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Lesley Haenny is the Seattle Editor for Miss A. She is an Air Force wife now living in the Seattle area. Prior to living in Seattle, Lesley spent 7 years in Washington, DC, working as a Congressional liaison. She grew up in a small, mountain town in Southern California, sandwiched between an older sister and a younger brother. Her two hard working parents taught her to always go for the clearance rack, bring your lunch everyday, work hard for what you have, and always take the opportunity to travel and play outside. Lesley has been actively involved in various charities such as the Animal Resource Foundation, Komen For the Cure, Prevent Cancer Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the Race for Hope (benefitting the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure).

Charitable And Stylish Holiday Gifts 2012: Seattle

December 25 is only a few short weeks away. If you refused to wake up early and face the crowds on Black Friday and you wanted to prove to your boss that not everyone shops online on Cyber Monday, let Miss A Seattle help you pick the perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones.

A miniature terrarium for the holiday tree. (Photo Credit: The Arboretum Foundation)

Learn how to make a holiday centerpiece, with Debra Prinzing. (Photo Credit: Arboretum Foundation)

Arboretum Foundation
For those in your life with a green thumb, head over to the Graham Visitors Center at Washington Park Arboretum December 7-8 for The Arboretum Foundation’s annual Gifts and Greens Galore. Choose from a wide selection of botanical holiday decorations, such as high-quality wreaths and unique fresh-cut greens donated to the event by area gardeners. The two-day sale will also feature numerous DIY demonstrations and craft activities. Gifts available for purchase include honey from Puget Sound Beekeepers, Arboretum Blend coffee from Zoka Coffee Roasters, and jewelry and botanical ornaments by Michael Michaud. Proceeds benefit the Foundation, a non-profit membership organization that raises funds, advocates, and manages membership and volunteer programs for the Arboretum. More information of the Gifts and Greens Galore can be found here.

WHERE:
Graham Visitors Center at Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Drive E
Seattle, WA 98112
Ph. 206-543-8800

PRICE: Prices for products will vary.

Bacon Crack (Photo Credit: Cupcake Royale)

Cupcake Royale
For the person in your life that likes things a little porky, consider Bacon Crack from Seattle-based Cupcake Royale! Bacon Crack is bacon brittle, made with organic bacon from Zoe’s Meats! Housed in a weck jar for $9.50, Bacon Crack is the perfect stocking stuffer for those that want to add something sweet and savory to their snack life. Bacon Crack can be found here.

WHERE:
You can find Bacon Crack at all the Cupcake Royale Seattle locations!

Capitol Hill
1111 East Pike Street
Seattle, Wa 98122
Ph. 206-883-7656

Ballard
2052 NW Market Street
Seattle, Wa 98107
Ph. 206-883-7656

Madrona
1101 34th Avenue
Seattle, Wa 98122
Ph. 206-883-7656

Pine
108 Pine Street
Seattle, Wa 98101
Ph. 206-883-7656

West Seattle
4556 California Avenue SW
Seattle, Wa 98116
Ph. 206-883-7656

Bellevue
21 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Ph. 206-883-7656

PRICE: Each jar of Bacon Crack is only $9.50.

CHARITY: Cupcake Royale does not support one charity or a few. Instead, they are very generous and practice random acts of cupcakes by donating 50,000 cupcakes and scoops of ice cream each year! Cupcake Royale is even donating 500 Rainbow-baby cupcakes to the December 9 marriage event at Seattle City Hall!

Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery (Photo Credit: Hot Cakes)

Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery
If heaven was found in a mason jar, Hot Cakes Take n Bake Molten Chocolate Cake would be it. The Take n Bake is the perfect, organic and delicious gift, ready-to-serve, with packaging and all. Four ounces of dark chocolate, heaven-in-a-mason jar is only $8. Hot Cakes also sells organic salted caramel sauce, smoked chocolate chips, chocolate covered hazelnuts, chocolate covered espresso beans, and much more. On December 15, Hot Cakes owner, Autumn Martin, will be introducing, “Bling Bling,” her take on the Hostess Ding Dong (rest in peace). Bling Blings will be wrapped in gold foil and are made with Hot Cakes’ dark chocolate cake, filled with chocolate butter-cream and hand-coated in chocolate—and made with love in the Ballard dessert shop. Hot Cakes can be found here.

WHERE:
Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery
5427 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Ph. 206-420-3431

PRICE:
Each jar of the Take n Bake Molten Chocolate Cake is only $8.00.

