Time's Ticking

Six Sure-Thing Last-Minute Gift Shopping Stops

Where to grab the goods before midnight hits your gift list

By Amanda Zurita December 22, 2014

Still scrambling to stuff all those stockings? Swing by our last-minute picks to wrap up your gift list. And for six bonus stores: last year's roundup still applies.

E. Smith Mercantile
Aside from being a generally delightful (also, hipster) place to shop, E. Smith has the added bonus of a bar. And there's actually something for everyone: handmade candies, winter-ready accessories, jewelry, apothecary items, and assorted giftables. The boutique/general store is also running a 12 Days of Christmas promo with deals on different items each day. File under: Where to take a cocktail break while still plowing through your gift list.

Clover Toys
Ballard Ave's charming children's shop is the place a stylish Seattle aunt or uncle picks up kids' gifts. They specialize in creative, heirloom-quality toys sourced from classic European lines, small-name makers, and generally brands you won't find a Fred Meyer (read: very little plastic, no Barbies, etc.). You'll pay for quality, but it isn't difficult to goodies under $20. File under: What they'll pass on to their kids some day.

Inside Moorea Seal in Belltown

Moorea Seal
The Belltown location likely isn't on your shopping spree route, but it's surrounded by ample parking and well worth the trip. Find jewelry, housewares, and other accessories at reasonable price points and feel extra warm and fuzzy since a percentage of profits go to charity. File under: Baubles that won't break the bank. 

Frye Museum Store
Gwyneth Paltrow gave the shop her stamp of approval, so what else is there to say, really? It's another one of those find-something-for-everyone, specifically Seattle, wonderfully curated shopping experiences. Combine it with a trip through the museum, or membership passes as stocking stuffers. File under: For style-minded friends with cultural ties. 

Book Larder
Find the city's best collection of new and imported cookbooks for the kitchen dwellers in your life with the help of the Fremont shop's food-loving staff. File under: Recipe for success. (Plus you're past the point of Amazon Prime shipping.)

Click! Design That Fits
Another one-stop wonder, the California Ave shop carries cards, kid's items, jewelry, and fun/random decor and gift items. Wrap up one of these refurbished radios for the win. File under: Worth fighting your way to West Seattle for.



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