5 Seattle-area chains where you can scoop up a last-minute gift, even on the way to the party.

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It happens to the best of us — we’re en route to a holiday party and realize we forgot to get a gift.

Don’t fret! There’s no need to spend an hour or more parking and fighting the crowds at a shopping mall. Simply hit up one of these local chains, and you’ll be in and out faster than you can say “jingle all the way.”

To make your trip even faster (you don’t want to be too fashionably late, after all), here are some gift picks from the stores that you’re bound to pass on your way to the party.

Bartell Drugs

Local company Bartell carries lots of local products, as well as beauty gear and boozy gift options. You can even grab a card and gift bag to look totally well prepared.

Chocolate is always welcome at a party, so pick up locally made Theo Chocolates Organic & Fair Trade Chocolate Bars ($3 each) in delectable holiday flavors including peppermint stick and gingerbread spice.

The cozy Seattle Seahawks Slippers (on sale for $15) will allow the football diehards in your life to show their team spirit and keep their feet toasty during the cold winter months.

Clockwise from left: Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Nog, $20; Seattle Seahawks Slippers, $15; Trader Joe’s Cranberry Chevre Log, $4; Trader Joe’s Zygo Cactus, $3.49
Clockwise from left: Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Nog, $20; Seattle Seahawks Slippers, $15; Trader Joe’s Cranberry Chevre Log, $4; Trader Joe’s Zygo Cactus, $3.49

A Totally Bamboo Seattle Cutting Board (on sale for $20) can be used year round, and is the ideal gift for the hostess who has serious city spirit.

Can’t choose between a coffee or liquor gift? No problem — the Baileys Spirits Gift Set (on sale for $24) comes with one 750-milliliter bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur and two glass coffee mugs.

The Essie Hostess Gift ($12.50) is a fashionable set with a color selection that ranges from subtle to metallic to bright, letting her discover a new go-to hue.

PCC natural markets

Local grocery co-op PCC has, of course, tasty gift ideas, as well as local items of a less temporary nature.

Starting with food, though, guests will devour the Essential Baking Company Flourless Chocolate Tart, and since two desserts are always better than one, why not grab the Zesty Lemon Tart ($12 each) as well?

Hammond’s Peppermint Cotton Candy ($4.55) is the perfect snack for the kiddos at the party. Then, keep them occupied with the Dancing Deer Baking Co. Gingerbread Cookie House Kit ($17).

Clockwise from left: Starbucks Coffee & Tea Refill Tumbler, $40; Hammond’s Peppermint Cotton Candy, $4.55; Hot Sox, $6 a pair; Essential Baking Company Flourless Chocolate Tart, $12
Clockwise from left: Starbucks Coffee & Tea Refill Tumbler, $40; Hammond’s Peppermint Cotton Candy, $4.55; Hot Sox, $6 a pair; Essential Baking Company Flourless Chocolate Tart, $12

PCC has so many cozy seasonal Hot Sox ($6) that it’s hard to choose a favorite pattern, but we’re partial to the festive penguin and snowman prints.

The hostess who enjoys holiday décor throughout the house will love the beautifully-stitched Dashing Through the Snow Embellished Dish Towel ($6.59).

And even the most wonderful time of the year has its stressful moments, so a Big Dipper Wax Works Aromatherapy Candle (starting at $8), in seasonal holiday scents, is bound to come in handy at least once or twice this season.

Starbucks

Because, duh, coffee. And also the stores are ubiquitous, with most open even on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning.

For your favorite caffeine addict, pick up the Coffee & Tea Refill Tumbler ($40) — a gift that keeps on giving. With the tumbler, they can head to their nearest Starbucks for a free grande brewed hot coffee or tea every day in January.

Pick up a pound of the Christmas Blend Vintage 2016 Whole Beans ($15) for the host who prefers to brew their morning coffee at home. Pair it with the Red Holiday Cup Collection ($55 for three tumblers), which will let your giftee soak in the holiday spirit every time they indulge in their caffeine fix.

Trader Joe’s

Pass by the Two Buck Chuck for now and pick up some of TJ’s fun seasonal buys.

For the host who lacks a green thumb but loves plants, bring a Zygo Cactus ($3.49). Better known as “Christmas Cacti,” their beautiful blooms of red, pink and white will brighten up the room. Added bonus? The Zygo can thrive for years, so you’ll likely see it on display at your host’s 2017 holiday party.

Nearly every party has a cheese and cracker spread, so add to it with the Cranberry Chevre Log ($4 for 8 ounces). In the unlikely event that there are leftovers, the hostess can smear it on her morning bagel.

It’s a fact that no party can have too many sweets, so grab the Salty Honey Toffee Chocolate Covered Crackers ($4 for 6.75 ounces) as an extra goody.

BevMo

Whether it’s opened at the party or saved for later, a bottle or six-pack is a classic, almost surefire gift. Pick up a Washington wine, or opt for one of these seasonal specialties.

Break out the bubbly with Taittinger Champagne ($45) to get the party started on a festive note.

’Tis the season for spiked eggnog, so bring along Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Nog ($20) to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

And let’s not forget about the beer lovers. Keep them happy with the Corsendonk Christmas Ale 6 Pack ($23), which comes with a tasting glass and six of the Belgian maker’s beloved Christmas ales.