Holiday Shoppers Make the Rounds at Festive Shops in & Beyond Seattle



If you're not keen to 'shop till you drop' while hunting for gifts this festive season, you've come to the right place. (Let's be honest–the quicker, the better, when it comes to fighting holiday crowds.) Our list recommends a range of friendly, local spots and bigger emporiums, ensuring you will walk away feeling satisfied. The best news of all: Seattle is a superb place to find unique, unforgettable presents.

Thanks to the variety of venues that complete the Seattle shopping scene, you will find options that cater to the gamut of vast and eclectic tastes. Start with the iconic, must-see Pike Place Market, for example. At this one-stop-shop of a bustling bazaar, you'll stumble upon amiable vendors selling goods that range from locally-made art and Emerald City souvenirs to clothing, jewelry, books and edible goodies like chocolate-covered cherries, boxes of salmon and tins of regional tea.

Whether you prefer browsing the big shopping malls on the outskirts of the city or the intimate boutiques that showcase the various character traits of Seattle's distinctive neighborhoods, we've streamlined some of the best spots for you to explore in downtown Seattle and beyond. No doubt you'll find gifts that sufficiently represent the spectacular Pacific Northwest–good food, good drinks, good outdoor gear and, of course, good music. 


Simply Seattle
Photo courtesy of Simply Seattle


Looking for a souvenir or gift idea that really smacks of the Pacific Northwest? Gift baskets stocked with goodies, smoked salmon, Christmas ornaments, art prints, books, and specialty items are available from the folks at Simply Seattle....  Read More




Since 1982, this nationally acclaimed chocolate authority has satisfied Seattle's sweet tooth with an unsurpassed array of sumptuous candies. Fine truffles, candy bars and triple chocolate tortes are just a smattering of the goods that will have...  Read More


REI
Photo courtesy of REI


Sure, there are multiple REI locations across the country, but the Seattle flagship location of Recreational Equipment Incorporated is a destination in itself. Whether you're gearing up for a planned hike at Mt. Rainier National Park, looking...  Read More


Show Pony
Photo courtesy of Show Pony


When shopping for female friends and family, consider a charming, neighborhood shop that guarantees a unique gift that won't be identical to everyone else's. This Fremont women's boutique in one of Seattle's most popular, artsy neighborhood,...  Read More




More than a generation old, this venerable bookstore in Capitol Hill is a Seattle tradition. Exposed brick walls and wooden floors lend a note of permanence to the establishment, which offers thousands of books and texts. You'll find new volumes...  Read More


Beecher's Handmade Cheese
Photo courtesy of Beecher's Handmade Cheese


In 2003, Kurt Beecher Dammeier put his passion for artisan cheese into action as he opened the first Beecher's shop in the heart of Seattle's historic Pike Place Market. Visitors now delight in the store's tempting smells, tastes and sights...  Read More


West Lake Center


Westlake Center is a four-story shopping center and twenty-five story office tower in downtown Seattle that features 80 upscale shops on four floors of retails (Zara being one of the newer additiosn). Included in the retail venues is a wide...  Read More


MiiR Flagship
Photo courtesy of Courtesy MiiR


On Stone Way, MiiR Flagship exists as a gathering space in which people can "connect, converse, learn and grow." The sleek venue offers a mix of merchandise for sale, tasty coffee, a huge selection of beers and kombucha on tap, snacks as well as...  Read More


PCC Natural Markets
Photo courtesy of Chinook Book


At PCC Natural Markets, a member-owned cooperative, you'll find fresh, local and organic produce, quality meats and sustainable seafood at 10 Seattle-area locations. And while these are certainly great places to do one's grocery shopping (or...  Read More


Pike Place Market


It could be argued quite persuasively that Pike Place Market is Seattle's heartbeat. Situated along the water in the city's downtown zone, the market was originally founded to allow produce growers to sell directly to consumers. Today, it's a...  Read More


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Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne

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