CHARITY: Hot Cakes/Autumn Martin participates in Food Lust, an annual on-farm gala dinner benefiting Cascade Harvest Coalition. Autumn also participates in “An Incredible Feast” which benefits the Seattle Farmers Market Alliance.

Harman London candle all wrapped up and ready for giving! (Photo Credit: Harman London)

Harman London
Harman London offers candles and diffusers already packaged together so as you will not even have to wrap them yourself! Harman London is a Washington-based company that specializes in making your space smell delightful. The 7.5 ounce candles, at $21.99 each, are hand-poured in Harman London’s own studios, using lead-free wicks, and will burn for 50 to 60 hours. The 7 fluid ounce alcohol-free diffusers, at $32.99 each, will lightly fragrance any room for 8-10 months. Both products are beautifully packaged and can be used as stocking stuffers. Harman London products can be found here.

Harman London Diffusers (Photo Credit: Harman London)

WHERE: Harman London products are currently only sold online.

PRICE: Harman London 7.5 ounce candles are $21.99 each. The diffusers are $32.99 each.

Tiffany 1837™ RUBEDO Interlocking Circles Necklace (Photo Credit: Tiffany & Co.)

Villa Paloma Palm Bead Bracelet (Photo Credit: Tiffany & Co.)

Tiffany & Co.
With three locations throughout the Seattle area, Tiffany & Co. offers gorgeous pieces for those with an exquisite taste. To commemorate its 175th anniversary, Tiffany & Co. has created a brand new jeweler’s metal, which they call RUBEDO. The special blend is now a permanent addition to the brand’s popular Tiffany 1837 collection and all RUBEDO pieces will be engraved with the founder’s signature as part of a limited edition – only in 2012 (and 2012 ends very soon)! The RUBEDO collection is available in the Seattle area stores for any wallet with prices ranging from $250 to $8,000. The Tiffany 1837 RUBEDO collection can be found here. Tiffany & Co. has also launched a new collection from Paloma Picasso. The Villa Paloma collection includes the delicate and whimsical flower pendant in sterling silver at $250 all the way to 18k gold palm bangle encrusted with gorgeous diamonds at $10,000. The Villa Paloma collection can be found here.

WHERE:
Tiffany & Co

Seattle – Pacific Place
600 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Ph. 206-264-1400

Seattle – University Village
4618 26th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Ph. 206-522-1000

Bellevue Square
105 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004
Ph. 425-451-8844

PRICE: RUBEDO and Villa Paloma jewelry ranges from $250 – $10,000.

CHARITY: Each Tiffany & Co. store in Seattle donates throughout the year to a variety of charities, events and auctions. The Tiffany Foundation focuses on bigger global projects.

K2 First Lite Snowboard + Charm Bindings – Women’s 2013 (Photo Credit: evo)

Marmot Sling Shot Jacket – Women’s (Photo Credit: evo)

evo
Seattle’s leading supplier of all things action sports and street wear, evo, opened its newly relocated store in the Fremont Collective Building in early November. For those in your life that love to hit the slopes at places like Crystal Mountain or Stevens Pass, evo has everything you need to make their Christmas special, even discount lift tickets. You will be able to find ski and snowboard packages for under $1,000 (including my personal favorite brand, Burton), and so much more. If it’s clothing you need, evo offers a full range of men and women’s winter and causal clothing, including all the popular brands. Evo can be found here.

WHERE:
evo

3500 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
Ph. 206-973-4470

PRICE:
Ski and snowboard packages can be purchased for under $1,000.
Women’s jackets range from $58 to $699.
Women’s casual clothing ranges from $19.90 to $279.

CHARITY: evo works with extensively with The Service Board (tSB), Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Puget Sound and Skate for Change, organizations that help at-risk youth.

Lindsey Thornburg Raven Trench Cloak (Photo Credit: Pendleton Woolen Mills)

Allie Boots (Photo Credit: Pendleton Woolen Mills)

Pendleton Woolen Mills
Based in the Pacific Northwest, Pendleton Woolen Mills, with a store located in downtown Seattle, is the answer to your winter clothing needs. Pendleton features the Lindsey Thornburg trench cloak collection. At $1,430, designer Lindsey Thornburg transforms blankets into high style capes. Each cloak has a wide sweep, water-resistant lining, over-sized hood and bell sleeves that allow layering over a sweater. Pendleton also offers a wide array of boots for all those soggy Seattle days. With the equestrian look being hot this season, Pendleton offers tall equestrian street boots for $530 and the colorfully adorned Allie boots for $398. Pendleton can be found here.

