By Kristin Kalning / Special to Sunday Market
Ready to deck your halls and trim the tree? Even if the Santa spirit hasn’t hit you yet, our list of fun and festive cards, gift wrap, ornaments and décor will help get you in the mood for merriment.
Send local cheer to far-flung loved ones with the Merry Christmas From Seattle cards ($16 for 8 at Stuhlberg’s, Queen Anne), which feature a Santa-hatted seagull with the Space Needle in the background.
For something more whimsical, there’s the retro Elum Bring Home Christmas cards ($16 for 6 at Stuhlberg’s), or the hipster Skull Photo Holiday Cards ($20 for 4 at Butter Home, Capitol Hill), made in British Columbia by Reclaimed Art Editions.
Pay a visit to Lucca Great Finds in Ballard for single cards ($5 each or $25 for 6) with a sense of humor. Favorites include a Dear Santa checklist; Merry Christmas from the Cat; and FYI: Santa is totally aware of your behavior.
All that glitters is gift wrap this year, with lots of shimmery paper and ribbon for under the tree. Suzanne Kasler’s Metallic Gift Wrap ($8 per roll at ballarddesigns.com) comes in bronze, silver, light green and khaki plaid. The eco-friendly Waste Not Paper Glitter Wrap ($12 per roll at Stuhlberg’s) contains 30 percent post-consumer waste and is glam in red, gold and silver.
Stick with the metallic theme for your ribbon, and you’ll have lots to choose from. Target has 25-foot rolls of Holiday Ribbon ($5) in gold and white stripe, gold swirl and blue shimmer, to name just a few. For something a little different, try RRed & White Baker’s Twine ($8 for 500 yards at Paper Source) or the cheeky Ikea Framställa Tape ($7 for 4 rolls) that tempts recipients to “open me.”
Need gift bags? Look no further than the Container Store and its “Gift Wrap Wonderland.” Pair the cute Medium Peppermint Pup Tote ($3) with some coordinating Crinkle-Cut Paper Shreds ($3 for 3 ounces) for your dog lover (or the dog). For your mother-in-law, opt for the elegant Large Glitter Scroll Recycled Tote ($6) with opulent Golden Splendor Tissue ($3.50).
Whether you’re aiming for Martha Stewart perfection or Charlie Brown chic, a decked-out Christmas tree is the crowning touch of your holiday décor.
Woodland animals are a popular holiday decorating trend this year. Check out Lucca’s Felt Ornaments ($16), in moose, fox, owl, polar bear and hedgehog varieties; Pottery Barn’s Bottlebrush Bears On A Sled Ornament ($29); and Cost Plus World Market’s vibrant Natural Fiber Bird Ornaments ($15 for 3).
For something more traditional, there’s the glittery Gold Berry Balls ($25 for 3, Ballard Designs). Get personal with Pottery Barn’s Locket Ornaments ($19.50 each), which come in two shapes and can be monogrammed for free. And for a collaborative project, try the paint-it-yourself Goose Grease DIY Wooden People Ornament Kit ($32 at Butter Home).
Inside, adorn your mantel with Pottery Barn’s Alphabet Stocking Holders ($29.50 per letter), spelling “home,” “joy” or whatever strikes your holiday fancy. Decorate your hearth with the richly finished wood Padauk Tea Light Nativity ($150 at serrv.org), made in Cameroon by Prescraft artisans.
For a Hanukkah gathering, you’ll set a stylish table with Pottery Barn’s Hannukah Table Runner (on sale for $71) and Hanukkah Napkins (on sale for $25.50 for 4). And for an elegant sideboard, alternate West Elm’s Wooden Cutout Trees ($9–$24) with twinkly Mercury Tealight Holders ($5 each or $27 for 6).