A Gift Guide for the Year of Physical Distancing

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Alyson VanCleave Aly VanCleave
11/18/20

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