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Shop Small San Diego

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Art and home decor from La Mesa’s Small Batch.
(Holly Rone Photography)

We go beyond the mall to find some of San Diego’s most unique and thoughtful gifts

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Don’t get us wrong, we love a mall.

But sometimes we’re in the mood for something different: A smaller shopping experience where you can find gifts close to home, meet your neighbors and even get suggestions from the shop owners.

That’s why we created the Shop Small Holiday Guide. We’re spotlighting items and boutiques that are exclusive to San Diego — everything from one-of-a-kind jewelry to books written by local authors.

We scoured the city to find items that should make for unique and thoughtful gift giving this season. Find complete guides broken down by category.

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For caffeine addicts
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(Achilles Coffee Roasters)

From growlers and tumblers to coffee subscriptions, check out gifts at a variety of local cafes.

Shop Small San Diego: Coffee

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Booze to bring to parties
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You & Yours canned cocktails

We all know about San Diego’s craft beer scene, but mix things up with a collection of local spirits and canned cocktails.

Shop Small San Diego: Booze

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For the arts aficionado
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Bon Voyage Travel Journal, $17

Here’s where you’ll find handmade art plus books by some of San Diego’s finest authors.

Shop Small San Diego: Books and Art

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If you want something glittery
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Jaime 1.5" Hoop Earrings (Brass Snake), $60

A look at local jewelers making pieces that will likely turn into treasured keepsakes.

Shop Small San Diego: Jewelry

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For your self-care needs
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Available at Earth’s Elements, $35
(Earth’s Elements)

Give the gift of self-care, or splurge on some items for yourself this busy holiday season.

Shop Small San Diego: Wellness

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Boutiques we love
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Gold Leaf is located in South Park’s historic Burlingame Garage.

From La Mesa to Little Italy, these are some of our favorite boutiques.

Shop Small San Diego: Boutiques we love


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Sara has always been two things: a writer and a San Diegan. After growing up in East County, she graduated from University of San Diego with a Communication Studies degree. Since then, she has contributed to various digital and print publications, including ENTITY Magazine, San Diego Uptown News and San Diego Downtown News. When she’s not writing, you can find her thrift shopping, attending concerts, or growing her plant and vinyl record collections.
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