Into the City and Through the Woods

By Laura Cassidy, Anna Roth, and Angela Garbes December 15, 2008 Published in the November 2008 issue of Seattle Met

TIS THE SEASON TO SHOP. You’ve cleared your schedule, filled the tank, and made a list of friends, coworkers, and loved ones. But the rest you’ve left to us. Excellent choice. We’ve charted an interurban road trip to 64 destinations offering innovative and old-fashioned expressions of love and goodwill. Even relentless gift hunters need to pause and refuel, so we’ve suggested noshes and sips along the way, but because there’s no rest for the most intrepid shoppers, we’ve also supplied tips for wireless buying. Call or log on while you’re paused at the pit stops, not—do we even need to say it?—while you’re driving.

Inside Out Home and Garden
If this homey but no-nonsense North End gift emporium looks like the sort of place a couple of shopaholics would dream up, that’s because the mother and daughter who artfully arrange the soy candles and leather-bound journals were fantasizing about them not so long ago. Luxe cleaning products, crafted vases, and sweet baby onesies render this one of the most popular stops in Snohomish, a town otherwise known for antiquing. Who gets it A pair of locally designed holiday-colored Baby Legs—wee warmers for little legs—ought to bounce your office mate’s toddler out of his terrible twos. Inside Out Home and Garden, 115 Avenue A, Snohomish, 360-563-0767;

The buzzwords at Robert Boehlke’s vibrant home-decor mart are “color” and “texture.” If you’d like to believe that a cloud-soft pillow in just the right shade of iris-blue can change the world, if you subscribe to the notion that a sunny yellow umbrella stand is as effective as caffeine on a gray winter morning, meet your new guru. Who gets it New home owners as well as those making the final payment on their mortgage. HouseWares, 318 Main St, Edmonds, 425-672-1903;

All the baker bases are covered here, from easy mixes to silver and gold sugar sprinkles and more cookie-cutter shapes than you can imagine. For when you’re done baking: a three-piece set, including a plate for Santa’s cookies, one for Rudolph’s carrot, and a mug for the hot cocoa that washes them down. Who gets it It’s better to give than to receive, sure, but when it comes to do-it-yourself gourmet cookie fixings, everyone’s a winner. Cookies, 2211 NW Market St, Ballard, 206-297-1015;

Top Ten Toys
If you’re the type who sighs and mutters, “Kids today,” this beloved indie toy merchant’s selection of traditional, never-toxic toys—one-kid-band kits, science experiments—will renew your spirit. The self-serve gift-wrapping station is a godsend for busy bees. Who gets it Little ones prematurely transfixed by computer screens. They’ll thank you for it—eventually. Top Ten Toys, 104 N 85th St, Greenwood, 206-782-0098;

Terra Bella Flowers
Open up to alternatives for poinsettias and wreaths with a visit to Melissa Feveyear at her mostly organic and local floral shop. For a living gift, ask her to create one of her garden parfaits—a paperwhite narcissus bulb in a clear glass vessel with layers of moss and earth. Or work with her to design an evergreen-focused centerpiece that she’ll create with specimens from her parents’ four-acre lot in Fall City and organic orchid coaxers in Oregon. Who gets it Nature freaks and flora-and-fragrance geeks. Terra Bella Flowers, 8417 Greenwood Ave N, Greenwood, 206-783-0205;

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A nice bottle of wine is almost always an appropriate gift, but a handpicked 12-pack of world-sourced beers is an inspired one. Check the country flags above the refrigerators as you navigate Bottleworks’ 900-plus brews, and don’t skimp on proper glassware to go with that proper Scotch ale. Who gets it With traditional German pilsners, exotic Ethiopian honey lagers, and fruit-flavored lambics on offer, you’ll please both ex-roomies and business execs. To sample the selections, check in on their twice-monthly tastings of staff picks. Bottleworks, 1710 N 45th St, Ste 3, Wallingford, 206-633-2437;

