| 11/08/2023 | Updated | Shopping |   

Where to Buy Local Gifts in Bellingham and Whatcom County

This 2023 holiday season, find the perfect gift at one of Bellingham and Whatcom County's unique shops. Make your family and friends’ holidays bright with a perfectly picked gift from a one-of-a-kind local retailer, artisan, or merchant. 

Check Out a Local Gift Guide

Take the guesswork out of gift-giving this year with Whatcom's Local Gift Guide! Thanks to Sustainable Connections, this directory features more than 100 locally owned businesses in Whatcom County and is the perfect way to find holiday gifts for everyone when you visit. The Gift Guide is sorted by gift type or budget making it easy to explore gift ideas for friends and family.  

Shop at a Holiday Craft Market

Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a hassle. Head to one of these holiday markets, craft shows, or bazaars in and around Bellingham and Whatcom County and make a fun outing of it! Many of these markets feature locally made goods, from artwork and crafts to jewelry, clothing, food items, and more. Happy shopping!

Buy a Think Local First Gift Card

The Whatcom Think Local First Gift Card is a community-based digital gift card that makes it fun and easy to spend locally! It can be purchased at thinklocalfirst.org and used at participating local merchants throughout Whatcom County like Hotel Leo, Semiahmoo Resort, Stemma Brewing, and MORE.

Museum or Theater Membership

A museum membership to Whatcom Museum or SPARK Museum is the perfect gift for someone who loves learning. Both memberships come with unlimited admission and additional perks. You can also purchase gifts and swag from their gift shops. 

The film-lovers (and popcorn-lovers) in your life will be ecstatic to get a membership to the Pickford Film Center


Celebrate all things Bellingham this holiday season with the Bellinghamopoly board game, produced by the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce. [Also available for online ordering through Village Books and Paper Dreams.]

Village Books & Paper Dreams

Bellinghams' beloved indie bookstore offers every genre of book under the sun, plus an inventory of used books that you can buy at a discount. The bookstore is also a great place to look for gifts like journals, calendars, planners, games, and more. 

Attached to Village Books is Paper Dreams, a large gift store filled with fun knickknacks for the home, quality paper products, and kitchen items. You'll also find lunch boxes, loose leaf teas, gourmet fudge, soaps, Washington state souvenirs, toys, snuggly hats and slippers, and so much more.

You can also explore their second location on Front St in Lynden

[Photo by Peter James Gallery]

Spend $50 in Fairhaven Village this winter and get entered to win a prize!

Punch cards can be found at the Visitor Kiosk at 1106 Harris Ave and at select businesses around Fairhaven Village. Some exclusions apply. 

Completed cards must be mailed or dropped off by Dec. 15 in order to qualify for the grand prize drawing on Dec. 19! Mailing & drop-off information can be found on the back of the card. 

More Bellingham Gift Shops

Whatcom Art Market

Bay To Baker Trading Co

Crosswell Boggs

Echo Chernik Gift Shop 

NW Corner Goods

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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