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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 2013: 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.

Winter Wonderland Assortment (Photo Credit: Cupcake Royale)

Winter Wonderland Assortment (Photo Credit: Cupcake Royale)

Cupcake Royale
Cupcake Royale is offering their Winter Wonderland Assortment for the holidays! All of your favorites, Classic, Triple Threat, Chocolate Coconut Bunny, and Plain Jane are all dressed up for the season! Same price as their regular cupcakes, a four pack of the Winter Wonderland Assortment is $14.10 and dozen is $39.90.  Cupcake Royale will satisfy any sweet tooth this season.

WHERE:
You can find the Winter Wonderland Assortment 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

Queen Anne
1935 Queen Anne Ave
Seattle, Wa 98109
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:
Four pack of the Winter Wonderland Assortment is $14.10 and dozen is $39.90.

CHARITY: Not long ago, a mysterious stranger walked into Cupcake Royale’s Ballard bakery and cafe and handed the barista a $100 bill and told them to cover everyone’s cupcake orders until the money ran out. Since that day, Cupcake Royale has encouraged everyone to SHARE LOVE and participate in Random Acts of Cupcakes (buy one, give one), envisioning a happy planet filled with the gift of a cupcake for someone who does something good. Cupcake Royale practices Random Acts of Cupcakes by donating 50,000 cupcakes and scoops of their delicious ice cream each year.

Burton Feather Snowboard - Women's 2014. Price: $349.95 (Photo Credit: evo)

Burton Feather Snowboard – Women’s 2014. Price: $349.95 (Photo Credit: evo)

evo
Seattle’s leading supplier of all things action sports and street wear, evo has the perfect gifts 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, 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 also carries a gift that gives back, TOMS Shoes. TOMS is guided by one simple mission, with every product that is purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. With so many styles to choose from, TOMS is a gift you can feel good about giving.

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.
TOMS Shoes range from $54 to $115.

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.

Alzheimer's Jewelry Collection, Charity Piece, Sterling & Cubic Zirconium's necklace (Photo Credit: Fur Babies Gallery)

Alzheimer’s Jewelry Collection, Charity Piece, Sterling & Cubic Zirconium’s necklace (Photo Credit: Fur Babies Gallery)

Fur  Babies
Yakima, Wash. based Debbie Hunter, has been creating beautiful jewelry pieces for over 25 years. She owned her own bead shop and taught classes for over 9 years. The week after her husband of 28 years, Chris Hunter, turned 46 years old, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. At the time of his diagnosis, Chris and Debbie had 2 kids in college, and one who was a freshman in High School. The diagnosis at such an early age was not something the family was prepared for. Chris declined at a very fast rate and within two years he had forgotten his children, his wife, and his home. At the age of 48 the family had to make the extremely hard decision to place Chris in a Full Care Facility that specializes in advanced Alzheimer’s care. Chris is now living his own worst nightmare. He can no longer walk, talk, feed himself, use a bathroom, or recognize his own family. The family has since pulled together to focus on a fight for a cure and help bring awareness about this disease. To help raise money and awareness, Debbie decided to create jewelry pieces that benefited the Alzheimer’s Association. These pieces will be a perfect gift for the holidays and you can feel good knowing that 100% of the proceeds go to a very worthy cause that helps real families. Quilted purple ornaments emblazoned with the word “HOPE” are available for $16. For $40, you can purchase a sterling and copper Chaos Pendant. An exquisitely made sterling and Cubic Zirconium’s necklace is available for $230.

WHERE:
All items can be purchased on Etsy.com here and here.

PRICE:
Prices range from $15 to $230.

Crocheted Dentelle Necklace is available for $198. (Photo Credit: JJ Caprice)

Crocheted Dentelle Necklace is available for $198. (Photo Credit: JJ Caprice)

JJ Caprices
Jennifer Jedda created JJ Caprices to showcase extraordinary creations that she has discovered during her many travels around the globe. She chooses each piece with the hopes that it will enchant and inspire. Her website includes the tales about the artists, the countries, or how she may have stumbled upon an object in a Bhutanese or Parisian market, giving each item a heartbeat and share the uniqueness of the place it comes from and its creator. Her collection will be a one of a kind gift for the holidays! For $32, designed in France, screen printed in India and hand rolled edges, the Silk Market Organization of India approved 100% pink silk scarf combines the talent and skill of Jennifer’s favorite countries. For $158, an intricately designed red crochet and flower bracelet from Paris combines Swarovski crystal, glass, cotton and sterling silver to create a delicate crocheted dentelle wrap for the wrist. For $245, the Desert Secrets Necklace by AMARO was made in Jerusalem and will add a sense of magic and mystery to any outfit. JJ Caprices collection can be found here.

