Boy do we need a little holiday cheer now! While a Happy New Year is probably on everyone’s list, it certainly is hard to wrap. That’s why we’ve collected a great sampling of gifts found at a dozen local Seattle shops that are sure to please just about everyone on your list (except for maybe Aunt Edna. She’s always hard to buy for.), and that should bring you a lot of joy too! Here’s where Seattle families can Shop Small Saturday… and beyond!

photo: Snapdoodle Toys and Games

For the Creative Kid

Snapdoodle Toys and Games offers a treasure-trove of puzzles, games, arts and craft products, science gear, construction toys and just about anything that can make imagination soar. We especially like the large 500-piece jigsaw puzzle featuring all the fun things to do in Seattle ($24.99). We also like the Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza Game ($12.99), an outrageous party game that is easy to learn, easy to play and hard to resist. The LEGO Chain Reactions book ($21.99), that comes with over 30 LEGO elements and 10 exciting machines to create is an easy choice for the LEGO-lover in your family. Parents can reserve a private time to shop or stop by during regular hours to browse. And kids will love the Wish List they can build to make shopping from afar easy.

7330 Bothell Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98028
425-408-0021

120 N. 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
206-782-0098

1527 Highlands Dr. N.E., #110
Issaquah, WA 98029
425-651-2838

15752 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA 98052
425-869-9713

Online: snapdoodletoys.com

photo: Fantagraphics

For the Big Kid

Fantagraphics has boasted of publishing the very best comics and graphic novels that the medium has to offer. And while little ones will appreciate these books of comics, it’s their parents (or grandparents) who will love walking down memory lane reading them. The bookstore and gallery feature a variety of different books and genres to choose from. A few of our favorite include Mickey All Stars ($14.95) which brings together 40 different comics creators from around the world to contribute one chapter to the book of Mickey Mouse’s wildest adventure ever; Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking ($9.99), featuring a series of vignettes that Charles Schulz created for Good Housekeeping and Woman’s Day magazines in the 1960s and The Return of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ($19.99), a graphic novel about the further adventures of the Disney princess. 

1201 South Vale St.
Seattle, WA 98108
206-557-4910
Online: fantagraphics.com

photo: Ebbets Field Flannels

For the Sports Star

While you can find authentic Mariners and Seahawks gear everywhere (heck, you can even find them at the grocery store!), there is only one place in Seattle that you’ll find recreations of vintage, authentic ballcaps, jackets, jerseys, shirts and more from teams that are no longer with us. Ebbets Field Flannels offers clothing from basketball, baseball, football, soccer and hockey. We’re talking minor leagues, Negro leagues, women’s leagues and more—all handmade in Seattle.

888-896-2936
Online: ebbets.com

photo: Steepologie Teas

For the Tea Lover

Established in 2016, Steepologie Teas offers an amazing array of 250 loose teas including black, green, white, herbal, mate, oolong, pu-erh and rooibos. We are fans of the Perfect Steep gift boxes ($39.95) which are available in 20 different themes! Each box contains six vials of different teas, all-natural Belgian sugar beets, large premium paper tea filters or a stainless steel infuser. But what we really like is the TeasMe Box and/or subscription. You can give the gift of tea for one month or many. The first box comes with four different teas (1/2 ounce each) right to their door ($11.95), or order a subscription for $9.95/month with shipping included!

124 Madrone Lane N.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

3420 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103

317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., #15
Issaquah, WA 98027

Alderwood Mall #214
Lynnwood, WA 98037

Southcenter Mall #2800
Tukwila, WA 98188

Online: steepologie.com

photo: Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center

For the Person With a Colorful Personality

The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center is not only full of history, it is full of beauty and color, much of which can be taken home or given as gifts. We are especially drawn to the large umbrella collection ($38) featuring three different designs (Thunder Moon, Honoring Life and Ancestral Spirits) that fit right in this rainy climate. The baseball caps ($25) and the colorful coin purses (that make great stocking stuffers at $6 each) also caught our eye. There’s lots more to choose from, and each purchase helps to keep the cultural center alive and well.

Good to know: Put the Duwamish Native Gift Fair and Market on your calendar.

4705 W Marginal Way S.W.
Seattle, WA 98106
206-431-1582
Online: duwamishtribe.org/store

photo: Sassafras

For the Fashionable Mom

Sassafras features an eclectic blend of sustainable fashion, art and handmade accessories made locally by independent fashion designers and artists in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. While there is much to ogle over on their website, we were wowed by the jewelry collection created by Via Coyote ($42-$62). Each piece is unique and created with found wood, colorful ink and ArtResin. They look heavy but are surprisingly lightweight and beautiful. (Psst.. we're also crushing on these cute Boma Jewelry pieces for fashionable kids too.)

