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If you are in Seattle and you are looking for last minute gift ideas, boy do I have a list for you today!

First, I want to tell you about an event that is happening tonight at West Elm Seattle that you won’t want to miss! (Unfortunately, I have to miss it because my son has his winter concert at school tonight – but ah well – busy times!)

West Elm “Holiday Thursdays”:

As part of West Elm’s “Holiday Thursdays” which have been taking place throughout the holiday season, they have a special surprise tonight only happening at the Seattle store!

South Lake Union
2201 Westlake
Seattle, WA 98121

Along with the last minute gift ideas and inspiration that they’ll share, I am so  excited to tell you that they will have Tom Douglas signing his cookbooks in the store! He will be there during the event from 6-8pm – great chance to get the foodie on your list a personalized gift!

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Underwood Stables Holiday Sale & Good Times Event:

Underwood Stables at 4306 Fremont Avenue N (next door to Uneeda Burger) is holding a Holiday Sale & Good Times event this week that starts today.

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Vintage Pop-Up Shop, Thursday-Sunday 12PM-7PM
Craft/Jewelry Sale: Saturday and Sunday, 10AM-7PM

They will have men’s and women’s vintage clothing and accessories from the 1950’s-1970’s mainly. Some earlier women’s pieces 1920’s-1930’s and some women’s 1980’s-early 1990’s.  This includes men’s western suits, cowboy boots, boots, shoes, leather jackets, winter coats, dresses, costume jewelry, luggage, vintage chrome high chair and a few vintage baby/toddler items. And more!


Includes hand-crafted items by local designers, including jewelry by Nikki Jacoby.

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There is also a “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree lot, warm drinks and occasional live music and dancing!

  • Saturday: Santa will be on site for guests to take old-timey photos with him.

Whole Foods Market Gift Ideas:

Denise Breyley, Whole Foods Market’s Local Forager, has the enviable job of traveling the region to visit farmers, ranchers, fishermen and interesting small businesses to find new products to introduce to Whole Foods Market shoppers. Here are some of Denise’s top picks to share with friends and family this season.

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  • For the perfect cheese platter or a great gift for the cheese lover in your life, Mt. Townsend Creamery in Port Townsend (my favorite cheese!), Washington as an exclusive Holiday Cheer Cheese at Whole Foods Market. The cheese is actually washed with fermented apple cider from Finnriver Farm and Cidery, imparting rich grassy flavors and apple notes to the cheese.
  • Firefly Kitchens in Seattle was recently announced as a finalist for a Good Foods Award, making it the third year in a row they’ve either won or been a finalist. This is a great gift to introduce people to something unique and delicious and give them something they don’t expect. Denise’s pick for this year is their Ruby Red Kraut.
  • A perfect gift for the cook in your life is Alaska Pure Sea Salt. The company began in 2000 and spent 10 years perfecting their craft. Whole Foods Market offers their classic and alder smoke flavored salts, both harvested from the Gulf of Alaska.
  • If you really want to kick off the holiday festivities, Finnriver Farm and Cidery offers some amazing ciders that are good on their own or perfect for mixing with champagne. For a special treat, try their Black Currant or Huckleberry cider.

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Scandinavian Specialties:

Scandinavian Specialties is one of my favorite local Seattle stores – ’cause with a first name like “Kristin” you can bet I have some Scandinavian in me 🙂

If you are looking for a great last minute gift idea for your scan loving friends, I highly recommend this fun little shop in Ballard! (6719 – 15th Avenue NW)

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They have such a wonderful selection of gifts.

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With lots of elves!

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I just love these traditional looking heart and pine dishes.Scandinavian Specialties

This glogg set is adorable too. More elves!

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Here’s one for my Christmas list!

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They also carry a full line of Scandinavian Food products imported from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland and boast an incredible array of their very own deli and bakery items perfect for your holiday meal.

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I stocked up when I was there.

I love these Norwegian fortune cookies – Funny, my great-grandparents, who came to this country from Norway, were named Ole and Olena!

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The cafe inside the store has that homey, welcoming, warm Scandinavian feel – just the perfect place to slow down this holiday season and have a lovely cup of tea and a little snack! Yum!