Welcome to the final installment of the Twelve Tacoma Artist Gifts of Christmas! Inspired by both the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song and fellow features writer Sue Kidd, who’s offering you her own “Twelve Tacoma Foodie Gifts of Christmas” on her TNT Diner blog, I’ve come up with 12 alternative gifts for Christmas: no partridges in pear trees, but something a lot more uniquely local. (See older posts for the other days.)
So here’s Day 12:
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
Twelve blown glass baubles, eleven quirky comics , ten movie tickets, nine local poets, eight letterpress posters, seven concert tickets, six sumi paintings, five gothic rings…Four pottery bowls, three CDs, two baby heads and a deck of Tacoma playing cards!
Whew! We finally reached the end of the song! And as a reward, you get a Christmas bauble. No, not for you – for your true love, of course. In fact, you can stick to the song and buy twelve, and hang them on your tree. Tacoma’s famous (yes, it is) for blown glass art, and the simple globe swirled in vivid iridescent colors is still one of the most popular versions. Find them from $22 at the Museum of Glass gift shop (1801 Dock St., Tacoma; 866-4-MUSEUM, museumofglass.org), the Pacific Northwest Shop (2702 N. Proctor St., Tacoma; 800-942-3523, pacificnorthwestshop.com), Fulcrum Gallery (1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma; 253-250-0520, fulcrumgallerytacoma.com) or online from Bella Balls (bellaballs.com).