About Us

About Surroundings…

Surroundings Gift Shop opened in 2007 in the loft of Dutch Mothers Restaurant in downtown Lynden, selling Christa Warren’s floral designs, as well as artwork from 20 local artists. The store quickly expanded to carry other giftware and moved in 2010 to its present location in Fairway Center.

We have added Yankee Candles to the mix, as well as great card lines, jewelry and accessories. Surroundings is known for beautiful displays, lots of changes with the seasons, artwork with inspirational messages and a great place to buy that special gift for someone. We hear from our customers that our prices are very reasonable, that it’s easy to find that gift for under $20, or a print for your home that‘s affordable. Giftwrapping is always included at no charge.

Surroundings Gift Shop in Lynden’s Fairway Center is a cozy little place, filled with gift ideas for all occasions. Home Décor items include a bit of the ELEGANT with pillows, urns, and candlesticks. For the casual COTTAGE STYLE, we have wonderful lanterns, vases of flowers, framed prints and gifts from the sea. We wouldn’t be one of Lynden’s favorite gift shops without SOME COUNTRY, so check out our western and farm décor. No matter what your style, Surroundings Gifts offers you some WHIMSY with Lori Mitchell’s little people and gifts that celebrate our pets, our children and grandchildren.

Come visit Surroundings, where our YANKEE candles scents fill the air, and your coffee cups are always welcome.

About the owner…

Christa Warren is a local… she grew up in Bellingham and graduated from WWU with an art degree. After college, she moved to Seattle for 10 years, where she taught school, worked in interior design, and she and her husband, Mark started their family. Christa has tried her hand at many creative endeavors… she is an experienced wallpaper hanger, seamstress, floral designer, and painter. After years of projects on the kitchen table and in the garage, Christa now works from an art studio in her home… and she tries not to spill out into the rest of the house… she tries.

Mark Warren is a half-time pastor at Christ the King Church in Bellingham, teaches for Trinity Western University, and has a career coaching business called Mark Warren Associates. He has an office above Woods Coffee in the windmill, and can often be seen popping into Surroundings to help out or bring Christa an Edaleen ice cream cone!

They have three young adult children, Daniel, Melissa (and Andrew Engstrom), and Christopher. A bit of family trivia… do you remember the viral video from a few years ago called the Laughing Bride?… well, that’s Christa’s daughter. If you haven’t seen it, you might want to take a peek.

About our mission…

What is really important in life? Faith in God and walking closely with Him, our families, friends, and the relationships that mean so much to each of us. We are here to encourage you, to bring words of comfort and to rejoice with you in the special events and seasons in life. A customer recently said about her visit to the store… “I always feel so much closer to God when I come into Surroundings.” Well, it just doesn’t get any better than that!

Bring on the beauty…

Christa Warren has always been inspired by the beauty around her. We are so blessed to live in this wonderful part of the country that inspires us every time we look out the window, and Christa loves to delight the eye with displays that combine great color and design. If you need a little visual inspiration, come visit us and drink in the beauty of… Surroundings.