Making your list and checking it twice? Even in this, the WEIRDEST of years, it is still the most wonderful time of year. It’s a time to count our blessings, send love to family and friends, and gift our time, talent and treasure to all those around us, in whatever ways we can.
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift or two and want to deliver on that commitment to shop local this year, this list is for you. Vibe Coworks has been supporting Kitsap entrepreneurs and side-hustlers since 2016. Grab your hot cocoa and let your holiday gift-giving be inspired by some of the amazing local companies that make up the Vibe community.
Give the gift of audiobooks with Libro.fm
Walk down the hall of private offices at Vibe, and you’ll likely see Libro.fm founder Nick Johnson whipping up the latest design work that’s sure to entire you to gift audiobooks to anyone in the world (including yourself!) from the comfort of your home. You choose the membership (1, 3, 6, or 12 months/credits), your gift recipient picks their own audiobooks, and your local bookstore is supported by your purchase. (Fans of Away With Words Bookshop (Poulsbo), Ballast Book Co. (Bremerton), Eagle Harbor Book Co. (Bainbridge), or Liberty Bay Books (Poulsbo)… rejoice!). For $180, you get a 12-month audiobook membership to gift (or keep), while the local bookstore of your choice gets $90, which can: offset lost revenue from COVID-19; pay the light bill; purchase cleaning supplies and masks; pay several booksellers for an hour of work; help cover unexpected repairs; buy hard-working booksellers 20 cups of coffee. Get gifting!
Give the gift of song with Studiobos media
Have singers in your life who could use a little inspiration? Vibe Member Nancy Bos, owner of StudioBos Media, has several books that would make great gifts!
- Singing 101: Vocal Basics has been a top seller for singers for years, and continues to be a resource that people rely on all over the world. Also available in Spanish as Cantar 101.
- The Teen Girl’s Singing Guide, the book Nancy wishes she’d had when she was a teen, is the perfect mentor-in-a-book for girls between 12 – 17 who love to sing.
- Singing Through Change: Women’s Voices in Midlife, Menopause, and Beyond is a groundbreaking book for women who sing and are experiencing voice changes in their 40’s and beyond.
Give the gift of wisdom with Adulting for Christians
We all need a helping hand sometimes―especially when we’re first starting out. Adulting for Christians is a straightforward and enjoyable approach to learning how to deal with a whole new world of responsibilities, all while staying true to your faith. Whether it’s finding a place to live, learning how to land and keep a job, figuring out your health insurance, or just getting some handy cleaning tips, Adulting for Christians by Vibe member Jenny Ingram has you covered. This combination guide, journal, activity book, and devotional gives you everything you need to conquer these new challenges―and have fun doing it! Get a copy for yourself and everyone you know at your favorite local bookstore, or here on Amazon.
Give the gift of confidence with Little Love
This is the perfect gift for the littles in your life, a story that reaffirms children’s self-worth, written by Vibe member Rose Stanek. Written for children, but with a timeless message for the child in all of us, Little Love reaffirms the importance of self-acceptance in life’s journey toward love, joy, and friendship. Join Little Love on her path to self-discovery where she meets Beauty and Fame, and learns the true value of her self-worth. Buy the book, as well as complimentary merch including bracelets, backpacks, pillowcases, stickers and tees in the Little Love shop here.
Give the gift of self-care with LadyBox
Just a few short months ago, Vibe member Aljolynn Sperber made heads turn on the cover of South Sound Business magazine when her company, Lady Box, was named among the Top 10 Startups to Watch in the South Sound region (go Aljolynn!). Whether you’re looking for some last minute self-care items for stocking stuffers or Hanukkah gifts, want to wow the womxn and menstruators in your life with the fun of receiving a monthly organic period subscription box that transforms periods from UGH to YAAS!, or are ready to help a friend destress from all that’s been 2020 with the help of a Restore Box, you won’t go wrong with gifts from this company, founded by a fellow menstruator, womxn of color, and solo mom right here in Poulsbo. First period kids and custom-ordered pregnancy and postpartum boxes are also available for gift or subscription. Head here to check out all of your options.
