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The 2020 Eater Seattle Gift Guide

It’s been a long, difficult year, but the holidays are now upon us, and sending thoughtful gifts to loved ones should make the winter days a little brighter. Here, Eater Seattle has curated a selection of items that have local connections, with many available for nationwide shipping. From packaged curries and African coffee roasts to hot sauce subscriptions and sake flights, there should be something for everyone on your list, purchased without having to leave the couch.

A collection of gifts, including tea, pies, and a bouquet of flowers
Frelard Tamales offers packages with goods from its shop and other businesses.
Courtesy of Frelard Tamales

Frelard Tamales Gift Set

Throughout the pandemic, the farmers market staple-turned-restaurant Frelard Tamales has been proactive in supporting the community, giving free food for those in need and partnering with local businesses. Its holiday collaboration features soaps, candles, tamales (of course), a selection of pies from Baked from the Hart, and teas from geek favorite Friday Afternoon, along with a special surprise in each package.

Buy: Frelard Tamales ($174.50)

A transparent bottle of Rainier gin with the brand’s iconic “R” logo on the front with a sprig of juniper and a light blue background
Rainier’s new gin line launched this fall.
Infamous PR

Rainier Mountain Fresh Gin

A Pacific Northwest beer icon has gotten into the hard stuff. Earlier this fall, Rainier announced its own “mountain fresh” gin line, infused with huckleberry, juniper, and spruce flavors. And for those who are into the retro beer-to-liquor shift, Olympia started distilling vodka in Tumwater, Washington, using the same artesian well water that once made its brand so famous. Both are available in stores around the region.

Buy: Drizly ($33.99)

The cover of Milk, Spice, and Curry Leaves by Ruwanmali Samarakoon-Amunugama
Ruwanmali Samarakoon-Amunugama’s cookbook came out in October.
TouchWood Editions

Milk, Spice, and Curry Leaves

“There is an art to Sri Lankan cooking,” Mercer Island resident Ruwanmali Samarakoon-Amunugama writes in her new cookbook, which includes many wonderful dishes she learned from her family and travels to the island country. From coconut roti to bitter gourd salad to beetroot curry, the artful recipes should delight all enterprising home cooks looking for fresh projects to get them through the winter. And shoppers should continue to peruse virtually at local cookbook specialist Book Larder for more great titles.

Buy: Book Larder ($30)

A holiday-themed dessert spread, with Theo chocolate, caramels, and other packaged goods; pine cones, gingerbread and Christmas ornaments arranged as decor
Pike Place’s Savor Seattle has collected treats from local businesses for its gift boxes.
Savor Seattle

Savor Seattle’s Sweet Treats Box

Pike Place culinary tour company Savor Seattle has a holiday dessert box available, featuring treats such as cinnamon orange and nutcracker brittle bars from Theo Chocolate, Fluer de Sel caramels from Jonboy, vanilla bean popcorn from Toffee O!, and milk chocolate honey pecans from Chukar Cherries. It’s a good crowd-pleaser for out-of-town loved ones who may not be able to visit for a while.

Buy: Savor Seattle ($79.99)

A white tote with a flower on the front and the word “Salamat” in large lettering, “Magandang araw” in smaller lettering below
Hood Famous Cafe and Bar’s merch shop has some items for nationwide shipping.
Hood Famous

Tote from Hood Famous Cafe and Bar

The International District’s popular Filipinx cafe has some cool merch in its online store, including this lightweight 14-inch cotton tote with the Tagalog word for “Thank you” emblazoned on the front. Those who want to add some stocking stuffers can choose from coffee cups, sticker sheets, enamel “Did you eat yet?” pins, and bags of medium-bodied Philippines Kalsada blend coffee roasted by Fulcrum.

Buy: Hood Famous ($25)

A bread in the shape of a star on a cooling rack
The Pantry has been a cooking class destination for years, but switched to online instruction in 2020.
The Pantry

Cooking Classes at The Pantry

The wildly popular Ballard culinary teaching space has gone online with its cooking classes, which means anyone can have access from all over the country. Some of the December options feature instructions on latkes, Afghani dumplings, British bar food, and holiday cookies for kids (a January lineup should be announced in early December). The cost is per screen, so a whole household can join if one is gifting to a family, and there are ingredient kits available as add-ons. Classes fill up quickly, so best to jump on them now.

Buy: The Pantry ($75 and up)

A selection of wrapped salami in a box with a bright yellow cover that says “Coro” off to the side
Coro is an offshoot brand of iconic deli Salumi.
Coro by Salumi

Coro Salami

Famed Seattle deli Salumi underwent an ownership change and overhaul in recent years, and now has a line of packaged cured salami under its Coro brand. The flavors range from lemongrass to cracked black pepper with fennel and curry to an enticing blend of cardamom, orange peel, and red chili flakes, all great for light snacking or putting together one’s own charcuterie board at home. The meats come in a colorful package, and are available with three-day shipping.