Pulp Lab
Used to be you just watched what the guy next to you was loading in his grocery cart; now you get to peep into his artsy reusable bag. At Pulp Lab, Ortolan Organic’s American-made canvas carryalls foster free thinking and good times. Who gets it Gender benders who will also enjoy Asli Filinta’s bejeweled fedoras. Pulp Lab, 1912 NW Dock Pl, Ballard, 206-706-7857;

Alphabet Soup
Twinkling Christmas lights add a storybook touch to this Lilliputian kids’ bookstore, which stocks perennial page-turners from Shel Silverstein and Maurice Sendak, and current best-sellers like Maisy Mouse. The well-read staff makes clever age- and subject-appropriate recommendations. Who gets it Everyone was young once; browse the small vintage book selection for a relic from dad’s (or granddad’s) past. And keep in mind: Even babies can be bookworms when the colors and images are just right. Alphabet Soup, 1406 N 45th St, Wallingford, 206-547-4555;

Bella Cosa Foods (CLOSED)
This foodie market’s small-but-mighty selection of French finishing salts, Tuscan honey, and rainbow-hued local jams and pickles are just the things for stockings and hostess gifts. Themed gift baskets (Cucina Italia, Local Goods) eliminate guesswork. Who gets it Your Top Chef color commentary counterpart. Bella Cosa Foods, 1711 N 45th St, Wallingford, 206-545-7375;

Tweedy and Popp Ace Hardware
It’s a Wonderful Life hero George Bailey would be right at home in Wallingford’s octogenarian neighborhood hardware store where nuts and bolts don’t screw around. Who gets it Gearheads may be initially put off by a set of socket wrenches and handsaws, but they’ll thank you when it’s time for home improvements at the condo. Tweedy and Popp Ace Hardware, 1916 N 45th St, Wallingford, 206-632-2290;

Four Legs Good
Bookish animal lovers relish the opportunity to support anyone who references the uprising cry in George Orwell’s Animal Farm: “Four legs good, two legs bad!” And animal lovers of every stripe just love a joint where three-year-old German shepherd–Labrador mix named Dublin watches over chewy, anime-style toys, preppy argyle sweater vests, and collars to accessorize with. Who gets it Your two-legged main squeeze, because you know their four-legged best friend comes first, and you’re okay with that. Four Legs Good, 4411 Wallingford Ave N, Ste C, Wallingford, 206-547-0301;

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Show Pony
Julie Merriman Wray, owner of the now-defunct Ballard Ave boutique Olivine, brings her basics-with-a-Seattle-twist aesthetic to a new collection of statement necklaces, eco-beauty products, and wear-every-week sweaters. Small-batch jewelry like handcrafted metal bracelets from Portland-based YedOmi mingle with world-sourced scents and green skin-care treatments, making Show Pony a must for socially conscious spa addicts. Who gets it She’ll remember Hawaii every time she dabs on Saffron James perfume, scented with passionflower, plumeria, and hibiscus. Show Pony, 3526 Fremont Pl N, Ste D, Fremont, 206-706-4188;

Destee-Nation Shirt Co.
Former Pearl Jam Web designer Matt Morgan memorializes ­Seattle landmarks by silk-screening their logos onto ultrasoft tees. A portion of all sales go back to the businesses they advertise, and the shirts themselves are made on the West Coast and printed with environmentally friendly, water-based inks. Who gets it Coeds and graphic tees go together like peanut butter and jelly, especially where retro-cool logos from the 5-Spot are concerned. Destee-Nation Shirt Co., 3412 Evanston Ave N, Fremont, 206-632-7874;

Electric Boat Company
Need a gift for a group, say, those hardworking folks on your payroll or the visiting cousins from landlocked Lansing? A number of the Electric Boat Company’s vessels are equipped for cold-water travel (read: they’re fully enclosed and heated) and decked-out for the season, so gather the gang and take them for a spin around the sights and lights of Lake Union or Portage Bay. Who gets it Whoever is around between November 24 and January 1, when the boats are in their holiday best. Electric Boat Company, 2046 Westlake Ave N, Ste 102, Westlake, 206-223-7476;

