11 stores for out-of-the-ordinary gifts in and around Seattle

Jan 13 2021, 8:15 pm

Do you ever walk into a store and see an item that you know your friend will love?

Seattle’s got a bunch of stores that are filled with those exact kinds of gifts. The stores themselves have an odd assortment of items, but somehow it just works.

You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list at these 11 stores in and around Seattle.

Archie McPhee


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Mark McPhee, Archie’s great-nephew-in-law, has been supplying gifts and toys to Seattleites since 1983. The shop began out of Mark’s garage, where he sold knickknacks and other random items. Those in his neighborhood couldn’t get enough of his wacky shop, which prompted Mark to open up a real storefront in the big city of Seattle. Ranked as one of the Top 10 Independent Toy Stores by USA Today, this shop had to top our list of wacky stores.

Location: 1300 North 45th Street, Seattle
Phone: 206-297-0240
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Ugly Baby Shop


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With a name like Ugly Baby Shop, you just know this place doesn’t take itself too seriously. The shop showcases local artists while focusing on DIY craft kits and enamel pins. The shop is the first in the world to sell Shower Art: art that hangs in your shower with a suction cup.

Location: 1430 Western Avenue, Seattle
Phone: 206-696-0089
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Retail Therapy


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Retail Therapy specializes in clothing, gifts, art, and accessories created by independent artists and designers. The shop staff are more than happy to help guide you in your shopping experience by offering a series of services such as makeovers and custom fitting garments.

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday 12 to 7 pm
Location: 905 Pike Street, Seattle
Phone: 206-324-4092
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Clementines is a boutique focused on sourcing unique pieces from independent, emerging designers and brands. Their current gift shop has everything from soaps and flower vases to your new favorite scarf.

Location: 310 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle
Phone: 206-935-9400
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Poppylion is both a hair salon and a ritual shop. If you’ve got a witchy friend, grab them something they’ll appreciate such as a cauldron, book, spell candles, and more.

Location: 763 Broadway, Tacoma
Phone: 360-632-3666
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Brick and Mortar Books

Pick up a few titles from Brick and Mortar Books. The bookstore also sells games and socks and has a slew of cards for purchase. You can shop in-store with a mask, call the shop at 425-869-0606, or email them at [email protected]brickandmortarbooks.com for availability and ordering.

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