With just a few days left ‘til Christmas, the procrastinators have begun revving up their engines. It’s go-time, people. Get ready to scour the local stores and pick up any last minute items for your dearest loved ones (We won’t tell them it took you this long).
For those last minute shopping needs, here’s our local gift guide.
ArcLight Cinemas: The brand new movie theatres now open in La Jolla give guests an upgraded cinema experience, showing films as the filmmaker intended. Movie goers are already raving about the reserved seating, minimized disruptions, membership rewards, state-of-the-art sight and sound, café, bar, concessions and exhibits, as well as the plush seating accommodations with enough elbow room for two. For the couple in need of a date night or a thank you to diligent coworkers, ArcLight giftcards or movie tickets make for a thoughtful gift. arclightcinemas.com
Leaf & Kettle: This specialty tea retailer has opened in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center with premium quality teas, tea ware and plenty of avid tea-drinkers on the prowl for more. Leaf & Kettle features a wide selection of single origin teas, scented blends and caffeine-free herbal tisanes. Not sure what your tea-lover will want? Snag the 3 Tea Sample Sets, the Scones & Tea Pairing Gift Basket, the Perfect Pot of Tea or just a Leaf & Kettle Gift Card. leafandkettle.com (Main image)
Pigment: Once you enter this North Park plant lab, you’ll be hooked. It doesn’t take long to be completely mesmerized by the dazzling succulents, hanging plants and modern fixtures. You’ll buy one as a gift and have to keep one for yourself. Our eyes are set on the Chive Tabletop Terrarium to spruce up any desk or home; The Clementine Eco Orb Kit which includes the glass orb, dried flower, sand, decorative stones and more; and the Art Matters Wall Planter, a very urban-chic nature lovin’ statement piece. Pigment has, of course, other goodies such as home accessories, jewelry, books and more. It’s the one-stop shop for stressed Santas on the hunt for original, creative ideas. shoppigment.com
BlowPop Dry Bar: The holidays are a time of nonstop party agendas that require a bit of pizzazz. For the woman in your life who needs a boost of hair therapy, give the gift of a BlowPop Dry Bar located in Horton Plaza. This newly opened "wash and blow" bar offers fabulous blow outs that can create every girl’s dream ‘do. In 30 minutes, she’ll get dolled up with a Sultry Bardot or the Audrey Up-Do. The stylings start at just $30. BlowPop Dry Bar also offers additional services such as braids, hair chalk, clip in extensions, scalp massages and more. Trust us, she’ll love it. blowpopdrybar.com
Three Sisters Jewelry: Personalized, hand-stamped jewelry makes the Three Sisters collection stand out from the rest. After all, creator Zoe has hand-stamped her company with the same approach, naming it after her three daughters and capturing the laidback eclectic styles of San Diego. Shoppers can personalize the design on necklaces, charm bracelets and other trinkets with a loved one’s name or special date. The possibilities are endless, but the heart behind the gift always remains the same. For moms, girlfriends or sisters, it’s the perfect way to show your love. threesistersjewelrydesign.com.
Tijon Parfumerie: The new must-have scent in La Jolla is coming out of Tijon Parfumerie, a sleek retail space that has natural skincare products, scented oils and a place to create your own custom fragrance in the perfume workshops. You can give ready-made perfumes and colognes from Tijon’s line “The Fragrances of the French Caribbean” made with hints of exotic botanicals such as gardenia, jasmine, frangipani, aloe vera, papaya and rosemary. Or, impress your recipient by creating a custom scent in one of the “Make Your Own” workshop classes. You’ll leave class with a bottle of your fragrance, a gift bag of skincare goodies and a perfume workbook. tijon.com
Brian Malarkey’s Cookbook: While his vast-n-fast restaurant expansion has been the central focus over the past few years, Chef Brian Malarkey has found some time between the five San Diego fabric restaurants to compose a cookbook that fans can hold on to long after dinner ends. Come Early, Stay Late is hot off the press, a compilation of recipes broken down into sections by restaurant with accompanying glossy photos. Aside from the “social dining” recipes of Searsucker,Burlap, Gingham, Gabardine and Herringbone restaurants, you’ll find the step-by-steps to desserts from Executive Pastry Chef Rachel King and cocktails from Pick & Rocks. For a San Diegan living amongst the Malarkey empire, this book is a must-have. chefspress.com
M. Dot Design Studio: Designer and seamstress Michelle Aquino has been creating memorable and modern pieces for the M. Dot Design Studio since 2009. Her crimson velvet dress was recently featured in our Holiday Dress Guide because of its detailed floral pattern and modest neckline. If your lady loves this look, but won’t purchase for herself, surprise her with this locally-designed dress fit for the holiday season. M. Dot Design Studio is located downtown, where you’ll find other edgy and sophisticated looks. mdotdesignstudio.com
Aculief: Stressed from the holidays or know someone who is? Instead of buying a one-time massage that only provides a quick-fix, why not make a lasting investment in health and well-being? Aculief is a San Diego-based company that has created a stylish acupressure device which pops right on your hand and works painlessly through all-natural, traditional Chinese medicine. The pressure of Aculief is applied to the LI-4 meridian spot, or pressure point, located between the thumb and forefinger. Tension headaches are immediately relieved and the holidays can once again be merry. aculief.com