Here are our suggestions for Cyber Monday, which always happens right after Thanksgiving Weekend. It’s a big prelude to the holiday shopping season with a focus on online shopping deals.
If you live in the Seattle metropolitan region and want to add Pacific Northwest flair to your gift giving, we chose 10 locally-owned retail stores and businesses that feature great gift ideas or something special for the holidays that you can buy online.
What is Cyber Monday?
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and continues online with an upsurge in purchases on the Monday following Thanksgiving weekend, which has been dubbed Cyber Monday. Some retailers offer a whole week of Black Friday to Cyber Monday deals.
Cyber Monday started organically, as online trends often do, when online sales doubled during the first decade of the 21st century. Wanting to capture more of your gift-giving dollars, online retailers started offering discounts, sale items, and other savings, such as free shipping.
And just like Black Friday, Cyber Monday has grown into a multi-day (and in some cases, a week-long) sales event. Many online retail stores offer discounts and savings from Cyber Monday to the following Sunday.
Best Seattle stores for online shopping and gifts
Archie McPhee. One stop shop for party supplies, crafts, costumes, miniatures, and weird toys and candy. Standard shipping on $50 or more is FREE, or head to Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood and buy it at the store.
Amazon. The online retail powerhouse has Cyber Monday deals all week with low prices and sales on electronics, video games, DVDs, and more.
Eddie Bauer. Seattle’s homegrown sportswear store offers great rates on shipping anywhere in the US and can send orders to over 100 countries and territories worldwide. Free shipping on exchanges.
Elliott Bay Book Company in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, offers over 150,000 titles and a large collection of bargain editions–and they’ll gift wrap for free. Or, purchase a unique, handwritten Elliott Bay Gift Certificate in any amount and let your gift recipient decide which book to read.
Filson stands for high quality and durable outdoor and travel apparel and accessories. Headquartered in Seattle and renowned for making products in the USA from fabrics such as heavyweight Tin Cloth and warm Mackinaw Wool. Shop online or head to the #FilsonFlagship store just south of Safeco field on 4th Avenue South. Free Ground Shipping On Every Order.
Microsoft Store. Check their sale page for deals on computers, software, games, and accessories. Standard shipping (3-7 business days) and returns are FREE; 2-3 day shipping is just $9.99.
Nordstrom. Free standard shipping and free returns. Nordstrom will ship almost anything to anywhere in the United States—even Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico—for free. No minimums. No kidding. And if the recipient doesn’t love it, the return is free, too.
REI Gift Ideas. Seattle’s outdoor gear store has special sale items just for Cyber Monday and free standard shipping on orders over $50. There are some exceptions, but this is usually stated in the catalog.
Starbucks closed its online store October 1, 2017. You can purchase coffee and Starbucks merchandise in your local Starbucks store. Or, use the Starbucks App to place an order for in-store pickup. You can also find Starbucks coffee in your local grocery aisle.
Zulily. Daily deals on children’s, women’s, and family apparel, toys, infant gear and home décor in limited quantities that sell out fast. All sales are final, but it’s quality stuff at screamin’ deals.