WHERE:
Pendleton Woolen Mills

Seattle Location
1313 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Ph. 206-682-4430

PRICE:
Lindsey Thornburg Trench Coats are $1,430.
Pendleton Woolen Mills boots range from $150 to $550.

Share of a Deep Well Water for $390 (Photo Credit: World Concern)

The 44-Cent Cure for $44 (Photo Credit: World Concern)

World Concern Global Gift Guide
If you want to go outside of the box this year for Christmas, consider supporting the Seattle-based World Concern. Help make a life-changing impact with a gift of food, education or health in high-risk and disaster-stricken areas such as Somalia, Kenya and Haiti. A gift can be selected by an individual or to represent loved ones. Then a card will be sent with information about the gift and its lasting impact. Gifts range in price and options include sponsoring a year of education for a child, providing a goat as an economic resource for families, drilling a well to create a source of clean water, stocking a barnyard to create a source of income and nourishment, and investing in a teacher’s salary for a month, which provides a steady source of income for the teacher and the gift of education to the students. World Concern Global Gift Guide can be found here.

WHERE:
World Concern

19303 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
Ph. 206-546-7201

PRICE:
Complete Goat Package: $88
Share of a Deep Well: $390
Educate a Child: $50
Emergency Food: $90
The 44 Cent Cure: $44
Disaster Lifeline: $75

Bliss Wrap (Photo Credit: Icebreaker)

Kenai Long Sleeve Zip (Photo Credit: Icebreaker)

Icebreaker
Icebreaker, the pioneer of merino wool apparel for men and women, just opened a new “TouchLab” retail store in downtown Seattle in November. The 1,500 square foot Lab is located at 5th Avenue and Pike Street, only a few short blocks from Pike Place Market. For those who climb Mt. Rainier to those who want to stay warm and cozy indoors, the sustainable and natural merino wool regulates body temperature in all climates, is highly breathable to prevent the clamminess associated with synthetics, and protects wearers from the sun’s harmful rays. Each item even comes with a “baa-code” that allows consumers to trace their purchases back to the New Zealand sheep farm the wool came from! For $140, the Bliss Wrap from the Journeys travel collection is made from the lightest weight of pure merino and is a versatile layer for all seasons. It can be worn three ways, so there’s a look for every occasion. For $300, the Kenai Zip from the Pure Plus collection is a merino-insulated soft shell jacket designed for the outdoors but so versatile you’ll want to wear it everywhere. With a cozy brushed merino layer next to the skin, a windproof middle layer and a water-resistant outer layer, the Kenai Zip is highly breathable yet warm and resistant to wind and rain. The hood and cuffs are shaped for extra warmth, and an interior storm flap blocks gusts.

WHERE:
Icebreaker Seattle TouchLab
1429 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Ph. 206-436-8205

PRICE:
Kenai Zip from the Pure Plus collection: $300
Bliss Wrap from the Travel collection: $140

CHARITY: For all Icebreaker items sold at Outdoor Retailer, Icebreaker donates 100 percent of the money generated to associations, such as The Conservation Alliance, as well as gear for their volunteers. The Conservation Alliance partners with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values.

Kari Gran Lip Whip (Photo Credit: Kari Gran)

Kari Gran Travel Set (Photo Credit: Kari Gran)

Kari Gran
Even though Seattle winters aren’t exactly dry, constantly being exposed to heaters all winter long can dry out skin. One of the best gifts of indulgence you can give this Christmas is the gift of Kari Gran. Locally owned, Kari Gran offers a full line of skin care, lip treatments, makeup and brushes for the woman who wants to look beautiful with top quality products. Fantastic stocking stuffers include the peppermint naked or tinted lip whip for $15 or for $35, the travel size, two week supply of the Kari Gran essential serum, lavender hydrating tonic and cleansing oil (all in TSA regulated sizes, perfect to give to someone who is flying into Seattle to visit you for the holidays!). Kari Gran is offering free gift wrap and shipping through December 31.

WHERE:
Kari Gran skin care is available online as well as by appointment in Seattle by calling 206-257-1226.

PRICE:
Naked or tinted lip whip: $15
Travel size essential serum: $35

CHARITY: Kari Gran is giving generously as the founding supporters to a new charity called WonderWork—Miracle Surgeries for poor children. WonderWork provides free surgeries for children in underdeveloped nations by empowering local surgeons, setting standards for safety and quality and helping children when no one else will.

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