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. 

Shops at the Bravern
Photo courtesy of Shops at the Bravern

Occupying multiple levels on the basement, street and mezzanine of a massive combination Microsoft office tower-and-condo complex in downtown Bellevue, the Shops at the Bravern is a tony and upscale shopping hub. This collection of high-end...  Read More

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

essensuals London
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"British high fashion means Pacific Northwest cool" at essensuals London, opened in Capitol Hill, part of the internationally-acclaimed TONI&GUY London brand (known for standing at the forefront of British hair fashions and beyond). As the third...  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

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

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 is the most recent addition). Included in the retail venues is a wide range of...  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

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


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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