A Gift Guide for the Year of Physical Distancing

Alyson VanCleave Aly VanCleave

It’s strange to think that this time last year we were sharing gift guides for people who work in open offices. I still recommend the wireless noise-canceling headphones and the hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, but for sliiightly different reasons this year. 

As I considered what our 2020 holiday gift guide should include, I thought about the distinct challenges our small business community has faced this year. I also thought about how the holidays will likely look different for many of us. A season typically marked by togetherness replaced by smaller gatherings, mailed gifts and video calls. 

The purpose of this gift guide is two-fold — to help you meaningfully connect with others this season through thoughtful gifts, while supporting treasured small businesses in our community. Happy gifting! 

  • Nothing says holiday spirit like spirits. Field Bar & Bottle Shop offers thoughtfully curated wines, specialty beer and ciders, and spirits — something to stuff in every sipper’s stocking.
  • “The Fat and Moon bath soak from Little Sister is one of my favorites. It came into my life by way as a gift from a friend and remains a staple in my wind-down routine. If you’re looking for gifts for people on your list, peruse the Pantry + Home section of the Our Little Sister shop website.” – Jen, SiteCrafting Brand Manager
  • Tree huggers rejoice! Give a gift that your loved ones and the earth will love from A Drop in the Ocean — a sustainable living boutique that specializes in alternatives to everyday products. I love these reusable shopping bags that support female survivors of violence in Rwanda.
  • The combination of daylight savings and cold weather has me yearning for extra life and energy inside my home this winter. Enter: houseplants. My favorite neighborhood plant shops include Fernseed, Jade and Co. and Gardensphere.
    Pro tip: Send succulents to friends you wouldn’t trust to dogsit for you. 🌵
  • This cuddle blanket from Crest Home is aptly named. It makes me want to curl up on my couch and watch Hallmark Christmas specials with cocoa in-hand for the entire month of December.
  • Looking to give gifts that give back this holiday season? MiiR is a certified B corporation with a commitment to transparent generosity. They also make super rad drinkware for coffee connoisseurs, wine enthusiasts, beer buddies or virtual teammates. I just ordered this Unity Camp Cup for a friend of mine.
  • Give a PNW-inspired gift this season with Campfire Coffee. Campfire blends the richness of a good cup of coffee and the experience of the great outdoors with its campfire-roasted coffee. It’s quickly become a Tacoma and a team favorite.

A Gift Guide for the Year of Physical Distancing