When it comes to stylish gift giving, it never hurts to have a few recommendations, and we have a hot list for you. The foolproof recipe for finding perfect gifts this holiday season is to look for things that you love so much that you hate to part with them. Whether you get your shop on in the bustling downtown area, at a neighborhood shop or on your laptop, there is nothing quite as wonderful as being a good giver. Here are ten top stylish picks for giving gifts that are both personal and beautiful. Happy shopping!
Dahlia Press Letterpress Notecards
You can’t buy good taste, but you can certainly buy tasteful goods. There is nothing more lovely than artfully done letterpress stationery—artistic, personal and a cut above your classic card. Check out Dahlia Press, founded in 2008 by designer Stephanie S. Clarke. Dahlia’s simple, chic stationery sets come in sets of six so you can add on the different designs to your gift package.
What: Dahlia Press Notecards, Set of 6 Letterpress Cards, $16
Where: www.dahliapress.com, Dahlia Press (2917 Fuhrman Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102)
Sina Drops by Faris at RIZOM
Leave it to Seattle jewelry designer Faris to keep the coveted jewelry coming. The Faris Jewelry Sina Drops are original and beautiful, with a keshi pearl dangling from one silver petal and a garnet from the other. (You can also opt for a matching pair instead of the asymmetrical set—but why would you do that?) Faris has many other beautiful pieces that are solid proof our design community is strong.
What: Sina Drops in bronze or silver with garnet and pearls, from $165 to $208.
Where: www.rizom.com, RIZOM (323 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104)
Phone: (206) 420-4556
Chelsea28 Jagger Faux Fur Clutch at Nordstrom
One need not break the bank to go big on style. The faux fur Jagger Clutch by Chelsea28 was introduced to me by my favorite personal stylist at the Nordstrom Flagship, Marianne Hale. (You must follow Marianne and her enviable style on Instagram and go see her at the downtown Nordstrom to get hooked up on the latest and greatest.)
This frame box clutch has a pretty silver strap if you need to be hands-free at your event, and comes in a lovely gray color as well. I am partial to the pink because it is unique and is goes with anything you pair it with, from black sequins to denim.
What: Chelsea28 Jagger Faux Fur Clutch, $59.00
Where: Nordstrom stores and www.nordstrom.com
Hysteria Katja Box Set Socks
Socks have gone from a basic to an outfit-making statement these days. Elegant sheer hosiery and socks with cheeky personality and sparkle are a must have whether you are sporting loafers or a rock star pair of heels. Baby & Company, who always has a unique collection of pieces in their store, carries the coolest sets ever. The Hysteria Katja Box Set Socks are no ordinary foot covering, but a fab way to set yourself apart from the ordinary gift giving crowd.
What: Hysteria Katja Box Set Socks, $30
Where: www.babyandco.us, Baby & Company (1936 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101)
Hawkins New York Louise Vases
Hawkins New York Louise Vases, with their mixed media exterior of brass and enamel, are a giant YES please. Everyone loves flowers, so how about purchasing a set of these chic vases and adding some beautiful seasonal blooms? After the flowers fade, the receiver still has a set of super cool vases to fill up again. Purchase one or mix a set of the three different sizes and colors, then add greens and/or blooms and you have a stunning gift that keeps on giving.
What: Louise Vases by Hawkins New York, small $35, medium $65 and large $95
Pajamas from Salua Atelier Lingerie
How do you do lounge? Salua Atelier Lingerie is a perfect little jewel box of a store in the Madrona neighborhood that has everything, from beautiful Clo Intimo undergarments to classic cotton pajamas and more. The Rayita Stripe Classic Cotton Pajama Set is a modern take on the simple glamour of a really well made sleepwear. I loved the slightly cropped silhouette of the top, the contrast piping and of course, pockets! These are a lovely gift idea, but grab a pair for yourself too…you won’t want to get dressed.
What: Classic Cotton Rayita Striped Pajamas, $121, Salua Atelier
Where: www.saluaatelier.com, Salua Atelier Lingerie (1406 34th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122)
Buki Blanket by Buki
Simple every day luxury is always a good gift. This limited edition blanket is a luxurious way to wrap up, whether you are headed to an outdoor game, the plane or the sofa. The Buki Blanket is built with thermoregulating materials that help maintain ideal body temperature. Elegantly trimmed in blue, red or gray, the blanket is machine washable, lightweight and SO soft.
What: Buki Blanket, $198
Where: www.bukibrand.com or at the brand’s holiday Pop-Up Shop (1826 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101)
Seattle Art Museum Membership
Give the gift of art! Connect someone to the global art community and support the Seattle Art Museum! With a gift membership you can give someone a full year of cultural experiences, talks, films, parties, and extraordinary exhibitions. Even better, if you are a current SAM member you will receive 10 percent off gift membership purchases at the Individual through Patron levels. Purchase three or more gift memberships, and you’ll receive 20 percent off the total. Its a win-win for all!
What: Membership prices vary. Read more and purchase here.
Mia Fioravanti Cowhide Shoulder Bag
The chic minimalist design of local designer Mia Vioravanti’s Cowhide Over The Shoulder Bag is sourced and made here in Seattle and comes in two sizes. Personally, I am partial to the slightly smaller bag, which can be adjusted to a cross body with a stylish wide strap. Both sizes have a cool cowhide front and a smooth leather backs, making them the perfect combination of form and function. If you want to give something a little smaller, go for the fabulous cowhide clutches that Mia has created to either carry out and about or use as as the coolest iPad carrier ever for work.
What: Mia Fioravanti Cowhide Shoulder Bag, $225-$245
Maja Arnold Custom Monogram Jewelry
Let’s get personal: Finding a gift that is personal, meaningful and original can be difficult. The custom monogram necklaces created by designer Maya Arnold molds emotion and personal history into modern monogram jewelry. Arnold creates one-of-a-kind pieces that are representative of whatever message you want to convey. From simple letters uniquely stating words like “love”, “kind”, or “live”, or using personal initials, these pieces bring the monogram jewelry game to a whole new level.
What: Maja Arnold Custom Monogram Necklace, $295 and up