Give the gift of staying in touch with the Snail Mail Society
The Bremerton Letterpress Co. prints, publishes and curates a collection of compelling greeting cards to help you connect with your loved ones near and far. Snail mail is such a tactile and visceral way to say hello, I love you, or get well soon. Birthday cards, thank you cards, special notes. These are small, yet powerful ways we can be there for one another. With a monthly membership to either the Gratitude Guild or the Snail Mail Society, you’ll get 3 specially curated greeting or thank you cards delivered to your doorstep each month, stamped and ready for you to drop right in the mail to your friends, family or clients. Give the gift of staying in touch.
Give the gift of calm with the Zen of Snow app
“Zen of Snow is the best app ever. It’s calming, soothing, and takes me into a perfect Christmas, no matter what life is really like. It got me through the Christmases my mom was in the hospital, and it will help me through my first one without my dad. It takes me where I need to be and reminds me of what I need to remember.” Celebrating its 13th year in the Apple App Store, this iPhone/iPad app is a modern take on the classic snow globe, created by Vibe member Randy Edmonds. Stress and worries fade away while evoking memories of simpler times and of Christmases past. Basically, Zen of Snow is exactly what the world needs right now. And it’s FREE. Randy finds motivation to maintain this seasonal side-project from the many 5 star reviews and touching comments left by the app’s users. Download it FREE here.
Give the gift of a clean house with Kitsap Clean
We’re all spending way too much time at home right now and the idea of keeping up on sanity and cleanliness and be downright overwhelming. Give the gift of a deep house cleaning, a regular maintenance house cleaning service, or the gift of having a house cleaned thoroughly before or after a move. We have the pleasure of seeing the Kitsap Clean admin crew on the daily from their private office here at Vibe (they clean our space, too!), but where the team really shines is out in homes across the county. Kitsap Clean cares about providing an exceptional cleaning service that protects the health of your family – as well as our planet. The team uses only uses biodegradable and environmentally-friendly cleaning products, and is fully licensed, insured and 100% locally-owned and operated. Give the gift of CLEAN this holiday!
Give the gift of learning how to decorate like a boss With Rose Sprinkle
If you’ve never taken a class with interior designer, children’s book author and Vibe member Rose Sprinkle, you’re truly missing out. Whether you’re attempting to spruce up your newly created home office, or the whole of your house, you’re going to want to start with a crash course from Rose, where you’ll learn the fundamentals of interior design and create a great space from start to finish with her easy to follow, step-by-step process. By the end of the class you’ll know exactly how to layout your floor-plan, work with color, accessorize, and much more. You (and your friends!) will be interior decorating like a boss in no time! Head here to check it out.
Give the gift of fresh wall art with Wayzgoose Kitsap
If blank walls have got you down, an original Wayzgoose print from one of more than 28 local artists is sure to do the trick.
Through Wayzgoose Kitsap, local artists print hand-carved linoleum blocks with full-size, ten-ton steamrollers in the streets of Bremerton every Labor Day weekend. Only 10 prints of each design are available for purchase, making these some seriously cool collectibles made in the streets, with love. Prints from the 2020 Wayzgoose Kitsap celebration are on display (and available for sale!) at the Vibe Coworks Micro Gallery now through the end of January 2021, or you can peruse prints for purchase from the 2019 festival on the Wayzgoose Kitsap website. Farewell blank walls!
Give the gift of hand drawn art by Lindsey Costlow
If you’ve ever spotted Vibe Host Lindsey Costlow heads down and straight edge in hand at the front desk, you’ve surely witnessed her deep into her art, creating wildly mesmerizing geometric pieces that pull the room together in an eye catching way. Click here to see what she’s got.
