Gifts You Can’t Wait to Give
Holiday Gift Guide to the U District
The U District is such a creative neighborhood, brought to life by its residents, the students commuting to and fro, and all of the wonderful small businesses that cater well to the local community. When you do your holiday shopping in the U District, you’ll find creative gifts for everyone on your list! Visit a number of eclectic retails destinations and shop local to find the perfect gift – for a loved one or even for yourself!
Check out some of the highlights below, and keep reading for a more detailed list of options. ?
THE GIFT OF WELLNESS
Lulumiere is a recent addition to the neighborhood, and we’re so elated about it. Linda, owner and creator of Lulumiere’s handmade candles and shower steamers, is inspired by the Pacific Northwest and the outdoors. For a friend or family member that could use some self-care, one of their natural made candles scented with essential oils may just be the perfect gift. Another great option would be treating them to a candle-making workshop taught by Linda herself.
FOR THE PLANT LOVER
Fancy Plants Seattle (another recent addition to the U District!) is a store focused on growing healthy houseplants, providing plant education, and making plants accessible for all. If you’d like to give the gift of nature to a plant-curious or experienced person in your life, be sure to stop by the store, and they’ll help you pick the perfect companion for your friend/family based on their experience and lifestyle!
FOR YOUR FAVORITE HUSKY
FOR THE CREATIVES IN YOUR LIFE
Gargoyles has been offering a vast array of gargoyles and pagan, Celtic, metaphysical, and esoteric art and gifts in the heart of the U-District since 1992. This is the perfect place to purchase unique pieces of art and curios for any loved one that enjoys gothic aesthetics. They also have rotating exhibitions of works from local artists, with prints available for those on a lower budget. Smaller gift options, like fridge magnets, buttons, tarot decks, books and more can also be found here.
FOR THE GAMER
Fun fact: Pink Gorilla was voted as one of the “Top 5 Essential Spots to Visit In Seattle for Nerds” in 2018 by IGN. Known mostly for their retro games, they also offer a selection of more recent titles and consoles. For the nerdy loved one in your life, you can find a big variety of items that would make an excellent gift here, including plushies, figurines, and other accessories. It’s no wonder they’re such a great fit in the U District.
BOOK LOVER’S PARADISE
Not only does the U Book Store contain a wonderful selection of the newest titles, which makes for a super fun gander for any avid book lover; but they also sell many eclectic items rooted in motifs of the Pacific Northwest. Specialty soaps, tote bags, calendars, planners, and more can be found here. You’re certain to find a cute gift for any special person in your life. Or perhaps consider buying a gift card and let them shop at their own delight?
SHOES, SHOES, & MORE
Lucky Dog coins itself as a “Premium Thrift Shop” that focuses on street wear and luxury items. It’s a great place to find vintage sneakers, puffers, t-shirts, and luxury purses/bags (often at a bargain). Some of the brands you can find in their shop include Supreme, Patagonia, BAPE, Versace, and more.
Sweet Alchemy ice creamery is dedicated to producing small batch, organic, and locally sourced ice cream. Opened by UW alumn Lois Ko, this year Sweet Alchemy has prepared a special gift set spotlighting their popular Dalgona coffee flavor, along with a Dalgona scented candle, and a sweet alchemy branded mug, among other goodies. A great gift for any caffeine and sweets lover in your list.
GROWLERS FROM LOCAL BREWERIES
Local breweries in the U District are serving up some of the city’s best – stop in and pick up a growler for the beer enthusiast on your list!
Ladd & Lass Brewing
Opened in 2022, Ladd & Lass is quickly becoming a fan-favorite. Pick up a growler or can of their Olympic Peaks IPA or Peach Gobbler and be the hero at your next holiday party.
Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
The 2022 Wooly is in and ready for you to order to take home! Or try the S’moredor Imperial Stout – brewed with marshmallows, cocoa, and graham crackers.