Really Lazy Gifts from Washington
Gift ideas for slugs
1. ApplesDuh. It's No. 1 on our list because it's the easiest. Only they're not hard to come by. In the words of Peter Boyle when Ray Romano signs his "Everybody Loves Raymond" parents up for Fruit-of-the-Month Club: "We can't go out and get our own fruit?"
Any Cabernet from 2007 or 2008 is good. Our office recommends Preston Winery in Pasco, Hogue Cellars in Prosser and the Horse Heaven Hills Appellation. Just be careful to buy enough to have some to mail.
Located in Prosser, Chukar got a lot of votes from our staff.
4. Northwest Smoked Salmon
After apples, nothing says Eastern Washington like pink fish. There are several options; we suggest shopping at MadeInWashington.com.
5. Cougar Gold Cheese
Support the Washington State University Creamery.
This Kennewick business sells a wide variety of holiday-themed treats made locally. This is a great idea for children, but everyone likes food and candy.
Boehm's Candies are mostly made in Issaquah but there is a store in Richland. Seattle Chocolates are also popular, and let's be honest, Seattle is the only place in Washington other Americans can find on a map. The Tri-Cities are Yakima, Spokane and Tacoma, right?
8. Applets and Cotlets
Liberty Orchards is in Cashmere, Washington. I'd rather not share a box.
If you can't afford to send an original Chihuly, this stuff is good too.
10. Locally-roasted coffee
Ideas we were too lazy to fit in the list:
The Allied Arts Gallery in Richland has knit items, bags, jewelry, glassware, pottery, thumb pianos and more. Staff claim to have purchased wreaths made from local hops or vines, but I couldn't find any online. Good luck finding some.