Another weekend, another birthday party and another we-gotta-find-a-good-gift shopping mission. If you’re tired of feeling uninspired in the big box stores and ready to up your gift giving ante, we’ve rounded up 16 shops where you can score the perfect (unique) gift for that special birthday boy or girl on your list. From 3-D puzzles and brain games, to pirate treasures and vintage toys, your gift is sure to be the hit of the party!

Theo Chocolate Factory Gift Shop

Chocolate seems to be a universally accepted gift loved by all. Little ones and candy? We can’t ever seem to go wrong there! The next time you are in the Fremont neighborhood and find yourself in need of a gift, stop into the Theo Chocolate Factory Gift Shop. Consider this place Disneyland for chocolate lovers where you’ll find a wide array of hand-made chocolates and caramels with flavors that change with the seasons. After you’ve picked up your gift, feel free to sample a piece for yourself, you’ve earned it!

3400 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98103
206 632 5100

photo: Anthony W. via Yelp

Still stymied? Other ideas include picking up an animal-themed gift at the zoo (Woodland Park Zoo, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium or Cougar Mountain Zoo) or the Aquarium gift store. Arty-themed gifts can be found at the Seattle Art Museum or MOPOP gift shops. And check Bellevue’s new KidsQuest Museum or the Pacific Science Center for STEM-themed gifts.

Where do you like to shop for cool and unique birthday gifts. Share your ideas with others in the Comments below.

— Jennifer B. Davis, Allison Rasmussen & Sara Billups