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Gift Guide: Supporting local women-owned businesses

Looking to support the hard-working, talented, inspiring women in our community? There's never seemed a better time to do so. Here are a few favorite finds, though we know this is only a teeny fraction of all the powerhouses making our city and world a better place.

Tokki's "Best Olive Oil in the World" + Aged Balsamic Vinegar Gift Set ($127)
Talk about a pivot. In late 2019, celebrated entrepreneur Jane Park of Julep launched the small, fair-trade, women-owned business Tokki, a reusable gift wrap company. This year she's adapted with the times, and Tokki has been manufacturing and selling masks for the majority of 2020. Although face coverings are still available, the company is getting back to its gifting roots with an enhanced product line (think candles, matcha, olive oil, chocolate, puzzles, games and at-home spa goods), all wrapped in eco-friendly fabrics. The best part? A digital tag made for personalizing the gift with GIFs, personal videos or images.

JenniCeramics Potato Tumbler ($42)
Small-batch potter Jenn Liu is one quick study. She only took her first classes in January 2019, yet she's quickly mastered the creation of beautiful wheel-thrown and hand-built functional ceramics. Liu runs this business on her own, and she's been donating 10-20% of profits to local organizations since March 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This has since expanded to other national causes, too, including BLM organizations and some voting justice organizations (When We All Vote and Fair Fight). She tries to reuse packaging from her own packages and packaging donated by friends and family to be as sustainable as possible.

Seattle Chocolate: A Merry Little Care Package ($25)
Sweeten up the season with the help of this woman-owned company with deep roots in Seattle (launched in 1991). The company puts much care into everything they do, from sourcing cacao to packaging design, and their 2020 holiday offerings include care packages and new flavors from jcoco (Seattle Chocolate's epicurean-inspired sister brand). Gift this petite collection that features three Seattle Chocolate bars (Toffee Sea Salt, Hot Buttered Rum, Candy Cane Crunch), two one-ounce coco bars (Orange Blossom Espresso and Bali Sea Salt Toffee) plus a sprinkling of truffles. All products ship nationally via their website...and suddenly we're craving chocolate.

"Strong Like Her" ($29.99)
Looking to celebrate woman empowerment as this wild year of 2020 comes to a close? This spring local journalist Haley Shapley released a stunning book that is an inspiring and perfectly timed read. Strong Like Her is a “cultural herstory” that celebrates the beauty of female strength and power; it’s accompanied by 23 powerful photographs by Sophy Holland of some of today’s most exciting athletes (from an ultramarathoner and contortionist to an Olympic weightlifter). If you're looking to support local bookstores while you're at it (as we all should be right now), pick up the book at Elliott Bay Book Company or Third Place Books.

Coro Foods Salami Sample Pack ($50)
Bring on the apps! Clara Veniard and Martinique Grigg, owners of Coro Foods and Salumi deli, make up a certified woman-owned company (the only such salami company in the U.S). For 20-plus years Salumi has been delighting Seattleites with its cured meats mixing "old-world techniques with modern thinking, new world flavors and a belief that eating well is what we live for." Coro by Salumi features tried-and-true recipes, and gift boxes show off unique and unforgettable flavors like Lemongrass, Molé with Cocoa & Cinnamon and Agrumi with Cardamom & Orange. (Free 3-day shipping on orders over $35.)

Chipmonkey Wine 3-Pack ($119)
2020 seems a fine time for wine, we say. If you're looking to brighten a loved one's day, week or month, we know the best way to send certified sommelier-selected, personalized wine to fit any life occasion (the good, the bad and the down-right zany). Let woman-owned, Seattle-based company Chipmonkey Wine do all the research and selecting for you (think wines that are "approachable but not boring"); the witty messages accompanying the packages are half the fun. Enjoy free shipping on wine gift boxes >$94 (per address); $15-$20 shipping on orders <$94. Chipmonkey Wine currently ships to WA, OR, CA, ID, NV, ND and WY, and curbside pick-up in Sodo is available, too! Added bonus: A portion of sales support clean water initiatives.

Sukie's Candle Co. Coconut Lime Creation ($26)
The power of scent reigns supreme. While in the midst of a career burnout, Seattle area-native Sukie Jefferson (our most recent Mover & Shaker) was mid-meditation when she received the message to start making things with her hands. This gave her the idea to experiment with creating household goods, and luckily for us, she quickly turned all of her attention to candles. These days, she takes a gentle and authentic approach to business as she sells non-toxic, vegan and eco-friendly candles in 40-plus incredible aromas that usher in memories of travels and adventures past. Delight in options ranging from Seattle Fir and Brown Sugar + Fig to Honeysuckle Jasmine and Mint Mojito.

"Washington Wine + Food" ($32.99)
Savor Seattle-based writer Julien Perry’s second PNW-inspired cookbook that can help you and your loved ones transform any dining room into a favorite local eatery. Pair delicious Washington wine with tasty feasts that bring back happy memories; for example, envision a halibut dish, crafted by Chef Ethan Stowell from Ethan Stowell Restaurants, paired with the Mark Ryan Chardonnay, or coffee-braised short ribs, a recipe from Chef Matt Janke of Lecosho, paired with the Guardian Chalk Line Red Blend. Find the beautiful cookbook at local spots like Elliott Bay Book Company, Third Place Books, Queen Anne Book Company and Powell's, as well as Barnes & Noble, Target and Amazon.

Sweet Mona's Chocolate 12-Piece Gift Set
Bring island magic to the mainland! Have handmade confections by Mona Newbauer, graduate of Ecole Chocolat in Vancouver, BC, shipped nationwide direct from her quaint Langley, Whidbey Island storefront. (Local pickup is encouraged, too.) Sweet Mona’s produces stand-out confections, in small batches, using only the finest quality ingredients; think European- style butter, chocolate made in the Belgian tradition (with cacao grown in Ecuador and Venezuela), heavy cream from a regional creamery and natural cane sugar. Find even more Washington goodies via the Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism's 2020 holiday gift guide, such as local artisan-crafted goods, natural bath and body products and locally-produced gourmet foods (think smoked Penn Cove Mussels and preserves from Mutiny Bay Blues, featuring blueberries grown on Whidbey Island).