4908 Rainier Avenue S
Seattle, Wash. 98118
If you’re looking for handmade, local, environmentally-friendly whimsical but high-quality gifts, Andaluz is the place for you. Andaluz is a treasure trove of hats, purses, totes, felt accessories, custom fragrances and jewelry. Check out the vegan leather handbags and wallets from Shiraleah
615 N 35th Street
Seattle, Wash. 98103
If it’s a fresh new scent your after – for either a boyfriend, girlfriend or family member – Essenza is your place. Carefully wrapped soaps, hard-to-find, European scents and candles and custom gift wrapping make for beautiful, last-minute gifts. If a fragrance seems too hard to pick out, rest assured – Essenza will give you a test bottle to try out at home before purchasing. Essenza also offers unique jewelry from local designers.
De Medici Ming Fine Paper
1222 1st Avenue
Seattle, Wash. 98101
Look no further for your holiday cards than De Medici! Hallmark doesn’t hold a candle to De Medici Ming, especially considering the care with which boxed cards, bound journals, notebooks and photo albums are chosen and displayed in this charming, cozy space. De Medici Ming was named for the two cultures that contributed the most to the development of paper: The Chinese who invented it and the Italians who put it into everyday use.
415 E Pine Street
Seattle, Wash. 98122
CakeSpy includes an art gallery, a gift shop and all handmade items that feature sweets. Cakespy also carries jewelry, soap, totes, shirts and cookie cutters.
Laura Bee Designs
6418 20th Avenue NW
Seattle, Wash. 98107
Laura Bee Designs doubles as a design studio and retail store, selling locally-made clutches and purses, wallets, pouches, shoulder bags, belts, makeup bags and jewelry. Every bag is stitched to order – extra pockets and embellishments are available and online ordering is possible – so log-on to Laura Bee to browse or stop by the Ballard store for the perfect gift.
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