Up Your Zoom Game
Thought-provoking book spines. Well-placed kitsch. Art and accessories that make a statement. When it comes to Zoom, FaceTime and other videoconferencing apps, it’s all about the backdrop. Whether the goal is a CNN vibe or Pacific Northwest ambience, our unique local retailers can help set the tone for everyone on your holiday-gift list.
GIVE THE GIFT OF OLYMPIA AND BEYOND THIS SEASON
Give a gift that takes videoconferencing to a higher level. The Artists’ Gallery features original fine art, sculpture, photography, jewelry and more. The Olympia co-op spotlights 20 Washington artists and offers something to fit any budget and style, from traditional to modern. (If 2020 was a painting, we’re pretty sure it would be more Picasso than Rembrandt.)
The crayon drawing on the bulletin board is adorbs, but an original piece of wearable, wall or tabletop art will have fellow Zoomers gazing in awe. Childhood’s End Gallery features the work of hundreds of American artists and artisans spanning a variety of media including art glass, ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, and a range of fine art and reproductions.
Mute away. The “Stay Home Get Cozy Drink Coffee” mug says it all. This decidedly retro diner mug is the perfect accessory for your video platform of choice. Your purchase will also make a pandemic statement; 10% of proceeds go towards personal protective equipment and first responders.
There’s no time like the present to support local artists. Gallery Boom is a bustling hub of more than 90 of them spanning a variety of creative genres. Give the gift of unique art without breaking your gift budget. Choose from paintings, prints, clothing, accessories, woodworking, jewelry, housewares…you get the idea.
Iron Works Boutique
If you’re in the market for one-of-a-kind videoconferencing accessories, Iron Works Boutique is the spot to shop. You’ll find gifts that inspire (and prices that delight), including camera-ready apparel and jewelry, home furnishings, outdoor garden décor, antiques and a whole lot more. The shopping will almost be as fun as the giving.
A Millennium Falcon virtual green screen is cool, but a legit shelf of books in the background makes videoconference attendees look crazy smart. Novel Bookstore offers a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction to spice up any Zoom call or bedside table. The independent, family owned shop is open for browsing and curbside pickup.