Mall Madness: Local Gift Shopping Central

A roundup of special holiday deals, and even a pop-up shop, to help check gifts off your list.

By Seattle Mag


November 16, 2012

This article originally appeared in the December 2012 issue of Seattle Magazine.

As evidenced by the beloved 1980s teen board game Mall Madness, navigating the shopping centers can be fraught with obstacles, especially during the holidays. (Find a gee-darn parking spot! Cash in on sales! Beat Stacy back to the arcade!) Thankfully, our local shopping meccas have plenty of special deals, and even a pop-up shop or two, to help check gifts off your list.

University Village
Shop for a cause: On December 5, University Village will host its annual Holidate event. Trade in your $25 ticket donation for a discount card to use at participating retailers and entry into the Holidate Lounge, plus a free drink and appetizer at Piatti Ristorante & Bar. Proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House, so you can feel warm and fuzzy about shopping ’til you drop (University District, 2623 NE University Village St.; 206.523.0622;

Pacific Place
Following the success of last year’s pop-ups (including 11 Olives and Trophy Cupcakes, now long-term residents), two more delightful shops have set up downtown: After launching in September, Seattle-based handbag line Emilie Sloan’s third-floor atelier continues to glitter with totes, stocking-ready coin purses and cosmetic bags, plus apparel from local designers, including Seamless in Seattle winner Suzy Fairchild of the Frock Shop. Bonus for theater fiends: The 5th Avenue Theatre is selling show tickets and Elf merchandise from its main level pop-up. Enjoy the nightly indoor “snowfall” and shop away (Downtown, 600 Pine St.; concierge, 206.405.2655;

The Bellevue Collection
Fall brought a plethora of new shopping options to the Collection, from the Peek…Aren’t You Curious? kids’ apparel shop to a Fossil watch and accessories stop on the second level. Specifically for the holidays, it’s all things Christmas (including those peppermint Frango chocolates) at Macy’s Holiday Lane, and the original ’90s-era curiosity shop, Brookstone, also returns for a month-long stay (Bellevue, 575 Bellevue Square; 425.454.8096;