2. Wine

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.




3. Chukar Cherries

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.




6. Adam's Place Country Gourmet

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.




7. Chocolate

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.




9. Mount St. Helens Glass

If you can't afford to send an original Chihuly, this stuff is good too.




10. Locally-roasted coffee

There's the Walla Walla Roastery to the east, and St. John the Forerunner Monastery to the west. Father Michael's blend is guaranteed to deliver some good karma.



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.