Lauren Adler may have the tastiest gig in town; she curates fine artisan chocolates from around the globe and masterminds tasting tours and parties for a few or a crew. You’ll think you have a pretty delicious gig yourself when you warm up with a mug of red-chili-flecked hot chocolate while you’re there. Who gets it Do you know anyone who wouldn’t like a handpicked box of gemlike nouveau-haute chocolats? Chocolopolis, 1527 Queen Anne Ave N, Queen Anne, 206-282-0776; 

Blue Highway Games
Long rainy Northwest nights are ideal for pulling out the old Scrabble tiles, but, if the flood of ’06 swamped your family’s set from the ’70s, check in with the old-school gamers at Blue Highway for updated editions of old favorites. Or, check out the latest in board battles, cardsharking, and dice derbies. For example: Killer Bunnies, wherein the acquisition of the magic carrot card puts you in the winner’s circle. Who gets it For a tournament of adjectives, descriptions, and hilarity that the whole family can get in on, ask for Apples to Apples. Blue Highway Games, 2203 Queen Anne Ave N, Queen Anne, 206-282-0540;

Eat Local
Sometimes the most thoughtful gift involves closing the blinds, switching off the television, and enjoying a quiet evening at home. To help make that happen, grab an awesomely graphic gift card (designed by Olympia artist Nikki ­McClure) at this to-go gourmet stop. Frozen meals made with local and organic ingredients come in servings prepared for one, two, or four—but, with entrées like lamb and eggplant tagine and feta-and-duck risotto with blueberries, your giftee will probably build in some room for leftovers. Who gets it The friend who’s forever complaining about the wait at the gastropubs up the street. Eat Local, 2400 Queen Anne Ave N, Queen Anne, 206-328-3663;

On the Boards
Founded by artists in 1978, On the Boards isn’t your typical theater venue. OTB focuses on individuals and companies creating groundbreaking new work that would otherwise not be seen in Seattle; their Pick 6 subscription lets you treat a loved one to breakneck dance troupes, avant-garde Belgian performance artists, local orators, and socially conscious actors in a traveling show. Who gets it Your hyperliterate, ahead-of-the-curve assistant, because he always “gets it.” On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, Lower Queen Anne, 206-217-9888;

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Vespa Seattle
Behold the power of the Vespa GTS 250. The fuel-injected engine means she uses her resources well, and the ultrasleek body means she turns on a dime and leaves nine cents change. And how does 80 miles per gallon grab you? Imagine giving that kind of gift. Vespa Seattle also sends Piaggios, those attractive Italian scooters, out its doors as well, and of course there are hats, sunglasses, and tees, too. Who gets it Your SUV-driving significant other. Vespa Seattle, 93 Denny Way, Lower Queen Anne, 206-284-7634;

The Dollhouse Cottage
There was a time when almost every little girl wanted a dollhouse, a time when the word “mini” didn’t signal tiny MP3 players. The Dollhouse Cottage feels Victorian in a wonderfully whimsical way, but, with weekend workshops on full-on construction and electrical wiring how-to’s, the offerings are modern, too. Those who already own little-bitty cottages can unwrap updates like modern lamps, laser-cut tree ornaments, and miniature menorahs. Who gets it Dads and grandpas; owner Sandi Bender is determined to make it fun for them on Men’s Night, December 18 from 6 to 9pm. The Dollhouse Cottage, 13825 100th Ave NE, Kirkland, 425-821-1579;

Liberty 123
Procuring gifts at the upscale European tree house created by interior designer Liberty Hanson sometimes feels like cheating. It’s just too easy. Sweet pewter birds sit near John Derian’s iconic decoupage trays, and a table set for a fairy tale includes delicate mother-of-pearl serving spoons and playful name-card holders. The weekend before Thanksgiving, the store transforms into an all-out holiday emporium and the ease-of-acquisition factor goes through the roof. Who gets it The neighbors who throw those lavish garden parties. Liberty 123, 123 Park Ln, Kirkland, 425-822-1232;

Ballard Organics
It used to be the plates of Indian food one floor up that tempted pedestrians with gorgeous aromas. Now this local, organic semi-subterranean soap and body-care source beats them to it with notes of cedar leaf, lemongrass, and grapefruit. The line’s look is appropriately minimal and low key, which makes it suitable for guys who are metro, but not too metro. Who gets it Absolutely anyone whose stocking needs stuffing will kiss you in gratitude for a tube of lemon-tangerine lip balm. Ballard Organics, 4759 Brooklyn Ave NE, University District, 206-527-2828;

