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Plus, six tips for winning Friendsgiving this year.
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🎁 28 Seattle-made must-have gifts, just in time for Shop Small Saturday

Plus, six tips for winning Friendsgiving this year.

By The Evergrey Staff

Welcome to Wednesday, which is really like Friday since we hope you’ll be off work tomorrow. 

We’re also taking a break for the holiday, so you’ll find us back in your inbox on Tuesday. Before we go, there’s one big thing we want to share with you: our 2021 Gift Guide to help you shop local this holiday season! 

No matter how you’re spending your holidays, gift-giving is a tradition that can easily overcome the distance between us and our loved ones. And it’s a great way to support your favorite local makers and small businesses all across the city. 

Read on ahead for our favorite local gift ideas for 2021, and check out our website for a more extensive list, all 28 recommendations, and counting. 🎁

Today’s how-to: Gift like you live here

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A peek into our gift guide, just in time to buy local this weekend. | Tag @the_evergrey or use #theevergrey to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. 🎨 The Evergrey Illustration, Images starting upper left, moving clockwise: Eighth Generation, Dirtie Dog PhotographyArvin Goods and Ayako and Family.

Okay, okay folks. It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The unveiling of our ultimate 2021 Seattle Gift Guide. Are you ready? Truthfully, we can’t wait for you to see it in all its glory. This was definitely a beast of an undertaking, and we’re feeling pretty proud of our selections. But more than that, we’re feeling pretty proud to live in Seattle, making this gift guide reaffirm what we already knew to be true: The Emerald City has everything we could ever need.

*Indicates the business or organization is BIPOC-owned.

🕯 For homebodies who hygge

🍭 For your sweeties with a sweet tooth

  • Chocolates with spice will warm up any heart: Mango Habanero Caramel, Vegan Coconut Ganaches, Dark Chocolate Bananas Fosters, and more. (Hot Chocolat)*
  • Gift somebody a variety of these brittles (yum, habanero peanut brittle), and you won’t need to worry about what to give next year. It’ll be on their list. (Lanier’s Fine Candies)*
  • This woman-led and family-owned jam company makes some killer plum jam (and cocktail syrups). Pick up a can or a trio of their offerings as a sweet gift. (Ayako & Family)*

🧶 For the wee ones and teen ones

💪 For those who like to break a sweat 

🏞 For those who want the best of the West(ern Washington)

🖼 For the ones who require something unique

  • Know what’s better than self-portraits? Portraits of your pups (cats and horses, too!). (Dirtie Dog Photography)
  • Snag a pendulum clock of a camper for that great outdoors person so they can come back and dream of going again warning: cute and campy! (Modern Moose)*
  • Gift a record player and some vintage vinyl – or some really snazzy furniture. (J Willard)*

There’s more where that came from. Head to our website for the full, extended version. And if you think we missed a must-shop store in any of the above categories, reply to this email and let us know. Don’t forget to share this with your friends so they can shop local too! 

Thanks to writer and Evergrey reader Hannah Myrick for scouring the city to find such amazing local items, and to Sarah Fox for the assist. 🎁

"Thanks to our sponsor, Civic Commons, for making the 2021 Evergrey Gift Guide happen. Learn how to engage with your community all year long by connecting with the local org that's driving big change in the Emerald City, from Shoreline to Sea-Tac."

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Did you find a gift for someone on your list in our 2021 holiday gift guide? We’re big supporters of shopping local here at The Evergrey, and we’re jazzed to offer you ideas that will not only satisfy your loved one but will also support the local economy.

If you want in on more curated guides, please become a supporting member today.

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Today

🥂 Dress up your Thanksgiving with Bourbon Pomegranate Sparkling Punch from The BottleNeck Lounge (Central District)

Tomorrow

👟 Walk, jog, or run the Virtual Turkey Trot 5k, with all proceeds benefiting the Ballard Food Bank (Online )

Friday

🎁 Join us the weekend, 10 am - 5 pm daily, at the Duwamish Longhouse for our free Native Art Market and Holiday Gift Fair Friday thru Sunday (West Seattle )

Sunday

🎁 Eat oysters, drink wine, and buy holiday gifts from local artisans at The Local 104 Holiday Market Sundays thru Dec. 19 (Lake Forest Park )

🎶 Enjoy live music from talented local musicians each Sunday in Westlake Park between Thanksgiving and Christmas. First Up: Warren Dunes @ Noon and Dickens Carolers @ 1:15 p.m.(Downtown )

Monday

💄 Don't miss the Drag Queen Christmas for a magical night of fun with holiday classics and shenanigans (Downtown)

Tuesday

💬 Ask a recruiter and demystify the job search at this Social Impact Recruiter Panel(Online)

One more thing … 

If you’re one of many Seattlites looking forward to this year’s Friendsgiving, you’re going to want to bookmark these six tips from Seattle Met for making the most of your time together, whether you’re starting new traditions or keeping old ones alive.

Alright, there’s not much else we have to say, except we hope you have a wonderful rest of your week. We’re all excited to spend time with loved ones we haven’t seen in way too long and stuff our bellies and maybe you are too. But no matter your plans for the rest of your week, we hope you get some rest, eat good food, and spend quality time with your loved ones. 

Stay safe, enjoy the long weekend, and we’ll see you next week.

— The Evergrey Staff

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