The time of year is finally here when we scramble from store to store looking for the perfect gift. It can be a lot of fun, it can be a hassle, and it can be everything in between.
We happen to love the hunt, in no small part because we love giving someone the perfect gift, and we’re happy to share some of our secrets with you. Here are five great gift shops in our area that are worth checking out as you do your shopping this season.
Fern’s Garden (Berkeley)
This quirky gift shop specializes in handmade goods that you won’t find anywhere else. We’re talking hand-crafted jewelry, home goods, decorations, and more, all from a wide array of artisans and craftspeople.
Great signs, wall décor, glass art, and much more. You’ll find a lot to look at and a load of terrific gift ideas you won’t find in big chain stores!
Five Little Monkeys (Albany)
If you have to do some shopping for kids, consider Five Little Monkeys, a truly unique toy store that has lots of cool stuff, current favorites, and (bonus) free gift wrapping. Most gifts are tailored towards younger kids, though you’ll find some items for older kids (10-12) too.
Lots of creative and educational stuff, which are excellent choices when it’s time to give a gift to a child!
Kathmandu Imports (Berkeley Hills)
A beautiful space packed with even more beautiful gifts, Kathmandu Imports is the perfect place to go when you’re looking for something exotic, something interesting, and something beautiful.
From incense to art to home goods and décor, knickknacks, fabrics, clothing and accessories, and more, this shop is a hidden treasure trove of great shopping. Give it a try and find something unexpected!
See’s Candies (El Cerrito)
You can never go wrong with candy, especially around the holidays. They have all the variety of sweets and chocolates you’d expect, with lots of traditional chocolate assortments, but this time of year you’ll want to pay special attention to their holiday candies. Their special holiday chocolates are a real treat!
Granshaw’s Flowers (Martinez)
Flowers are nice any time of the year, but during the holidays you may find yourself in need of a few more arrangements than usual. There are a lot of great florists in the area, but consider giving Granshaw’s a try.
Not only are the staff friendly, they are true artists who do more than just throw some flowers into a vase. They make gorgeous arrangements you’ll be proud to give as gifts!
We know this time of year can be stressful, especially if your list of giftees is a long one, but drop by one or two of these shops and we’re sure you’ll find something unique.
We know there are many other great places to recommend in the area, too, so let’s hear about them! Know of a great local gift shop with interesting gifts? Let us know about it in the comments!