Pies by Jenny
If you’re shopping on a Saturday, stop by the University District Farmers Market, one of two year-round local-produce bazaars, and follow your nose to Jenny Christensen’s pie stand. If there’s no apple-pie expert in your family, become one—via Jenny. Or, opt for a seasonal, savory pie; wonderfully spiced pork pies are tightly wrapped meals. Who gets it Your overwhelmed neighbor expecting an entire 13-person clan. Pies by Jenny, University District Farmers Market, University Way & NE 50th St, University District, 206-547-2278;

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Real Card Company
The email age means elegantly letterpressed stationery is all the more distinctive, and faulty spam folders make neatly affixed cards—imagine one tied atop a graphic, yellow and black paper-wrapped box with thick grosgrain ribbon—the comeback kids of the millennium. Real Card Company’s selection of tactile greetings and practical but beautiful bags, papers, and ribbons carry a message of love. If you’re still in need of a thing or two to put inside them, go for handsome photo albums and cheery magnets. Who gets it Who doesn’t? Everyone deserves an exquisitely dressed present. Real Card Company, 2814 E Madison St, Madison Valley, 206-325-1854;

Scarecrow Video
It would be a mistake to assume that you’ll catch attitude for requesting The Dark Knight or, for that matter, that you’d win points for dropping an arty foreign title like Knife in the Water, at Scarecrow Video. The film mecca holds over 90,000 titles, and there’s a staff member who will attempt to convince you of the brilliance of each and every one of them. Who gets it Your sailing-buff brother will love the tense Polanski thriller and a prepurchased card good for 10 or more rentals will float his boat. Scarecrow Video, 5030 Roosevelt Way NE, University District, 206-524-8554;

Juicy Couture
Joining the ranks of winter-weather go-to pieces (cashmere cardigans, wool slacks, knee-high leather boots) are down-filled puffer jackets and low-slung, wide-leg track pants matched to curve-hugging hoodies. And none are in higher demand than those embroidered with Juicy Couture’s iconic script. Who gets it Preteens and pretty much any woman with a purse-sized Pomeranian. Juicy Couture, 2623 NE University Village St, University District, 206-517-5559;

Sure, Madrona’s Erica Sheehan is beloved for accessorizing Grace Kelly wannabes all over the city, and for her jewelry box of one-of-a-kind antique pieces. But she’s recently returned from a jewel-buying expedition to India, so Bolly­wood fans are now as fortunate as Rear Window watchers. Who gets it Bring Sheehan a favorite heirloom or keepsake and she’ll create a custom piece for the family historian. Hitchcock, 1406 34th Ave, Madrona, 206-838-7173;

Named for the Japanese word for “artist workspace,” this gallery and retail spot houses earthy, hand-carved cherry-bark tea canisters, bracelets made from antique typewriter keys, gorgeous pottery in watercolor hues, and space for an always-changing show of fine art. For a personalized gift, callig­rapher Yuming Zhu will engrave a stone seal with any word or name in Chinese characters. Who gets it Design freaks and I.D. karaoke geeks. Kobo, 604 S Jackson St, International District, 206-381-3000;

Wine Outlet
Seasoned Seattle sipper Richard Kinssies samples closeout lots of Yakima merlots and German Rieslings; the ones that are up to snuff are passed along to wine lovers for a 30 to 60 percent discount. Ask his team to help you select a steal-of-a-deal bottle or three, and add a couple of perfect-score goblets by Bottega del Vino and a gift voucher for a class with Kinssies. Who gets it Newbies and oenophiles alike; neither has to know what a bargain you got. Pop in on a free Scotch tasting on November 13 at 7pm, or a champagne party on December 4 at 7pm. Wine Outlet, 1701 First Ave S (moving in mid-November to 1911 First Ave S), SoDo, 206-652-1311;

