Looking for the best holiday shopping near downtown Spokane? Get ready to cross some things off that growing Christmas list with some unique items from the amazing shops found throughout the heart of Spokane. Here are all the best places to shop this 2022 holiday season.
Spokane Christmas and Holiday Shopping
When you’re stumped for gift ideas or trying to buy for the die-hard fan or hobbyist, it’s time to consult with the experts. Fortunately, downtown Spokane is home to a number of specialty retailers who can help you find the perfect present for anyone on your list.
Take WHIZ KIDS, for example. More than just your average toy store, Whiz Kids stocks toys with an emphasis on early learning, creativity and discovery. There are puzzles, tons of books, science kits and brain teasers alongside “toy toys” like figurines, vehicles, stuffed animals and castles — all from brands renowned for their quality. And should you need advice, the staff is always happy to offer a recommendation or two.
“After the last few years of supply chain issues, we’re going to be loaded to the gills with great everyday and Christmas merchandise with a Northwest feel,” says Andy Dinnison, co-owner of ATTICUS, which specializes in quirky and uncommon gifts, many of them by local artists and makers.
“The annual calendar that we do with local artist Chris Bovey is pretty much an exclusive, and that’s a really popular gift item. Goblin Pottery is another highly talented and unique local vendor who everyone loves. But there’s also something to be said for the cozy ambience of just coming in and getting something warm to drink while you browse our shop and the other great stores on our block.”
For the Bulldogs devotee in your life, there’s THE ZAG SHOP. Sure, there’s the official Gonzaga University gear that you’d expect to see, such as hats, T-shirts and sweatshirts. On top of that, though, are Zag-themed license plate frames, glassware, phone cases, bumper stickers, blankets, home décor and much, much more. There are even Christmas ornaments with the GU logo and mascot. If you find yourself spoiled for choice, you can always pick up a gift card and let your giftee choose for themselves.
WONDERS OF THE WORLD prides itself on its eclecticism. Over the past 25 years, the store has put together an impressive and evolving inventory that caters to the crafter as well the lover of curiosities. Today it features a massive collection of jewelry, beads, souvenirs and artifacts, including a life-sized replica of a T. rex skull. You can find the store and its team of helpful staff in the historic Flour Mill just north of Riverfront Park.
Last but certainly not least is THE LIBERTY BUILDING, home to three distinct specialty shops. There’s UNCLE’S, which deals in classic and niche board, card and role-playing games as well as puzzles, and AUNTIE’S, where the shelves hold everything a book lover could want. On top of that is POTTERY PLACE PLUS, an artist cooperative and mixed-media art gallery where you can purchase from a huge selection of distinctive fine arts and crafts that are made by local artists.
“The Liberty Building really epitomizes the convenience of downtown shopping,” says John Waite, owner of Auntie’s Bookstore. “Within the same space, you can browse a fantastic selection of games, books and art. There’s also a restaurant [Gander & Ryegrass] and beauty studio, and we all get into the holiday spirit. At Auntie’s, we put up a giant Christmas tree with lots of classic decorations in the middle of the store, and passersby will be able to enjoy one of the historic Crescent displays in our windows.”