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!

Retroactive Kids

Located in the heart of Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood, RetroActive Kids is a toy and gift store specializing in retro, vintage, and one-of-a-kind items for kids, and the kid at heart. Founded in 2004 by Beth Reyes and Trisha Gilmore, the co-owners share a passion for artistic, interesting, unique products and are always happy to help with a recommendation (or two!).

Bonus: If your fam is in need of haircuts, you can also get your hair and your kids' hair cut in the salon, Columbia City Cuts, which is located in the back of the store.

4859 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98118

photo: RetroActive Kids

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