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7 Best Holiday Gifts for Kids

Posted December 7, 2018

From handcrafted stick horses to magic sets and puzzles to cute hats and mittens, Pike Place Market has everything a kid needs to expand their mind and keep warm this winter. 

Below are seven gifts featured in our Holiday Gift Guide that will make the little ones scream with excitement. 

 

Kitten Mittens

These cute fingerless mittens by Kitten Mittens are perfect for the chic pre-teen or teen. Every pair of cozy fingerless Kitten Mittens is handcrafted by Jennifer Gay and made from repurposed sweaters, trim and buttons. They are available in a variety of styles, lengths and materials.

Added bonus: 10% of profits are donated to PAWS.org

Find Kitten Mittens in the Pike Place Crafts Market. 


 

3D Puzzle

When it's raining outside, entertain the older kids with a 3D puzzle from 3D Wood Puzzles. 

The puzzles are not only fun to build but when they're finished you can use them to decorate kids' rooms or a toy room. 

3D Wood Puzzles have more than 100 designs from dragons to construction equipment that everyone from kids to grandparents will love. 

Find 3D Wood Puzzles in the Main Arcade.


 

Hair Wrap Sets

Have a little princess to shop for? This hair wrap set by Hair Wraps by Amy includes four interchangeable beads and charms featuring a unicorn, heart, butterfly and a star.

Hair Wraps by Amy also sells ponytail wraps and flip clips. Find Hair Wraps by Amy in the Pike Place Crafts Market. 


 

Animal Hats

These Animal Hats from Hands of the World are perfect for children and adults. The cozy, fair trade hats come in fun animal characters like unicorns, owls, llamas, sloths, penguins and more! They are sure to have your little one's favorite animal. 

Each hat is hand knit in South America using an alpaca blend.

Hands of the World also makes jewelry and scarfs for older kids or for yourself. Find Hands of the World on Level 4 in Pike Place Market's DownUnder. 


 

Magic Kits

Inspire a budding magician in your life. Market Magic & Novelty has a large assortment of magic tricks, kits and games for all ages and rang in price from $9.99 to $69.99.

Market Magic & Novelty has been operating in Pike Place Market for the last 45 years.

Find them on Level 4 in Pike Place Market's DownUnder.


 

Stick Horse

You won't find this gift in any store. The Stick Horses from Just Horsin' Around are made from recycled stuffing, repurposed textiles and child-safe plastic eyes.

They are beautiful, colorful, handcrafted horses that will encourage kids to play.   

Find Just Horsin' Around in the Pike Place Crafts Market.


 

Piglet Piggy Bank

Do you know a child who loves our pigs: Rachel or Billie? Stephanie Schull's Pike Place Pigs are a classic Market gift. The handmade ceramic piglet piggy banks come in a rainbow of colors and feature a cork nose. Collect them all today! 

Find Pike Place Pigs in the Pike Place Crafts Market.

5 Best Holiday Gifts for Him

Posted November 28, 2018

He is special and he deserves a useful, handcrafted gift from Pike Place Market.

Below are five gifts featured in our Holiday Gift Guide that your hubby, dad or brother will treasure. (Ladies, here's some gifts for you too)

 

Sheepskin Slippers and Hats

On these cold nights, the best gift is a gift of warmth. North Star Trading Company has been a staple at Pike Place Market for the last 40 years. Their premium sheepskin footwear and hats are guaranteed to last for years. Everything they sell is locally handcrafted on Whidbey Island.

Find North Star Trading Company in the Pike Place Crafts Market. 


 

Leather Rolltop Backpack

The Leather Rolltop Backpack by Stickman Leather is a testament to craftsmanship. An heirloom in training, this large capacity bag is handcrafted from lightweight leather with buffalo leather accents and bottom. The backpack includes two front pockets with signature buffalo nickel snap closures, two side slip pockets, and an interior laptop sleeve. He will take this everywhere! 

