Christmas time is my absolute favorite time of year. The snow-covered trees, cuddling up next to the fireplace, all the delicious goodies, and spending time with loved ones. Although I love Christmas, I struggle with Christmas shopping. Figuring out where to go and what to get is beyond stressful. I always end up waiting until the last minute and making a mad dash to the mall. This year, I am determined to change my ways and not only get my shopping done on time, but support some of the amazing local businesses in our city.
Here’s your ultimate guide to shopping local this holiday season and getting your friends and family gifts that come from the heart.
Gifts for the fashionista….
Handcrafted leather goods designed and built by husband & wife team, Teddi & Tyler Cripps. Each piece is Made-To-Order with 100% Italian vegetable-tanned leather. Saying these bags are gorgeous is an understatement. We recently got the opportunity to sit down and interview the creator, Teddi, and after hearing her story we love this company even more. Make sure you join their email list (on their website) to be the first to know about new holiday launches, sales, and more! Let’s just say this is a bag you will cherish for the rest of your life.
As many of y’all know, Swank is one of my go-to stores in Spokane. The team at Swank travels across the country and hand picks items to be featured in their store. The result? Cute, chic clothing perfect for every occasion! The Swank girls are extremely knowledgeable and can help you find the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life. They sell clothing, shoes, jewelry, perfume, and tons of accessories. Shop instore or online (https://swankboutique.net/). Use code ‘Spokaneeats15’ for 15% off!
Terra Cotta Beauty By Clay
I am currently obsessed with these earrings! They are fun, flirty, and the perfect addition to any outfit. Jenna Wilson, the creator and owner of Terra Cotta, taught herself how to mold terra cotta clay into jewelry from online tutorials. Recently, she decided to turn her hobby into a business so she could work from home as a mom. You can find Jenna’s amazing creations at the Garnet district in CDA, The Bohemian in Spokane, or you can shop them directly from her site.
Jackson and Hyde is the result of a honeymoon shopping trip in Central America. There, Genevieve and Ryan found some one-of-a-kind cowhide clutches which eventually took a life of their own. After using it as an accessory back in the states, Genevieve was flooded with compliments. Since then, they have worked with their Central American friends to bring these cowhide leather designs to the states. They run their business out of Spokane and we love supporting this lovely couple and their creative accessories and bags.
At Natalie Wood Designs, they design affordable luxury jewelry and encourage the women who wear it. They sell stunning, timeless earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, and more. These pieces are perfect for mom, your bestie, your sister or your significant other. This will be something she wears for many years to come and even better… it will always remind her of you!
We had the pleasure of being one of the first to shop from this brand new online boutique. It’s locally owned and the owner often travels to shows in Seattle to hand-pick each of the on-trend pieces. New style are being uploaded weekly so stay on top of it to snag your favorite new outfit.
River Park Square is the premier shopping, dining and entertainment center in the heart of downtown Spokane, Washington. It’s home to some great shopping! For example, Anthropologie, Athleta, Nordstrom, Free People, From Here, Pottery Barn, Sephora, and many more! When in doubt, a gift card to the movie theater is a sure winner for anyone on your list!
Gifts for the tots or mom’s to be…
French Toast Children’s Boutique
This curated boutique carries “stylish and sophisticated items that you simply can’t find anywhere else.” When shopping at French Toast, you can expect quality clothing, toys, books, etc perfect for the mom-to-be or your little ones. “They offer the most curated selection of children’s items anywhere in the area!” They also have a variety of party supplies and festive decorations so you can pick some of those up for yourself while you’re there!
Effortlessly cool & cozy clothing created by a designer and mom. Jean and June is the creator of the classic ‘Girl Gang’ sweatshirts and tee’s that you’ll find me wearing at least once a week! Even better..? You can twin with your mini!
Gifts for the homebody…
The Tin Roof is a 3rd generation, locally owned Spokane business. Heather Hanley, creative director and current owner, believes every person is unique and their home should be, too. To achieve this vision, The Tin Roof has a highly talented staff of interior designers and stylists who work hand-in-hand with their clients to make their home picture perfect. Constantly on the hunt for interesting products, all three showrooms at The Tin Roof are lively and fresh with new, exciting looks to explore. The Tin Roof also has the ReSkued furniture outlet, which features designer styles at discounted prices.
