Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Support a local business and start your holiday shopping off right at the Museum Store. We have something for everyone on your list, whether it’s toys for your favorite tot or jewelry for a friend.
As a bonus, members can save 15 percent and non-members 10 percent on most items (except consignment) by shopping in person or by phone Friday-Sunday, Nov. 27-29.
Safe holiday shopping
The Whatcom Museum is committed to the safety of our visitors. Although our campus is closed, the Museum Store is open at 25 percent capacity. Shop safely knowing that in addition to reduced capacity, the Museum also has rigorous cleaning and safety measures in place, including mask requirements for staff and visitors.
You can find all our COVID-19 safety and cleaning measures here.
Let us take some of the stress out of holiday shopping! Use our brief gift guide for inspiration. Want to browse more items? Visit our Museum Store page here. Please note some items have limited quantities and may no longer be available.
Have an avid reader in your life? Give them a book (or two)! Our books cover a wide variety of topics, including local and regional history, nature (birding, hiking, etc.), women’s rights, and more. We also offer plenty of children’s books.
Staff picks: Urban Trails Bellingham ($16.95), Birds of the West ($22.95), The Campout Cookbook ($19.95)
There’s nothing better than sitting down with a puzzle during these dark winter months. The Museum Store offers puzzles for all ages and skill levels, from easy kids’ puzzles to a 2,000-piece challenge. Browse great brands such as Pomegranate, Lemonade Pursuits, and more.
Staff picks: True South 500 or 1,000 pieces ($24), Pomegranate 1,000 pieces ($19.95), Lemonade Pursuits 1,000 pieces ($30)
Know someone who loves local art? Gift them something unique this holiday season. The Museum Store offers a great selection of art by local and regional artists, including hand-signed Giclee prints by Tlingit/Vashon Island artist Israel Shotridge, pottery by Bellingham artist Larry Richmond, and hand-printed linocuts by Rebecca Meloy.
Staff pick: Don Salisbury Fence Post Toppers: bird ($155), finial ($52)
Spark joy by gifting someone something sparkly this year. We have styles ranging from casual to dressy. Looking to support Washington State artists? Check out jewelry from Magpie Mouse Studios, No Man’s Land Artifacts, Samantha Slater Studio, and BeeBiota (by Bellingham artist Erin Lange).
Staff picks: No Man’s Land Artifacts Lagoon Brass Earrings ($34), Magpie Mouse Green Tulip Earrings ($60)
Toys & Games
Give the gift of family fun with a classic board game such as Mandala or Chess. Looking for something new or different? Consider Katamino or Quarto. We also have toys for all ages!
Staff picks: Janod DIY Firetruck ($35), Kikkerland Mancala ($19)
Our home good items are perfect for those who want something pretty, yet practical. From cups and mugs to tea towels and decorative serving boards, these gifts are sure to be used time after time.
Staff picks: Cary Lane Ceramic Cups (small $14, large $18, extra-large $20)
For the fashionistas in your life, browse our great selection of scarves in multiple price points. Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift? Consider a beautiful felted wool hat by fiber artist Flóra Carlile-Kovács.
Staff pick: Winding River Wrap ($60)
Don’t forget the little extras! The best stocking stuffers are small but mighty. Consider Bellingham-themed stickers, mini notebooks, fancy art supplies, and more.
Staff picks: Ooly Fountain Pens ($2.50 each), Streamline Classic Water Game ($3.50), Channel Craft Bug Top ($3.50), Compendium Mini Journal ($12), Stickers Northwest Vinyl Stickers ($3.50 each)
How to purchase
If you can’t make it into the Store, don’t worry. We also accept orders by phone for curbside pickup or shipping. See something you like on our website or have a question? Call us at 360.778.8975 during Store hours. Please be sure to provide us with the product information, price, or a visual description based on the photographs.
All purchases from the Store directly benefit our educational programs and exhibitions.
We hope to see you at the Museum Store this holiday season!