Stickman Leather also makes briefcases and structured totes. Find Stickman Leather in the Pike Place Crafts Market. 


 

Bicycle Desk Clock

Have a cyclist in your life? The Bicycle Desk Clock by Lampcycle will make a great addition to any office or man cave. The custom-made wall clock is created from upcycled bicycle parts. The clocks come in a variety of colors and styles.

Lampcycle also sells StarSpoke OrnamentsFind Lampcycle in the Pike Place Crafts Market.


 

20 Sided Dice Embroidered Patch

Patches never went out of style. This 3-inch heavy duty embroidered cloth patch from Orange Dracula is perfect for the nerd, punk or geek. Orange Dracula sells an array of retro-kitsch, strange and unusual gifts that you won't find anywhere else. 

Find Orange Dracula on Level 3 in Pike Place Market's DownUnder.


 

Famous Beef Jerky

The quickest way to a man's heart is through his stomach. And what man doesn't love beef jerky? Stewart's Meats is the 2nd oldest farm in Washington state. Their choice round beef jerky has won more than 200 blue ribbons including one from a World's Fair. 

Find Stewart's Meat Market in Pike Place Market's North Arcade. 

6 Best Holiday Gifts for Her

Posted November 26, 2018

We just made shopping for that special lady in your life easy! There are hundreds of shops and vendors at Pike Place Market for you to browse and choose the perfect gift, but we understand time is money.

Below are six gifts featured in our Holiday Gift Guide that will keep her warm and relaxed all winter. 

 

SLUGS Fleece Rain Boot Liners

Just because the weather is frightful doesn't mean her's toes need to be cold. The SLUGS fleece rain boot liners from WithTheRain fit all different kinds of boots and come in a variety of colors and styles.

WithTheRain also makes SLUGS fleece boot liners in men's and kids' sizes. Find WithTheRain most days in the Pike Place Crafts Market. 


 

Stemless Wine Glasses

These hand-blown stemless wine glasses from KOBO Art Garden are a fun and colorful way to ring in the new year. Each glass is made in Seattle by artists Joshua Swanson and Motoko Hayashi. The glass votives can also be used as a candle holder or just decoration. 

KOBO Art Garden also makes hand blown glass bowls, vases, and one-of-a-kind art. Find KOBO Art Garden in the Pike Place Crafts Market.


 

Lavender Soy Candle

Surround her with the calming scent of lavender. You know she'll need it after the holidays. The lavender soy candle from All Things Lavender is made from 100% natural soy wax, cotton lead-free wicks, and a blend of essential oils and fragrance.

All Things Lavender also sells shea cream and hand sanitizer. Find All Things Lavender in the Leland Building near Rachel the Pig. 


 

Droplet Earrings

These droplet earrings from Twyla Dill Design are easy to wear while making a statement. The simple design and form can be paired with everything from jeans and a T-shirt to a night out on the town. The metal is hand formed and finished with a delicate edge of cotton lace crochet. They are available in 14k gold-plated, sterling silver, and nickel-free brass.

Twyla Dill Design also sells bracelets and necklaces. Find Twyla Dill Design in the Pike Place Crafts Market. 


 

Essential Infinity Scarf

Infinity Scarf

Whether she is on the slopes or walking the pup, she'll needs this infinity scarf from Ravel & Unravel during our long winters. The infinity scarf is made from two layers of soft Nebraska wool knit into an extra long circle scarf with a stylish seam. Wrap around twice to really bundle up or simply wear long!

Ravel & Unravel also sells jackets, beanies, and bandanas. Find Ravel & Unravel in the Pike Place Crafts Market.


 

Detox and Calm Bath Salts

Detox and Calm Soaking Bath Salts

The Carrot Flower Company is offering two different bath salts that will surely relax your loved ones in the new year.

A blend of Pacific Sea Salts and Blue Clay, scented with eucalyptus and lavender will cleanse, detoxify, refresh and renew while Himalayan Pink Salts and scented with ylang-ylang and vanilla will help to calm her body and senses.

