We've all been there: you don't know what to get for your friends and family this holiday season, so you end up buying them socks and underwear. (Don't pretend like that's not true!)
There's a better way! There are tons of local businesses in and around Bellingham that make amazing products—and they can help you give the perfect gift this year.
Here's a list of some of our favorite local companies:
The Community Food Co-op offers cooking classes! This is a great way to share an experience with a loved one and gain some new cooking knowledge. New classes are typically posted on their website in December.
Flat Stick Pub is perfect for all ages and events you can book a tee time or grab a gift card! Play Mini Golf, Duffleboard, Dufflepong, or Pockets while eating delicious pizza and enjoying a beverage.
Vital Climbing Gym is a beautiful climbing gym that offers a variety of ways for people to get involved with climbing—alone or with a group! This is an awesome way to join a great community and try out a wide array of activities from yoga, bouldering, fitness training, and more.
Copper Canoe Woman is a woman-owned business that creates modern, on-trend, indigenous jewelry. The pieces are infused with elements of owner Vina Brown's coastal indigenous culture and identity. These would be such a sentimental and stunning gift sure to wow any recipient.
Samish Bay Soaps makes all kinds of soaps with 100% pure essential oils that are environmentally friendly and never tested on animals. Their natural and earthy products are a perfect ode to the surrounding PNW.
Circa Pottery Shop and Gallery is the spot for handmade pottery by local artisans. They display gorgeous pottery from a variety of artists and can often be seen at community events in Bellingham.
One Stop Shops
Ideal is a gift shop tucked away in Downtown Bellingham that has been gathering unique and authentic pieces for everyone since 2008.
Village Books is a great place to find books, candles, bath and body supplies, kitchen accessories, games/toys, and other fun novelty gifts.
Lucky Monkey is a great funky gift shop with goods from local Bellingham art and crafts to unique international creations from Mexico, Peru, India, Thailand, and Egypt.
Cresswell and Boggs is a charming locally owned and operated funky gift shop carrying an eclectic selection of gifts, jewelry, books & greeting cards. Perfect for any person or occasion!
Green House is truly an experience with home decor and furniture to cookware and kitchen accessories, they have you taken care of for life. They even have a curated gift basket you can create to give very personal touches.
Salish Trading Post has gorgeous Salish Sea region and Northwest-themed gifts from shirts, Hats, and Jackets to Postcards, Greeting Cards, and more! The shop is located inside the Bellingham Ferry terminal to be sure to stop in on your next trip.
The Spice Hut creates spice blends and loose-leaf tea medleys in their flavor workshop in Bellingham. This is a great gift for tea drinkers, cooks, or food enthusiasts.
Banter is a sensational culinary-driven plant-forward restaurant guaranteed to leave you full and happy! Banter has gift cards, fun merchandise, and a great atmosphere any foodie would fall in love with.
Drizzle Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room has the highest quality olive oils from around the world. They have great gift sets that can even include a custom gift message, these sets are perfect for any kitchen!
You can also ask local restaurants if they have gift cards! You know this gift is sure to be used!
Sweet Tooth Gifts
Chocolate Necessities is a delicious artisan chocolate shop dedicated to presenting you with tasty chocolate products you can’t find anywhere else on this side of Europe!
Sweet Art Candy is a darling family-owned candy shop with amazing chocolate bars, truffles, caramel, macaroons, hot cocoa, and gift boxes.
Mallard ice cream is a Bellingham staple, this quirky counter-serve parlor offers seasonal ice cream scoops, shakes, and pints all crafted from area-sourced ingredients.
Sweet Bellingham is a charming shop located in Fairhaven where they make delicious cakes, candies, and caramel apples. They also offer classes if you wanted to gift an experience to someone.
Babygreens has all the indoor plants of your dreams, recently relocated to Fairhaven this shop has all the plants and plant goodies to bring the outdoors in!
A New Leaf Florist Shop is a small and locally-owned florist shoppe located in the heart of downtown Bellingham for over 40 years. They aim to make your lives brighter and more beautiful with our European styled floral arrangements.
Makeworth Coffee Roasters has various coffees, teas, breakfast, brunch, and baked goods served all day. They also have a fun array of coffee and tea appliances and gadgets or gift cards to purchase.
COF& is a Colombian Coffee shop that uses coffee beans collected by native farmers from The Santander mountains. Grab a cup, bag, or tasty empanada made fresh in their shop
Tony's Coffee is a fantastic local coffee roastery that has been roasting in Bellingham since 1971! The shop has a great selection of coffee, brewers, gadgets, and merch.
Thanks for checking out our suggestions, hopefully, this gives you some inspiration or direction on great gifts this year!