Shop Small San Diego: Boutiques we love

Art and home decor from La Mesa's Small Batch.
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From La Mesa to Little Italy, find unique gifts at these neighborhood shops


If you’re looking for more variety in your holiday gift hunt, check out one of these boutiques that stock mostly local items and gifts, like art, décor, knickknacks, beauty products, candles and more.


Small Batch

Small Batch in La Mesa is known for stationary and small gifts.
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Billed as a “stationary, home and lifestyle shop,” La Mesa’s Small Batch Store lives up to its name: It carries small batches of goods, mostly locally made.

Brands carried include 1502 Candles, Mimi & Lu Jewelry, Cuffel Farms, Momma Pots, Bradley Mountains and Favor Jewelry.


Kiko + Sven

Kiko + Sven in Normal Heights is all about "local shopping with heart."

Kiko + Sven in Normal Heights’ motto is “local shopping with heart.” And shoppers are sure to heart the variety of products that line its shelves, like candles, lip balms, plants and pottery, jewelry and apparel.

According to owner Brenna Van Norman, popular gift ideas this year include the rolling wine/whiskey glasses and decanter, ghost pepper-infused whipped honey and a succulent desk calendar.


Often Wander

Little Italy's Often Wander is known for its astrological candles.

With locations in San Francisco and Little Italy, Often Wander stocks handmade candles and jewelry, including its best-selling astrological candles. And for those who are looking for something extra special, Often Wander allows shoppers to create their own candles with custom scents during their monthly candle parties.


Thread + Seed

Thread + Seed puts together custom gift boxes.
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The sister store to South Park’s popular Graffiti Beach, Thread + Seed in Bankers Hill focuses on clean beauty and wellness. The store also creates popular gift boxes that can be customized to suit shoppers’ needs.

Melanie Michaud, the store’s owner, anticipates that the Jewel Box by Herbivore, which includes all of their best-selling all-natural facial oils, will be popular this holiday season.


Gold Leaf

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

Gold Leaf’s goal is to provide shoppers with objects that “bring joy.” That means stocking items like cooking utensils, crystals, tote bags, jewelry and essential oils. The store is located South Park’s historic Burlingame Garage, which was built in 1914.

Gold Leaf stocks brands like Caramel Caravan, Paddywax, Fringe Studio, Yes Cocktail Co., Justina Blakeney, Moglea and more.