Showcasing the Season at The Gift Gallery in Tumwater

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Owner Linda Miller says goodbye after 8 years at The Gift Gallery. The story will be closing March 31.


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The Gallery’s Christmas tree is decorated entirely in handmade goodies.

Despite the absence of a white winter, I still agree with funnyman Mo Rocca that “Christmas is a stocking stuffed with sugary goodness.” And for a one-stop shop to fill that stocking, visit Tumwater’s The Gift Gallery LLC, a wealth of everything wonderful our region has to offer.

Owner Linda Miller fills her store with the wares of more than 30 vendors from around the area. Hailing from Thurston, Lewis, and Grays Harbor counties, these artists and crafts people keep her booths stocked with jewelry, toys, housewares, holiday decorations, gift items, antiques, and food treats of every variety. These local artisans are always happy to discuss custom or personalized orders and often live locally to expedite turnaround time.

The Gift Gallery’s individualized attention makes them a home-grown treasure no matter what your gift-giving need. Looking for a Seahawks, Mariners, Huskies, or Cougars patterned teddy bear? They’ve got ‘em. Local huckleberry honey? Check. Chocolate nut toffee packaged as reindeer poop? Yup. Vintage, one-of-a-kind jewelry? A gorgeous assortment, ready to go.

Linda moved the store to its current Capitol Boulevard location five years ago after spending almost three in Lacey. The shop often hosts local authors for readings and book signings, ‘Vendor Appreciation Day’ where customers can meet the artists, and even free monthly jewelry appraisals complete with tasty food samples galore.

Miller works hard to keep her merchandise as local as possible since handcrafted items are always the most popular. In their Food Court section, you’ll find offerings from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, and Colorado. These range from coffees, teas, and cocoas, to cheese dips, candies, honey and jellies, and all manner of savory and sweet delights.

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Owner Linda Miller loves to showcase local artists and artisans in her Tumwater shop.

Holiday shoppers looking for unique ornaments, Secret Santa gifts, or stocking-stuffers can start with a large, festive Christmas tree featuring only handmade ornaments. These are sure to be a hit in any home, office, or gift exchange.

The Gallery will also save the day if you’re completely stumped on your gift-giving list. Their skilled staff will help create gift baskets for any occasion or recipient, with complementary basket, stuffing, wrapping, and ribbon to accentuate your chosen treats. You’ll definitely look and feel like a shopping master.

Are you an artist, tradesman, or creative crafty soul? The Gift Gallery is always looking for new vendors and loves to showcase emerging—or established—talent. Give the shop a call or stop by to discuss their array of booth options.

During the month of December, the Gift Gallery will offer an assortment of special holiday events for their guests. Every Wednesday is Senior Day, with shoppers 50+ receiving a free gift with a $10 purchase. If you’re wandering the aisles and find a tucked-away bunny stamp, bring it to the front for 10% off your purchase as part of the month’s delightful ‘Find the Bunny’ promotion.

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Art, jewelry, gifts, and tasty treats fill the aisles of the Gift Gallery.

Saturdays in December also feature multiple raffle drawings throughout the day. Selected winners, who don’t need to be present to win, will be able to choose a gift from those donated by the shop’s many creative sellers.

Located at 5113 Capitol Boulevard SE in Tumwater, Southgate Shopping Center, Exit 102 off I-5, the Gift Gallery is not to be missed. Whether on a mission for something specific or simply treasure-hunting on a lazy afternoon, the sights, smells, and surprises you’ll find make it well worth the trip.

The shop is open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. For December only, they’ll also be open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sundays and 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Call 360-491-4917 with questions or special requests. Visit their website or Facebook page for updates, event postings, and amazing inventory slide-shows.

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