Go for convenience, accessibility and selection. Those are the perks of Seattle's best malls and shopping centers. You can get in and out quickly and experience tons of shopping success in the meantime. Local retail options range from high-brow to low-brow stores, along with food offerings, should you need a drink or a bite along the way. (Shopping, after all, can be a tiring sport!)
A great place to start to get an overview of available local goods: downtown's iconic Pike Place Market; here you'll find gifts for yourself or others that include crafts, jewelry, clothing and home decor goods made by local artisans as well as culinary treats representative of the region (think smoked salmon, bins of tea and chocolate-covered Rainier cherries). Afterward, consider heading to Seattle's quaint neighborhoods, where you'll get a dose of the local flavor along with your retail experience (head to Wallingford Center, the youthful and vibrant University District or the Asian-centric International District, for example). If you need a one-stop-shop complex in which to visit as many stores as possible in the shortest amount of time, head to malls in Everett or Northgate. Here you'll also find parking, restaurant options and sometimes even a cinema in which to unwind after the shopping's complete.