If you're looking to get some holiday shopping done during your stay in Seattle, don't get bogged down downtown with the big names and high prices for items that everyone else will own. There's a ton of shopping options nearby where you can get unique gifts for everybody on your list.
While you're staying at Hotel Ballard, be sure to check out these shops:
Dry Goods Design – 5308 Ballard Ave NW Suite 1
Dry Goods Design is the perfect place to shop if you're the person who A) wants to hand make presents for people on your list, B) knows some crafty folks who could use some additions to their supplies, or C) knows someone who likes hand made crafty things. You can pick up the perfect fabrics to finish off that mason jar of home made body scrub you made for a friend—or pick up tote and some stationary for someone on your gift list. And if you haven't sent out your Christmas cards yet, Dry Goods is a wonderful place to find the perfect cards, too!
Maritime Pacific Brewing Co. – 1111 NW Ballard Way
Sometimes holiday shopping is as simple as a growler of good beer. If there's someone on your list who is always exploring different breweries & beers, wrap up a growler of Maritime Pacific's Nightwatch Dark Amber or a seasonal & give the beerologist in your life something new to try. And while you're there, stay for a meal & a pint.
Sonic Boom Records – 2209 NW Market St
Everyone has at least one audiophile in their life who still prefers the analog sounds of yesteryear. Sonic Boom is the perfect place to shop for THAT friend or family member. With a large selection of vintage vinyl—as well as new sounds (in most formats—you might even get lucky and find what you're looking for on 8 track!). Odds are, if you know someone who likes music, you can get them an excellent gift at Sonic Boom.
Lucca – 5332 Ballard Ave NW
Need to grab a few trinkets & accessories for folks on your list? Take a walk down to Lucca. You can find handcrafted stationary & paper, whimsical trinkets, iPhone cases, earrings, and some of the most fantastic beard oil that the world has ever known. Experience the Parisian-style shop & grab a stocking stuffer—or a giant butterfly in a shadowbox—for a loved one.
… and when all your shopping is all said and done, don't forget to stop in at Cupcake Royale (2052 NW Market St.) before you head back to Hotel Ballard with the spoils of your shopping trip!