Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday. That’s marketing. You spending your holiday gift money near home with business owners that live and work in your neighborhood? That’s smart. While it may not be the first choice people think of in the city for shopping, the Central District has plenty of unique gift giving opportunities that include the added benefit of keeping money in the community. We’ve included a picture of one of the area’s most successful retailers, Madrona’s Glassybaby. In the past, we’ve profiled other great CD places to shop like Immortal Dog and events like the Pratt Fine Arts annual holiday sale. But what are your Central District holiday shopping secrets? We’ll continue to update this post throughout December with holiday giving ideas and inspiration for shopping locally. You can help out by adding information about your favorite neighborhood shops or sales and deals you find. The more off the beaten path, the better. Happy (local) holidays.
I’m an out-of-towner (live across the Capitol Hill border) but can highly recommend Tana Market next to Twilight Exit at 2518 E Cherry if you’re looking for something interesting to round out your gifts. They sell tej honey wine and some amazing spices. Yum.
(we have them at All Purpose Pizza!)
For the young or young at heart, Izilla Toys on 12th has a good selection of toys, games, puzzles, and costumes for kids from babies to teens. For the holidays (or maybe permanently?) they’ve also brought back a selection of kids’ books.
I’m also big on “experience” gifts rather than stuff–so think about getting gift certificates or pre-paid cards to local coffee shops and/or restaurants.
In any demonination. CDNews Readers if you purchase $25+ in gift certificates and mention this post we’ll give you a free drink.
Yesler and 20th