WHERE:
The JJ Caprice collection can be purchased online here.

PRICE:
Pink Silk Scarf: $32
Red Crochet and Flower Bracelet: $158
Desert Secrets Necklace by AMARO: $245

CHARITY:
Jennifer donates a portion of every sale to World Vision to sponsor girls in developing countries.

The Flight Carton is available for $19. (Photo Credit: KuKuRuZa)

The Flight Carton is available for $19. (Photo Credit: KuKuRuZa)

KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn
Owned and operated by a local Seattle family, KuKuRuZa has a simple goal: to be the world’s best gourmet popcorn company by providing our customers with the most delicious and unique gourmet popcorn varieties. KuKuRuZa has a delicious gift option for the holidays, the Flight Carton. For only $19 and with over 20 flavors to choose from—all meticulously crafted in small batches and using the finest ingredients available, the Flight Carton is a great way to discover many tantalizing flavors. Choose seven (approximately 1.5 cup) portions from their range of satisfying old-fashioned recipes and artisan-crafted specialty flavors.

WHERE:
KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn
Downtown Seattle
215 Pike Street (Pike and Third)
Seattle, WA 98101
Ph. 206-623-3314

Ballard
2211 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Ph. 206-706-3040

Bellevue Square
2033 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004
Ph. 425-451-8084

PRICE:
The Flight Carton is available for $19.

CHARITY:
In the past year, KuKuRuZa has donated more than $2,000 worth of product to charitable causes from supporting the Pike Place Market to helping local schools and events. KuKuRuZa has even sent their popcorn to troops stationed in Afghanistan to raise morale for their units.

Rectangle Popover (Photo Credit: Paychi Guh)

Rectangle Popover (Photo Credit: Paychi Guh)

Paychi Guh
Paychi Karen Guh is a Seattle-based knitwear designer who is passionate about knitwear and cashmere. The Paychi Guh collection is her exploration of architecture and modern art, expressed through knitted textiles and sweater shape, all made in 100% luxurious cashmere yarn for today’s woman. Paychi Guh only uses the super fine worsted cashmere yarn to create each piece that a woman can wear most days in a year. The gift of cashmere is perfect for the holiday season. Every woman must have a scarf in her wardrobe, and a cashmere scarf will keep her warm and add style to any outfit. Paychi Guh offers the Everyday Scarf in a choice of different colors for $215. The Everyday Tunic, available for $350, is simple yet elegant. The sweater is soft to the touch and will keep any woman cozy during the long winter months in the Pacific Northwest. For $495, the Rectangle Popover is made from 100% Fine Worsted Mongolian Cashmere. The popover can be worn several different ways for both a sexy or a sophisticated look. You can find all of Paychi Guh’s styles here.

WHERE:
Paychi Guh’s looks can be purchased online here.

PRICE:
Pieces range from $290 to $495.

CHARITY:
Paychi Guh is donating a percentage of the proceeds from every sale to the United Way in support of the 10-year plan to end homelessness in King County. You can find more information about the Committee to End Homelessness here.

Extreme Dark Truffle Bar (Photo Credit: Seattle Chocolates)

Extreme Dark Truffle Bar (Photo Credit: Seattle Chocolates)

Seattle Chocolate Company
Seattle Chocolate Company is different than most chocolate brands out there; the female-owned and operated company aims to bring sweets to women in a whole new way – with a woman’s perspective and understanding. Seattle Chocolates’ Extreme Dark Truffle Bar celebrates women’s health with 100-percent of net profits donated toward the fight against breast cancer while providing all-natural ingredients with a smooth meltaway center. Pure, intense dark chocolate; good for the heart, mind, body and soul. With flavorful ingredients and kosher certified, Seattle Chocolates is proud to offer something for everyone.

