Welp, holiday season is in full force and I have to admit that I’ve fallen behind on my posts! Frantically working to catch up on this Advent calendar so that people can still get things in time… sorry for the delay!
Although many people associate Seattle with Starbucks, there’s a plethora of independent coffee shops and roasters in this town. One of my favorites is Cafe Allegro, which was established in 1975 and is Seattle’s oldest espresso bar. It’s tucked away in an alleyway near the University of Washington, and they make it easy for you to share the gift of good coffee with their coffee subscription program. You can purchase weekly, monthly, or bimonthly packages and have the goods shipped anywhere. I source a lot of beans from Cafe Allegro for client gifts, and they are always a hit!
Ah, the holidays… often an explosive blend of stress and relaxation! Izola’s Festive Family Survival Kit comes with calming bath oil, stress temple rub, ear plugs, and “Forgive & Forget” pillow spray. It’s a funny (and possibly too-real) item to include in stockings, Secret Santa, or office gift exchanges. Pair it with a bottle of booze and you’re set!
Over at The Present Perfect, we love gifting books to kids. So it’s always exciting when we come across an extra-special read. This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World follows one day in the (real!) lives of seven kids from Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia. It’s beautifully illustrated and very interesting—and serves as a reminder that although people can be very different, they can also be so fundamentally similar. A lovely read!
When it comes to clean beauty and safe ingredients, Beautycounter is our go-to source. So many consumer products are full of chemicals known to serious health problems (e.g. asthma, cancer, infertility), and the frightening part is that regulations in this country allow for that. Beautycounter is committed to getting safe products in the hands of everyone and has prohibited the use of over 1,500 harmful (or even questionable) chemicals in their products. This “Best of Beautycounter” starter kit is a great gift idea for anyone who prioritizes his or her health but doesn’t want to compromise on skincare.
Who doesn’t love a good jigsaw puzzle? This gradient puzzle by Areaware is simultaneously beautiful and maddening: when the puzzle image is literally colors fading into each other, even the biggest puzzle aficionados will be left a little stumped. A lovely and unconventional hostess gift for any design-minded folks you’re visiting this holiday!
There are a number of brands that do the embellished scarf necklace, but ROARKE is the O.G. one that kicked off this trend. Their Margot scarf necklace is a stunning combination of sequins, wood, and chiffon, and is the ideal statement piece to dress up jeans and a tee. This gift will be treasured fashionistas of all ages.
If you’re in need of a gift with some serious je ne sais quoi, you are in luck! French Girl Organics makes a variety of stellar beauty products, and this rose lip polish is one of my absolute favorites. It’s the perfect item to treat chapped lips in the winter time, and it smells great. Priced at $18, it’s just right for all those under-$20 Secret Santa exchanges with your co-workers, book club, or extended family. Très bon!
This pewter flask by Best Made Company is small enough to act as a stocking stuffer, but cool enough to be a gift under the tree. Made in England, it’s shaped to fit perfectly in one’s grip and constructed to develop a beautiful patina. The engraved “Stay Sharp” logo sets it apart from the pack and will be treasured for years to come.
To share holiday cheer (and unsolicited—but valid—advice), we at The Present Perfect are doing a countdown to Christmas with a gifting Advent calendar! Check back daily between now and Christmas for an inspired gift suggestion. And without further ado, today’s pick:
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a delightful, inspiring collection of tales about bad-ass women throughout history. With subjects ranging from Cleopatra to Jane Goodall to Coco Chanel, this book is a must-have for the little (and big!) girls on your list. Written in a way that’s suitable for young children (but still interesting to adults), each one-page story is accompanied by beautiful artwork created by female artists from around the globe. It’s a great way to inspire young girls—and boys—to dream big with confidence!