Foodies Unite: 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

I grew up in a family that loves food. Ranging from vegetarians and vegans to some following the Paleo diet and more – food is what brings my family together no matter any of our preferences. Washington State is literally booming when it comes to food, with options that are quite honestly never-ending. For me, this is always the hardest part of the gift guide because there are so many brands we’d love to share, but here are some of our must-haves! 


Salt Blade

Salt Blade: hand-crafted artisanal salami made with ethically raised meat from Colville, Washington. Based in Seattle, owner Bob Blade is extremely passionate about his work. With a background in software engineering, he had a more meaningful calling: creating food that is made from responsibly raised animals and ingredients. Throughout the year you’ll find seasonal releases, but my three favorite sticks of salami include Truffle, Tuscan, and The Seattle Stick. And yes, I have tried literally every single of one his salamis when visiting them. Jump into Bob’s world for an hour in episode 111 of our podcast! 

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San Juan Sea Salt

What do you get when you mix sunshine, seawater, and a love for the San Juans? San Juan Sea Salt of course! What began as making sea salt for friends in college turned quickly into a very well-known salt company. With blends for Ramen and flavors like Dill Pickle, Kimchi Sriracha, and Roman, the possibilities are endless. Do you want to get into the nitty-gritty of how the salt is made, the science behind it, and learn more about this simple but vital seasoning? Episode 55 has got you covered!  

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Savor Seattle

Savor Seattle: unique food boxes featuring local producers from Pike Place Market and neighborhood markets, as well as across the Pacific Northwest. If you’re ready to share Seattle’s best eats, treats, and goodies as they say with someone you love: get ready. If I was told to choose only two boxes to buy, hands down I would go with the Market Favorites Box and the Seattle Snack Box. But honestly? They are all perfect. With hand-selected items, and a rotating featured box (think Parisian week), they are always filled to the brim with an array of lovely treats delivered right to your recipient’s (or your) door.

Get ready to browse their website with the code: EXPLORESAVOR10 to receive $10.00 off any box.  

Savor Seattle will have even more holiday boxes going live on Black Friday. Watch our Instagram for the promotion!


Element Fe

Heading over to Guemes Island, Andy Gladish is the owner of Element Fe. Andy has been doing metalwork all of his life, starting with jewelry as a child and moving into blacksmithing in 1998. Andy is making handmade cooking knives that are not only functional, but pieces of art in my eyes. From oyster shuckers to paring and chef’s knives, he has a wonderful selection of knives for any need in the kitchen. More importantly, he has written out how to best care for and maintain the knives so even a ‘novice’ chef can get the most out of them, for the longest period of time possible. These carbon steel knives can last for many, many years making them a gift that keeps on giving. 

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Seattle Cocktail Club

I know we’ve talked about cocktails before, but I’m going to bring them up again. Have you heard of the Seattle Cocktail Club? It’s a members club that gives your gift recipient access to spirit-related events (think tastings, parties, classes and more), regular updates about cocktail happenings in Seattle, and a discount to the Seattle Cocktail Week’s Cocktail District event. The events take place in different venues across the city, ensuring that you’ll really be able to taste Seattle, and with membership only costing $25.00 per year. But as they grow, so will the price, so make sure to sign your 21+ friend or family member up today!   

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Heritage Distilling

To wrap things up on the food & drink end, I present to you: the Heritage Distilling 2021 Spirits Advent Calendar. “The only US craft distillery produced Spirits Advent Calendar features 24 – 50ML bottles of HDC’s award-winning spirits including vodkas, gins, whiskeys and rum. Starting December 1, countdown to Christmas by popping open the square for the day and seeing what is inside. Each calendar the products are randomly placed so you’ll be truly surprised and delighted each day of December.”

We are big fans of Heritage Distilling here at Explore Washington State ever since learning about their history, collaboration with the Chehalis Tribe, and some seriously cool special projects they are working on. Head all the way back to episode 15 to listen in while ordering your friend (or yourself) this very fun Advent Calendar. 

Sena Sea 

Sustainable seafood in Wenatchee? Who would have thought it. SenaSea Seafood sustainably fishes for Salmon, Black Cod and Halibut off the coast of Alaska. They process the fish at their custom processing facility and then ship the fish to Wenatchee. 

While working as a food scientist, owners Sean & Rich started selling fish Rich caught to his friends, which launched them into a full-time business. This year when shopping for your foodie friends and loved ones, why not grab them a Copper River Coho Smoked Salmon Jar? They come in 6 oz jars, and you can select how many you’d like to order in case you’d like to shop for several people at once! This is a zero-waste gift as well, making it a beautiful and delicious gift. Each are hand packed. 

If you’d like to learn more about Sena Wheeler and SeanSea Food in our podcast episode with them! This is a fun episode you won’t want to miss.

“I hope you enjoyed this fun list of items! Make sure to check out our entire gift guide here. While you’re reading, make sure to tune into our podcast to learn more about several of our featured businesses. We’d love to see you share this gift guide with your friends and family this holiday season, share the love below.”

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