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Best Places For Last Minute Gifts In Seattle

December 17, 2013 4:00 AM

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We’ve all been there a time or two. Christmas is almost here and not all of the holiday gift shopping is done, so you begin running around frantically, trying to find the perfect gifts for all of your loved ones. If you’re a last-minute type of shopper, then look no further than this selection of Seattle stores for some truly unique gift ideas that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Butter Home
Melrose Market
1531 Melrose Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 623-2626
www.butterhomeseattle.com

Located in Capitol Hill’s Melrose Market, Butter Home may be a smaller, brick-and-mortar style shop, but it offers a vast selection of handcrafted gifts, home decor items and home furnishings. Choose from locally made metal work items, delicate porcelain items, elegant glassware and tableware, beautiful jewelry and numerous vintage pieces that are considered collectibles. Come in to Butter Home and look around for gift items for others, as well as something for yourself.

Charley And May Co.
2225 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 281-5555
www.charley-may-co.myshopify.com

This urban-style shop is named after the owner’s grandparents, Charley and May, a couple originally from Philadelphia. Located on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill, the Charley + May Co. offers a number of locally crafted gift items including vases, mirrors, wall art, clocks, handbags, wallets, timepieces, candles, soaps and much more. While shopping, you will even be treated to some delicious hors d’oeuvres of Swedish sushi and biscuits.

Mort’s Cabin
2241 Eastlake Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 323-6678
www.mortscabin.com

If you’re shopping for a true Seattleite, you will want to come into Mort’s Cabin and browse the wide assortment of gift items that are a reflection of life in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Some have called Mort’s Cabin a “quirky” place to shop, but if you’re from the area, you’ll appreciate the vintage gems sold here, including rustic home decor pieces, funky lamps and lampshades, cozy home furnishings and unique, hard-to-find posters and signs.

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Top Ten Toys, Inc.
124 N. 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 782-0098
www.toptentoys.com

Most retailers and toy stores all carry the same kinds of toys, but as an independent toy shop, Top Ten Toys carries more old-fashioned, creative-type toys that allow kids to use their imaginations and get an educational, hands-on experience. At over 7,000 square feet, and carrying more than 25,000 toys, Top Ten Toys is the largest store of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Come in and browse the selection of wooden toys, ecological and educational toys and even some classic toys you may remember from when you were a kid.

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Pike Place Market
1600 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 956-1964
www.beechershandmadecheese.com

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is a gourmet store located in Pike Place Market that makes its fabulously, tasty products right on-site. Come in and sample some of the best flavors of the Pacific Northwest, find delicious and elegantly packaged gift ideas and then stay for lunch to eat homemade, hot panini or the “Worlds Best” mac-n-cheese, made with various cheeses crafted by Beecher’s.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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