WHERE:
Seattle Chocolate Company
1180 Andover Park West
Seattle, WA 98188
Ph. 877-427-7915

PRICE:
2.5 ounces of the Extreme Dark Truffle Bar is $3.50.

Annual Reindeer Festival (Photo Credit: Swansons Nursery)

Annual Reindeer Festival (Photo Credit: Swansons Nursery)

Swansons Nursery
Beautiful plants make the perfect gift for the person in your life that has a green thumb. Swansons Nursery is a five-acre nursery located in Seattle’s Crown Hill neighborhood, just north of Ballard. They promote organic, sustainable gardening and are dedicated to growing the smartest, hippest, healthiest gardeners in the Pacific Northwest. Swansons regularly offers free classes and seminars, and their personable staff members freely share their wealth of gardening knowledge and experience. While shopping for perennials, trees, and herbs, Swansons also offers a wonderful holiday event, perfect for the whole family – the Annual Reindeer Festival! This year, two of Santa’s live reindeer, Dasher and Blitzen, will be at Swansons every day from November 9th until Christmas Eve. Little ones can also have their photos taken with Jingle, the most photogenic reindeer in the Pacific Northwest! Another special visitor will be at Swansons for the holidays,  Curley the Camel joins Dasher and Blitzen daily for some entertaining holiday hi-jinks.

WHEN:
Annual Reindeer Festival will be held November 9 – December 23
Reindeer Feeding Times: 10 – 4 p.m.
Reindeer Photo Opportunities: November 9 – 10, November 30 – December 1 from 10 – 2 p.m.

WHERE:
Swansons Nursery
9701 15th Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98117
Ph. 206-782-2543

PRICE:
Plant prices vary. Donations are accepted at the Annual Reindeer Festival.

CHARITY:
The donation money received from the Holiday reindeer and camel button’s at Christmas-time will go to Northwest Harvest and the Seattle Humane Society. Throughout the year Swansons offer events that support many different charities including Childhaven and the Ballard Kiwanis. Their “Ladies Night Out” event in September benefited Teen Feed and the “Incredible Feast” which was hosted by Swansons in early October raised money for the “Good Farmers Fund” via the Seattle Neighborhood Farmer’s Market association.

Ziegfeld tassel earrings of freshwater pearls in sterling silver $1,000 (Photo Credit: Tiffany & Co.)

Tiffany & Co. Ziegfeld tassel earrings of freshwater pearls in sterling silver
$1,000 (Photo Credit: Tiffany & Co.)

Tiffany & Co.
With three locations throughout the Seattle area, Tiffany & Co. offers gorgeous pieces for those with an exquisite taste, packaged in the unforgettable Tiffany Blue boxes, which are perfect for the holidays. Each piece makes its own statement by being both bold and clean-cut, with a price that can fit almost every wallet size. The beautiful Ziegfeld tassel earrings of freshwater pearls in sterling silver are available for $1,000. The new Atlas bangles in 18 karat gold are available in rose gold, rose gold with diamonds, yellow gold, and white gold with diamonds. Prices range from $5,800 – $9,000. The Tiffany Cobblestone pendant of Montana sapphires and diamonds in platinum is available for $13,000. You can find the holiday themed collections at any of the Seattle area Tiffany & Co. locations.

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:
Ziegfeld tassel earrings of freshwater pearls in sterling silver are available for $1,000.
Atlas bangles in 18 karat gold, in rose gold, rose gold with diamonds, yellow gold, white gold with diamonds ranging from $5,800 – $9,000.
Tiffany Cobblestone pendant of Montana sapphires and diamonds in platinum is available for $13,000.

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

 

Complete Goat Package. (Photo Credit: World Concern)

Complete Goat Package. (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. 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. Gifts from the gift guide support World Concern’s mission to relieve human suffering through disaster response and development programs. World Concern, a branch of CRISTA Ministries, has a presence in 24 countries and employs accomplished staff from the areas in need, allowing World Concern to provide immediate response to a high-risk area when disaster strikes.

WHERE:
World Concern
19303 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
Ph. 206-546-7201

PRICE:
Complete Goat Package: $88
Share of a Deep Well: $300
Educate a Child: $50
Emergency Food: $60
The 44 Cent Cure: $44
Protect a Family: $62

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