Find the bright side of a non-traditional holiday year

Sideline the ugly sweaters and lackluster Amazon purchases this year. Instead, get in the holiday spirit by shopping Thurston County's unique businesses in The Decidedly Different Holiday Gift Guide. Give the gift of local to support the small businesses that make the Olympia region the special place it is.

You’ll find inspiration for everyone on your list across nine gift categories. Find ideas for staying in touch, inciting laughter, causing Zoom envy and tasting handcrafted treats. Not ready to venture out? Find businesses offering online ordering.


A few of the gift guide's options include:

Gear for proud locals

Compass Rose

Did you know about the Washington State Legislative Gift Center website? Proud locals will enjoy useful (and goofy) gifts like a fish corkscrew, totem pole magnet and Capitol thimble. For future shopping trips and your winter book stash, choose a historic downtown Olympia tote bag from Compass Rose. Check out even more gear for proud locals here.

Self-care essentials

Bittersweet Chocolates

We've gathered together all the local, self-care essentials you'll need for this holiday season. Here's a quick taste! Order some Miller Lavender's essential oils and pick them up at the Olympia Farmers Market. Craving sweets? At the Bittersweet Chocolates website you can choose your flavors for a gift box.

Holiday Spirits

Top Rung Dark heart beer fest

We’ll keep a lid on the day-drinking jokes, but adult beverages are definitely a must-give this year. The Olympia region offers an array of craft beer, wine and spirits for the cocktail enthusiast in your life.

Fun pandemic fact: The Caipirinha cocktail was originally created to relieve symptoms of the Spanish flu in Brazil in the early 20th century. Cheers!

Up your Zoom game

Ironworks Boutique

Looking to up your Zoom game or refresh your indoor space? Metal objects from home décor to jewelry are the specialty at the Iron Works Boutique in Tenino. Their artwork and accessories will instantly add shine to your next videoconference call. One-of-a-kind finds fill this eclectic 2,000-square-foot space.

Make them laugh

Captain Little

Handcrafted toys, classic games and creative kits fill the shelves at Captain Little in downtown Olympia. Shop for gifts that inspire kids' interest in reading, science and crafts. The brightly lit store has gems for grownups, too. Check out these other decidedly different ways to make em laugh this holiday season!


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