Whether you’re buying a Christmas gift for family members who have relocated, or you’re just looking for something with Northwest flare to give to friends, there is no shortage of gifts that are unmistakably Spokane. Here's a list divided into two categories: The Goods and The Eats. Enjoy!
Manito Park Calendar ($15)
Enjoy the beauty of Manito Park all year long. Available at the Friends of Manito office, 4 W 21st Ave (behind the Gaiser Conservatory), Rosauers stores (29th and 14th Ave locations), and Northwest Seed and Pet.
Spokane Vintage Prints ($20.00)
From scenic to quirky, Chris Bovey’s colorful prints depict Spokane’s many iconic landmarks. The creative renderings feature the Tradewinds Motel, Dick’s Hamburgers, Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle, Dan’s Barbershop, and Ming Wah Chinese Restaurant, as well as more mainstream Spokane highlights such as Mount Spokane, Finch Arboretum, Browne’s Addition and Green Bluff. Prints, a 12-month calendar and glassware are available at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture store, 2316 W First Ave, and Atticus Coffee and Gifts, 222 N Howard St.
Spokandy Gear ($24.99/shirts, $29.99/hoodie)
Spokandy has been a local sweet tooth favorite since 1913, keeping with traditional candy making styles used since the store opened. A huckleberry cream, sea salt caramel or butter rum truffle will taste even better in Spokandy apparel.
Spokane Ornaments from Bittersweet Springs (prices vary)
Made with recycled roofing material, your tree can show off its love for the Northwest, too. Each metal ornament comes with a magnetic red heart, so you can place it wherever you like (but we know that your heart will always be in Spokane). Available at the To Market Gift Shop in River Park Square.
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Sometimes it’s the food that you most associate with your favorite place. These are all items that I have sent to family and friends who no longer live in Spokane but want to remember some of their favorite local flavors.
Chicken-N-Mo Old South BBQ Sauce ($5.45/16 oz)
This tiny barbeque joint has been serving up crispy fried chicken, spicy pulled pork and red beans and rice to the Spokane faithful for decades.
Uncle Dan's Salad Dressing ($2.85)
The original Ranch dressing has been expanded to include Chipotle, Mediterranean Garlic, Italian, Blue Cheese and more. Found in local grocery stores and online.
Booey's Original Pepper Sauce ($7.99)
Pappa Booey has been making his original hot and flavorful sauce for 19 years. Featured in many local restaurants and grocery stores, the Original sauce and the new Sweet Jamaican Jerk are also available online.
Sprinkled on everything from steaks to popcorn, this sweet and spicy mixture was even featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Four flavors to choose from: Ranchers, Season All, Cajun and Andouille. Online and at Waddell's South Hill location, 4318 S Regal St, or North Spokane location, 6501 N Cedar St.
Bruttles (prices vary)
The holidays are not complete without a box of flaky, soft peanut brittle. Options include the original soft peanut brittle, white or milk chocolate dipped, cashew brittle and assorted caramels and toffee. Bruttles can be found downtown at 828 W Sprague Ave, and in Spokane Valley, at 12609 E Sprague Ave.
Cougar Creamery Cheese ($22/30 oz. can)
There is no mistaking the unique flavor and texture of Cougar Gold Cheese, but the creamery makes several other flavors worth a try, including Dill Garlic, Crimson Fire, Sweet Basil, Hot Pepper, Smokey Cheddar and Ghost Pepper. Available at WSU Connections, 618 W Riverside Ave, Spokane. Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Pullman, and Spokane area grocery stores.