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Your local, artsy, holiday gift guide 2013

Every holiday season, I get really excited for the prospect of buying gifts for people I love. Then I remember that everyone I love is really picky, and choosing the perfect present for everyone seems a lot more challenging than fun. I do have a few guidelines I keep in mind: 1) buy local, local, local 2) the more creative, the better & 3) when in doubt, give an experience.

Here’s a list of memberships/classes/stores/fairs/other things that I think are really rad AND promote the local art & culture scene around Seattle. Happy clicking & shopping!


Northwest Film Forum membership // Experience Music Project (EMP) Membership // MOHAI membership // SAM Membership // Henry Membership  //  Burke Membership


Class at Hugo House | Class example: “Being Funny”

Class at Fremont Abbey | Class example: “Self Defense”

Class at The Vera Project | Class example: “Silkscreening 101”

Class at Velocity Dance Center | Class example: “Intro to Dance Series”

Other Experiences

Bumbershoot pass // SIFF gift certificate // 5th Avenue gift certificate // Tickets to Pacific Northwest Ballet

Tangible Stuff

Earth-friendly holiday gifts from Nature Consortium

Teen poetry collection from Pongo Teen Writing

Cookbook from Hedgebrook

Books from Floating Book Press

Drop some dough on a KEXP tile & put your name on the wall at their new Seattle Center space!

Lots & lots of goodies at the Frye Museum store

Everything you need for your next space trip at Greenwood Space Travel Supply Store (826 Seattle)

Records from the Sub Pop store

Cairo‘s trendy clothing

Or, trendy clothing from new store Glasswing

Ourobouros Press has ‘esoteric books’

& Science books at Ada’s Technical Books

T-shirts & art cards from Degenerate Art Ensemble

Surprise art! from LxWxH subscription

OR, are you a tactile purchaser and want to feel and hold something before you buy it? I understand. Here’s a smattering of fairs that might sell crafts/books/goods/cute things that are worth leaving your house for.

December 7-8 | Winter Festival and Crafts Fair | Phinney Center

December 7 | Holiday Show | Pottery Northwest

December 7 | Punk Rock Flea Market | Underground Events Center

December 7-8 | Urban Craft Uprising | Seattle Center

December 6-24 | Holiday Show and Sale | Seward Park Clay Studio

December 8 | Open Studios | Inscape Arts

December 8 | Annual Rummage Sale | Photo Center NW

December 4-9 | Fashion and Beauty | Alki Arts at the Harbor Steps

December 14 | DIY Holiday Fest | The Vera Project

December 14 | Holiday Bazaar Gnar | InartsNW

December 20-21 | Indie Book Fair | A/NT Gallery

December 18-23 | That Perfect Gift | Alki Arts at the Harbor Steps

For more holiday art fairs, check out this Seattle Times guide to holiday fairs.

Alright everyone, there are so many more cool stores and shops and fairs and artists that deserve recognition & for people to buy their stuff this holiday season. Leave a suggestion in the comments, or tweet them to us at @SeaOfficeofArts and we’ll tweet our praises of your local artsy suggestions! Happy holidays! – Annie Holden