November 10th 2021
11 min read
By: David (RW Founder)instagram
Welcome to the Rainier Watch Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide! I have put together a list of great PNW products to simplify holiday shopping, while staying local and eco-friendly. Every brand on this list is making great artisan products inspired by the unique beauty that is the Pacific Northwest. These are small businesses that I love and have purchased in the past and a lot of them having goods inspired by Mount Tahoma/Rainier. And the best part is most of them also share the Rainier Watch vision and give a portion of their profits to the environment or good causes.
I have worked alongside many of these businesses at farmer’s markets or pop-up shops over the years. I can’t say enough how cool these products are! You’ll find something cool for all of the mountain fans in your life. I’ve also included a couple of our best new products at the end. Happy Holidays y’all! 🎄 ❄️ 🏔️
These are great one-stop-get-something-for-everyone places! Shop small y'all!
Penchant Pines doesn’t make their own gear; however, they are huge supporters of local makers, including Rainier Watch. Their shop is a great one stop shop for stocking stuffers all the way to bigger gifts. Check ‘em out for all sorts of PNW products!
I have long admired this coffee shop, and just recently they started carrying some RW gear. In the heart of downtown Olympia, Ember Goods offers a wide selection of locally made gifts and tasty treats. Grab a bag of their signature roasted coffee for yourself too! And they just launched a new website with a coffee subscription – the perfect gift for that coffee loving family member.
Pac Nor Westy strives themselves for representing the PNW lifestyle. Not only do they carry a collection of great products, but they ensure that each brand also shares their ethos. Pac Nor Westy cares about environmental responsibility, ethical manufacturing, and of course, nature. I especially love their Fir Real and other hilarious designs.
Moss is the kind of place that perfectly highlights PNW style. They carry an impressive list of local goods with items for the home, family, and pets. If you find yourself in Port Angeles and looking to buy local, Moss is the one stop shop for everyone on your list! And, they are big supporters of RW! ❤️
Started as the brainchild of muralist Gretchen Leggitt, Hydrascape takes stickering to the next level. These stickers are inspired by the layers found within nature, and let me tell you, they are so cool! While they’re designed for Hydro Flasks, and meant to be layered over themselves, these stickers can also be placed on skis or anything else your heart desires!
I never expected to enjoy these locally made Yerba Mate drinks as much as I do! I first tried them at a From the Ground Up (more on them in a hot second) Pop Up Shop and ever since then, I look for them at every grocery store I go to. These craft brewed Yerba Mate drinks are perfect for any health nut on your list. They’re naturally caffeinated, packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and made without extracts or artificial flavors.
What’s better than getting fresh socks for the holidays? Nothing. These hiking socks are really well made with a portion of their profits going to Washington Trails Association. From the Ground Up Socks also design their products on the landscapes of the PNW, could they get any better?
Made by local artist Devan, Contour Creative focuses on handstamped apparel that’s inspired by the outdoors. Their clothes are comfortable, socially responsible, and great for any adventure. Choose from a wide selection of products, from leggings to t-shirts.
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m only mildly obsessed with Good & Well... I think I have at least 30 of their items in my house (Yes, I have a problem). I love all their smells and their mission to give back. Good & Well actually inspired me to start Rainier Watch’s mission to protect our parks. It’s not hard to see why they made it on this guide.
All of Good & Well’s products utilize local farmers, craftsmen, and manufacturers whenever possible (including the wax and wicks for their candles), just like meeeeee! Their philosophy is simple; be good + do good. Not only are their products ethical, but their inspired by nature too. Their collection of goods, from candles to aromatherapy, are perfect for anyone on your list looking to reconnect with nature at home.
Northwest Sparks was started with sustainability in mind. Each of their candles use clean burning cotton wicks and soy wax. What’s better is the stuff they don’t use, like artificial dyes. Northwest Sparks has a collection of Mt. Rainier and Washington scents that are great gifts for friends and family. Especially those that may no longer be in the area.
Fun fact – I met Kim, the maker, many years ago and then last summer we ran into each other at the Edmonds Maker Market – we were both surprised to find out that we were both there as vendors!
If you love mountains then you love topography lines. And if you love topo lines you should hide your wallet when visiting Design by SML’s site. They have so many amazing, wonderful products for your home! From coasters, to candles, and even tables, SML brings the intricate lines of the mountains and create truly amazing art. Choose from one of their premade options or even reach out to them for a custom design.
I’ve long admired Eli’s beautiful art (because I can’t draw worn beans) and last summer we finally had a chance to meet at a market in Edmonds. She’s great and I have several pieces of hers hanging in my house! Her artwork is all inspired by the beauty of the PNW. Each piece showcases the unique mountains, trees, and oceans of the area, and of course they have a special collection for Rainier. With one of her illustrations, the mountain can always be out.
Once you get a pair of Ombraz you won’t go back to armed sunglasses! I backed them many moons ago when they first launched their Kickstarter. Then, years later I got to meet them in the barn that serves as their headquarters. To this day, I’d say I wear Ombraz 99.99% of the time when I put on sunglasses.
The patented design of Ombraz armless sunglasses make them perfect for mountainous adventures. They’re comfortable, secure, and best of all, environmentally friendly. For each pair of glasses sold, Ombraz plants 20 mangroves, making them the most carbon negative product on the market. The cord is meant for a relaxed fit and durable enough for any adventurer on your list.
Based out of Oregon, North uses USGS data to accurately depict the country’s iconic mountains on glassware, coasters, and blankets. Their products are so cool and unique! North Drinkware is also a member of 1% for the Planet and give back to great nonprofits, like Washington’s National Park Fund (just like Rainier Watch!). I’ve given these glasses as gifts numerous times over the years – they are great for mountain lovers!
The Pacific Northwest is filled with a wide variety of nature and Wild Mountain does a great job at capturing that essence with their products. They also give a portion of their profits to the National Forest Foundation. Right now, their focus is on natural soy candles with more products coming soon!
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Explore Washington State is a great resource for anyone looking to find new destinations and activities around the state. This year, they have made a really cool water bottle highlighting Washington’s peaks. They’re 32 ounces, made by a Washington State company, and vacuum sealed with an insulated lid, making them perfect to bring anywhere. All proceeds from the Peaks water bottle go towards keeping Explore Washington alive and enabling them to keep doing what they do best.
And of course, this wouldn’t be the perfect PNW gift guide without some RW Gear on it. I’d like to give an honorable mention to some of the new Rainier Watch products that I believe would make the perfect gifts for anyone that loves the mountains.
Chunky Oversized Beanie - This beanie is perfect for any winter adventurer! It looks great and keeps you comfortably warm. I think one customer said it best when he said: "Super comfortable, looks great, and oh-so-warm! I just took it camping over a rather cold weekend, wore it basically the entire time, and my only complaint is that they don't sell a matching sweatsuit made from this stuff..."
Eco Tees - I am just so excited about these earth friendly shirts! They’re comfortable, durable, and made from recycled water bottles! Not to mention, they have some pretty rad artwork on them, if I do say so myself.
Limited Edition Holiday Sweatshirt - Of course the gift guide wouldn't be complete without this year's limited edition "ugly" holiday sweatshirt I designed! It sold out super quickly so hopefully you snatched one, at the time of writing there's less than 10 left in stock! I made a limited edition holiday good like this every year and I'm already scheming for next year's edition! 🎄
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