The holidays are here, and gift-giving time has arrived. Find that perfect gift at one of Bellingham and Whatcom County’s unique and local shops and make this holiday season one to remember.
Sustainable Connections Online Gift Guide
To make shopping for local gifts in Bellingham easy this holiday season Sustainable Connections has created a new online gift guide featuring a plethora of local businesses from around Whatcom County.
Find the perfect holiday gift, and easily sort by gift type or budget. Explore gift ideas for friends and family who love the outdoors, are crafting enthusiasts, or put fashion first. From local stocking stuffers to gifts that offer unique local experiences, Sustainable Connections new online guide has a ton of ideas to help make sure your holiday shopping is successful.
Sustainable Connections believes that now more than ever we have the power to make positive impact by supporting local businesses and organizations.
“Independent businesses invest up to 3x more back into our local economy, hire more local people, and have been a powerful pathway to the middle class,” says Becca Weathers, Think Local First Program Coordinator. “We help promote shopping local because places with more local businesses mean less income inequality in a region, stronger social ties, and more character – and we think these are things our entire community values.”
Visit the online local gift guide to find local gift ideas and inspiration. In addition, Sustainable Connections has tools to making eating local this holiday season easy as well. The Eat Local First site features a downloadable shopping list, ideas for where to source common holiday ingredients and a guide for what food and produce is available locally in November and December.
The Think Local First Program is made possible by generous sponsorship from City of Bellingham, Cascadia Weekly, Village Books & Paper Dreams, Whatcom Educational Credit Union, Lithtex, Samuel’s Furniture, Bellingham Frameworks, Mt. Baker Care Center, Overhead Door Co. of Bellingham, Final Touch Auto Spa, Louis Auto Glass, and Fairhaven Runners & Walkers.
Fairhaven Winterfest’s Holiday Market
On November 30, head to the Historic Fairhaven District for Winterfest’s Holiday Market! Featuring a variety of small business owners and crafters, the market is the perfect place to pick up unique and local gifts for everyone on your Christmas list.
Tis the season for the Royal Tannenbaum Christmas Beer! Every year Kulshan Brewing heads to the Fullner Christmas Tree Farm to taste fresh fir and spruce needles for the Royal Tannenbaum brew.
Come taste this season’s batch on Saturday, November 30th in the Roosevelt Brewery. Then support Small Business Saturday and shop the Bellingham Handmade Holiday Market!
Head to Downtown Bellingham for Small Business Saturday
Dozens of Downtown Bellingham’s best shops, boutiques and galleries have stocked up with amazing amazing gifts for this year’s small business Saturday. Spend the weekend enjoy Bellingham’s unique shopping scene and grab a bit to eat or cup of coffee at one of our local restaurants.
This year’s businesses include Fringe Boutique, Greenhouse, ModSock, Babygreens and more. Click here to check out this year’s retail map.
Flow Motion’s Winter Wonderland Gift Gala on December 14th & 15th features a variety of sensory experiences for a true “Winter Wonderland” feel! This is the holiday social & shopping extravaganza of the season featuring a diverse collaboration of nearly 75 artisans, crafters, & local businesses.
The Gift Gala will also feature holiday music, hot cocoa bar, $10 mini-salt cave sessions all weekend and beautiful holiday decor & scenery. Saturday will include a complimentary chocolate buffet and Sunday will have complementary photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus from 1-4 p.m. (donations accepted for the Ferndale Food Bank) and a kids’ corner & storytelling.
Village Books Passport
Are you or someone on your list the ultimate Village Books and shop local fan? Choose the new Village Books and Paper Dreams Passport. The 32-page, whimsical passport sells for $30 and includes a range of experiences that Passport holders will complete to earn prizes. Upon completion, they’ll be inducted into the exclusive League of Extraordinary Readers. “We think it’s going to be a lot of fun for our customers and for our staff. It’s one more way we are building community, and we’re looking forward to cheering people along as they gather stamps,” says Village Books and Paper Dreams co-owner Sarah Hutton.
Employee Gifts Solved!
Village Books offers a 10 percent discount on bulk gift card purchases of $200 or more. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have busy, on-the-go readers on your list? Give them an audiobook from Libro.fm, and your purchase will support Village Books. The audiobook alternative makes it easy to gift memberships or specific titles from their catalog of more than 100,000 titles. Send your gift by email or print a certificate. Visit libro.fm/villagebooks to choose from over 100,000 audiobooks. Bulk orders for corporate or employee gifts are also available.
Celebrate all things Bellingham this holiday season with the new board game Bellinghamopoly, produced by the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce. Games are available for sale at our Visitors Center located at 904 Potter Street, Bellingham area Haggen locations, Village Books and Paper Dreams, the Whatcom Museum, Launching Success, Greenhouse, The Chrysalis Inn & Spa, Home2 Suites by Hilton and the Western Washington University student bookstore on campus.
Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive
Here’s a gift that is perfect for your favorite foodies! The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive rests on the cliffs overlooking Samish Bay with stunning views of the San Juan Islands. Their seasonal menu features a variety of local and fresh seafood and produce along with pairings from one of Washington’s largest and award-wining wine cellars.
Make a total purchase of gift cards over $1,000 and get a bonus 10% at The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive. Or purchase more than $2,000 worth of gift cards and get a bonus of 15%. You choose who gets the bonus. The Oyster Bar can even set up an an additional gift card with the extra % just for you!
Share a Feast with Friends and Family
Leave the children at home and entice your friends from the Seattle area to skip town and drive to The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive, where the sunsets are gorgeous and time slows down just a little bit. Reserve a table in the main dining room or gather your comrades for a private dining experience in the wine cellar dining room. Reserve this space for groups 8-20.
Bellingham and Whatcom County are filled with talented local artists, and the holiday season is a great time to purchase their work, which is available a numerous locations. Start with this quick list of Holiday Craft Shows and Bazaars in Whatcom County to find out where to shop for unique treasures each weekend.
Also be sure to see this list of Holiday Events in Whatcom County, which includes special shopping events in the Fairhaven Historic District and downtown Bellingham.
Many of these artists work is available year-round at a variety of Visual Arts Galleries in Whatcom County.
Check out our Holiday Events blog to find out what’s happening at Bellewood Farms!