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Fox Maid
Leif Holland and Brian McGuffey travel to mountain-peaked European countries in search of oddities for their modern-day curiosity shop. Quirky melamine plates and metallic barnyard animals abound, but it’s the model train sets—and the overarching philosophy that you’re never too old to play—that really intrigue. The intelligently engineered miniatures are the stuff holiday wish lists were once, and could again be, made of. Who gets it World travelers and design buffs, or anyone with enough square footage to lay some serious track. Fox Maid, 411 E Pine St, Capitol Hill, 206-267-7120;

Under U 4 Men
Portlander Steven Lien is practically famous for more or less inventing the male version of a lingerie lounge; his Capitol Hill boxer, brief, and (yes) banana-hammock boutique, Under U 4 Men, is the third of its kind. Blame the goofy but easy-to-text name on Lien’s tech background. Who gets it Insanely soft bamboo-cotton briefs from Aussie Bums are perfect for any trend-faithful dude in skinny jeans. (Girls who live in boy shorts love them, too.) Under U 4 Men, 709 Broadway E, Capitol Hill, 206-324-6446;

Wall of Sound
You know your brother likes jazz, but you wouldn’t know Coltrane from Kenny G if both bit you on the nose. Enter Wall of Sound, where the hip but not too-cool counter leaners are schooled enough to steer you toward buzzed-about Seattle jazz trios, vintage vinyl recordings of Coltrane (Mr. G’s CDs are just barely “retro”), and best-of collections by ’60s shoulda-beens like Detroit’s Rodriguez. Who gets it Your nephew isn’t quite old enough for the big weekend shows at the Showbox, but he’ll love local funk-soul band Saturday Knights’ most recent disc. Wall of Sound, 315 E Pine St, Capitol Hill, 206-441-9880;

Northwest Film Forum
It’s the minimal, warm architecture, the open windows looking out over Capitol Hill, intimate screening rooms, free popcorn refills in reusable bowls, and of course the notion that an inspiring flick is on view every night of the week. Our Film Forum focuses on foreign, art-house, independent, rereleased, and otherwise notable films because you, and your gifted loved ones, are looking for a little more than the latest Hollywood no-brainer. Who gets it Arty gift certificates, and NWFF’s smartly inclusive programming—from family series to genre studies—makes everyone happy. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Capitol Hill, 206-329-2629;

The woman in your life wants jewelry but you’re all thumbs when it comes to rings? You can’t go wrong with the surreally colorful Michael Tracy collection at Mario’s—but if that doesn’t feel safe enough, shop with Tracy himself. The architect, painter, and designer, whose chunky, organic gemstone pieces call to mind Lego pieces and Frank Gehry, will be on hand on December 6 from 10am to 5pm to talk about his oversize earrings and almost shocking rings. Who gets it The kind of woman who wears deep raspberry pink with mustard yellow and ends up starting a trend. Mario’s, 1513 Sixth Ave, Downtown, 206-223-1461;

Butch Blum
Men are irresistible in cardigans. Old men, young men, preppy men, edgy men: At Butch Blum there’s button-up knitwear for all of them. Go for a knit-and-jersey hybrid style from Yohji Yamamoto’s Y’s line, or something more tailored by Luciano Barbera. Add some color in the form of a luxe silk tie and a pair of snappy socks by Paul Smith, because the guys you know, know that details count. Who gets it The one who constantly checks the Sartorialist to see if he’s been blogged about. Butch Blum, 1408 Fifth Ave, Downtown, 206-622-5760;

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So Much Yarn
So Much Yarn unravels itself to beginning knitters in the softest way. After all, who can resist the coziness of camel-colored cashmere yarn, or the earth-friendly appeal of bamboo fibers? The crafters on staff believe in stitched expression the way foodies believe in the artfulness of the airiest soufflé. Group classes are offered for all skill levels. Who gets it The friend voted Most Likely to Develop a Really Wholesome New Habit. So Much Yarn, 2302 First Ave, Belltown, 206-443-0727;

