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!

Clover Toys

A toy boutique in the heart of Ballard, Clover is a favorite stop for kids, especially on Sundays during the Ballard Farmers Market. Creaky wood floors and big front windows surround a slew of giftable toys, games and costumes. Clover displays pint-sized instruments little ones are welcome to shake and strum, as well as a large selection of natural items like colorful stacking shapes from Wooden Wagon.

5335 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98107

photo: Clover LLC Facebook page

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