By Kristin Kalning / Special to Sunday Market
It’s officially the 11th hour. Whether you’re notorious for putting off your holiday shopping or a certain gift just slipped your mind, don’t panic. We’ve got great, affordable gift ideas from stores you pass every day.
The local drugstore chain has a plethora of Pacific Northwest-themed gifts for your whole list. For the football fan, there’s the Scotch Seahawks Tape Dispenser ($13), while Seattleites with a sweet tooth will appreciate the Seattle Chocolates Ferry Boat Truffle Gift Box ($6). There’s also the Bartells-exclusive Washington-Opoly Board Game ($20), which comes complete with Rainy Day and Coffee Break cards.
Any “Dr. Who” fans on your list? They’ll be in nerd heaven with this trifecta: Doctor Who Micro-Figures ($3.50 each), the Eleventh Doctor Sonic Screwdriver Flashlight ($10) and the ceramic TARDIS Mug ($20). But is it bigger on the inside?
Your hosts will surely be happy to see you when you come armed with Trader Joe’s Spiced Cider, a box of Brandy Beans and some Dark Chocolate Mini Mint Stars (all $3). And they’ll be happier still if you throw in a bottle of Trader Joe’s Rum of the Gods ($7) to spike the cider.
Or bust out the big guns with a fancy, blue 1.5-liter bottle of Incanto Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio ($12), paired with Trader Joe’s aptly named Extraordinary Bark ($4). This stuff — made from chocolate, mini-milk-chocolate peanut butter cups, pretzels, caramel popcorn and almonds — is the definition of decadent.
Coffee, of course, is the main draw here, and you can pick up sure-to-please gifts ranging from the Celebration of Coffee Mini Sampler ($9) to the Coffee Press Gift Set ($75), which includes an eight-cup Bodum Coffee Press, an electric Krups grinder and a one-pound bag of Christmas Blend beans.
Starbucks has loads of potential presents for non-coffee-drinkers, too. Pair the 12-ounce Candy Twist Design Mug ($9) with sweet treats such as Peppermint Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers and Salted Almond Chocolate Bites (both $7). For tea drinkers, the Taste of Tazo Tea Set ($20) is a stacked sampler of six different teas in reusable tins.
Yes, you’ll find organic kale here. But the natural-foods market also carries a variety of gifts that’ll make you look thoughtful, not forgetful.
For the stressed-out hostess, choose the orange-and-clove-scented Rejuvenation Aromatherapy Candle ($16), made in Seattle by Big Dipper Wax Works.
For the beer lover, there’s the Seattle Met Seasonal Six-Pack ($9), a sampler of Washington beers including Dick’s Double Diamond and Elysian Bifrost Winter Ale. Or give something snuggly, such as a soft, fair-trade Andes Gifts Cable Scarf ($33).
Keep the kiddos occupied while the adults wassail with the Melissa and Doug Deluxe Combo Scratch Art Set ($16; for ages 4 and up) or any number of holiday-themed books. Our favorites: Dinosaur Christmas ($13), by Jerry Pallotta, which tells the pre-reindeer Santa story; and Santa Is Coming To Washington ($10), by Steve Smallman, in which St. Nick lands on the Space Needle.
If your father-in-law likes whiskey, you’ll score major points with the Crown Royal Black Gift Set ($23), which comes with a 750-milliliter bottle and two rocks glasses. Heck, maybe he’ll even share.
Got a hipster in the house? Pick up the Grey Goose Vodka Set ($28), which includes a 750-milliliter bottle and a stainless steel shaker. And for the wine fan, there’s the Challis Lane Wine Gift Basket ($30), which includes a cabernet and a chardonnay, almonds, cheese spread and sourdough crackers.
Stuff a grownup’s stocking with a DeKuyper Candy Cane ($7.50), which holds four mini-bottles of liqueur. For the holiday party, pick up a 1.75-liter bottle of easy-drinking Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Nog ($20), which is pre-spiked with whiskey, rum and brandy. A family party, you say? Better get two.