Looking for some unique holiday gifts native to Seattle? This list of local Pacific Northwest foodie standouts are great for stuffing stockings, placing under a tree—or even wrapping in a bow and placing in your fridge or freezer, and will really make your special someones convinced that Santa made a visit!
1. Secret Stash Salts: These gourmet sea salts are designed to enhance the taste of everything from veggies to popcorn with flavors like Chorizo, Coconut Masala, Truffle, and Almond Cardamom. Pick them up at local shops like Dish it Up in Ballard, or purchase online. Prices vary from $5-$20 depending on the size and variety, and you can order a holiday sampler of four 1-oz. samples for $22 from their site.
2. Theo Chocolates: Almost everything from this organic, fair trade chocolatier is amazingly delicious. Try this year’s special Theo Chef Sessions, which has 7 chocolates created by local Seattle chefs including Maria Hines from Tilth and Jerry Traunfeld from Poppy. Adding to the goodnes of this box set is that $15 from the $37 purchase price goes to Food Lifeline, a nonprofit food bank dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington. Available for purchase online or at their retail store in Fremont (3400 Phinney Ave N).
4. Bacon Jam from Skillet: An essential ingredient to the mouth-watering burger from Skillet Street Food (along with grass fed beef, arugula, and cambozola cheese), Bacon Jam is a puree of rendered bacon, spices, onions and magic that is so amazing you can throw it on a simple cracker and call it lunch. Pick up an 11-oz. jar for $13 at their mobile truck, The Swinery in West Seattle, DeLaurenti in Pike Place Market—or even online (shipping costs vary depending on your location).
5. Macaroons from Bakery Nouveau: Classically trained pastry chefs whip up these traditional Parisian treats in a rainbow of pastels, which makes them perfect for gift-giving. Put together your own box of Café, Passion Fruit, Chocolate, Raspberry, Pistachio, Coconut, Caramel, Salt Caramel, Blood Orange and Cassis cookies for $1.50 each, add a big red bow and a pretty tag, and you’re all set! Bakery Nouveau is located in West Seattle at 4725 California Ave SW.
6. Jensen’s Smoked Salmon: This Greenwood smokehouse is a favorite among locals for their rich-tasting fish and delicious variety. Grab some Hot Smoked King Salmon, Garlic and Pepper King, or White King for $9.99 per 7-oz package, or try the King Candy for $10.99: salmon strips brined and rolled in brown sugar, than hot smoked with natural hardwoods. They also have cold-smoked Nova Lox at $5.99 to top your bagels for holiday brunch. Jensen’s Smokehouse is located at 10520 Greenwood Ave N, and you can also order online.
7. Boat Street Pickles: Patrons of the Boat Street Café all agree on one thing: Chef Renee Erickson’s pickled figs and raisins are a delicious treat. The black mission figs are made with red wine, balsamic vinegar, rosemary and sea salt, while the raisins bathe in a syrup of cider vinegar, mustard seed, thyme, chili and bay leaf. Boat Street Pickles are available for purchase at Pike Place Grocery & Deli, Savour Specialty Foods in Ballard, and online from Murray’s Cheese. They retail for $12.99 per 9-oz. jar.
8. Molly Moon’s Pint of the Month Club: The cold weather certainly hasn’t deterred fans of Molly Moon’s. This gourmet ice cream shop is currently offering a gift card for $50 which will get the recipient one pint of locally made frozen goodness in a flavor of their choice each month. Standards include Maple Walnut, Balsamic Strawberry, Salted Caramel and Vivace Coffee, with special seasonal offerings that vary depending on what locally sourced ingredients are available. Pick up the Pint of the Month Club Card at Molly Moon’s shops in Wallingford or on Capitol Hill. You can also get regular gift certificates online.
9. Charcuterie from Zoe’s Meats: This environmentally friendly meat producer is well-known in the Seattle food community for producing an excellent product—so much so that many restaurants feature Zoe’s Meats on their menu. Meat lovers should find their assortment drool-worthy, with several salamis, 12-month-aged prosciutto, sweet and hot coppa, mortadella and more available. The Charcuterie Party includes 1-pound pre-sliced prosciutto, 1 hot coppa, 1 uncured salami and 1 Spanish style chorizo for $89.99. You can order online, or find some of their other products at Madison Market (1600 E Madison St).
10. Cooking Classes at Dish It Up: A combo kitchen store/cooking demo space, Dish It Up has two locations (Ballard and Magnolia) that offer classes 2-3 times a week from local chefs and authors like John Neumark from Bill the Butcher, Hajime Sato from Mashiko, Becky Selengut of Chef Reinvented, and Matthew Lewis from Where Ya At, Matt. Prices vary from $25-$85 depending on the length and course offered (including tastes of each course prepared). Reserve a class spot online to make the at-home gourmet on your list smile.