Shop Local Gift and Giving Guide 2021
I have had the privilege of working for many small businesses and artists here in Seattle and the surrounding areas. This year added another non-profit to my roster, and other businesses offering gifts. This inspired this year's list with a focus on those who have either easy ways to make a purchase online and ship, or easy ways to make a donation.
Hope you'll find something truly wonderful to share with others!
Woman owned, this small business provides thoughtful hand-selected by real certified sommeliers wines to gift for any occasion. The best part is they have chosen to support Water 1st International an organization working to bring clean water to places where access is a challenge .
I haven't been a big clothes shopper. In fact I was Thrift shopping in Middle and High School before it was cool! I met Marybeth Logsdon through a business network, and what has stood out to me is her enthusiasm to help women feel good in clothes that work for them. The company itself has a foundation and partners supporting a woman starting up her own business in a developing country .
Yes, I am including my own stock image shop here! Since I started the shop last year, there are now over 300 images!
I've decided to donate 10% of all Stock Image Shop Sales to Real Rent Duwamish. Why would a Native member from another tribe support another? Because it aligns with my values, and the legacy of many native people to give back as a standard practice. The shop currently has 312 images and counting.
This is truly an organization that started with a need in the North Delridge neighborhood of West Seattle. This stretch of the greater neighborhood borders the East side of the area, and is considered a food desert. Meaning, it has little to no access to fresh food. The Delridge Co-op began as an effort by just a few neighbors and persisted long enough to open a retail store! You can purchase a gift basket of local foods or even gift a donation for a membership in a loved ones name.
Speaking of food, how about local seafood? This company is located in Anacortes, just northwest of Seattle, and they ship both live and frozen seafood. They source their seafood locally as much as possible, and did I mention they ship?
Author Jill Pagano writes with compassion and honesty about her journey to getting happy with her body! As a fitness instructor for most of her career, she shares what life has shown her and the tools that have helped so many find joy and happiness to love their body. This book is both full of warmth and wisdom.
This non-profit organization serves the end of life community here in Seattle with hands-on service, and reaching others around the country with classes and education. What's that you ask? It's taking care of people at the end of their life with everything from holding space and conversation to explore what you wish your end of life plans are going to be, to the assisting of your journey.
I encourage you to explore and consider a donation in a loved ones memory as a gift.
Cristine is a Reiki Master, and energy worker, her line of sprays are created to help you shift your energy! You can buy her sprays online or in person at the local West Seattle Thriftway. She also offers crystal and Reiki healing.
A local glass shop, Avalon Glassworks is staple in the West Seattle Community for offering beautiful glass blown vases, sculptures and ornaments just to name a few things. Their glass-blown Candy canes are one of my favorites. Yes, they ship!
Candice Rose, owner and corrective exercise specialist at Rosefit, created this series with a heart to make fitness accessible to all. This video series is so affordable!
Pay $1, $30, $60, $90 for a series of classes sent to your inbox in 2-week intervals. The intention is for you to master one set and build on your foundations. Filmed with her children, she shows you how to do the exercises and makes it fun. Give to yourself or to loved ones of all ages!
Using salvaged wood, Andy transforms it into mesmerizing sculptures! These range in sizes from those that hang on your wall to sculptures that grace your space. He has work hanging in local galleries and is a featured artist at Vain here in West Seattle during the Dec. 9th Art Walk 5-10pm. Truly original, unique gift options!