Online: sassafras-seattle.com

photo: Jeffrey Totey

For Your Little Monsters

Funko has created gift items galore out of every pop culture genre there is including Disney, DC Comics, Harry Potter and more. However, if you visit their flagship store in Everett, you’ll find a group of their own original critters as well. Wetmore Forest is home to a variety of fuzzy friends ($10), there own storybooks ($10) and other fun things like a jigsaw puzzle ($12), a matching game ($15), stickers and pins. If you’ve never gone in before (and you really should) you’ll find a lot more surprises too.

2802 Wetmore Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
425-783-3616
Online: funko.com/shop-wetmore-forest

photo: Indi Chocolate

For the Person Who Loves Chocolate and Their Skin

Located within the Pike Place Market, Indi Chocolate is a high-end factory, candy and gift shop. One of their best, and surprisingly affordable offerings this season is the Chocolate Body Care Gift Set ($26) that contains no calories. Each set contains one of six choices of bar soap (chai, coffee, orange, mint, rose or lavender), one lip balm and one body lotion (in orange, mint or rose). The handmade soaps have been made with essential oils, the lip balm contains no sugar and goes on clear, and the body lotion smells so good you’ll be tempted to eat it (but stick with the real stuff–and there’s plenty to choose from here too). Visit the shop or buy online.

1901 Western Ave., Ste. D
Seattle, WA 98101
425-243-2089
Online: indichocolate.com

photo: Terra Bella

For the Quirky Dad

Terra Bella prides itself on having a wide selection of tasteful gifts for the home, kitchen and people. But they have a whimsical side as well. We found these four great finds for that quirky guy in your life. If your guy is old enough to remember the infamous painting of dogs playing poker, he needs a pair of these socks ($12). The Gentleman’s Beard Kit ($13.95) comes with a double-sided pear wood bear comb, stainless steel trimming scissors and bottle of beard oil all neatly tucked in a portable tin. The Fish Corkscrew ($14.95) is made with stainless steel and dark oak wood and features a bottle opener and foil cutter. And finally, the Wine Bottle Accessory Kit ($26.95) has all the tools you need “hidden” within a life-sized bottle of Bordeux.

3028 78th Ave. S.E.
Mercer Island, WA  98040
206-275-2285

1520 N.W. Gilman Blvd., #1
Issaquah, WA 98027

Online: terrabellagifts.com

photo: Ladybug Gift Store

For the Little Lady…Bug

Homegrown in Issaquah, the Ladybug Gift Store sells anything and everything ladybug including gift baskets. Our faves include the Ladybug Purse ($16.99) with its vinyl exterior and nylon lining for easy cleaning, zippered closure and a shoulder strap. It’s recommended for children 3 years and older. And wouldn’t that just be smashing with the cute Ladybug Hooded Jacket ($24.99) which can be personalized with custom embroidery. Available in three sizes (2T, 3T and 4T), the jackets are made with a 50% cotton and 50% polyester blend. Get them both for $39.99.

425-996-0553
Online: ladybuggiftstore.com

photo: Salt and Straw

For the Ice Cream Lover

You scream, I scream–you know the drill. Ice cream makes the perfect gift for the person who has everything. A surprise of a gift card to Salt & Straw is wonderful gift on it’s own, but we love the idea of kicking up a notch by pairing it with an official Salt and Straw ice cream cookbook ($25), A Whiff of Waffle Cone perfume ($28) or candle ($30) or even a pair of socks ($25) so that they don’t get cold feet while they’ll enjoying a scoop of leftover Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey or Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecans. Shop online or pick up something sweet at one of their three Seattle locations.

12620 120th Ave. N.E.
Kirkland, WA (opened Nov. 20)

5420 Ballard Ave.
Seattle, WA
206-294-5581

714 E. Pike St., Ste. A
Seattle, WA
206-258-4574

Online: SaltandStraw.com

photo: Derek Henderson

For the Person Who Has Had Just Enough

Local mom and now author, LaEisha Howard, turned her collection of love notes and pep talks to her only daughter (who was navigating life at college away from home with paralyzing anxiety) into a book. Fill Your Tank: 100 Daily Affirmations of Inspiration and Reflection is chock-full of affirmations and photographs from places where Howard found inspiration. It’s the perfect gift for … well … anyone really. 2020 has been tough for all of us. But get this, you can get the book and a fig & black pepper scented candle (made with soy and essential oils) packaged together and shipped free for $35! Maybe that special someone is you!

Online: laeisha.com

—Jeffrey Totey

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