One of the lessons we’ve learned in 2020 is that our actions affect our community––and when we stand together and support each other we all become stronger. As we approach gift giving season, let’s remember our awesome local businesses and (look to them first) as we’re searching for the best Christmas gifts and Hanukkah gifts. We’ve rounded up a bunch of local shops to make your holiday shopping beneficial for both your recipients and small businesses in San Diego. Read on for our holiday gift guide.

Maya's Cookies

Santa isn't the only one who loves milk and cookies. Order a few gift sets from Maya's Cookies in San Diego and amaze all your sweet-loving friends and relatives. The award winning, vegan shop ships nationwide so you can send a set to family you may not be able to see in person this year. Another reason we love supporting Maya's Cookies is their commitment to community engagement. They give back to San Diego youth and underserved communities, making shopping local extra sweet. 

Online: mayascookies.com

Shop / Good

Shop-Good is San Diego's clean, one-stop beauty shop that focuses on holistic wellness with makeup products and skincare that are all eco-friendly and green conscious. With locations in North Park and Del Mar's One Paseo, the shop stocks tons of gift-worthy brands like Moon Juice, Tata Harper and more. This holiday season, more people are opting to get their beauty fix at home, so their Mini At-Home facial package is the perfect option. Customized for your recipient's skin type the kit is mixed live by Shop Good’s holistic estheticians, by hand, and shipped day of. It’s a thoughtful gift for your sister, mother-in-law, or BFF who deserves a little extra self care amidst all the stress of the world. 

Online: shop-good.com

Magical Child

Brimming with creative art supplies, educational books and the most adorable clothing lines, Magical Child, in Encinitas is a local shop that truly has something for anyone on your list (age 10 and under!). You can shop online and get free curbside pick up or go in and browse their collections in person. This local shop has been serving the north county community and beyond since 1995. Be sure to stop by this holiday season and support this local business. 

Online: magicalchild.com

Hitting Knob

If you have a baseball lover on your list, this gift is an instant homerun. Perfect for little rookies or professional players, The Hitting Knob is designed to maximize each player’s full potential, The Hitting Knob uses science to train players to perform the proper swing mechanics, while maximizing both bat speed and power. Based right here in San Diego, the Hitting Knob benefits baseball and softball players of all ages and playing levels and has received praise from professional and collegiate players and coaches. So next time your mini Mookie Betts is up to bat you can breathe a sigh of relief — he's got this! 

Online: hittingknob.com

Sakura Bloom

In a preemptive effort to keep waste to a minimum and attention to detail high, Sakura Bloom crafts their baby carriers in small batches right here in their coastal San Diego workshop. The carriers are made from the softest hand dyed linens, handloomed silks, cashmeres and locally tanned leathers so you can rest assured that your recipient will feel the love when they open your gift. Support this local shop online or in their shop in Encinitas when they are open. Protocols have been put into place to keep all customers and employees safe due to Covid 19. 

Online: sakurabloom.com

Al Fresko Experience

Here in San Diego (and particularly in 2020) the place to be is outdoors! That's why the gift of an Al Fresko experience is ideal this year. What started as a passion project for family and friends has evolved into a full time thriving business for local San Diegan, business owner Jenny Ryan Niezgoda. In addition to experiential gifts like a VW date night, Al Fresko also offers boxes like their seasonal Harvest Graze so you can order and easily create your own experience. 

Online: alfreskoexperience.com

Solo

One trip to Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach can solve all your holiday gift buying dilemmas. The beach town's design district is brimming with artisan shops like Solo which is meticulously curated and truly has something for everyone. From your 3 month-old niece to your antique loving aunt, you can find a unique and oftentimes locally crafted gift at this neighborhood favorite. 

Online: solocedros.com

Edens Garden

Gift a lucky recipient with this Ceramic Bloom Diffuser from Edens Garden for the holidays. Based in San Clemente, Edens Garden is a family-owned, women-operated essential oil company that makes natural wellness affordable and accessible. Their new Ceramic Bloom Diffuser brings nature and long-lasting aromatherapy to your space. Porous and unglazed, the ceramic clay used to make the porcelain flower allows essential oils to absorb and gently float into the air. Select your lucky recipient's favorite essential oils so they can add them to the energy-efficient Ceramic Bloom Diffuser for results like boosting productivity or promoting relaxation. 

Online: edensgarden.com

San Diego Made Holiday Market

Shop the San Diego Made Holiday Market online or in person Dec. 12 & 13. San Diego’s largest only locally-curated makers market will feature a socially-distanced outdoor shopping experience with handmade goods by roughly 60 local vendors. This event is family-friendly and free to the public, with holiday photo opportunities, a free raffle, and safety measures that ensure it’s a secure environment for sellers and attendees (social distancing and masks required). For those who can't attend in-person, San Diego Made will host a Virtual Fair with free shipping for shoppers, exclusive online discounts, and an opportunity to do drive-by pick up at Grossmont Center. 

Online: sandiegomade.org

––Aimee Della Bitta

featured photo via Sakura Bloom

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