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Local gifts on a dime for last-minute shoppers

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If you’re anything like us, it happens like this every year: you make a list of all the gifts you’re going to send loved ones over the holidays a month or two in advance. You give yourself a pat on the back for being just so on top of it.

Then, every weekend up until the weekend before Christmas you mentally make a plan to shop. And you don’t. Until. The. Last. Day. If this isn’t you, why did you click on this article? If it is, check out these local shops for those inexpensive, yet thoughtful, gifts for those people in our lives we care about but


Located on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, this gorgeous home goods shop has a little something for everyone. And if you can’t find it there, just keep wandering the street for plenty of gift shops and thrift stores. For the green-thumbed, pick up a plant or succulent and pot.

Marine Layer

Year-round marine layer offers lightweight, cozy basis. For the holidays, they’re adding to the draw by offering special-edition custom graphic shirts that gives $15 to NPF for each shirt bought. Their website offers a Holiday Cheat Sheet, too. Win-win-win.


There’s bound to be someone in your life who is going to appreciate a little something from Harborside dispensary. With locations in Oakland and San Jose, you can pursue the paraphernalia – mugs, shirts, and gift sets – or get festive with chocolates, specialty vaporizer pens, pre-rolled joints, and more.

Jelly Belly

Sometimes we forget that Jelly Belly is a local brand, but not everyone is as lucky to have the sweet factory so close. See’s Candy is a good go-to pick gift, but Jelly Belly offers holiday candy, like Harry Potter-themed, Krispy Kreme, and more. Check it out.

Stephanie Intelisano

This is just one example of many, many talented artisans in the Bay Area. Consider a one-of-a-kind ceramic or other craft. They’re gifts that we like but might not buy ourselves – which is exactly what you want to get at.

Juniper Ridge

Essential oils also fall into that category above. Give the gift of relaxation – something most don’t take the time for but desperately need. These gifts sets are pretty, natural, forest-inspired, and useful, making your Christmas to-do list that much easier to check off.

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