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Unless you’re a straight-up shop-till-you-drop type, the ultimate goal of holiday gift-shopping, so far as we can tell, is to find one place where you can get it all done and get it all done right.
The internet’s good for that—but you do miss out on the singular pleasure of wrapping yourself in a winter coat and pretending to be a character in a Hallmark movie. Enter: Nordstrom’s Make It Pop-In, an in-store gift shop tailored toward trend-seekers, home chefs, especially fancy children, and just about anyone else who likes things. The shop opened October 22 on the third floor of the department store’s flagship downtown Seattle location, where it’ll remain open through January 9.
It’s the latest in a series of “Pop-Ins” Nordstrom has held downtown and at other popular locations—Bellevue Square’s the only other shop in the state to host the 2021 gift shop—since the initiative launched in 2013 under VP (then-director) of creative projects, Olivia Kim. Past Pop-Ins have hosted concepts (K-beauty, road-trips) as well as brands (Glossier, Hay) to plenty of critical acclaim.
It’s the kind of nontraditional brick-and-mortar experience that keeps pulling on a raincoat and heading downtown to find a gift feeling romantic, not tedious, even as online retailers like Nordstrom itself promise curbside convenience or overnight shipping to customers browsing from the couch.
That said...you can totally shop the Pop-In online. Here are some of our favorite products, now available on Nordstrom’s site and in-stores:
Resisting the urge to type in all caps right now: Do you know how hard it is to elegantly arrange an ever-changing lineup of cosmetics? One new lipstick and suddenly you're forced to consider moving them all up to the blush compartment; only then, where will you put your Glossier cloud paint? First world problems, yes, but this is customizable organizer is a first-rate solution.
You know how Tacoma totally doesn't smell anymore, but people still hold onto those "aroma of Tacoma" jokes? We're hoping the scents from SoDo-based candle brand Cancelled Plans—including their new Cheeky line—keep Seattle sweet-smelling by association.
The early-2000s clip trend has absolutely sunk its claws into us—and when it comes to out-of-this-world hold for thick or long hair, Machete's a cut above the rest.
New Year's resolution: We will no longer be shamed into participating in societal norms, including but not limited to hard pants, hard shoes, and hard conversations. Talk to the slipper.
Oh, shit: Your whole family actually got vaccinated. Which means you actually have to hang out over the holidays. Which wouldn't be a problem, except that...you kind of forgot how? Break the ice with these strange little fun facts, then giggle about them over the punch bowl once you remember what socializing is all about.