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!


With multiple locations around Seattle, Fireworks really is a must-shop when you are in need of a unique birthday gift. They’ve got you covered for everything kiddos want (and don’t even know they want). And tucked into every nook and cranny, you will find clothing items, hip accessories, cuddly stuffed animals and super-fun games not found in big box stores. With so many items to choose from, we guarantee you won’t leave empty-handed. (And you’ll likely find a little something-something for you, too!)

Good to Know: If you happen to be hanging at Sea-Tac Airport with time to kill, Fireworks has two locations inside the airport. Find them at the Central Terminal and North Satellite.

Pioneer Square
210 First Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98104

Westlake Center
400 Pine St.
Seattle, Wa 98101

Bellevue Square
196 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, Wa 98004

University Village
2617 N.E. University Village St.
Seattle, Wa 98105

Southcenter Mall
261 Southcenter Mall
Seattle, Wa 98188


photo: Fireworks

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