“The finest and most electrifying goods”. Gifts for him and for her! Choose from a variety of screen prints to add some flair to your home or office, then shop some of their classic accessories to add to your wardrobe!
“My grandfather and his young bride, Arch & Helen Hanley, moved out to Spokane in 1943. He served in the army Air Force stationed at Fairchild, originally called Geiger Field or Galena to the locals. Having both been raised on farms in Missouri during the Great Depression, the allure of the lush green landscape and sweeping vistas of the mountains of Spokane inspired them to put down roots. On October 15, 1945, Arch Hanley opened ACME Electric to sell and service small electronics. On October 15, 2020, the Hanley family will once again welcome customers to the same location at 1730 E Sprague Ave. Furnishings and home decor have replaced the small electronics, but the same great service you’ve come to know and trust in the last 75 years remains.”
Gifts for the girly girl…
Luxe Salon & Spa (314 W Francis Ave)
Even better than giving/receiving an item….? Giving/receiving an experience! We all have those people that are super hard to shop for because if they want something, they will go buy it themself. So, you have to get creative. Enter Luxe Salon & Spa. Give your special someone something they don’t know they want but will definitely enjoy. For example, we are completely obsessed with the Hydrafacial treatment from Luxe Salon & Spa. In addition to the Hydrafacial, Luxe also offers a variety of other facial treatments as well as laser hair removal, chemical peels, lashes, waxing, etc. They also sell a variety of amazing hair products (Unite) & skin products (Epionce) for your product-junkie friends and family.
Shop to your heart’s desire! They have a variety of clothing, home décor, baby goods, and more! The possibilities are endless when you step into this shopping oasis.
Designed to hydrate and provide barrier repair, LILOU goes from solid to silky liquid as you massage into your skin – absorbing flawlessly for a healthy, dewy glow. It’s anti-aging, hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and barrier repairing. You won’t regret buying this product for yourself or gifting it to a skincare guru!
Gifts for the local lover…
Atticus Coffee and Gifts is a win, win! Shop for your loved ones and grab yourself a drink and pastry to get you through all the holiday chores. Atticus sells a variety of gifts and trinkets from local makers including local tea, apparel, books, and so much more. No matter who you are shopping for, you’ll find something extra memorable at Atticus. They’re old school so you must shop their brick and mortar, no online sales.
Named after the character in “To Kill a Mockingbird” who collected unusual and wacky items, this novelty shop is the perfect place to find unique stocking stuffers, fun toys, and gag gifts. Owner Andy Dinnison is committed to filling his store with unique products that will delight, or disgust, his customers. From vintage lunch boxes to funky t-shirts, there is really something for everyone at Boo Radley’s. Make sure to check out their sister store, Atticus Coffee and Gifts, for more amazing gift options!
Get your special someone a gift card for an overnight stay or a relaxing day at the spa. Whatever you decide, it’s sure to be a memorable and magical experience. If you’d rather get a physical gift, we love to gift some CDA resort gear from their shop or some huckleberry pancakes or taffy to give someone a real taste of the PNW.
Gifts for the one with the green thumb…
If you are searching for a gift for someone with a green thumb, Ritters is your place. This family-owned and operated company has been serving the Spokane community for over 75 years. The team at Ritters strive to provide the best customer service and expert advice for all of your gardening needs. Not only is Ritters the destination for plants, trees, and shrubbery, they also have an adorable shop with pottery, gifts, wine, and bouquets.
Fern now has three plant shop locations open daily
@fernspokane 10-4:30 in Browne’s Addition Spokane
@ferncda 9-5 in Downtown Coeur d’Alene
@fernplantshophq 9-5 in Downtown Spokane
Fern features a wide range of high-quality indoor houseplants, modern pots and botanically inspired gifts, goods & jewelry. Enjoy a unique plant experience and find yourself enchanted.
Find a plant, pick a pot, and they transplant it for you for free!
