Making a list? When checkin’ it twice we suggest shopping homegrown this season. Head to the Headquarters at Seaport Village, an uncrowded place to find curated gifts from local artisans. From toys and surf-inspired presents to urban art, chocolate and boho chic, here is where you’ll find gifts for those last few people on your list. Scroll down and discover why this spot is a great spot for last minute gifts.
Little explorers will dig finding the jail cells in the historic police headquarters that was built in 1939 and decommissioned in 1987. Look at old time pictures of the people held there, take a cute mug shot and view a display of old police department remains. The Headquarters itself has a beautiful and open feel with clay tile roofs and Mediterranean-style archways. Now, there are many outdoor couches around the center with large shade umbrellas to sit and put up your feet!
Photo: Port of San Diego
Where To Shop
For Kids of All Ages: Geppetto’s Toy Store
Brian Miller, Geppetto’s owner, personally gets involved in picking the toys that are sold in his locally-owned San Diego stores, which in some ways makes him the real Santa Claus. Miller’s focus is on curating toys with high play value and the best quality. This season you’ll find everything from wood building blocks for the littles, to the latest hot board games, and science kits to inspire future thinkers. Not sure what to get that special kiddo? Let the Geppetto elves help you find the perfect present. Bonus: wrapping is all free.
For Sand and Surf-Inspired Gifts: Urban Beach House
For family (and friends) who wear the classic surf brands, wade into the locally-owned Urban Beach House store. You’ll love the hip vibe and dig not only the latest on-trend surf fashions but also, the best accessories. From a Cali-Love trucker hat and locally-made jewelry to the best sunblock. You’ll also find cute and quirky home decor for all those beach-lovers on your list.
For Sophisticated Boho Chic: Madison
For the friend who treasures purses, jewelry and clothes by known and up-and-coming designers this is your store. You’ll find leather gifts, handmade jewelry and casual chic clothes by designers, Brighton, Tat2, Uno de 50, and Free People. You’re sure to find that perfect present for those who love luxury. Bonus: Beautiful free gift-wrapping.
For the Chocolate-Lovers: Dallmann’s Fine Chocolates
You’ll delight in the locally-made chocolates that are delicious and a work of art. Made with the finest and freshest ingredients, they create chocolate that almost looks too good to eat. The San Diego box is a mix of their most popular flavors.
For Those That Appreciate Cool Art: United Streets of Art
Support local urban SoCal artist who’s art you’ll find on high-quality leather accessories and phone cases in this unique store. From San Diego to Santa Monica find what local artists are inspired to create. Cool sayings, graffiti-talk and fabulous skylines, all come together on backpacks, cool wallets, cosmetic bags and canvases.
Where to Eat
Flour & Barley
When the little shoppers get hungry, eat indoors or on the outdoor covered patio at Flour & Barley. Littles will love the New York style pizza and large meatballs, you’ll be glad for the craft beer. If you hit up the happy hour (3:30-6 p.m.) you can get food for under ten dollars.
This local hot spot mixes Mexican street style with a vibrant atmosphere. A little more swanky they hand make tortillas, use sustainable seafood, and source local organic greens, you’ll get fresh food that tastes innovative. With the littles in tow there is a large outside patio and (although no tot menu) they will make quesadillas.
For dessert Gelato Paradiso is a treat. Made fresh, they have a variety of flavors. The taste is creamy, but not too sweet. If you’re kids can’t decide, they don’t mind giving free samples. From mango and pistachio to salted caramel and cookies and cream there’s a flavor for everyone.
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
789 W Harbor Dr.
San Diego, Ca
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—Nikki Walsh (photos without credit too!)