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If you haven’t been impacted by any shipping delays, count yourself lucky! Shipping delays have impacted thousands of people — but they don’t have to if you shop local!
Want to shop local in Spokane? You can – and it’s good for our local community.
One of the great things about buying local is that you can immediately pick up your gifts rather than waiting for them in transit. Not only that, but by supporting local you build your resident economy, raise the value of your home and neighborhood, create less environmental footprint, celebrate better working conditions in Spokane… really, the list goes on and on.
Speaking of lists, Santa has been making his list and checking it twice, but have you started your holiday shopping lists? Don’t let holiday shopping in Spokane bog you down. Here are some ideas to help you shop local Spokane art, fashion, gifts, products, and organized-markets this holiday season.
Shop Local in Spokane
Tasty Local Gifts
Best Cookies Ever Spokane lives up to its name – these are some of the best cookies we’ve ever had, and trust us, we’ve tried a lot!
Best Cookies Ever Spokane is a new company, run by a “one Mom shop” that offers both pop up pick up options and delivery. How awesome would a gift of cookie delivery be for someone you loved (or yourself!)?!
Check out Best Cookies Ever Spokane and their holiday cookie options here.
One Tree Hard Cider: Snowglobe
Snowglobe hard cider from One Tree Hard Cider is an absolute must when it comes to unique, local gifts. It makes the perfect host gift, gift for the hard cider lover in your life – and don’t get us started on how cool the edible sparkles are in this delicious cider!
Spokane Clothing Companies
THE WAVY BUNCH shares powerful statement pieces from cultures far and wide including funky handmade and vintage fashion. Their one-of-a-kind clothing promotes freedom of expression, wearing color, and originality. Eclectic, alternative, free-spirited, artistic and uninhibited, their clothing emphasizes the individuality and creativity of the wearer while reflecting revolutions in art, culture and music.
The Check Point Northwest specializes in vintage, sportswear, streetwear. They offer new and used shoes, painted pieces, and re-worked clothing. With a ton of new stock that’s always revolving, they’re excited to show the unique items they’ve hand-selected in their Spokane store. They sell, buy and trade clothing, so bring some old clothing and make offers while you shop.
Local Jewelry Makers
Pinecone Tribe perfectly preserves pieces of nature and patterns them into wearable art. You can peruse their rare, one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry on Instagram and message this local Spokane jeweler to select a statement piece that’s inspired by Spokane’s flora and fashioned into a great gift for any occasion.
Sacred Spiral Adornments creates enchanting jewelry that is sure to catch eyes around town. Designed by hand, each piece is unique and interesting, specializing in items foraged from nature such as snake-vertebrae and crystals. From earrings to bracelets, anklets to spoon rings, you’re sure to find something magical for that special someone.
[Editor’s note] Ginger Stones is Spokane-adjacent, in Colbert, WA, and has incredibly beautiful jewelry, from necklaces to earrings and more. Ginger Stones began in 2016 and offers handcrafted, one of a kind jewelry from the inland Northwest.
Even better? 5% of sales goes back to nonprofits, and Ginger Stones’ only uses 100% recycled material boxes with compostable labels. Not sure where to start? I’m obsessed with these Sun earrings!
Book a Room at the Santa Suite in Downtown Spokane
Want to do something truly magical for the holidays? Book the “Santa Suite” in downtown Spokane at the Doubletree!
The “Santa Suite” package, is available now for reservations and includes accommodations in a spacious multi room suite decorated with all the holiday trimmings, tasty in-room treats, holiday movies and the best views of the lights in River Front Park from the top floor of the hotel!
Rain Poppy Art draws freehand intuitive mandala-art for friends and neighbors of Spokane. Custom orders are always welcome and clients can decide the size, color, framing options and theme. From this, the artist creates a one-of-a-kind work of art. Each piece is funky, intricate, energetic and would make a great focal-point in anyone’s bedroom or office.
Colleen Ford Artistry is a Spokane-based artist that specializes in high-contrast and minimal artwork in the areas of her many interests. From mushroom foraging, to her love of the Pacific Northwest outdoors, to elegant single-line figure drawings, Colleen’s prints are exclusive to the Inland Northwest art scene. Purchase her Christmas cards to show those far away the beauty and budding art-scene alive in Spokane.
[Editor’s Note] I have to add Megan Perkins to this list! If you love Spokane, or know someone who loves Spokane and want to get them something unique to our area, you definitely should check out Megan’s work.
Not sure where to start? I’ve already added her 2022 calendar, full of beautiful art from around the northwest, to my list for Santa!
Spokane’s Natural Apothecaries
Bath by Bex is a local handcrafted CBD brand in Spokane, specializing in all-natural ingredients. They are currently in the process of opening a retail shop and can’t wait to help people of Spokane find wholesome and nourishing alternatives to pain relief. Find them at many local markets, or shop their online boutique for bath, skincare, supplements, and pet-care products.
The Soul Fleur Shop brews up magical soaps, candles, body scrubs, salves, beard oils, tea blends, lip balms and bath soaks. All their products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free and organic. On their site, you can choose from varying products for pain, relaxation, stress relief, mental clarity, reduced inflammation, fighting acne, and anti-aging benefits.
