The holiday season is here and for many that means shopping. Finding the perfect gift isn’t always the easiest but we have some ideas from local retailers big and small that are sure to be a hit. Here’s a local holiday gift guide for your favorite Seattleite.

Scents, soaps, and home goods from Essenza


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Do you have a friend who is constantly in search of beautiful and good-smelling things? Essenza is the place to shop. The Fremont storefront is a beautiful visit and inside you’ll find niche perfumes, decadent bath products, home goods, jewelry, and all sorts of other must-have items.

What’s more, the store is closing for good on December 31st so this is your last holiday season to experience all that they have to offer.

Where: 615 N 35th St

Classic PNW clothing from Filson


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Filson is one of Seattle’s most iconic outdoorswear brands. Known for high-quality leather and canvas goods, the retailer has all sorts of unisex clothing and luggage perfect for the die-hard Seattlelite.

Where: Online or instore

Give the gift of informed gardening 

As our city is surrounded by nature, lots of Seattleites have green thumbs. Now maybe you know someone who is looking to learn something new. The University of Washington offers tons of classes and workshops for everything from outdoor season gardening to terrarium workshops.

Where: Online or in person

The perfect outdoor gear from REI


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Seattle and the outdoors go together like PB&J. With that in mind, you probably have an outdoors person in your life who would love some new gear. From hiking boots to fleeces, skis, GPS watches, and all the camping gear you could ever need, REI has it.

Where: Online or instore

Vintage jerseys for the sports lover

Know someone who loves sports? Whether they’re a fan of the home team or a team many states away, Throwbacks Northwest has a wide selection of vintage sports team memorabilia from shirts to jackets and each piece is unique.

Where: 1507 11th Ave

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Experience Seattle from the air


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What’s a better local gift than a flight above the city? Kenmore Air offers a selection of local tours of scenic destinations as close as the Seattle skyline, Lake Washington out to the San Juan Islands, and even Mount Rainier.

Where: Flights depart from Lake Washington and Lake Union

Hand blown votives by glassybaby


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Do you know someone who loves to wind down with some nice candles? Seattle’s glassybaby creates hand blown glass votives perfect for setting the mood. Choose from tons of colors as well as other glass designs like cups and pitchers.

Where: Online or in store

A binge worthy read

Seattle is a city that loves to read. Whether you have an avid bookworm in your life, someone who loves the aesthetic beauty of coffee table books or a walking encyclopedia friend, Elliott Bay has a book.

The iconic Costco Hotdog Shirt


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Washington has plenty of iconic companies but few top Costco. Especially because founder Jim Sinegal hates inflation as much as any other American. You can give the gift of his famous hotdog quote on a shirt to the Costco lover with a sense humor in your life.

Where: Online

A SIFF membership for the movie lover

Have a cinephile in your life? What better way to give them access to the big screen than a SIFF membership? You’re supporting a local organization, and giving them access to benefits like $3-$5 off screenings, exclusive event invites, free popcorn and pre-sale access.

Happy shopping Seattle!