Give the gift of the Islands
Handmade art, artisan foods, and local experiences
Gifts mean so much more when they are made by someone you know. And in the San Juan Islands, you can meet the craftspeople who create the art, crafts, foods and more that you can discover at holiday artisan fairs, farmers' markets, and in their local shops. Here are a few suggestions on where to find that perfect locally made gift.
Give the gift of relaxation and rejuvenation with a trip to one of the many local spas. Experience Doe Bay's outdoor soaking tubs or Rosario Resort's indoor pool. Get a massage at Earthboxx Spa in Friday Harbor or A Massage by the Sea in Eastsound. Enjoy a variety of wellness services in an amazing Pacific Northwest location.
A Pod Nod is a pajama party sleepover for children ages 6 to 11 at Friday Harbor’s Whale Museum. Supervised by Whale Museum educators, Pod Nods feature games, crafts, and science projects centered around orcas and other whales that call the Salish Sea home.
Cooking Classes / Special Dinners
Give the gift of delicious island food with a cooking class or special dinner event. Coho Restaurant offers special classes, wine dinners, harvest dinners and more, that make the perfect experiential gift.
Give a gift the whole family can enjoy! Treat everyone to a unique glamping experience at Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island or Leanto on Orcas Island. Discover camping redefined in progressive lodging experiences that embody rugged individualism and simple ingenuity. Glamping is a wonderful way to experience the San Juan Islands and immerse yourself in the natural wonder. Think of a hotel smack in the middle of the great outdoors!
Adopt an Orca
You can support orca protection and research by adopting your own! What better gift to give than one of education and stewardship? The Whale Museum offers the Whale Adoption Program, in which you can adopt one of the Southern Resident Community killer whales. Proceeds from orca adoptions support ongoing education, research and public outreach on behalf of the Southern Resident Community of killer whales. Whales in the three pods who have been named are available for adoption through our Orca Adoption Program.
Girl Meets Dirt
Girl Meets Dirt Archipelago Preserves specializes in single-varietal preserves made from local heritage orchard fruit. Grown by small family farmers & homesteaders - many varietals come from trees that have been producing bounty for over 100 years, and some are exclusive to Orcas. Stop by their tasting room during normal business hours to say hello and to purchase preserves, or taste these treats at the San Juan and Orcas Island farmers’ markets.
The Orcas Project
The Orcas Project is a collaboration between acclaimed Winemakers and Vineyards in the Pacific Northwest, featuring labels illustrated by Orcas Island artist Carlin Hayworth. These wines are limited in production and available at Doe Bay Wine Company in Eastsound and some island restaurants. Pick up a bottle of red or white this holiday season, and give the gift of local wine.
Nest is a lovely floral and gift boutique located in the heart of Eastsound. Find unique treasures with a focus on Island and Washington State artists as well as fresh flowers. Take a moment to come in and smell the flowers while wandering through the shop.
Kathryn Taylor Chocolates
This quaint chocolate shop features artisan chocolates made from fresh, local and organic ingredients. The intimate café offers elegant desserts and baked goods, Stumptown coffee and espresso, drinking chocolates and fine teas served hot or over ice. You won't want to miss Katheryn Taylor Chocolates on your next shopping trip in Eastsound.
Since 1996, Island Thyme has been creating botanically-based skin and body care products in small batches from a farm and apothecary workshop on Orcas Island. In the Island Thyme studio, soaps, creams, balms and herbal oils incorporate island ingredients and bring a sense of calm and relaxation. It's the gift of self-love!
Orcas Island Artworks
A treasured Orcas Island destination, the Artworks offers one of the finest selections of local art and crafts in the San Juan Islands. The co-op represents forty-five Orcas Island artists and craftspeople, working in pottery, sculpture, jewelry, glass, wood, paintings, prints, wearable art, fiber and more. Established in 1981, the gallery is one of the oldest cooperatives in the country.
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Tea Salish Sea
By blending sustainably wildcrafted herbs, sea salts, locally grown tea leaves, fruits and vegetables with carefully imported Assam, Wuyi, Nilgiri, Sencha, and other leaf varieties, Tea Salish Sea creates delicious, unparalleled tea blends which capture the essence of the San Juan Islands. These teas make the perfect gift or way to remember your trip to the islands!
San Juan Island Sea Salt
Harnessing the power of the sun and sea, San Juan Island Sea Salt is local through and through. They harvest pure seawater and solar evaporate it right here in the islands. The sea salt is mineral rich and adds an island flare to any meal. Find this local treasure in a variety of select local gourmet shops, plus the San Juan Island Farmers' Market and the San Juan Island Food Co-op.
