TENDING the TABLE

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

In anticipation of the upcoming holidays, I’ve curated a wonderful gift guide for you. It features elegant, sustainable, locally made goods for everyone on your list.

And, if like me, you’re feeling empowered to give back this holiday season by making donations to important causes, I’ve also put together a list of worthy non-profits to make it easy for you.

These groups work to PRESERVE CIVIL LIBERTIES (ACLU), LITIGATE on behalf of the environment (Earth Justice), combat FOOD WASTE (City Fruit), provide REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH services (Planned Parenthood), promote FREEDOM OF THE PRESS (Pro Publica) and create economic opportunities that benefit COMMUNITIES AND THE PLANET (Eco Trust). I’ve personally donated to all of these groups and feel confident that they are run by passionate, well-informed, forward thinkers. Check out the work they do. If it’s not in your budget to make a donation this year, look into other ways you can get involved.

Wishing you all a joyful holiday full of gratitude and generosity.

  1. The HAND SPUN CAHSMERE SHAWL is part of a new line from Skida, a small company in Vermont, owned by a college friend. They’re known for their colorful hats and neck warmers but I’m loving their new cashmere goods.
  2. The LE CREUSET DUTCH OVEN is a classic and I love the clean look of the matte white.
  3. BEE’S WRAP  is a beeswax coated muslin that does everything plastic wrap can do without the waste. And it’s made in VT!
  4. I’m loving the simple design of this IRIS GUY NECKLACE made by local Pacific Northwest artists.
  5. The MARLOW GOODS WALLET  is made from leather from small farms in upstate NY. I just bought one to replace my old wallet from goodwill and love the feel of the leather and the fact that it fits a passport and my phone.
  6. These UASHMAMA WASHABLE PAPER BAGS are really innovative and great as planters or produce bags.
  7. The SARAH KERSTEN EVERYTHING BOWLS have a simple speckled glaze and are great for everything from soup to salad.
  8. EATING ANIMALS was the book that really changed my mind about eating animal products. It’s a must read for anyone interested in food and how it is produced.
  9. How pretty are these COPPER MEASURING CUPS with wooden handles?
  10. The Trilogy ROSE GERANIUM  AND LAVENDAR MIST smells delicious and is soothing and relaxing.
  11. HERBIVORE’S COCO ROSE BODY POLISH  is a luscious blend of coconut oil, rose, shea butter and clay and is made in the Pacific Northwest.
  12. I’ve been lusting after this FILSON DUFFEL. It’s got plenty of pockets and is just the right size for a short trip.
  13.  SAGITTARIO IMPRUNETA’S BALSAMIC VINEGAR is thick and sweet and so luxurious. It is the best thing ever drizzled over fresh tomatoes and mozarella.
  14. The KAVU SUNDOWNER JACKET is stylish and functional and perfect for winter in Seattle.
  15. These Japanese TAWASHI SCRUB BRUSHES are a great replacement for disposable sponges and look cool too.
  16. These LE PARFAIT JARS are great for storing bulk goods or for gifting homemade holiday treats. I love the classic look of the lids.
  17. MARY OLIVER POEMS always bring me back in touch with nature, humanity and the present.
  18. ANDREA RAMSAY makes beautiful wooden bowls and utensils out of Port Townsend, WA.
  19. Last year we bought four of these MAUVIEL CARBON STEEL PANS and love them. They conduct heat well, are relatively non-stick and are oven safe.
  20. And if you need a few more ideas order some ROSEMARY SEA SALT VEGAN CARAMELS from Lagusta’s Lucious, my favorite WHITE TEA from Stone Leaf Teahouse, Frankie and Joe’s PLANT BASED ICE CREAM or some MAPLE SYRUP from Lincoln, VT. So good!