Holiday shopping in the Seattle area offers numerous locations for great gifts. Shopping early saves time, decreases holiday stress and offers the best selection of gifts. The downtown corridor and outlying suburban areas are filled with shopping districts and malls to accommodate the choosiest shopper. Many areas offer free parking or easy access via public transportation, such as the monorail that runs from the Seattle Center to the north of downtown to the Westlake Center.
Seattle Waterfront
Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 499-8040
www.waterfrontseattle.orgThe Seattle waterfront is a fantastic area to explore and shop for holiday gifts. The main portion of the waterfront runs from the Olympic Sculpture Park at the north end to the Bremerton Ferry docks on the south end. The Seattle Aquarium gift shop is a great place to find marine related gifts from stuffed animals to coffee mugs and more. Membership to the aquarium can be purchased too. Ye Old Curiosity Shop carries a wide assortment of shells and stones. The shop carries unique gift items through-out the store. The Seattle Antiques Market contains a wide variety of antiques for the collector. Parking is available at the Public Market Garage for a fee.

Northgate Mall
401 N. E. Northgate Way
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 362-4777
www.simon.comNorthgate Mall is located just off of I-5 in north Seattle. The mall evolved from an outdoor mall to an indoor mall a few years ago. It is home to large department stores such as Nordstroms, Macy’s and JCPennys. Target sits across the street from the main mall to the north. Smaller stores in the mall include The Children’s Place, Bath & Body Works and Papyrus. Parking is easy at the mall due to the parking lots and garages. The easy mall access makes this the perfect place to conduct holiday shopping, and the food court is handy for hungry shoppers.

Westlake Center
400 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 467-1600
www.westlakecenter.comThe Westlake Center is in the heart of downtown Seattle. This 4 story shopping center is next to Nordstroms and other large department stores. The center decorates for the holidays, and in the plaza outside is the winter carousel which is popular with visitors. The stores in the center are a vibrant array of smaller Seattle retailers. These shops include Marbles: The Brain Store, Emerald City Gold and Coins and Zara. Parking is available at the Westlake Tower Parking Garage next door.Related:  Best Place For Handmade Gifts In Seattle

Main Street Edmonds; Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

Downtown Edmonds
Main St. & 5th Ave. S.
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 670-1496
www.edmondswa.comOn the north end of the Seattle area, the Edmonds downtown area is rich in gift opportunities from local and regional artists. This artist community is home to several wonderful art galleries, including MaJe Gallery, the Cole Gallery and Gallery North (a local artist co-op). MaJe Gallery is known for its unique clothing items, large assortment of unique jewelry, artistic household items and beautiful artwork. The Cole Gallery is a traditional gallery with large paintings and sculptures. Gallery North represents local artists in all mediums from painting and jewelry to photography and sculpture. Other retailers in the area include Arista (the wine store), Bountiful Garden and the Wishing Stone. Parking is free on the street or in designated parking lots.

Pike Place Market Interior; Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

Pike Place Market
85 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-7453
pikeplacemarket.orgThe Pike Place Market is located just above the Seattle Waterfront, and houses the oldest farmer’s market in the Puget Sound area. The multi-story market is home to a wide variety of small retailers and local artist vendors. This is a great place to purchase locally made art from the artist. Vendors range from t-shirts to photography and fiber art to hand-crafted housewares. The artist vendors change throughout the year. Other independent shops include Tenzing Momo (for herbs, oils and incense), Solstice Designs by Locals (jewelry) and 3D Wood Puzzles. Parking is available at the Public Market Garage for a fee.Related: Guide To Pike Place Market

Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at