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The Nice List: A Gift Guide Putting the Cool in Yule

The Nice List

We tasked contributing writer and style expert Andrew Hoge to shop for gifts that smell, taste, and look beautiful for anyone on your gift-giving list. He nailed it with these curated picks putting the cool in Yule.

For the Kitchen 

These one-of-a-kind kitchen goods are sure to please everyone from the amateur host to the party planner extraordinaire. 


1. Lara Caffi Yellow Saucepan, available at Flora and Henri at Pioneer Square in Seattle. $88

2. Leather Cast Iron Skillet handle cover. $20 

3. Bink Glass and Silicon Water Bottle, available at Butterhome in Seattle’s Capitol Hill. $38

4. Aperitivo Champagne Flute, $17, Stemless Glass, $18, available at Hedge & Vine.

5. Tuscan Marble Salt and Pepper Bowl with Gold Spoon, available at Calm Living. $54 

6. Bamboo Bowls, available from Hedge & Vine. $16 per bowl, or $24 for two

Let’s Get Lit

A filler gift no more, these not-so-basic candles are guaranteed to light up the room.


1. LAFCO Absolute Candle in Balsam Black Pepper, available at Calm Living in Redmond. $16 

2. Prosecco Black Candle from Antica Farmacista. Individual candle, $48, Home Ambiance Gift Set, $124

3. Green Tree Taper Candles, available at Calm Living in Redmond. $16

4. Light My Fire Match Cloche, available at Calm Living in Redmond. $34

5. Winter Fir Candle, available at L’Avant Collective in Seattle. $40

6. The Alabasters Ernesto Candle, Cire Trudon, available at Penelope & The Beauty Bar in Seattle. $260

7. Lafayette Candle Bust, Cire Trudon, available at Penelope & The Beauty Bar in Seattle. $270

Merry Vibes Only

These oh-so-chic finds are the perfect way to add sparkle to any room. No tinsel required.


1. Limited Edition Winter Fir Dish Soap, $28, and High Performing Hand Soap Refill, $22, available at L’Avant Collective in Seattle. 

2. White Spruce Reed Diffuser, $69 (it’s also included in a Holiday Diffuser Trio: $68), available at Antica Farmacista.

3. Roam Shadow Black Portable Speaker, Sonos, available at Definitive Audio Bellevue. $179

4. Various Holiday Ornaments, available at Calm Living in Redmond. $20–$22

The Good Life

Give the gift of Zen with a selection of goods that benefit the body and mind.


1. Monarch Eye Mask, Luly Yang in Seattle. $48

2. Hai Smart Showerhead, available at Bed, Bath & Beyond in Issaquah and various locations. $199

3. Patchology “Serve Chilled” Mask, $35 (four-pack), Patchology Poshpeel Pedicure, $22, available at Hedge & Vine

4. Sol Sunlight Body Oil, Costa Brazil, available at Penelope & The Beauty Bar in Seattle. $98

5. Sal de Banho Bath Salt, Costa Brazil, available at Penelope & The Beauty Bar in Seattle. $125

6. Diffuser, available from PCC Community Markets. $29

7. MadisonMD Skincare Amber Honey Face Scrub, available online at skintour. $40

8. Five-Piece Deluxe Spa Collection, available at Made in Washington in Bellevue. $100

A Fine Feast

Discover a hyper-local array of treats your loved ones won’t wait to sink their teeth into.


1. Various Artisanal Teas, Inspired Earth Tea, San Juan Island. | $14

2. El Gaucho Spices, available at El Gaucho in Bellevue and various locations. | $13 per tin, or $30 for trio

3. Various Coffee Beans, available at Third Culture in Bellevue. | $20

4. Mix & Match Flavored Syrups, from Simple Goodness Sisters in Wilkeson. | $32

5. Juice Club Membership, Bow Hill Blueberry Juice in Bow. | $34–$112

6. Buckwheat Honey, Villa Jerada, available at Metropolitan Market in Kirkland and various locations. | $14

7. Homemade Won Ton Packages, Setolicious, Pasta and Co. in Bellevue, and various locations. | $16

8. Various Salts and Seasonings by San Juan Island Sea Salt on Friday Harbor. | $14–$18

9. Laconiko Olive Oil, $28, and Mango Puréevino Vinegar, $26, at the Chefshop in Seattle.

10. Thaifusions Peanut Sauce, available at PCC Community Markets in Redmond and various locations. | $12

11. Cooking from Scratch cookbook, available at PCC Community Markets in Kirkland and various locations. | $25

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