Give the gift of cosplay with Pride & Prejudice 1: An Austen Memoir
Set to release December 15, be among the first to experience Pride & Prejudice 1: An Austen Memoir, a brand spanking new game created by Vibe member Kristina Colburn and the team at Minerva Interactive, a woman-founded company that is reimagining how we experience classic books. Jane Austen fans will love the relaxing style, which invites you to spend a few minutes each day in Elizabeth and Jane’s sitting room, where you can check your “post” in a portable Georgian escritoire to find letters from story characters, dress-up items, and historical notes. Cosplay with the Elizabeth and Jane dolls in time for their first impressions at the Meryton assembly, or play just for fun as the mood suits. Dive into the novel for as long as you like, because the “novelogue” format of the text is designed to enhance longer reading on devices. Get the game here as soon as it’s released for the holidays.
Give the gift of indulgence with ChocMo
There are some definite perks to working from a coworking space that happens to be directly above a craft chocolate shop like ChocMo. Namely, the chance to try their 20+ chocolate confections, all made in house. Whether you’re looking for truffles, chocolate barks, caramels, peanut butter cups, brownie mix or ChocMo’s infamous drinking chocolate, we’re hard pressed to think of a better local hotspot to pick up treats for everyone on your list this year. Order online or in-store, or pick up a gift card that can be used any time, at both ChocMo and Crabtree Kitchen + Bar. Explore all of your chocolate options here.
Give the gift of rocket fuel with Grounds for Change coffee
Ain’t nothing like a bag of beans for the holiday. We have the pleasure of working with Grounds for Change to provide our members with some of the best damn brews on the Peninsula. If you’ve ever wondered why the coffee we keep on tap is so good, it might be because it’s 100% fair trade, organic coffee delivered to us by the Grounds for Change crew each week, freshly ground and roasted in small batches just two miles down the road. We love Grounds for Change precisely because it’s a family-owned and operated B Corporation with great coffee, as well as a member of 1% for the Planet. Whether you’re looking for a bag’o’beans, holiday coffee gift box, Theo chocolate bars, mugs, carafes, or filters, our friends at Grounds for Change have got you covered. Check out their online shop to get started.
Give the gift of Physical wellbeing with Kitsap CrossFit
The crew over at Kitsap CrossFit is incredible. Not only did they keep Vibe members connected and moving with weekly live online coaching sessions over lunchtime throughout the entirety of the Phase I pandemic shutdown in Washington State (thank you, Coach Dan!!), they’re helping dozens upon dozens of Kitsapians motivated and supported in their health and fitness goals even while gyms are mandatorily closed. For now, classes are live online every day of the week, for kids, teens, adults and legends (55+), and they’ve got a wide range of options for personal training, nutrition coaching, merch, gift cards and more. Contact them here to get the full scoop on the perfect gift for the people on your list.
Gift the gift of headspace with the Vault Planner
Know someone who’s itching to transform their productivity in the New Year? The Vault Planner is what you need. The simple design and choose your own adventure tool has been thoughtfully created to fight the overwhelm and help you find the balance between daily grind tasks + long-term goals. Stay energized by launching your ideas into action, focusing on top your top priority and keeping it all in one place. Then, you can stay focused on tackling work + life while looking like a pro. Get it here.
Give the gift of aN escape from the home office
Coworking at Vibe Coworks makes the perfect stocking stuffer! We’re all a little burnt out on our home offices right now. Give your loved ones, friends and employees a break by giving them the gift of an occasional escape from the home office, complete with ridiculously fast gig speed fiber internet. Gift cards can be purchased online or in person at Vibe in any amount you choose. Gift cards can be used towards a future membership, Day Pass or conference room booking, and are valid for use at Vibe Coworks in Poulsbo, or at our our new Vibe Spaces location, The Spot, in Downtown Bremerton. There’s no better gift than the chance to work happier, healthier and more connected, right here in Kitsap.