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!

Archie McPhee

Looking for the world’s largest pair of underpants, a three-foot long beard or a jumbo handlebar mustache? Archie McPhee is your one stop shop for crazy costumes and accessories and the wackiest and weirdest collection of toys and candy you’ve ever seen! This one-of-a-kind store, located in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, offers something amazing (and crazy!) around every corner. Most items sell for under $15.

1300 N. 45th St.
Seattle, Wa 98103

photo: Archie Mcphee 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