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Gift Guide 2017: Pacific Northwest Pride

Gift Guide 2017 Pacific Northwest Pride

1. Washington State Cheese Board 2. Upper Left USA shirt 3. PNW Stickers 4. Rain Globe 5. Neighborhood Coasters 6. Cascadia Hat 7. Washington Candle 8. Puget Sound Topographic Map 9. Door mat 10. Mt. Rainier Pint Glass 11. Washington Pillow

Ah, the Pacific Northwest. There is no place like it, and no place I’d rather be. I was born and raised in Seattle (Ballard, baby!) and have some immense pride for being a true Seattleite. With everything Upper Left USA and West Coast Best Coast, this was a very fun gift guide to put together. Here are a few of my favorites, although this was extremely hard to narrow down!

Rain Globe: As someone who likes snow globes, this one is hilarious and perfect all year round. My best friend has this at his house and every time I see it, it makes me smile. It’s a unique gift if you’re visiting and want to pick up something besides the standard coffee, Pike Place Market magnet, or salmon.

Mt. Rainier Pint Glass: Gerard’s Aunt purchased this for us during our housewarming party last year (she also got us the Mt. Hood one since Gerard is from Oregon!) and they’re hands down my favorite pint glasses to drink out of. They’re such a conversation starter, and frankly quite beautiful to look at. Whether you’re drinking La Croix, a smoothie, beer, or water, they’re pretty much constantly being washed in our house.

Puget Sound Topographic Map: Gerard bought one of these for his family last year and it is so beautiful I think we need one for our house. The website is much more eloquent than I am, so I’ve borrowed the description on how these are made. They are “bathymetric chart (the underwater equivalent of a topographic map), the contours are laser-cut into sheets of Baltic birch and glued together to create a powerful visual depth. Select layers are hand-colored blue so it’s easy to discern land from water, major byways are etched into the land, then the whole thing’s framed in a custom, solid-wood frame and protected seamlessly with a sheet of durable, ultra-transparent Plexiglas.”

Washington State Cheese Board: If you love to entertain, this adorable chalkboard Washington cheese board is for you. Give with some local Beechers cheddar, some crackers, almonds, and a local jam!

Neighborhood Coasters: Our house has a bit of a coaster addiction, but nonetheless these are fantastic. Any way I can rep some Seattle pride and you bet I will. These also come in a TON of different neighborhoods for a variety of US states.

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