Community November 20, 2023

Thoughtful, Local Holiday Gifts

Small businesses throughout Kitsap County have everything you need for the holiday gift-giving season. There’s nothing like finding that perfect, thoughtful gift for each person on your list. So, we’ve compiled a bunch of ideas for what to get both kids and adults, right here in our amazing community.

Local Holiday Gifts for Kids

When shopping for kids, you can’t really go wrong with a new toy. Luckily, Poulsbo’s Toys Etc. has all kinds of things. From stuffed animals to board games to outdoor toys, there is sure to be something perfect for your little one. Another great spot is Port Orchard’s Lego store, The Brick Ally. This one-of-a-kind shop has special Lego displays. Brick Alley also buys and sells vintage Lego sets. Or, if you want to give a child an experiential gift, consider buying a ticket or play passes to Ahoy Kitsap Playland in Bremerton. This indoor play space is designed for children ages 0-12 and offers hours of indoor play during the wet holiday months. The space also has a new Virtual Reality Arcade where adults can join in on the fun!

Unique Ideas for Foodies

For the foodies on your list, visit Kingston’s new wine shop, Cellar Cat. The owners specialize in small production wines, and they sell these beautiful charcuterie serving boards. You could easily pair that with a bottle of wine and/or some eco-friendly products found in Kitsap.

Treat family and friends to a locally sourced gift basket full of delicious goodies. We recommend the tasty peanut butter cookies from CB’s Nuts in Kingston and freshly baked bread and granola from HeyDay Farms on Bainbridge Island. Crimson Cove Smoked Specialities in Poulsbo has wonderful smoked salmon, cheeses, spreads, and more.  Alternatively, give the gift of a cooking class. The Kitchen Arts program at BARN on Bainbridge Island is designed for all-levels of experience to cook in a commercially designed kitchen. There is a plethora of classes in their catalog to choose from.

Interesting PNW Gifts

There is something special about living in the Pacific Northwest. If you’re looking for a gift to capture that wonder, look no further than Wildernest on Bainbridge Island. This outdoor store has everything for outdoor lovers: packs and gear, hiking guides, and much more. Additionally, we love these PNW pillows and the Washingston state apparel found at The Bremerton Mercantile.

Local Holiday Gifts for Art Lovers

Giving someone a thoughtfully chosen piece of art makes for a memorable moment. Luckily, Kitsap County is home to many talented artists. Check out these pieces that pop from Griffin Gallery NW. Based out of Poulsbo, Michael Griffin’s work ranges from nautical themes to the abstract with an emphasis on color and texture. We love Lisa Stirrett’s beautiful creations, such as these pieces in her lights of affirmation collection.  Or, her studio classes make a great experiential gift. Another fabulous, local artist is Shirley Sakatani. Her fine arts studio in Bremerton features acrylics on canvas with stunning floral, koi, and landscape pieces. She also offers drawing classes for kids and adults!

Give the Gift of Relaxation

After a busy holiday season, sometimes the perfect gift to give is one of relaxation. Kitsap County is home to numerous salons and spas. Check out the Blush & Beige Boutique + Salon in Silverdale for a full menu of beauty services. Treat a friend or family member to an afternoon at Avalon Nail Bar in Poulsbo. Or, get a gift certificate for a facial or a massage from Bliss Day Spa in Kingston.

We hope these options have inspired you to do your holiday shopping right here in Kitsap County, and we wish you a fantastic season!