Compiled by the spokesperson’s features department
The holiday season is upon us, and if there’s one lesson we’ve learned from living in a pandemic, it’s to plan ahead – this includes groceries, prescriptions, travel, entertainment and the purchase of gifts for loved ones.
Here are Spokane-centric holiday gift ideas from the staff at The Spokesman-Review. It’s especially nice to keep in mind and support the businesses in Spokane and each other at this time of year.
Local artists and art: There is so much to choose from among the talented artists of the Northwest interior – jewelry, paintings, pottery, prints and textiles. Some options: Pottery Place Plus, 203 N. Washington St., (509) 327-6920, potteryplaceplus.com; New Moon Art Gallery, 1326 E. Sprague Ave., (509) 413-9101, manicmoonandmore.com; and Avenue West Gallery, 907 W. Boone Ave., (509) 838-4999, avenuewestgallery.org. In addition, the Spokane Art School has its “Annual Ornaments and Small Works Exhibition”. Find out at 811 W. Garland Ave. and spokaneartschool.net.
From here: This River Park Square retail store features items created by Spokane artists and benefits the Terrain Association. From Here offers jewelry, books and magazines, clothing, accessories, household items, wall art, bath and body items, food and drink, pet supplies from company and children’s items. Online at fromherespokane.com, the Brick and Mortar location is at 808 W. Main Ave., Suite 251, (509) 808-2943. Bonus: Terrain has just launched a local clothing line, Terrain X, available at From Here.
Simply from the Northwest: This boutique offers locally made gifts as well as items focused on the Pacific Northwest. Local examples include Dandles candles, natural honey from Priest Valley, and pottery from Mount St. Helens. Two best-selling food gifts are Simply Soft Peanut Brittle and Grandma Rubin’s peppernuts (like gingerbread cookies), baked in a commercial kitchen above the store. The staff make personalized gift baskets and offer prefabricated baskets. The store delivers locally and ships nationwide on simplenorthwest.com. 11806, avenue E. Sprague, (509) 927-8206
The great PNW: This Spokane-based clothing company makes popular Northwest-themed clothing while recently adding a collaboration with the Seattle Seahawks Pro Shop. Among the different collections you will find T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats and stickers. Order from thegreatpnw.com. Atticus Coffee & Gifts downtown has regular PNW clothing, but Seahawks items do not. Items for football fans are also available at the Seattle Seahawks Pro Shop.
“The Hand of the Sun King” by JT Greathouse: The first installment of local author JT Greathouse’s first fantasy trilogy, “The Hand of the Sun King”, is now available. Wen Alder is about to take the Imperial Examinations, the first step in becoming the Hand of the Emperor and learning to wield the Empire’s legitimate magic. Alder’s path will take him from a humble student to a wizard of the Empire, force him to choose between his country and his family, and lead him to discover the truth. $ 17.99 at Auntie’s Bookstore and Wishing Tree Books.
Earl Gray from Revival Tea Co .: As a lifelong tea drinker, I have tried my fair share of breakfast mixes and other assorted teas. But the best Earl Gray I’ve ever tried is from Spokane’s own Revival Tea Co. Apart from the legendary Earl Gray, Revival also sells various other black, green, red, white and even blue teas, in sachets or leaves. Earl Gray, 24 unit tea bags: $ 12.99 at revivalteacompany.com.
Mt. Spokane / Schweitzer season pass: If you’re feeling particularly generous this year, consider gifting your favorite winter athlete a season pass to one of the ski mountains in our region. Prices vary depending on age and time, but good news: if you buy for a “young adult” (ages 18-25), the “late” price of $ 1,299 at Schweitzer drops to $ 699 . Midweek passes to Mount Spokane for $ 479 are available at mtspokane.com/season-passes. Schweitzer multi-level passes are available at schweitzer.com.
“The American newspaper”: Spokane author Eileen Grimes wanted opportunities to intentionally spend time with her children. She recently launched her first book, “The Us Journal”, with 144 pages of interactive prompts aimed at ages 5-9 for a parent and child to brainstorm together. Look for the $ 17 book at Wishing Tree Books in the Perry District, or order online through Auntie’s Bookstore, its website loveasyouare.com, Amazon, bookshop.org, and Collective Book Studio.
Photography by Craig Goodwin: Pick up this local photographer’s note cards, prints, and calendar at outlets or online. Goodwin is among the regional photographers who capture iconic images of downtown Spokane at Mount Spokane Vista House under the stars. Check their website or listed outlets: Pottery Place Plus, 203 N. Washington, Atticus Coffee & Gifts, 222 N. Howard, Museum of Arts and Culture Gift Shop, 2316 W. First Ave., Bloem.Flowers.Chocolates .Paperie in River Park Square and Wonders of the World, 621 W. Mallon.
