by Keridwyn Deller
Maybe you’re buying some last-minute gifts or maybe you just want to treat yourself to some fun this Winter. Either way, here are some fun online experiences and other last-minute gift ideas:
For the Puzzlers and Ones who Love to Play:
Multiple friends of mine have raved about Nordo’s Room Service Boxes (ours is currently under the tree and we plan on cracking it open in the new year). It’s a mystery, it’s a game, it’s theatrical! You can even add on themed wine and food to make it a truly delightful evening. Solve puzzles and riddles and – well, check out their webpage to get more of a feel of this truly unique gift. They currently offer three boxes: “The Witching Hour: A Monster Comedy” “Do Not Disturb” and “Curiouser and Curiouser: The Interrogation of Alice.” The box we have is quite elegant. Friends who have played one box have plans to buy and play the other two. I take that as a glowing review. (At Home Experience. Available for National Delivery, local Seattle delivery, or local pickup.)
For your Favorite Bookworms:
Book-It Repertory Theatre turns wonderful books into fabulous productions. A gift certificate to Book-It will allow your book-loving friends to choose between in-person productions (starting up again in 2022) or the delightful listen-at-home “Audio Plays” which include “Zen and the Art of an Android Beatdown” and “The Three Musketeers.” (Seattle Center and Online at Home)
(Note: I personally like the term “bookworm.” It makes me think of my childhood butterfly gloworm and my favorite hobby: listening to audiobooks. Opinions may vary.)
For the Ones who Love Hip-Hop OR Disney (or both – I know plenty of you out there):
MoPOP tickets, of course! Museum of Pop Culture has multiple exhibitions on right now – including “Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop,”(featuring many legends including Missy Elliot and Queen Latifah), “Heroes and Villians: The Art of The Disney Costume,” and more. MoPOP is truly a delight for your ears and eyes – no matter how many times I’ve visited, I always leave with a smile on my face, having experienced something new. (Seattle Center, in-person both exhibitions are open now.)
For the History Buffs:
Passes to see Da Vinci – Inventions at MOHAI (Museum of History & Industry). “This exhibition provides fascinating insight into not only the mind of a genius, but also into the fundamental scientific and artistic principles that he explored.” Extended through March 13, 2022. This is curated with the assistance of Museo de Leonardo da Vinci in Rome. I love that it’s “suitable for all ages” as well! Ages 14 and under are free (max 5 kids per chaperone). (South Lake Union, in-person now through March 13, 2022)
For the Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of Hamilton) Fans:
Can I take a moment to take a breath and tell you: I AM SO VERY EXCITED that the tour of Freestyle Love Supreme is coming to Seattle! I’ll let the theatre take the mic to describe this show, as it really captures the magic: “Seattle Rep is excited to share casting news for the highly-anticipated Broadway tour of the critically-acclaimed improv sensation Freestyle Love Supreme, conceived by Anthony Veneziale and created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale. Freestyle Love Supreme is an intermission-less, roller-coaster ride of a show that Rolling Stone calls “pure joy” and Entertainment Weekly describes as “lightning in a bottle.” Freestyle Love Supreme at Seattle Rep? YES, PLEASE. I get a little wiggle of excitement every time I think about this show (this will be my first time seeing it). (Seattle Center, in-person Feb 16-March 13, 2022)
For the Theatre Lovers who Prefer to Stay In:
Take a LOOK: Seattle Rep is generously offering a stay-at-home option with a limited number of streaming season tickets. It makes my heart so happy to see they find ways to reach audience members who aren’t currently comfortable or able to attend public group experiences. Thank you to everyone at Seattle Rep who said YES to this possibility and spent the time and effort to make this happen. I see you and I appreciate you. Note: Streaming Season includes five productions but does not include Freestyle Love Supreme. (Online, at-home Streaming Season Tickets: January – June, 2022. Limited availability.)
For a Tasty Gathering with Your Bubble:
Small gatherings are so on trend for some reason, aren’t they? Make the next gathering with your little bubble something to remember with these GORGEOUS food boxes by Slow Table. The Mini Crew boxes each include “two cheeses, two cured meats, three accoutrements and a dessert item.” While I hope to experience one of these boxes in 2022, I’m sharing this as I have it on good authority that they are delicious and dreamy. Also, the names of the boxes are so charming (examples include: “Fireside Chats” and “On a Mountain By the Sea.”) Check out their website to discover the details of what’s inside these boxes.
Wishing you all many moments of ease and joy as we close out this emotional and exhausting year.
Sending you love,
Some additional notes:
All dates and information are subject to change. For in-person events, confirm Covid-19 protocols before attending. As always support your community by being safe, masking up, and following all current recommendations from King County Department of Health.
This post was written in the “Done is Better than Perfect” spirit, so it’s likely there’s a typo or some awkward phrasing in here. If the typo is driving you nuts and you want to let me know, send me a message.
If you have an event, experience, or product you’d like me to consider featuring on Seattle Pockets in 2022, reach out.