck choosing between unsupportive slippers or outdoor sneakers to wear around the house. Seattle-based Dooeys Slipshoes delivers comfort and style with its vegan leather slipper and sandal. These make a great gift for a WFH pro. Dooeys | $140


Hand-Painted Shoes

Give the health care worker in your life a pair of comfortable, professional, and stylish shoes to wear when they are saving lives. My Magic Makery, based in Redmond, hand-paints every pair, and many designs are customizable. My Magic Makery on Etsy | $175

Leather Rainier Wallet

Gift a quality leather wallet to the fashionista in your life. Botton Studio’s hand-sewn wallet comes in classic black and tan and features two external card pockets and two internal card pockets. It can carry up to 12 cards and a few bills. Botton Studio | $45

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Tacoma Glassblowing

Give the gift of artmaking with a glassblowing lesson at Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. No experience is necessary. $85

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Wilderness Awareness School

Do you know a survivalist wannabe? Wilderness Awareness School, based in Duvall, is a nonprofit leader in outdoor education. From daylong classes to week-long immersive programs, Wilderness Awareness School is internationally recognized for its mentoring teaching style, its naturalist training expertise, and its focus on connecting students with nature, their community, and themselves.  various prices

Whidbey Wild Mushroom Tours

Get to know all about the local species of fungi on this unique wild mushroom tour on Whidbey Island. You’ll get first-hand knowledge from a mushroom expert as you venture out into the forest on this guided tour.  $50

Stadium High Tour with Pretty Gritty Tours

For fans of 10 Things I Hate About You, you can’t go wrong with scheduling a tour of the high school where it was filmed. Pretty Gritty Tours, based out of Tacoma, hosts guided tours of Stadium High School (aka Padua High). $35

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