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!

Pirates Plunder

Located on Pier 57 on the Alaskan Way waterfront, Pirate’s Plunder is a huge hit with tourists and locals. One look inside the store and you can see why. Not only is it filled with Seattle paraphernalia, but they also carry everything a little pirate lover could dream of. Set sail and head down to the waterfront to score a really cool gift. Be prepared to throw out a couple shiver me timbers and ahoys as soon as you step through the door!

1301 Alaskan Way (Pier 57)
Seattle, Wa 98101

photo: Chee T. 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