Destinations

Top Northwest holiday shopping spots

November 16, 2017 / Washington

The holidays are just around the corner, and the Northwest is packed full of independent stores offering one-of-a-kind gifts. These are the top local shopping destinations for Uber riders from the last 2 months, based on anonymized trip data. Don’t worry if you live far away—most of the stores also offer online shopping.


Best local holiday shopping in Portland


Wildfang

This shop embraces tomboy fashion and culture, and aims to “liberate menswear, one bowtie at a time.” It offers a full range of cozy women’s clothing, from sweatshirts to suits. Don’t expect to see ruffles or florals—this store much prefers funky prints and solids. If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, there’s no shortage of Christmas socks, gloves, and hats which will be great for keeping your loved ones warm this winter.   

When: Every day, noon – 6pm (both locations)
Where: 404 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR and 1230 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR


Budd+Finn

From handcrafted soap to wall decor, this is your one-stop shop for all things related to the home. Your friends and family are sure to love the uniqueness of the items found here, including a porcelain squirrel lamp and Scrabble lights. The pig paper towel holder is sure to be a kitchen conversation piece, while the flamingo bottle opener is both practical and stylish. Every item is fun, quirky, and unlikely to be found in a big-box chain store.

When: Mon – Fri, 11am – 6pm; Sat 10am – 6pm; Sun 10am – 3pm
Where: 316 NW Broadway, Portland, OR


Animal Traffic

If you know someone who feels most at home in a flannel shirt and cowboy boots, look no further. This store offers western-inspired clothing for both men and women, from some of America’s favorite brands. Vintage goodies and locally made jewelry are also on offer. In fact, there’s so much to choose from that you’ll probably even manage to find something cool for that notoriously hard-to-buy-for person. No matter what you pick, you can rest assured it will be stylish, comfortable, and durable.

When: Mon – Sat, 11am – 7pm; Sun 11am – 6pm
Where: 4000 N Mississippi Ave. Portland, OR


Best local holiday shopping in Seattle


Blue Highway Games

Playing a board game on a cold winter day is a great way to make memories during the holiday season, and this store has plenty to offer. It specializes in unique games, with an on-site library that allows you to try them out before you buy. Staff is also on hand on Saturday nights to teach you how to play various card and board games. There’s something for the entire family, including a large children’s section.

When: Mon – Thu, 10am – 7pm; Fri 10am – 11pm; Sat 9:30am – 11pm; Sun 11am – 6pm
Where: 2203 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA


Glassybaby

This glassblowing boutique was created by a 3-time cancer survivor who found hope and healing in the light of a candle in handmade glass. Her business has since grown by leaps and bounds, and now employs dozens of glassblowers who use their unique skill to create stunning works of art. Purchasing a handmade votive as a gift not only provides a beautiful keepsake for the recipient but also enables Glassbaby to continue donating to charities that are dedicated to helping people heal.

When: Mon – Sat, 10am – 6pm; Sun 10am – 5pm (Madrona); Mon – Sat, 9:30am – 9pm; Sun, 11am – 6pm (University Village)
Where: 3406 E Union St, Seattle, WA (Madrona) and 2627 NE Village Ln, Seattle, WA (University Village)


Bait

This store is the perfect place to find trendy footwear and apparel, as well as skateboarding and snowboarding gear. It takes what it does very seriously, aiming to bring “surprise” back to brick and mortar shopping. It has collaborated with some impressive names in the past, from adidas to SpongeBob, so you’ll be in good hands as you wander the shop looking for the perfect gift. This store was created on the West Coast, but its success has led to an upcoming expansion to the Midwest.

When: Mon – Thu, 12pm – 8pm; Fri – Sat, 12pm – 9pm; Sun 12pm – 7pm
Where: 915 E Pike St, Seattle, WA


Best local holiday shopping in Missoula


Betty’s Divine

Located on Missoula’s “Hip Strip,” this indie shop focuses on head-turning fashion from local, regional, and international designers. It’s easy to spend hours wandering through the labyrinth of funky frocks and delightful denim, so be sure to allow enough time to get the full experience. Vintage fashion lovers will be in heaven at the back of the store, where the “greatest hits” of past decades can be found.

When: Mon – Sat, 10am – 7pm; Sun 11am – 5pm
Where: 509 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT


Bob Ward’s

Whether your loved one enjoys camping under the stars or observing local wildlife, this outdoor shop is bound to have the perfect gift. There’s a wide range of practical gear, as well as fun gadgets to use in the great outdoors. Skis and snowboards are on offer for lovers of snow, along with snorkel equipment for those who prefer tropical ocean waters. It’s a one-stop shop for the nature enthusiast in your life.  

When: Mon – Fri, 9am – 9pm; Sat 8am – 7pm; Sun 10am – 6pm (both locations)
Where: 3011 Max Ave, Bozeman, MT and 3015 Paxson St, Missoula, MT


Free Cycles

The gift of giving can sometimes be the most rewarding form of holiday cheer, and donating to this non-profit on behalf of a loved one is a great way to contribute to an honorable cause. The organization encourages cycling as a healthy and sustainable form of transportation and operates a free community bicycle shop to help get local residents to cycle. Volunteers are on hand to diagnose and fix bike-related issues, and to teach people valuable repair skills.

When: Tue – Sat, 10am – 6pm
Where: 732 S 1st St W, Missoula, MT


From vintage treasures to brand new snowboards and everything in between, these stores make buying gifts extremely easy. So what are you waiting for? Grab your wallet and shop ’til you drop while supporting these cool local businesses.