Staycation Survival Gear

Eat. Sleep. Quarantine. Repeat. Staying home and staying safe isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t need to be boring. There are two things we’re sure of—there’s no age limit when it comes to building a blanket fort, and distinct gifts from our local businesses make self-isolation a lot more appealing. 








Aunt Kate’s Chocolate

Thanks to 2020, chocolate is pretty much an official food group. Fulfill the cravings of friends and family with a sweet gift from Aunt Kate’s Chocolates. Choosing won’t be easy. Aunt Kate’s offers handmade chocolates and fudge, loads of black licorice varieties, teas and herbs, and locally crafted gifts and collectibles. Did we mention chocolate?



From swank home decor to Pacific Northwest-inspired art and crafts, Compass Rose is all about beauty, sustainability and the simpler things in life. The shop’s exclusive historic downtown Olympia tote makes the perfect holiday gift, and one that will keep on giving. A percentage of every purchase goes back to the community.

Hunter Family Farm

Ditch the doomscrolling and head to Hunter Family Farm for all things Christmas. Family owned for generations, this tree farm offers a huge selection of u-cut and pre-cut Christmas trees and a whole lot more to deck the halls. Don’t just take our word for it. The Pioneer Woman just named this Olympia spot the best tree farm in Washington state.

Olympia Film Society

Everyone’s missing big screen flicks right about now. The gift of a virtual moving screening from Olympia Film Society is the next best thing. When you buy tickets, you’ll also be supporting an iconic Olympia landmark. OFS operates out of the 770-seat Capitol Theater, which was built in 1924 and has operated as a theater ever since. We’d love to see them stick around.

Stone city


In a year when self-care is at the top of everyone’s holiday list, Stone City Farms makes gift giving easy. This family-owned gem offers all-natural, farm-to-skin bath and body products from their Tenino homestead. The goat milk soap—Stone City’s flagship product—is guaranteed to wash away the muck of 2020. Use the code Thurston20 to receive 20% off your purchase.



Toilet paper isn’t the only thing flying off the shelves. Lavender is da balm as folks harvest healthier options to cope with stress and sleep deprivation. This Rochester lavender farm grows several varieties to keep pandemic symptoms at bay. Shop their online store for an array of gift options, from essential oils and sprays, to bundles, buds and sachets.

Shopping local is more important than ever