Island Experience

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.

Island Experiences

 

Give the gift of a unique island experience!

Experience Doe Bay's outdoor soaking tubs or Rosario Resort's indoor pool. Get a massage at Earthbox Spa in Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor Resort's Afterglow Spa, or A Massage by the Sea in Eastsound. 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. The Whale Museum also offers perfect experiential gifts. Through the Whale Adoption Program, 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. Pod Nods are another fun experience 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. You can also 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.

Local Liquid Arts

Share some of the islands' best beverages!

Treat your loved ones to island wine! Whether you delight in the local labels from The Orcas Project at Doe Bay Wine Company, or enjoy a smooth glass from the Orcas Island Winery, you can't go wrong with Orcas Island wine. The Lopez Vineyard and San Juan Vineyard also offer beautiful blends to share and gift. Keep up the boozy gifts with San Juan Island Brewing Co.'s local beers or San Juan Island Distillery's house-made gin. Looking for a local, non-alcoholic beverage? Try Tea Salish Sea, which creates delicious, unparalleled tea blends that capture the essence of the San Juan Islands. These teas make the perfect gift or way to remember your trip to the islands! 

Sweet & Savory treats

 

Give the gift of a tasty treat!

Nothing says the holidays quite like a box of chocolates. Pick up a box of locally-made sweets at Katheryn Taylor Chocolates in Eastsound, or a collection of imported weets from Friday Harbor Chocolates.  The perfect stocking stuffer, give the gift of flavor with San Juan Island Sea Salt. 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. Shop for a food gift basket at San Juan Bistro while enjoying a cheeseboard, sandwich, salad and glass of wine or beer. Stop by the Girl Meets Dirt tasting room or the farmers markets for single-varietal preserves and shrubs made from local heritage orchard fruit.

Artwork & pottery

Give the gift of local art!

There are countless artists in the islands that create one-of-a-kind gifts. In Friday Harbor, browse through arctic and northwest coast native work at Arctic Raven Gallery, or a collection of local pieces at Island Studios Gallery. This art co-op is packed with paintings, sculpture, fiber arts, jewelry, metalwork, ceramics and more. Also on San Juan Island, enjoy WaterWorks Gallery, which features contemporary artwork of artists based in the Pacific Northwest, the multi-media island studio of glass artist Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso, and the studio, showroom, and gift shop at Paula West Pottery. On Orcas Island, stop by Orcas Island Artworks which offers one of the finest selections of local art and crafts in the 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.

Nifty Gifties

 

Give the gift of the islands!

The San Juans are full of one-of-a-kind gifts. Try botanically-based skin and body care products from Island Thyme, or more than 250 lavender-based, botanical, culinary, personal care, therapeutic, household and pet care products from Pelindaba Lavender. Also on San Juan Island, Funk & Junk Antiques offers a fun shopping experience while Joe Friday's Shirt Co. provides favorite island-themed merchandise. On Orcas Island, the Nest is a lovely floral and gift boutique with unique treasures.

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. 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 products and places to shop HERE!

San Juan Islands Made