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November 24, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Great gifts: Presents to please everyone on your shopping list


By Bree Coven Brown / Special to Sunday Market

Yes, Christmas is only about a month away — but there’s no reason to panic. Here are some suggestions to help you find the perfect present for every member of the family.


A fun gift for your favorite wine drinker, the Menu Baggy Winecoat ($62 at lets her BYO on the go. Designed to look like a standard black handbag, it carries 3 liters of wine that pours directly (and discreetly) out of the spout at the bottom. There’s room on top for wine glasses. It’s a clever gift that’s also practical for travel, picnics and outdoor events.

For something more serious, surprise her with a limited-edition Catherine Grisez Jewelry Medium Curve Necklace ($144–$180 at The pieces are handmade in Seattle in dramatic oxidized silver, shiny 14-karat gold vermeil or shimmering sterling silver. The cascading curves are elegant and make a statement.


Outfit him in the ruggedly handsome Iron & Resin Benchmark Shirt ($110 at Asher Goods, Kirkland). It’s made in the U.S. in heavyweight yellow or red plaid flannel, and it has button-flap chest pockets and contrasting twill elbow patches.

A cheeky stainless-steel hip flask is sure to hit the spot. The Trixie and Milo Gentleman Octopus Flask ($27–$29 at Portage Bay Goods, Fremont, and, designed in Portland, is a classy-cool stocking stuffer that’s sure to make him smile.


Young Thomas the Tank Engine fans can now have a Custom Engine ($35 at designed to their specifications. Kids can choose the engine’s name, color, number and style. A personalized storybook is also included. Ages 2 and up.

“Fox On The Loose!” ($10 at booksellers) is local author and illustrator Matthew Porter’s latest board book. It weds his hip artwork with a fun tale of a mischievous fox causing trouble in the barnyard.

Kids will get an insight into scientific principles while having fun with Thames & Kosmos’ Gyrobot ($45 at Top Ten Toys; Curious Kidstuff, West Seattle; and Red Wagon, Madison Valley). Kids learn various uses for gyroscopes as they build seven motorized models, including a robot that balances on two wheels along a tightrope. Ages 8 and up.

Remember running colored pencils over your favorite fashion plates? The sartorial set is back and updated in the Kahootz Fashion Plates Deluxe Kit ($29 at Clover, Ballard). It contains more than 30 new rubbing plates that can be combined into endless fashionable combinations. Ages 6 and up (yes, Mom, you can play, too).


Leave them in stiches with a DVD or Blu-ray of “Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season” ($23–$25 on The set contains two discs with 26 episodes (nearly five hours) of the popular Cartoon Network show, including “I Remember You,” lauded as the best episode of the series so far. Ages 10 and up.

She’ll snuggle up to the quirky-cute Careful It Bites Catball Plush Cat ($45 at Portage Bay Goods and It’s handmade in Seattle and available in faux-fur colors ranging from the realistic (white and brown) to the surreal (neon pink and electric blue).

The portable Triple C Designs Ultra-Thin Battery Power Card ($35 at keeps their devices powered with a USB-rechargeable lithium battery. It’s so slim it fits in a wallet, effectively eliminating any excuse for not checking in.

Appeal to their aesthetics with a Mod Radio ($350–$550 at the Bellevue Arts Museum store and Click! Design That Fits, West Seattle). Vintage radios are outfitted with modern speakers that connect to a smartphone or MP3 player. The radios are salvaged from flea markets and antique shops for a one-of-a-kind gift.

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