You don’t always have time to peruse the local shops to find that quirky one-of-a-kind gift, but you can still find cool gifts from Seattle artists and crafters when you do a Shop Local search on Etsy, the online community for all things handmade.
Before hitting some tourist trap for an “I (heart) Seattle” tee, there’s a fun, more subtle way to show your passion for the Emerald City: outfit your little dude or dudette with a darling, Seattle-themed Urban Onesie from Capitol Hill-based Trixie & Duke. The $15 all-cotton onesies feature a cool photographic image of the Space Needle, which was taken from Melrose Ave. on Capitol Hill. The onesies are available at trixieandduke.etsy.com, where you can also find original photography of local landmarks like the Pike Place market sign and the giant ampersand in Olympic Sculpture Park.
If fabric is your thang, Bellflower Textiles has just what the doctor ordered. This local mom left the corporate world 2 years ago (coinciding with the birth of her daughter, natch) and opened her Etsy shop to showcase beautiful kiddie tees, blankets, and tooth fairy pillows made from fresh, vintage, and original textiles. We love the stylish crayon roll — perfect to bust out on a plane, restaurant, or any other situation in need of a little art with heart. Crayon roll, $10, various designs.
Headed to a baby shower but dread buying a “diaper cake” or other boring registry item? Have no fear, a pair of booties from Heather’s Treasure Box will insure you’re the talk of the town and secure your status at future gift-giving celebrations. Offering a modern take on the traditional crocheted bootie, Heather’s interpretations of Converse All Stars, Doc Martens and Birkenstocks have a devout following and have been have been featured in Parents Magazine and Real Simple. Booties are $24 and fit ages 0-6 months.
Etsy (Shop Local)