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So, you saved your gift shopping for the week of. Again. You could blame it on the supply chain and show up to the party with a ribbon-topped IOU…or you could down a quad-shot and support some local businesses.
Count us in for the latter. Here are some of our favorite places to nab last-minute treasures, organized by neighborhood and complete with gift recommendations. Go forth and be merry.
Last-minute gifting pro tip: Print a sentimental photo at Walgreens (we love that one-hour turnaround!) and toss it in a pretty frame, like the frosted acrylic Prisma numbers sold at Annie’s. Also available: Candles, cookbooks, board games, and some very pretty Hydro Flasks.
The beauty of a highly curated boutique: Somebody already found the good stuff for you. With picks like Seattle-made Baleen bracelets ($36) and wallets from Portland-based Tanner Goods ($40), this little Ballard storefront shortens your trip without making it obvious you bought all those presents in one place—at least until a stunned giftee inevitably asks where on earth you do your shopping.
Seattle's biggest independent bookstore moved from its original Pioneer Square location in 2010, but a quick break from lamenting the good old days reveals the same lovely shop—and thousands upon thousands of potential last-minute gifts.
We’d never judge your desire to split precious shopping time between loved ones and your Loved One—aka, you. It just so happens that one of Seattle’s most fashion-forward boutiques stocks giftables (Canelle et Vanille ($35), earthy D.S. and Durga perfume ($175)) and swoon-worthy, wear-forever pieces in equal parts. Swing by the other shops in Melrose Market and Glasswing's newly reopened Greenhouse just down the street while you're here.
Floral arrangements are certainly a specialty here, but don't let the name fool you: This is a gift shop through and through. Especially if your giftee's got a green thumb. Pick up plants and pots to put them in, cute Rifle Paper Co. office essentials ($40), statement earrings ($35), and more.
Denny Regrade's rotating popup location may have just the thing in store for your giftee—or not. That's the beauty of a rotating popup, after all. Past featured brands include Cancelled Plans and Outdoor Research; check their Instagram for the latest.
Pike Place Market
Located in the depths of Pike Place Market since 1961, Golden Age Collectables is thought to be the oldest comic book shop in the world. Here, each aisle gives way to another just as stocked with age-defying treasures, from a full wall of Funko Pop figures to what feels like an entire franchise worth of Star Wars paraphernalia, to, obviously, rows and rows of comics.
When in doubt, pop into our favorite fancy grocery and grab a great bottle of red for grandma, some especially fun chocolate bar flavors for the nieces and nephews, and all the accoutrements for a unique and well-fed party.
Snoqualmie Tribe–owned Eighth Generation—whose slogan is Inspired Natives, Not ‘Native-Inspired’—exclusively features designs from Native artists. The company specializes in gorgeous blankets, but smaller gifts like scarves ($120), beach towels ($49), and pretty ceramic tumblers ($36) will be equally well received.
A light-filled showroom houses owner and designer Jane Hedreen's children's clothing designs alongside home goods and fashions for the whole family (the one whose house always seems to have the sleekest gadgets and tome-stocked book shelves).
Dozens of vendors vaguely organized into their own mini shops means there’s something here for everyone, from retro Seahawks gear to midcentury barware to cheeky earrings made by local designers. You just might have to search through a few racks of ’90s nostalgia to find what you didn’t even know you were looking for.
Fremont's favorite women's boutique sets the standard for fashionable festivities with of-the-moment drops from brands like House of Sunny, racks of Stutterheim raincoats, and gifty items (candles, jewelry, silly socks) aplenty.
If you haven't visited this local empire of gift stores since you bought that pair of mustache socks in 2010, now is the time: Fireworks stocks everything from the cute to the cute-and-kitschy, like this encouraging back-to-work nameplate ($28).
Some people only give and get practical gifts: fountain pens, sweaters, the dreaded-but-appreciated annual pack of socks. You’re here to throw a wrench in the works. That fancy-looking pen? Actually part laser. That candle you're about to light? Pickle-scented. Even the socks here drop their dull gift stereotype with depictions of a bundled-up Bigfoot or the Wallingford shop’s signature rubber chicken ($8).
Emergency Googly Eyes, Archie McPhee Local
Keep it in the neighborhood, West Seattle. Alair, home to exclusive PNW tees, soap for introverts ($11), and even the cocktail napkins ($9) you forgot to grab for the party, is just the sort of packed-to-the-brim gift shop you need for a one-and-done trip.
Doll Parts duo Alyssa Kaliszewski and Becky Bacsik take pride in carrying a fun selection of throwback decor, handmade accessories, and clothing that caters to a variety of gender expressions and sizes frequently lacking on vintage racks (or, let’s be honest, racks in general).