Your COVID-Friendly Holiday Shopping Guide

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Two good things about holiday shopping this year: 1) Department store stampedes are absolutely canceled and 2) In many cases, you don’t have to leave the cozy spot by your space heater to find great gifts for everyone on your list. With local businesses and makers in mind, we’ve rounded up the best online markets, socially distanced pop-ups, and other places to shop this season, from the annual Urban Craft Uprising 2020 Winter Show to the Rainier Beach Arts & Crafts Market to a Holiday Market at Skål Beer Hall, plus Small Business Saturday and Museum Store Sunday ideas. For more options, check out our complete holiday market calendar or our holiday gift guide.

Events are online unless otherwise noted.

NOVEMBER 28

Chinatown-ID Food Walk
At this socially distanced version of Chinatown-International District’s popular “food walk,” you can support local businesses by strolling through the neighborhood and trying different takeout dishes from over 30 participating restaurants, including Crawfish King, Fort St. George, Dough Zone, Fuji Bakery, Hood Famous Bakeshop, Phnom Penh Noodle House, and more.
Various locations (Chinatown-International District)

GTPM 2020 Holiday Market
Find unique gifts from dozens of vendors in your five-person-or-smaller quarantine pod.
Georgetown Trailer Park Mall

Small Business Saturday
COVID-19 setbacks have dealt a huge blow to small businesses in Seattle (and far beyond), which makes your participation in this year’s Small Business Saturday—a day dedicated to shopping from independent makers—especially crucial. If you’re not sure where to start, consider hitting up the West Seattle Junction or downtown Renton for a day of deals; checking out one of the Capitol Hill businesses participating in Shop the Hill; stopping by Ballard’s coffee shop/mail delivery site Sip and Ship for some holiday-card productivity (knowing that 10% of proceeds will benefit Mary’s Place); shopping from vendors that were slated for the now-canceled Asian American Pacific Islander Arts & Crafts Fair; visiting Theo Chocolates on Saturday and Sunday for first dibs on their holiday collection; or supporting various local vendors at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall‘s outdoor holiday market. For more ideas, check out our directory of local businesses currently open for in-person and/or online shopping.

NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 3

Houseplants for Homebound
Kubota Gardens has moved its annual fall plant sale fundraiser online, offering a host of options for your lucky green-thumbed holiday gift recipients. You can also add handmade botanical holiday cards to your order, which you can pick up at the Kubota Garden Foundation office on December 4 or 5.

THROUGH NOVEMBER 29

Virtual Shoreline Holiday Market
Shop early for handmade jewelry, textiles, and holiday-themed crafts from nearly 30 Shoreline artists without leaving your house.

NOVEMBER 29

Handmade Brigade Pop-Up: Holiday Edition
Procure thoughtful presents curbside from Seattle-based artists selling everything from ceramics to apothecary items to holiday cards. 
Fremont Sunday Market

Holiday Market at Skål Beer Hall
Glug some gløgg (Scandinavian mulled wine) and peruse wares from Nordic and Viking merchants like Hearthfire Nordic Wares at this holiday market at Ballard’s Scandinavian beer hall, just down the street from the Ballard Farmers Market. They’ll also have a socially distanced beer garden with canopies and heaters.
Skål Beer Hall (Ballard)

Museum Store Sunday
After finally getting the green light to reopen at limited capacity, the surge in COVID-19 cases has forced museums to close again until at least December 14 under reinforced distancing guidelines. Shopping from their online shops on Museum Store Sunday (or any other time) is the best way to show your support and keep them afloat, and local institutions happen to offer great gifts for your art-minded loved ones. Through November 29, the Museum of Flight is offering free virtual reality glasses (which can be used to view their virtual aircraft tours) with any purchase of $50 or more, and they’re offering free shipping for orders of $75 or more. You can also check out curated collections of goods available online from the Frye, the Seattle Art Museum, the National Nordic Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Henry Art Gallery.

DECEMBER 2-6

King Street Makers Market
Instead of King Street Station, more than 50 Pacific Northwest makers like Seattle Canning Co. and ceramicist Kata Golda will gather online to fulfill your holiday gift-giving needs.

Urban Craft Uprising 2020 Winter Show
You’d be hard-pressed to find zilch for your loved ones at Urban Craft Uprising’s tried-and-true indie craft show. With over 150 vendors selling a huge variety of hand-crafted goods—from jewelry to clothing to paper goods to candles to housewares—you’re bound to find unique gifts for the holidays. For this virtual edition, you’ll interact directly with the vendors and order their goods online.

THROUGH DECEMBER 3

The ​Best of the Northwest Fall Show & NWAA Holiday Market
Check out work under $200 by over 100 Northwest artists and craftspeople, including guest artists from Gallery Onyx. If something speaks to you, you can strike up a virtual chat with the artist and buy their piece.

Crown Hill Holiday Market
Show your loved ones they’re close to your heart by sending them dozens of frozen tamales from Nacho Mama’s, Northwest-themed tree postcards, prints, and stickers from Erin Fox, and other goods made by Crown Hill artists and artisans. The vendors are listed online, so you won’t even have to leave your house to shop.

DECEMBER 4-6

Phinney Neighborhood Association Virtual Winter Festival & Crafts Fair
For the fourth decade in a row, the Phinney Neighborhood Association will bring together 90 makers and artists for their winter crafts market. You won’t get to gather in their old school building to eat cookies and hear holiday music, but you can definitely bake yourself a batch at home, throw on the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, and shop online.

THROUGH DECEMBER 5

Latvian Center Virtual Christmas Bazaar
Shop online for handmade crafts and jewelry by local Latvian artists at this annual Baltic holiday bazaar.

DECEMBER 5

Lake Stevens Winter Farmers Market
The Lake Stevens Farmers Market will get a seasonal boost from makers of spiced jams, honey, seasonal baked goods, and locally made gifts. 
Lake Stevens Farmers Market

DECEMBER 5-20

Rainier Beach Arts & Crafts Market
Stay safe at home while checking off your loved ones’ holiday lists and supporting local artists. This Rainier Beach market will have online offerings throughout the month, as well as in-person artist studio tours on December 5 from 11 am-3 pm.

DECEMBER 12

Full Moon Virtual Market
A rotating lineup of local businesses will gather under the shared light of the full moon and their computer screens to sell charming wares for your witchy and wellness-minded friends. 

Kirkland Winter Market
Stroll through downtown Kirkland and browse winter produce, dried flowers, artisan foods, and homemade crafts from local businesses.
Downtown Kirkland

SPASM – South Park Swap Meet
Support artists and small businesses in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood at this in-person shopping event co-presented by the Punk Rock Flea Market. Be sure to wear a mask and keep your distance. Hand sanitizer will be available for all customers.
Big Top Curiosity Shop (South Park)

THROUGH DECEMBER 30

Historically Hip Artisan Market
Three Issaquah locations—the Historic Shell Station, the Issaquah Train Depot, and the old Rogue Brewery will play host to local artisans slinging wares for holiday shoppers.
Various locations (Issaquah)

THROUGH APRIL 29

Burien Winter Market
Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa at this Burien market, which features food vendors, crafts, and more every Thursday.
Burien Town Square Park

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