Sláinte! (To your health!)
It's never too early to start planning for St. Patrick's Day (March 17). Order this compact flask bag to carry enough whiskey for you and your friends. The faux-leather bag holds three 4-ounce stainless steel flasks and three shot glasses. Perfect for St. Paddy's Day festivities.
$35. bumble b design: www.bumbleBdesign.comor 206-769-7675 (Order by March 15; if outside of the Puget Sound area, order earlier.)
Only on St. Paddy's Day! Order this pretty box of eight Guinness Stout Truffles by Oh! Chocolate in Bellevue to surprise your favorite lad or lass on March 17. Order by March 13; earlier if you're outside of Seattle.
$48. bumble b design, a local online company: www.bumbleBdesign.comor 206-769-7675. The truffles also are available in various-sized packages at Oh! Chocolate: 2703 76th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island, 206-232-4974; 10500 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue, 425-451-1060; 3131 E. Madison St., Seattle, 206-329-8777.
Repair kits for dummies
The successful "For Dummies" series is branching out beyond books. Its Wall & Ceiling Repair Kit for Dummies is the first in a line of kits to help do-it-yourselfers conquer common household projects. The kit comes with tools, materials and easy-to-follow instructions for patching that wall or ceiling. No more excuses! $20. Coming soon to hardware and paint stores. This summer, it will be sold at Walgreens drugstores.
Three Tea Tree
This charming little company, based in Burien, sells wholesale and online, but you can also find its extensive variety of teas, chai, teapots and other gifts at Kobo Capitol Hill and Kobo at Higo, both in Seattle; Uwajimaya in Seattle and Bellevue; Central Market in Shoreline and Mill Creek; and Le Cadeaux Gourmet in Seattle.