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Hilary Parker | 11/18/2021 | Updated | Family Fun, Shopping, Unwind |   

Where to Buy Local Gifts in Bellingham and Whatcom County

The 2021 holiday season is here and this year, let's keep it local! Find that perfect gift at one of Bellingham and Whatcom County's unique shops and help support our community. Make your family and friends’ holidays bright with a perfectly picked gift from a one-of-a-kind local retailer, while also making the holidays brighter for our local artisans and merchants. 

Whatcom County Local Gift Guide

Take the guesswork out of gift-giving this year with Whatcom's Local Gift Guide! Thanks to Sustainable Connections, this year's 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.  From local stocking stuffers to gifts that offer unique local experiences, Sustainable Connection's online guide has a ton of ideas to help make sure your holiday shopping is successful and local! 

Head to Downtown Bellingham for Small Business Saturday

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership has been working with downtown merchants this holiday season to help you go big by shopping small.  

Shop Small Saturday kicks off the official start to the shopping season on Nov. 27. Find unique and delightful gifts at Downtown Bellingham's array of boutiques, shops, and galleries stocked with special finds and one-of-a-kind items. Skip the craziness at big box stores and find the perfect items for your lists.   

Allied Arts 42nd Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts

This year, Allied Arts of Whatcom County is making it easy to shop for everyone on your list with online and in-person shopping. The Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts features the work of over 100 local artisans and craftspeople, ensuring you will find one-of-a-kind gifts, specialty foods, jewelry and paintings. 

Plan a trip and fill your weekends with live local music, artist demos, and workshops. Bring the kids in for free and enjoy fun, family art projects. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy!  

Spend, Gift, and Support Local

Last year, our community came together to support locally owned Whatcom County businesses with the Whatcom Think Local First Gift Card, and the Local Gift Guide. 

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 Bantam46, Hotel Leo, Flow Motion, Stemma Brewing and MORE! 

If you purchased a card and have an odd amount left, consider donating it! Anyone can donate their card balance through Sustainable Connections by dedicating the funds to Think Local First. The funds raised will go towards purchasing gift cards to give away to essential workers this holiday season.  

Bellinghamopoly

Celebrate all things Bellingham, this holiday season with the new board game Bellinghamopoly, produced by the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce. Games are available online through Village Books and Paper Dreams. 

Ready. Set. Shop.
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