One of my favorite things during the holidays is exploring the local shops for fun and creative gift ideas. I know that online is easy, but supporting a local small business owner brings a special cheer to the season. Whether you live on the Eastside, or are just visiting, here are some of my favorite spots to find the perfect gift. From trendy home goods and fabulous decor to unique toys and outdoor gear, the Eastside has it all, making it easy for you to check off everyone on your holiday shopping list in one stop!

Here’s a look at where to shop local for the holidays on the Eastside this year:

Simplicity Decor

  • Located at 126 Park Ln. Kirkland, WA 98033
  • Holiday Hours: 10:30am-6:00pm Monday-Tuesday; 10:30am-7:00pm Wednesday-Saturday; 11:00am-5:00pm Sunday

Want to spruce up your home for the holidays, or on the hunt for the perfect gift? Simplicity Decor has you covered! Stylish home accents, truly unique kitchenware, captivating art and much more are all in the mix.

This is one of my favorite places for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers.

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  • Located at 10230 Main St. Bellevue, WA 98004
  • Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm Monday-Saturday; 11:00am-5:00pm Sunday

Born from the ideas of healing and light, Glassybaby sells beautiful hand-blown glass votives and cups fit for everyone on your shopping list. These gorgeous creations come in almost every color you can think of, ensuring you can find something to go with almost any color palette and style. Buy a glass for every mood and help save the planet at the same time (10% of all sales go toward charitable efforts!).

Nothings says “thank you” like a glassybaby.

Via Lago

  • Located at 129 Lake St. S. Kirkland, WA 98033
  • Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Tuesday & Saturday; 10:00am-7:00pm Wednesday-Friday; 11:00am-6:00pm & 7:00pm-8:00pm Sunday

Located in the heart of downtown Kirkland, Via Lago (or Chapman’s, to the locals) is your one-stop shop for the fashionistas on your list. High-quality clothing, jewelry, candles, and more gift ideas will bring you in and the friendly atmosphere and sense of community will keep you coming back long after the holidays.

Scarves, earings and bracelets are some of my favorite gifts to buy here. And if I end up with an extra sweater while I’m there, well, what can I say? There’s nothing wrong with buying presents for yourself while you are at it.

Lady Yum

  • Located at 111 Lake St. S. Kirkland, WA 98033
  • Hours: 10:00am-10:00pm Daily

Sophisticated, fun, and delicious, Lady Yum is a premier shop for satisfying that sweet tooth. Catering and gift items are perfect for holiday parties and all ingredients are sourced from local farmers, so you can support your community and enjoy a macaron (they come in dozens of delicious flavors) and some champagne at the same time!

I love these for holiday get togethers. They are so pretty. Sometimes, when I run out of time to back my own cookies, I’ve been known to show up with a plate of these instead.

Snapdoodle Toys

  • Located at 15752 Redmond Way Redmond, WA 98052
  • Holiday Hours: 9:30am-8:00pm Monday-Friday; 9:00am-9:00pm Saturday; 10:00am-6:00pm Sunday

Santa’s not the only one with the toys! At Snapdoodle Toys, you can find goodies perfect for everything from playtime to party time and beyond. No matter where your child’s interests lie, Snapdoodle is bound to have at least a few top-notch gift ideas that will send them over the moon.

Our boys love this store!!! They have some of the most creative and fun toys. The staff is also really knowledgeble, and can give you some great ideas.


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  • Located at 410 116th Ave. NE. Bellevue, WA 98004
  • Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm Monday-Friday; 9:00am-9:00pm Saturday; 10:00am-7:00pm Sunday

REI sells quality gear perfect for the outdoors enthusiast in your life. Accessories for everyone from campers to skiers make great stocking stuffers that will keep your loved ones safe and sound in the great outdoors!

Help jump start someones new years resolutions and get them the gear to get out and enjoy life.