Gift Cards

The Whatcom Think Local First Gift Card can be redeemed at over 270 of your favorite local retailers, restaurants, services, and entertainment venues in Whatcom County. Sending cards is easy! Simply choose your recipient and send your gift card via email or text message. You also have the option of printing out gift cards to hand deliver to that special someone! Keep your local dollars local and give a Whatcom Think Local Gift Card today!


Local lovers all over are invited to visit numerous locally owned businesses around Whatcom County with the Think Local First Passport. At each stop, simply check in using your digital passport, collect points, and earn prizes. This passport not only helps you experience the finest local retailers, but also offers many opportunities earn points and win prizes. By supporting your favorite local businesses, we all win!

Events Calendar

Explore our community events calendar for the holidays to discover a treasure trove of festive activities that will bring joy to your season. From tree lighting ceremonies to holiday markets and joyful parades, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss out on the chance to create cherished memories and connect with your community during this magical time of year.

Makers Market

Join us on December 1st at the First Friday Makers Market, a vibrant gathering of local artisans and creators, where you can discover unique, handcrafted treasures and support your community’s talented makers. Stroll through an intimate gathering while engaging with the creative minds behind unique one-of-a-kind products. It’s an opportunity to connect, celebrate creativity, and shop with heart!

Show your local love

Show your love of local with a custom “Think Local First” or “Drink Local First” tee, tank, or sweatshirt. Suuuuper soft cotton-polyester blended fabrics are sure to keep you comfortable and stylish this season! Don’t need another tee shirt, but still want to support local? Consider a Think Local First donation, gift card, or browse our online directory of locally owned businesses before running to that big box store or ordering from an online giant.

Many Thanks To Our Think Local First Sponsors:

Cascadia Daily News
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
Mt. Baker Care Center & Summit Place Assisted Living