Northwest Home and Yard Décor
Earth Roots Studio is a woman-owned Spokane business by a mystical momma and fiber artist, Janique Romero. Her studio beautifully crafts handmade crystal creations, macramé home décor, plant-hangers, good-luck charms, jewelry, frames and mirrors and many more plant-based items. All her goodies are made with purpose, intention and positivity.
Solid Fire Pits, by Scott Shumake, mixes welding with his background in studio-art and sculpture. These colossal kinetic sculptural-artworks bring homeowners a “sense of momentum.” These elegant yet industrial swinging fire-trapezes can be customized with any pattern, mark, or logo to bring a sense of identity and uniqueness to your backyard.
[Editor’s note] 2232 Ceramics’ creator Brooke Martinez doesn’t just make beautiful mugs (among many other options!), but she also makes functional items for your house. I’ve been obsessed with Brooke’s ceramics ever since we had her on our show, Trending Spokane – but be aware, getting your hands on Brooke’s creations may be more difficult than catching Santa coming down the chimney. They go fast!
Watch our episode with Brooke here: Episode 13: Talking Inspiration, Passion and Pottery with Brooke Martinez of 2232 Ceramics
[Editor’s note] Anchored Northwest candles are a not-so-hidden-gem, made here in Spokane. Did you know all of Anchored’s candles are hand poured, too? In addition to smelling delicious, with a long-lasting burn time, Anchored Northwest is a Spokane treasure and a surefire way to enjoy supporting local!
Not sure what to get? My personal favorite is the Sea Salt & Orchid candle, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the scents!
If you haven’t visited Raising the Bar and checked out the barware there, you’re missing out! During the Farm Chicks sale, we had the opportunity to get some beautiful coupe glasses for our festive holiday cocktails – a real crowd-pleaser and stunning to have on the shelf year round!
Community and Holiday Markets Around Spokane
U District Pop Up Shop
The U-District Pop Up Shop came to life last holiday season as many local small business owners looked to connect with customers outside of traditional shop hours. The shop is bigger and better this year with over fifteen local businesses, artists and non-profits all under one roof.
Packed with unique gift items, handmade soaps, floral arrangements, crafting kits, stickers, clothing, food, leather goods, and children’s books, it’s a place you’ll find something fun for everyone. Not sure exactly what you’re looking for? This is an awesome seasonal shop of curated small and local Spokane businesses. It’s the perfect place for some retail therapy or holiday gift shopping.
Brrrzaar by Terrain
Make the Brrrzaar winter bazaar, hosted by Terrain, your one-stop place to shop during the holidays in Spokane. This special event takes place on all three floors of River Park Square (the mall in Downtown Spokane).
Every year, Brrrzaar includes locally made gifts that will cause your friends and relatives to swoon. Not only a joyous shopping-experience, it’s great-fun for lovers of holiday cheer, featuring live local music, family-friendly activities, a beer garden, activities for the kiddos and Bad Santa Photos.
If you can’t make it to this event, they have a storefront named From Here that retails the unique works of over one-hundred local artists.
Winter Market at the Pavilion
From November 17 and December 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 3-7 PM, head to downtown Spokane for all types of gifts, tasty eats, and much more!
The Pavilion in downtown Spokane transforms into a winter wonderland and gives you plenty of options to check out local vendors, get some gift ideas, and much more. You can find a full vendor list here!
Museum of Arts & Culture Store
The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Store, in the Browne’s Addition Spokane neighborhood, is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. You’re welcome to shop any time whether you’re paying admission to the museum or not.
At the MAC, you’ll find exclusive Northwest-made gifts including original artworks, prints, cards, calendars, jewelry, books, candles, toys, games, experimentation sets and more. All purchases fund the museum and help develop and schedule upcoming exhibits. Their collections bring national and international traveling exhibitions from all over the globe and are a great place to find all sorts of gifts for guys, gals and kiddos alike.
Spokane Gallery features over eighty different artisans that hand-craft art, jewelry, carvings, decor, and great items for holiday gifting. They proudly support world-class artists from the Northwest, specifically Spokane. This gallery can be your go-to place for supporting local artists as owners loyal/local art curators.
The 3000 square-foot gallery offers a custom-framing shop and an enchanting boutique. With an ever-changing selection of pottery, sculpture, handmade, vintage and decorative items, they promise to always delight your senses and make gifting a fun and exciting experience every time.
Can’t Decide? Have Weav Do it For You!
Really can’t decide what to get for the Spokane-fan in your life? Let Weav do the heavy lifting for you! I love Weav’s Spokane holiday gift box, complete with inland Northwest favorites like Sweet Frostings, Silverpine Studios and more.
Weav’s holiday gift box can be found here, and don’t forget to check out Weav’s other creative and delightful local gifts, too!
Where to Shop Local in Spokane, Washington
So where can you shop local around Spokane? It turns out – a lot of places! Whether you’re shopping local at a holiday market like Brrrzaar or shopping online from a local maker, you’re supporting our wonderful, talented and local community.
When you purchase from local artists, businesses and makers around Spokane, real people do a happy-dance! Small Spokane businesses need your help now more than ever as big-box-stores suck many holiday sales. Support local businesses, a thriving economy, higher wages, quality products, better living and working conditions and less destruction of the Earth by shopping local this holiday season!
Spokane is home to a thriving arts community full of makers, artists, doers and dreamers. You can find virtually any product for any individual you’re shopping for around Spokane. Happy gift-hunting!