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!

Toys That Teach

As if Country Village Shops didn’t already have enough fun stuff to offer, located across from the duck pond and gazebo you will find an awesome shop to buy gifts. Toys That Teach, a locally owned and operated toy store, offers a huge selection of items sure to please any toy enthusiast. The items in this store encourage creativity, exploration and learning. What else could you ask for?

23716 8th Ave. S.E., Suite F
Bothell, Wa 98021

photo: Toys That Teach 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