Best Gift Shops For Tech Lovers In Seattle

July 7, 2015 5:00 AM

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If you’re a non-techy person, shopping for a gift for the technically-minded person might not sound like a lot of fun and can even seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there are a few shops in the greater Seattle area that not only cater to the techie crowd, but are also willing to help you make the right choice while not looking down their nose at you. First, find out what your loved one is passionate about and use this as a starting point when you shop.

Ada’s Technical Books
425 15th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112 
(206) 322-1058
www.seattletechnicalbooks.com

When planning your visit to Ada’s, you’ll want to ad for a little extra time there and order an espresso drink from the cafe. Unlike some of your geek friends, Ada’s is neat, clean and fun to visit. Because owners Danielle and David Hulton “believe in never-ending learning, evolving and collaboration,” the store is not only packed with books and gifts, but also offers a variety of workshops and events.

Archie McPhee
1300 N. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 297-0240
www.archiemcpheeseattle.com

Although Archie McPhee is probably best known for its array of goofy gifts and toys, it also features a surprising amount of tech-related gifts as well. With a reputation for “Confusing Seattle for over 30 years,” the place is packed from floor to ceiling with all kinds of oddities, so you’re bound to find something that your friend or family member can appreciate. Here you’ll find the Ultimate Geek Pen (with stylus, laser pointer, flashlight, and UV light), Tech Monks Teacups, Geek Fez hats and more.

Geek Chic Woodshop
Geek Chic 711
100th St SE
Everett, WA 98208
www.geekchichq.com

Perhaps the only builder of “geek furniture” in Seattle, Geek Chic has been designing and building its wares since 2008. And the furniture and fixtures are nice, too – perfect for the non-refined geek. The woodshop specializes in storage (for comic books, collectibles and display), desks, chairs, tables (coffee, dining, game playing) and more. It is a real working woodshop, so if you want to see their work up close, they ask that you set up an appointment ahead of time. Otherwise, you might want to visit their detailed and very nifty website.

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Pacific Science Center Gift Shop
200 Second Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2001
www.pacificsciencecenter.com

Where else should you go for lovers of tech and science then at the source? The Pacific Science Center at the Seattle Center has a great gift shop filled with all kinds of fun things, which makes sense, since they believe science is fun. And you don’t need to pay admission to shop there. In fact, you don’t even need to go to the PSC to shop. There’s a fine assortment available online and all purchases help support the center, so its a win-win.

Fablab
1938 Market St.
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 426-1267
www.fablabtacoma.com

The mission of FabLab is an ambitious one: “Strive to provide easy and open access to cutting-edge design and prototyping equipment, and to to bring educational opportunities and a supportive community for students, inventors, artists, and DIY enthusiasts.” In addition to a huge list of classes that are available for all ages, Fablab also sells a number of retail items as well … items that the rest of us had no idea existed.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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