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

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 Chukar 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. 



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Show Pony
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When shopping for female friends and family members, consider a charming, neighborhood shop that guarantees unique gifts that won't match anyone else's. This Fremont women's boutique in one of Seattle's most popular, artsy neighborhoods, stocks...  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


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PCC Natural Markets
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MiiR Flagship
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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

Pike Place Market
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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

indi chocolate
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indi chocolate is a local bean to bar chocolate company that just opened the very first chocolate factory in historic Pike Place Market. (Find the welcoming shop in the new Pike Place MarketFront next to Old Stove and Honest Biscuit on Western...  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