San Juan Island Bistro
This charming shop and restaurant across the street from the San Juan Island Farmers' Market at Brickworks, showcase artisan cheeses, beers and wines from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Owners Richard and Sherry Daly offer unique specialty and local food items. Shop for a food gift basket, and enjoy a cheeseboard, sandwich, salad and glass of wine or beer in this cozy restaurant, or in the outdoor patio garden in summertime.
WaterWorks Gallery features contemporary artwork of artists based in the San Juan Islands and the Pacific Northwest. The art reflects the unique Northwest experience and artists are stimulated by the changing times we live in. Art jewelry is a new addition to the gallery and continues to delight visitors and locals alike.
Arctic Raven Gallery
This Friday Harbor gallery features Arctic and Northwest Coast Native work. Offering a diverse collection of Northwest Coast Indian masks, wood carvings and prints, the gallery represents local peoples including the Coast Salish, Kwaguilth, and Makah nations as well as the more northern Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian.
Island Studios Art Gallery
San Juan Island is full of talented artists in all genres, and Island Studios offers a selection of many of their works. This art co-op is packed with paintings, sculpture, fiber arts, jewelry, metalwork, ceramics and more. The back garden is an oasis from bustling Friday Harbor, where you can sit and relax in the sun or watch the pond full of colorful koi swim about.
San Juan Island Brewing Co.
San Juan Island Brewing Co. is a local, independent craft brewery serving traditional Ales and Lagers inspired by the islands. Pick up a case of your favorite beer or some San Juan Island merchandise that will keep you dreaming about your next trip back.
Pelindaba Lavender Farm
Spread over 25 beautiful acres with lake and Olympic Mountain views, Pelindaba Lavender Farm has become one of the islands' most popular visitor destinations. More than 250 lavender-based, botanical, culinary, personal care, therapeutic, household and pet care products are handcrafted and sold on-site. Or shop and enjoy the aromas at their shops in Friday Harbor and Eastsound.
San Juan Island Distillery & Westcott Bay Cider
Hawk & Suzy Pingree harvest the many varieties of cider apples in co-owner Richard Anderson's small (acre and a half) orchard, press the apples into fresh juice, pitch a champagne yeast into the juice and slowly ferment it into prize-winning traditional English style hard ciders. They also produce award-winning Calvados, gins and vodkas using botanicals foraged and farmed on San Juan Island. Visit the tasting room on the weekends for an educational and delicious adventure.
San Juan Vineyards
At San Juan Vineyards' beautiful 30-acre vineyard, winery, and historic tasting room, you can sip from a line-up of award-winning wines including some locally grown favorites. Bring back a bottle for friends and family and share a splash of the islands!
Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso Studio / San Juan Glassworks
This multi-media island studio features art glass panels, miniature sculptures (jewelry), and encaustic (beeswax) paintings. Only four miles from town, it's a great place to find local artwork or commission a piece of your own.
Paula West Pottery
At Paula West's studio, porcelain clay becomes unique and functional vessels for your table. Established in 1993, the studio offers visitors the opportunity to see a working studio and the many aspects of pottery making. Between a showroom and gift shop, you're bound to find an island treasure.
Whether you're on Lopez, Orcas or San Juan Island, be sure to check out the local farmers market! Farmers, artists and chefs from around the islands gather to sell their goods and share their passions. It's the perfect place to find a unique, island-made gift.
Funk & Junk Antiques
Funk & Junk Antiques is Friday Harbor's oldest antique shop. You might just find what you're looking for - or something you weren't! Browse one of the Northwest's best shops featuring unique, eclectic and one-of-a-kind treasures-since 1984.
Joe Friday's Shirt Co.
Joe Friday's Shirt Co. offers visitors and locals a wide variety of island-themed merchandise. Whether you're looking for a memento, souvenir or gift, Jo Friday's Spring Street location in the heart of Friday Harbor makes it an easy one-stop-shop.
Friday Harbor Chocolates
Looking for decadent and luscious handcrafted chocolates and confections? You've found them! Featuring some of the best artisan chocolatiers in the San Juan Islands and the Northwest, including renown chocolates and creams from Rogers' Chocolates in Victoria, B.C., Friday Harbor Chocolates has a vast selection of crowd favorites.
Look for the Islands Made Seal
San Juan Islands Made is a certification given to any product that is produced by islanders, here in the San Juan Islands. The San Juan Islands Made brand was established to protect the integrity and value of the marketing allure for San Juan Islands Made manufactured, fished and timbered goods. There are some agricultural products with this certification that are not part of the Island Grown program.
You can also find agricultural products that bear the Island Grown in the San Juans certification.
These are just a few of the great products made in the San Juan Islands. Find more San Juan Islands Made products.