NW Nerd holiday shopping guide
The holidays are either stressful or delightful, depending on the person. But if there is one non-controversial gift-giving factor in the Northwest, it’s that there is no shortage of nerdy gift shops.
From Vancouver, BC to Portland – and beyond – there’s a shop or event with something special for the holidays. Therefore, we gift to you NW Nerd’s holiday shopping guide filled with shops and other sources of geeky gifts.
We tried to list places that offer unique, special, or just straight up odd-ball items. But we can’t cover everywhere. Did we miss a shop in your neighborhood? Send us a message and let us know.
Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Dec. 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At the Seattle Center Pavilion
Free to enter
A curated market featuring handmade geeky goods from local artisans. Fun to walk around and you're likely to find something unique.
Renegade Craft Fair (Seattle)
Dec. 17-18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At Hangar 30, 6310 NE 74th Street, Seattle
Not necessarily a geek-designated event, but one with more than 200 artisans who make jewelry, home decor, art and more. Not to mention live music provided by KEXP’s DJ Tim.
Portland Geek the Halls
Dec. 17-18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At the Double Tree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah St., Portland
Free to enter
The 7th annual craft event hosted by PDX Browncoats, with geeky gifts by a wide range of artisans and makers.
Dave’s Pop Culture
4962 Bridge Street, Delta
Offering geek goods from comics to games and other pop culture products.
Golden Age Collectibles
852 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Comics, books, toys, games, apparel and more. Plenty of quirky finds to make a unique gift.
6080 Russ Baker Way #115, Richmond, BC
A hobby shop packed with comics, gaming supplies and more.
425 15th Avenue East, Seattle
Science is the theme that ties all Ada’s offerings together. Grab a cup of coffee and tour Ada’s array of science-oriented books. Also check out the fun gadgets and science projects that are fun for both adults and kids.
1300 North 45th Street (Wallingford)
A quirky shop in the Wallingford neighborhood boasting oddities and off-the-wall gifts. A good source of unicorn paraphernalia. Also a good spot to pick up Bigfoot or cat-covered wrapping paper.
5105 Leary Avenue NW (Ballard)
The one-stop shop for gaming needs in Seattle. A particularly great spot to find fresh indie projects, or supplies for your favorite game.
Golden Age Collectibles
Pike Place Market
Among the country’s oldest comic book shops. Golden Age not only boasts comics, but also unique finds from movie/TV scripts, to exclusive pop culture products. Where else are you going to get a Great Northern Hotel key ring (Twin Peaks), or fake badges that Sam and Dean (Supernatural) have used?
4341 University Way NE (U-District)
601 South King Street (International District)
Great for children of the '80s with a range of video games and related items.
The first West Coast location for the online geeky retailer that opened this December. ThinkGeek usually offers nerdy, exclusive products from Doctor Who to Minecraft and beyond.
912 West Burnside Street
Talk about toys! Billy Galaxy has all the toys from your childhood – whenever that was. Also has comics and video games.
4320 SE Belmont Street
Primarily a video rental shop, but also offering rare, hard-to-find DVDs and more that will make any cinephile freak out. Try not to get too distracted by the film museum, which the store doubles as.
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside Street
Do we really even need to say why? Books. Graphic novels. Unique literary-related products. Just go – you’ll understand after you come down from being overwhelmed.
Presents of Mind
3633 SE Hawthorne Blvd. (Hawthorne)
Fun, artisan, unique and quirky gifts. Plenty with a pop culture, or just oddball, twist.