2017 Local San Diego Gift Guide

December 9, 2017Blog, Things to do

The holidays are here, and we all know what the means – Presents! When you’re buying for people over the age of 15 it can be difficult to find something with meaning. Instead of heading to the closest megastore, support one of our local San Diego shops this holiday season. Buying something that benefits your community is guaranteed to give you the warm and fuzzies. Keep scrolling for gift ideas that will never be regifted.

holiday gift guide san diego wine-a-bit wineWine-A-Bit

Wine-o’s love this little Coronado tasting room. When you walk into the small brick and mortar you’re greeted by wine accessories, gifts, and the owners’ friendly faces. Once you wander to the back of the shop, the real fun begins. There you’ll find their extensive selection of wine covering the tasting room walls. From little-known vineyards to world-renowned bottles, Wine-A-Bit has it all. Wine-A-Bit is a great place to grab a local gift because they have something for every price point. Stop by the store for a cute wine accessory, 6 for $60 wine bottle deals, a Wine Club Membership, or a custom gift basket for your special someone.

holiday gift guide san diego taste of oils Taste of Oils

For the amateur chef in your life, a Taste of Oils basket will make the perfect local gift. This quaint Coronado shop is packed with gourmet olive oils, bottles of vinegar, and assorted gifts. Some of our favorite gifts include the Martini Basket, which is filled with two Stainless Steel Martini glasses, and a jar of Spanish Gourmet Stuffed Olives with the classic Martini Recipe;  The Romantic Italian Dinner Basket, which includes Italian Pasta, a red candle, Tuscan Herb Olive Oil, Espresso Balsamic Vinegar, Stuffed Italian Olives, Italian herbs and Italian Espresso Chocolate Fudge; and many many more. Check out the shops’ full list of custom gifts for the holidays!

holiday gift guide san diego venissimo cheeseVenissimo Cheese

When it comes to cheese, Venissimo is king. With locations in North Park, Del Mar, Liberty Station and Mission Hills, Venissimo has become the leading authority for cheese shops in San Diego. Whether you like hard cheese, soft cheese, goat cheese or American, Venissimo has it. The cheese enthusiasts at Venissimo have taken the work out of gifting by creating custom gift baskets that will please any dairy lover. Do you like Red Wine? There’s a collection for that. American made cheese? There’s a collection for that too. No matter your cheese palate, there’s a gift or a gift card that will make someone in your life very happy. If you’re looking for an experiential gift, bring your loved one to our North Park Walking Tour, which stops at Venissimo and other local spots. 

holiday gift guide claudia sandoval chef mexico master chef san diego cookbook

Photo Source: Chef Claudia’s Website

Claudia’s Cocina: A Taste of Mexico

Many of us know Chef Claudia from her run on Masterchef, where she won her season and brought the title back home to San Diego where she was born and raised. Today Chef Claudia has a popular catering company and cookbook, both named Claudia’s Cocina! Claudia’s cookbook is the perfect gift for anyone interested in coastal Mexican cuisine. In the book, Claudia teaches you how to create Hibiscus Poached Pears, Grilled Swordfish, Head-On Garlic Shrimp, Achiote Rubbed Pork Chops, Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken, Tres Leches Cake and more of the dishes that propelled her to victory.

the spice way holiday gift guide san diego encinitas

Photo Source: The Spice Way

The Spice Way

This quaint Encinitas shop has sugar, spice, and everything nice. Okay, maybe not the sugar, but there’s a whole lot of spice to make up for it! When you walk into The Spice Way you’ll be greeted by an array of scents and aesthetically pleasing gifts. The owner of the California franchise has beautiful display samples all throughout the shop for you to try before you buy. Because spice preferences are different for everyone, we urge you to go to the store for your purchase. We wouldn’t doubt that The Spice Way has something for everyone in your family.

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