The Carrot Flower Company also creates one-of-a-kind seasonal flower arrangements for every occasion. Find The Carrot Flower Company on Western Avenue.

Instead of shopping gift registries, try browsing the craft tables in the north end of Pike Place Market for unique handcrafted gifts that are decorative, functional or both. If you’re shopping for those who love to cook, wine and dine, you can’t go wrong with these: 

Raven Mountain Woodworks

Terry Graves produces cutting boards of durable woods. Choose a pig, a fish, or a pear—each has a food-safe finish. Check out their website here.

 

Fine Grind

Brett Knutson creates pepper and salt mills made from exotic and domestic woods. Each features gourmet components and a lifetime warranty. They come in a variety of sizes, 6 to 24 inches. Brett also sells bottle stoppers.

 

Ballard Vine Works

Ballard Vine Works takes wine barrels and repurposes them into bottle racks, wine butlers, flight glass holders, cheese boards and more, even small tables! Find them online here.

 

Kitchen Basics

For the cook who has everything, try building your own “gizmo and gadgets” basket chock-full of unusual kitchen items. Kitchen Basics, located in the Sanitary Market, carries unusual items like a coconut tool, a lemon press, a banana slicer, a pineapple slicer and even a watermelon slicer! Arguably the most popular tool is the 3-in-1 avocado slicer, it slices, removes the pit, AND neatly cuts the silky green flesh into slices. Find them online here.

If you’re looking for the perfect Easter ham or leg of lamb, biscuits and breads for brunch, candy or toys to fill the Easter basket, or eggs to dye and hide, stop by Pike Place Market and explore all of the plentiful options!

Order your Easter ham or leg of lamb from Don & Joe’s Meats, Bavarian Meats or Pike’s Pit BBQ.

Grab warm biscuits from Honest Biscuits, delicious breads from Le Panier, or traditional Easter Russian Apple Kulich from Piroshky Piroshky.

Serving wine or mimosas? Check out Wilridge Winery, Northwest Tastings or the cellar in the upstairs of DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine.

Fill up those Easter baskets with chocolates from indi chocolate, candies from Sweetie’s, and little toys and trinkets from shops like Ugly Baby, Pike Place Gifts, Robot vs Sloth or Market Magic and Novelty Shop.

And of course, you have to dye some eggs! Hop by the Market Creamery for your choice of eggs, available in a large assortment of sizes and varieties.

Warm light pours out of big windows, gleaming off worldly wonders, inviting you to travel the world in the space of one store. Hands of the World has an impressive 35-year history in Pike Place Market, matched only by the countries represented in the store—Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Mali, Kenya, Thailand, India—just to name a few.

As a young woman, Cynthia Hope took off to see the world. Her travels led her through Southeast Asia, including Thailand, where she met a missionary working with local tribal people. Inspired, Cynthia settled in Northern Thailand to work at a refugee camp on the border of Laos. The next two years would be an experience “like living in a National Geographic magazine,” and ultimately one that would change the trajectory of her life forever.

Cynthia returned to the states with a huge collection of handmade folk art from her time abroad. After selling pieces at street fairs for several months, she eventually made her way to Pike Place Market to open Hands of the World, which over the years would become one of Seattle’s most beloved independent shops.

Keeping the shelves full of beautiful jewelry, art, toys and accessories is no easy feat. Without revealing all her secrets, Cynthia notes that while it has become harder to source items for the store, she is able to source directly from people with whom she has built decades-long relationships, thanks to the longevity of her business.

By sourcing from various communities, Hands of the World helps to provide a fair wage and educational resources through a system that is now known as Fair Trade, putting the needs of the producer first. Since 1982, Cynthia has enabled the Market and the Seattle community as a whole to support craftspeople all around the world.

Visit Hands of the World on Market Level 4, open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm.