By Allison Ellis / Special to Sunday Market
Congratulations! You made it past Thanksgiving before moving on to Christmas. Now, though, it’s high time to start trimming the tree, decorating the house and stocking up on wrapping paper and gift bags.
Many of these finds also double as great hostess or work-exchange gifts, making them doubly fun to shop for.
The best baubles on the tree are the ones that tell a story, spark a memory or represent a shared obsession.
Coffee lovers will perk up when they see the detailed glass Espresso Maker Ornament ($12.50 at Fireworks Gallery). Or personalize your own tiny ceramic Starbucks cup with the Create-Your-Own Ornament ($7 at select locations and starbucksstore.com), complete with a gold-ink pen.
Animal lovers with a modern sensibility will appreciate the silver glass Jellyfish Ornament ($3 at CB2), while those who put their pets on a pedestal will like These Creatures Mer-Dog and Mer-Cat Holiday Ornaments ($12 each at Portage Bay Goods, Fremont). The Mer-Cat is half whale/half cat, and the Mer-Dog is half mermaid/half dog; both are made of steel and powder-coated a soft pearly white.
Place holiday accessories around the house for a layered, festive look. Seattle artist Mac Meckley has created a number of Holiday Garlands ($35–$45 at Venue, Ballard) made from fine-art and crepe papers. West Elm’s Felt Pennant Garland ($19) is a cheery strand that can be draped anywhere.
Fruitsuper Design’s Stackable Soldiers, Gnomes or Snowmen ($44 a set at Butter Home, Capitol Hill) create an enchanting winter wonderland on the mantel or entry table. Each locally designed set includes nine hardwood pieces that will bring good cheer all winter long.
And don’t forget holiday scents. Instead of the traditional aromas, consider something slightly unexpected and sweet, such as the beautifully wrapped Aquiesse Mission Fig Candle ($15 at Watson Kennedy, downtown) or the Peppermint Cupcake Candle ($16 at Made in Washington Stores), which hails from the Cupcake Candle Company in Sequim and comes in a baker’s box.
Wrap it up
Presentation matters, especially when it comes to hostess gifts and work functions. Stylish gift bags, such as the Holiday Octopus Gift Bags ($3–$8.50 at Paper Source), will make your packages stand out from the crowd. For a reusable option, check out the Ornaments Large Felt Bag ($9 at Papyrus), which could double as a festive shopping tote, or the simple canvas One Bottle Wine Bag ($17 at NuBe Green, Capitol Hill).
Memorable paper, especially for smaller gifts, makes unwrapping all the more delightful. Consider the vintage-inspired Santa Letters CV Holiday Wrap ($3.75 per sheet at paperstudio.com) or the mod Fab Reindeer Gift Wrap ($8 per roll at The Container Store).
Katie Daisy Winter Town Gift Wrap ($5 a sheet at City People’s Mercantile, Laurelhurst; Annie’s Art & Frame, Ballard; and parksidepaper.com), designed by local company Madison Park Greetings, features a sweet Christmas village. And the one-of-a-kind On the Grid Personalized Wrapping Paper ($15 for five sheets at minted.com) can be customized with your photos, names and messages.
Make sure you get credit for all that well-thought-out shopping by attaching gift tags to your packages. Custom gift labels such the Medallion Label — Party Pops ($25 for 23 at ErinCondren.com) can show off your personal style and dress up a simple package. Madison Park Greetings’ Holiday Blooms Labels ($4.50 for 36 at City People’s and parksidepapers.com) are vibrant peel-and-stick labels that come in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit your packages perfectly.