Buy: Coro ($50)

A green t-shirt that says “Phocific Northwest” against a black background
Phocific Northwest is a brand adjacent to Pho Bac Sup Shop.
Drag and Drop

Phocific Northwest Tee

International District design shop Drag and Drop is selling cotton t-shirts for pho lovers in forest green, army green, black, and orange. The logos and tees were part of a branding project for neighborhood client Pho Bac Sup Shop — fans may recognize the same lettering on takeout containers and a neon sign inside the restaurant.

Buy: Drag and Drop Shop ($25)

Two rows of cornbread in cast iron pans
JuneBaby’s cornbread is among the restaurant’s more popular sides.

JuneBaby’s Cornbread Mix

Made with Oregon red flint cornmeal, award-winning chef Edouardo Jordan’s cornbread makes a delightful dish for any occasion. And this kit comes with all the ingredients needed to bake it at home, including local-sourced wheat, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk powder. The mix comes in either a pint or quart, and the easy-to-follow cooking instructions are online.

Buy: JuneBaby ($10)

A fridge displaying bottles of sake, with a bottle and shot glass in the foreground
Kamonegi’s next-door bar serves a wide variety of junmai and other sake variations.

Hannyatou Sake Flights

Chef Mutsuko Soma’s Fremont bar, located next to her Japanese soba restaurant Kamonegi, is a sake wonderland. All the bottles are carefully curated, and the staff are happy to help customers sort through them all. But there’s also the option to purchase a sake flight as a gift, which includes three mini bottles for two people: the delicate “Drunken Whale” junmai from Suigei, Joto’s fruity and floral “Blue One” junmai nigori, and the complex notes of Kokuryu’s “Black Dragon.”

Buy: Hannyatou ($26)

Two bags of Boona Boona Coffee
Boona Boona is a Black-owned coffee roaster in Kent and supplies other area cafes.
Boona Boona

Boon Boona Coffee

This Renton-based roaster highlights beans from farms in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, and other African nations, with a focus on supporting woman-owned growers. Monthly subscriptions are available, featuring excellent options such as Owemba from Western Uganda, a medium-bodied roast with dark chocolate and dried fruit flavors.

Buy: Boon Boona ($34 for monthly subscription)

A selection of curries from Mark Thai Food Box in sealed plastic bags
Mark Thai Food Box has created meal kits and other cook-at-home offerings during the pandemic.
Mark Thai Food Box

Mark Thai Food Box Curry Sampler

Mark Pinkaow (chef-owner of Wann Yen and Thai Curry Simple) has a retail operation selling grab-and-go items, plus some precooked sauces. One particularly versatile gift package features six curries (red, green, panang, khao soi, kru kling, and massaman), with a wide range of spice levels. Each package can feed a family of four, takes only 8-10 minutes to cook, and are vegan and gluten free.

Buy: Mark Thai Food Box ($25)

A gray hoodie with the Deep Sea Sugar and Salt logo and “Eat Cake: Georgetown, WA” written below
Deep Sea Sugar and Salt is a cake specialist in Georgetown.
Deep Sea Sugar and Salt

Deep Sea Sugar and Salt Hoodie

Georgetown’s dessert destination is known for its decadent cakes, but it’s got some style in addition to substance, too. On the merch side, there’s a cozy pullover hoodie with the shop’s logo on the back, evoking geometric modern art vibes and a motto to live by. There are also convenient thumbholes and a spot for headphone cords.

Buy: Deep Sea Sugar and Salt ($45)

Four bottled hot sauces side-by-side with the Addo logo on the front of each on yellow labels
Addo has bottled its hot sauces, and offers a selection of other pantry items.
Eric Rivera

Addo Hot Sauce

There are plenty of cool pantry items to choose from at chef Eric Rivera’s hybrid restaurant, larder, and culinary lab in Ballard. While his collection of spices are perennial favorites, there are also a handful of sought-after hot sauces, including one called Pearl Jam, made with smoked habanero, pickled garlic, distilled vinegar, sazón, and pear jam that has some serious kick, with sweet and sour notes as well. Subscriptions are available, which features three other sauces: a plum fresno chili, pear miso, and apple jam.

Buy: Addo ($20 each)

A dozen macarons in a variety of colors, displaying logos, photos, and illustrations on top
Macadons’s treats can be custom-made with personal photos.

Custom Macarons at Macadons

White Center’s small confectionery offers an array of colorful macarons, featuring Asian flavors such as taro and durian, as well as cereal-based ones (Fruity Pebbles). But there’s also an option to customize these treats with festive decorations or, say, the faces of your beloved pet. The shop suggests that requests be placed 1-2 weeks prior to pickup date.

Buy: Macadons ($35 for a dozen)

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