City Kitchens
Stylish chefs know the designer-for-hire trend isn’t limited to fashion. Take British architect John Pawson’s cookware collection for Demeyere. While as wonderfully conductive and practical as ever, the gleaming pots and pans sport minimal lines with artful handles that stay cool and look cool. Who gets it The guy who subscribes to Vogue Living and sets his TiVo for Iron Chef. City Kitchens, 1527 Fourth Ave, Downtown, 206-382-1138;

Great Jones Home
As far as the meticulously put-together design pros at this interiors shop are concerned, your coffee table’s never fully dressed without a stack of fashionable fine-living books and European fashion texts. Go to be inspired by the in-house library, the superstylish staff, and the modern-baroque chandeliers; stay for the dazzling rows of silk ribbons and artfully trimmed pillows. Who gets it Town and Country readers and devotees of Kelly Wearstler, the visionary home stylist who steals the spotlight on Top Design. Great Jones Home, 1921 Second Ave, Downtown, 206-448-9405;

Market Spice
Dozens of loose teas and an international summit of coffee beans make this the most fragrant joint in all of Pike Place Market. Sleek modern teapots—and, yes, exotic spices—round out the gifting possibilities. Market Spice’s eponymous tea blend, which incorporates orange peel and cinnamon, tastes just like the holidays. Who gets it Out-of-towners love Northwest flavors; on the way out, stop by the Fish Market and pick up a smoked salmon gift pack, too. Market Spice, 85A Pike St, Pike Place Market, 206-622-6340; 

The Great Wind-Up
Newfangled and nostalgic plastic wind-up toys, rubber duckies, action figures, and an array of vintage-style tin cowboys, robots, and spaceships shine up any old day. Vendors like this one, along with the Market Magic Shop downstairs, bring a good-time flavor to the Market—and to holiday giving. Who gets it Your Alpine-born father-in-law will get a kick out of the hopping lederhosen, and that guy in the dimly lit cube near the copy machine whose name you drew at the Secret Santa luncheon? He’ll dig the fire-spitting nunzilla. The Great Wind-Up, 93 Pike St, Ste 201, Pike Place Market, 206-621-9370;

Far 4
A pink peony blossom lasts for days, but Igor Klimenkoff’s white bisque porcelain peony will live forever. The Russian-born designer’s fine modern art pieces, tableware, and whimsical still-life produce—garlic bulbs, cut pears, hot peppers—are handmade in his home country and sold here, alongside poppy polyurethane rings by Milan’s Fish Design and delicate glass from the enduring Venetian house Lobmeyr. Who gets it Only those who can handle with care. Far 4, 1020 First Ave, Downtown, 206-621-8831;

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Sport-o wants new Oakley shades for a Sun Valley trip, and little sis has been hinting about giving backpacking a go. Bellevue’s mom-and-pop gear store has been handling the area’s snow-day needs for three decades, and their golf and tennis shops keep the courses and courts looking good. Who gets it Foster a love of the great outdoors with Osprey daypacks or make a ’boarder beatific with Burton equipment. Sturtevant’s, 1100 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-454-6465;

Seattle may not get as dark as Finland in December, but Tuuli’s bright Marimekko-print oven mitts, shaving bags, umbrellas, and fabrics bring bursts of color to short winter days. Owner Ulla Freeman’s quick smile and rich Finnish accent transport you to Helsinki. Who gets it Moody friends who’re finally admitting they don’t always feel merry and bright. Tuuli, 1407 First Ave, Pike Place Market, 206-223-1112;

Metsker Maps
From plastic blow-up globes to ancient maps of long-gone cities, this Seattle institution has it all. Cruise travel books that focus on green destinations, colorful globes that work as home decor, geographic puzzles, and a selection of flags as diverse as the UN’s. After all, the first step in achieving world peace is becoming familiar with all the pieces of the world. Who gets it Explorers who travel by rail, steamer, or flight of fancy. Metsker Maps, 1511 First Ave, Pike Place Market, 206-623-8747;

Goods for the Planet
Pick up hemp dog toys, patterned reusable shopping bags, and locally made shaving soaps paired with all-natural shaving brushes. For you: a string of LED holiday lights that require one-tenth of the energy of the old kind. How’s this for refreshing: Goods for the Planet will also take stuff off your hands for the holidays; the store recycles computers, TVs, batteries, bulbs, and more. Who gets it Anyone who still believes that it’s not all that easy being green, and fathers who could use a good garage purge. Goods for the Planet, 525 Dexter Ave N, South Lake Union, 206-652-2327;

