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Holiday Gift Guide

Local Recommendations to Help with Your Holiday Shopping

Article by Katie Frederickson

Photography by Life N' Light

Originally published in Bellevue Lifestyle

1. Baby on Board with Desiree Siegfried

She was The Bachelorette Season 9, and now she's a wife, mom and bridal gown designer. Desiree Siegfried and her husband, Chris, are now expecting their second son in January. As she’s discovered that time seems to be moving faster every day and finding balance with a busy work schedule has become even more challenging, Desiree’s holiday gift guide is jam-packed with all the very best, tried and true, mother-approved products for both mom and baby, during and after pregnancy. P.S. Her gorgeous bridal gown creations can be found online or locally at A&Be Bridal Shop in Ballard!

All I Want for Christmas Is…

2. Treasures for a Lifetime with Kia Fanaeian

A jeweler by trade since age 12, Kia Fanaeian has made a name for himself in the Bellevue community over the last 20 years as one of the region’s go-to's for all gift-giving occasions. Be it a birthday, anniversary, graduation, you name it—Kia will help you find just the right treasure. He can always be found in his Main Street store, with your ring size memorized and a treat for your pup. Inspired by the magic of the holiday season, Kia hopes the real gifts given this year, by way of the ideas on his wish list, are the more precious, meaningful, intangible things: a smile, a memory, a heartfelt message, love.

All I Want for Christmas Is…

  • Engraving
  • Custom designed piece
  • Watch
  • Tennis bracelet
  • Vintage jewelry
  • Necklace and pendant

3. Getting Fit with Earl Benjamin

What he lacks in body fat percentage he makes up for tenfold with soul and passion. Earl Benjamin is not only one of the region’s top spin instructors dedicated to his clients’ success but he’s also a regular contributor to Bellevue Lifestyle and very active in local volunteerism with the Union Gospel Mission and Boys & Girls Club. Earl’s holiday gift guide encourages self-care because he knows all too well how often people tend to prioritize themselves last. So whether you’re shopping for yourself or a friend, these ideas are perfect for the quintessential fitness enthusiast!

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4. A Little Something for Everyone with Scott Moore and Valerie Wasserman

This power couple not only manages demanding careers and community involvement—he’s a Clyde Hill City Councilman and CEO of a tech startup; she’s a media exec who empowers women entrepreneurs and nonprofits to grow their businesses—they’re also raising three young adults in a blended family that celebrates both Hanukah and Christmas. Scott Moore, Valerie Wasserman and their three kids have mastered the art of thoughtful gift giving, and their wish list this year is nothing short of fun and eclectic, offering something for everyone on your list too!

All I Want for Christmas Is…

  • kia custom jewlery