Cooking class at Wanderlust Delicato: If you’re looking for a more experiential gift, consider a cooking class. Wanderlust Delicato offers recommended courses for families, birthdays / anniversaries / weddings and even corporate team building. With a wide range of menu options, pricing starts at $ 25 per person. Upcoming classes include Sunday Italian Dinner, Indian Cuisine, and a Demonstration with Chef Aaron Fish, with a menu to be announced. For more information, visit wanderlustdelicato.com.
4000 holes: Nothing like opening an album. Ah, the smell of new vinyl. It’s almost intoxicating! It is the perfect gift for audiophiles. The perfect place for vinyls, CDs, and musical conversations is 4000 Holes on Monroe Street. Spokane’s oldest operating record store, open since the hair metal days, is owned by local institution Bob Gallagher. Do you mean the classic rockers who played at the old barn? Gallagher was there, and he will remember it with pleasure. 4000 holes, 1610 N. Monroe St., (509) 325-1914.
Outlaw Woman: Unique is always cool. Explore unique items from the Garland District Outlaw Woman. Tamra Brannan oversees a team of artisans who create jewelry from scrap metal and leather goods. Cool and unusual items make memorable gifts. Outlaw Woman, 1720 N. Ash St., (509) 879-5808, outlawwoman.com
Garland Theater: Around the same time last year, it looked like Katherine Fritchie was going to sell the Garland Theater. However, the classic place has survived. It’s a great experience to have a libation at the cocktail bar and then snack on popcorn while revisiting a classic movie. Garland Theater Gift Certificates are a great way to encourage people to return to the theater. And discover the Totally Tubular Tuesdays range. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave., (509) 327-2509, garlandtheater.com
Giant Nerd Books: Dive into a stack of books at Giant Nerd Books. Nathan Huston, the imposing owner, is a bibliophile who will help you with whatever you are looking for, whether it’s a gripping fiction or a compelling biography. You can spend hours figuring out which book you will get lost in at Giant Nerd. Giant Nerd Books, 607 W. Garland Ave., (509) 868-0420, Giantnerdbooks.com
Domini sandwiches: The food served at Domini Sandwiches is a cut above. Tuna with Swiss on Rye is one of the best sandwiches in town, followed by Pastrami and Swiss on French Bread. Enjoy delicious popcorn and soup with your sandwich. A gift card with a note on the delicious pickles would be very thoughtful. Domini Sandwiches, 703 W. Sprague Ave., (509) 747-2324, dominispokane.com
Northern Quest Resort and Casino: Northern Quest is for anyone who wants to get away from it all without leaving the city. A night at Masselow’s Steakhouse – $ 70 for a three-course dinner – should help recharge anyone’s battery. Relax at the spa, watch a show and hit the casino. Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights, (877) 871-6772, northquest.com
Restaurant gift cards: Gift cards can be seen as impersonal, but, in this era of a pandemic, let’s see them as convenient and flexible. With that in mind, treat loved ones with a morning, afternoon, or evening away from the kitchen. There are plenty of new restaurants for dining out: Vieux Carré, Zona Blanca, Baba, Wooden City, and Tavolata are just a handful. Classic establishments too: Clinkerdagger, Park Lodge, Luna, Rusty Moose, Candle in the Woods, Italia Trattoria, Churchill’s Steakhouse, Bangkok Thai, and the list goes on.
Business gift cards: Think local, support local. Rind and Wheat. Blessed whip. Breauxdoo bakery. Scoop. NorthSide Candle Co. Goblin Pottery. Fringe & Fray. Boo Radley’s. Atticus coffee and gifts. Spiceology. The Wonder Building and Pavilion at Riverfront markets are great options for finding local gifts. And everything by Chris Bovey – calendars, prints, posters and more.
Grocery Gift Cards: Do you have a single friend – young or old – who might be struggling financially or being lonely? Everyone needs to shop, shop and enjoy shopping, and this is a thoughtful gift. Rosauers, Sonnenberg’s Market & Deli and Rocket Market keep it local.
Event tickets: Gift sports, movies, the Spokane Symphony, Spokane Valley Summer Theater, Spokane Civic Theater, ax throwing, crafts and more. Who wouldn’t love tickets and a night on the town?
And finally, volunteer some time. Spend time with your family and friends. Catch up with beer, wine and cocktails. Take a walk, hike or bike ride. Enjoy all of the wonderful things that Spokane and the area has to offer. And have a safe and happy holiday season.