2017 Arts & Culture Holiday Gift Guide

There is no better time to appreciate Seattle’s vibrant arts and cultural community than during the holiday gift-giving season. Show your loved ones how much you care, while supporting local artists and businesses! Here are a few suggestions:

Memberships: Burke Museum / Center for Wooden Boats / Experience Music Project (EMP) / Frye Art Museum / Henry Art Museum / Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) / Nordic Heritage Museum / NW African American Museum / Pacific Science Center / Seattle Art Museum (SAM) /  Wing Luke Museum

Subscriptions or tickets: 5th Avenue Theatre / ACT Theatre Annex Theatre / ArtsWest Theatre / On the Boards / NW Film Forum / NW Symphony Orchestra / PNW Ballet / Seattle Chamber Singers / Seattle International Film Festival / Seattle Opera / Seattle Repertory Theatre / Spectrum Dance Theater / Town Hall Seattle



Classes: / Fremont Abbey (“Self Defense”) / Fye Art Museum (“Noise Yoga”) / Gage Academy of Art (“Illustrative Storytelling”) / Hugo House (“Map Out Your Memoir”) / NW Tap Connection / Photographic Center Northwest (“Contemporary Photo Collage”) / Pottery Northwest (“Welcome to the Wheel World”) / Pratt Fine Arts Center (“Puppet-Carving”) / School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (“Flying Trapeze”) / The Vera Project (“DJ-ing”) / Velocity Dance Center (“Intro to West African Series”)



If you prefer the type of gift that you can feel and touch, a holiday market is a great way to shop for the holidays. Here is a list of some coming up:

Saturday, Nov. 26 | Holiday Pop-Up Market by Ethnic Seattle

Saturday, Nov. 26 | POC Boutique – Black Friday on Saturday Edition

Thursday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec. 4 | King Street Makers Market

Saturday, Dec. 3 | 9th Annual DIY Holiday Fair & CWSW Holiday Craft Bazaar

Saturday, Dec. 10 | The Handmade Holiday Market

Saturday, Dec. 10 | Art Under $100 2016

Saturday, Dec. 17 – Sunday, Dec. 18 | Holiday Mahouto Market

Saturday, Dec. 17 – Sunday, Dec. 18 | Native Art Mart

Tuesday, Dec. 20 – Thursday, Dec. 22 | Punk Rock Flea Market

Mayor’s Arts Awards 2016 finalist Louie Gong published his own guide to holiday gift-giving that features local Native arts entrepreneurs.

Teen poetry collection from Pongo Teen Writing.

For more ideas of local businesses to shop at, check out business directories from Ethnic Seattle and Think Local! Happy shopping!

Photos by Jan TikSimon Fraser Universitykellinahandbasket, and Tambako The Jaguar


Gift Guide 2015

The season of giving is underway and as our gift to you, here is a compilation of gift ideas. We’ve rounded up a collection of options that will surely delight the lucky recipients of your gift including memberships to educational and inspiring institutions, creative and engaging classes, exciting experiences, local gifts and holiday fairs.

Fairs & Markets
Give the gift that is one of a kind. Check out these holiday arts and craft fairs to find unique gifts.

December 12 | Art Under $100 | Seattle Design Center

December 12-13 | Native Art Mart | Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center

December 13 | 8th Annual DIY Holiday Fair | The Vera Project

December 19 | Seattle Renegade Craft Fair | Magnuson Park, Hangar 30

For more fairs and markets check out The Seattle Time’s list of Holiday Arts & Crafts Shows http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/holiday-arts-crafts-shows-sales/

Give the gift of knowledge and discovery with a membership to one of the following institutions.


EMP//Henry Art Gallery//Seattle Art Museum//Center on Contemporary Art//Woodland Park Zoo//Seattle Aquarium//Pacific Science Center//Emerald City Trapeze Arts//Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum//MOHAI//Seattle Children’s Museum//Northwest African American Museum//Wing Luke Museum//

Give the gift of creativity and self-expression through enrollment in dance, arts and crafts classes. Courses are available for a great a variety of interests and trades and are also fun for all ages. 


Gage Academy of Art | Class Example: “Diary Comics”

Pratt Fine Arts Center | Class Example: “Patterns on Fabric”

Frye Art Museum | Class Example: “Leatherworking Basics: Wallets & Totes”

Seattle Glassblowing Studio | Class Example: “Blow Your Own Glass”

Mind Unwind Art | Class Example: “Paint Your Pet”

NW Dance | Class Example: “Swing”

Sueños de Salsa | Class Example: “Cha Cha”

Massive Monkees | Class Example: “Kids Breakin and Funk Styles”

Give the gift of a once in a lifetime experience with tickets and passes to one of the following arts and culture performances and events. 

Other Experiences

SIFF 2016 Passes and Tickets

Tickets to the Pacific Northwest Ballet

2016 Bumbershoot Weekend Passes

5th Avenue Theatre Season Tickets

Arts West Tickets

Seattle Arts & Lecture Subscriptions & Tickets

STG Season Subscription

Seattle Opera Season Tickets

Seattle Symphony Subscriptions

Town Hall Events

Give the gift that keeps on giving. Feel extra great about your gift by purchasing from one of the following vendors, because not only are they local to the Seattle area, they also contribute portions of their sales back to deserving causes.

Local Tangible Gifts that Give Back

Seattle Chocolates | 1 purchase = 1 serving of food to someone in need.

glassybaby Candle Votives | 10% from the sale of every glassybaby will be donated directly to organizations that help people in need.

Hedgebrook Cookbook | Proceeds support Hedgebrook’s mission to nurture voices and work of women writers.

glittersweet Tote Bags| 5% of profits goes to nonprofits supporting moms and kids.

JJ Caprices Jewelry | Portion of proceeds goes to World Vision to support young girls in developing countries.

Lasting Smiles Lip Balm | 5% of each lip balm sale goes to Smile Train, the world’s largest international children’s cleft charity.

Art with Heart Books| Proceeds support Art with Heart to care for the emotional and well-being of children adversely affected by hardship.

If you would like to be included in our Gift Guide or have suggestions, feel free to email us at arts.culture@seattle.gov or tweet suggestions to us at @SeattleArts . Happy holidays!