Gifts for the ultimate foodie…
When in doubt, gift cards are the way to go! Visit our Instagram for an extensive list of some of our favorite spots or browse the blog for some recent visits www.spokaneeats.net.
Falcos is your one stop shop for everything grill and fireplace related. They have the best selection of BBQ grills, fireplaces, fuel, accessories, parts, and more. Last year we got a Traeger Smoker from Falcos and it’s truly the gift that keeps on giving! We’ve had so much fun experimenting and trying new recipes. We also have to mention that the customer service at Falcos is top of the line. The staff is incredibly educated and accommodating. If you want something a little smaller, pick up some of Barker BBQ’s famous rubs and spices (another locally owned business).
Churchill’s Steakhouse – Create your custom steak box!
How does Santa do it? Finding meaningful gifts for your loved ones can be so daunting. The key to Dan’s heart? Really, really good steak. That’s why I was so glad to find out that Churchill’s Steakhouse sells these gorgeously decadent steak boxes that can be shipped all around the country for any occasion so your loved ones can enjoy the same prime filet mignon, New York and ribeye’s you get at the restaurant in your own home! They even include their signature herbed finishing butter and seasoning 🤤. These steak boxes are guaranteed to impress anyone on your “NICE” list! Order yours at https://churchillssteaks.com/collections/frontpage.
Is someone on your list wanting a new kitchen gadget? With over 7000 unique items, the Kitchen Engine probably has it! They have great service so if they don’t have what you’re looking for, they’ll help you find the next best thing. Looking for more of an experiential gift? Sign up for one of their intimate cooking classes!
”With 250+ spices, blends, herbs, chiles, salts, confections, fruit and vegetable powders and modernist ingredients, it’s no wonder that Spiceology’s grind fresh, deliver fresh philosophy is loved by professional and home chefs alike.”
Gifts for the one that’s hard to shop for…
“Southern Specialties is located in the heart of the Spokane South Hill and is locally owned by a Southern Mother-Daughter Duo who have made their permanent home in the Pacific Northwest. Southern Specialties offers a personalized shopping experience both in-store and online, gift baskets for any occasion, corporate gifts, and custom design services, including embroidery, vinyl, and heat press. Featuring items born in The South, popular brands from around the country and products created by local talent in Spokane.”
Photo Mosaic from Photo Co Spokane
Photo Co sent us a DIY Mosaic Photo Kitthis Summer and it’s such a fun activity for any age that you can then display in your home. Just submit all your photos then complete the puzzle to display one large photo made up of hundreds of small photos. GENIUS! Now I’m reminded of endless happy times when I look at all the tiny photos that make up a larger photo. They can ship or deliver locally. DM them and mention Spokane Eats for 15% off your order!
Pawn shopping is the new thrift shopping, right?! We found so many fun things at Ye Olde Hock Shoppe from guitars, vintage records, tools, camera equipment, electronics, jewelry, neon signs, outdoor equipment and so much more! It’s the trendiest pawn shop in town that will beat any competitors price!
Curated vintage and handmade goods for your unique space. They’re located inside Chic & Shab which is overflowing vintage vendors so you’re sure to find your own unique vintage treasure.
With locations in Hayden & Spokane Valley, let EyeGuys Optical help you choose the best quality eyewear, whether that’s prescription glasses, blue-light protection, ski goggles, or the coolest new sunglass styles.
Gifts for the Nature Lover…
I liked it so I put a ring on it! Then Dan lost it so I recently upgraded him to an incredibly unique, hand-crafted bentwood ring, made with ELK ANTLER and Lapis Lazuli from Spokane’s own Ridge Line Rings! They have a ton of different styles using natural materials and it’s truly a piece of art that you’ll cherish forever!
Gifts for the book worm…
Auntie’s Bookstore opened in 1978 in the Spokane Flour Mill and they’ve been selling books ever since. It is a full-service, independent bookstore and if they don’t have what you’re looking for, they can get most orders in just a couple days.
Well, there you have it! The ultimate list for supporting local this holiday season. Now there’s nothing left to do but go out and shop ‘til you drop!