Watson Kennedy Fine Life
Imagine downtown Bellevue—or Paris—in the ’30s. Ted Watson’s storefront is filled with luxurious printed pajamas, sensually fragrant Votivo candles, retro cocktail shakers, and beguiling, one-of-a-kind vintage objets d’art. The tennis pro–turned–proprietor’s knack for museum-quality display makes his showroom a treat to browse. Who gets it Indulgences like these are well suited to friends who are notoriously tricky to shop for (see also: in-laws). Watson Kennedy Fine Life, 10032 Main St, Bellevue, 425-467-1142;

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Like the hot gallery/watering-hole hybrids all around town, Gather is a nontraditional space that always changes. Owner Jenn Jones is passionate about featuring original ideas, whether they’re on the retail side—dinnerware or handmade jewelry—or the just-looking side. From November 28 through January 4, Jones fills the space with usable art like brilliant blown glasses by local artist Levi Belber. Who gets it Exiles in less interesting cities who miss Seattle’s upscale-earthy aesthetic. Gather, 4863 Rainier Ave S, Columbia City, 206-465-0084;

Village Green Yoga Eco-Boutique
Jean Massimo outfits the shop inside her Issaquah studio with organic jeans and workout gear, om-tastic exercise accessories, and a thoughtful selection of life-affirming tomes. One of Bamboo Dreams’ soft-and-sexy bamboo wrap tops and some booty-hugging yoga pants from Inner Waves Organics update any yogi’s look without harming the planet. Now that’s what we call balance. Who gets it The blissed-out pal whose well-worn Nirvana T-shirt has nothing to do with the band. Village Green Yoga, 317 NW Gilman Blvd, Ste 1, Issaquah, 425-657-0411;

Glenna’s Clothing
Fashion isn’t afraid to fake it. Right now, faux baubles are so in. From J. Crew to Burberry Prorsum, everyone’s doing them, but this beloved Tacoma vintage shop has the “real” deals: nickel, resin, glass, crystal, Lucite, rhinestone, and plastic cuffs, earrings, and necklaces. Who gets it If she wears an H & M dress with YSL heels, she’ll take a shine to costume jewelry. Glenna’s Clothing, 783 Broadway, Tacoma, 253-627-8501

Revival Home and Garden
Now here’s a good-looking store. Sleek gray floors and walls provide a simple, cool background for superglossy, Gothic Revival candlesticks and throw pillows in the grassiest green. An emerald wall in the back nods to the shop’s garden supplies and provides a dramatic backdrop for diggable tools. Who gets it Domino magazine readers and their live-in loves. Revival Home and Garden, 5515 Airport Way S, Georgetown, 206-763-3886; 

Bike Works
Sustainable cycling, Seattle-style: This innovative community-­service org and reworked-bike boutique not only teaches kids about wrenches, tire pumps, and team building, it peddles refurbished bikes back to the community via retail sales. The recycled two-wheelers just might save landfill space and keep cars out of gas stations to boot. Who gets it Kids who have learned the value of hard work, or kids who need to, and kids of all ages who just want to ride. Bike Works, 3709 S Ferdinand St, Columbia City, 206-725-9408;

Click! Design That Fits
If ever a universal gift existed, it’s the one-cup French press pot, available in kitschy-cool colors reminiscent of mom’s Tupperware days, on offer in what feels like John and Frances Smersh’s front room. We’re sure the Smershes actually live somewhere, you know, else, but the cleverly designed and often-local lifestyle items in their West Seattle storefront create an atmosphere of home, sweet home. All the better for imagining the woodsy frames and carved cheese boards in someone else’s. Who gets it Hard-to-shop for brothers will like the unusual wallets and laptop bags; similarly persnickety sisters will love Frances’s colored-concrete and silver jewelry. Click! Design That Fits, 2210 California Ave SW, West Seattle, 206-328-9252;

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