The holidays are upon us once again, and the thought of gift buying can sometimes add additional stress to an already busy season. San Diego is fortunate to have an abundance of shopping options for the hard-to-buy-for loved one. My first rule of thumb when selecting a gift for someone is to know something unique about them, e.g. hobbies, passions, and favorites. Once you know this you can tailor their gift perfectly for them.
With Love Gift & Paperie
One of my favorite places to find unique gifts is With Love Gift & Paperie. With an ever changing inventory of cards, jewelry, French journals, and one-of-a-kind home accessories, this is a grand slam. I can always find something for a home or maybe the latest hip interior design coffee table book, or some luxurious smelling soap with an antique soap holder. The choices are never ending here in this treasure chest of fabulousness.
Where: 1620 West Lewis Street, San Diego, CA 92103
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The Headquarters shopping area offers two of my preferred stores. Simply Local‘s impressive location features over 50 local merchants and artists combined with treasures from around the world. Picture an indoor upscale farmers market. I love the jewelry, purses, gourmet kitchen and food items. Their newest location just opened this month in North Park, 3013 University Ave. Seaside Paper/Home offers luxury candles, personalized stationery, hand selected home accessories and some exclusive proprietary lines. If you happen to be in Coronado, be sure to check out their second location at 1162 Orange Ave.
Where: 789 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
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I love shopping at antique stores for people. Vignettes, my go-to antique store, is located in Ocean Beach. I can always find the perfect piece of antique jewelry or accessory. Maybe an exclusive home or garden accessory is on your list? No matter what, be sure to check out the Chanel corner! This a one-of-a-kind antique store that makes you think of the splendor of Old Paris…Vive La France!
Where: 4828 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
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Love & Aesthetics
The area of Little Italy features Love & Aesthetics. The owner of this lifestyle boutique carries items that he believes in and lives by. Representing local artists and independent companies, this boutique carries everything from jewelry to local re-purposed woodwork furniture to stunning vases and art. The second location in the neighborhood of North Park has a more masculine vibe.
Little Italy – 621 W. Fir Street, San Diego CA 92101
North Park – 2910 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
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Further north in Solana Beach is San Diego’s design district in which resides a fabulous store called SOLO. With a 4,000 sq. ft. retail space and more than a dozen distinctive boutiques within the location, this is the place to find the perfect linen, jewelry, antiques, table top displays, collectible architectural books, and furniture.
Where: 309 South Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
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