Holiday Shopping Gift Guide

‘Tis the Season to spend time with family and friends, bake traditional sweet treats, and spread holiday cheer for all to hear.  Another component to the holiday craze is to find the perfect gift for each of your loved ones.  For some people on your list, you may have known for months exactly what you are going to surprise them with this holiday season, but for others it may be a challenge to figure out what that perfect gift should be.  For the hard-to-shop-for person in your life, we have created this fun Holiday Gift Guide featuring a sampling of local Oceanside retailers and special gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Shop Local and Win

Shop local this holiday season for a chance to win awesome prizes! All you have to do is pick up a Shop Local Passport, visit participating Oceanside retail locations and receive a stamp. Once you collect 10 stamps, turn in your passport for a chance to win weekly prizes. Shop Local Passports will be accepted until December 16, 2016. 
Learn more.

Merry Makers Fair

Held November 26-27 and December 2-4, the Merry Makers Fair is a pop-up vendor showcase featuring over 15 artisanal businesses that have handcrafted local products including art, clothing and accessories, organic and eco-conscious beauty products, holiday cards and ornaments, succulents, and home decor. 
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For the person who loves: The great outdoors, surfing, being active, health, and fitness

  • Endurance House Oceanside is a locally owned and operated endurance retail store in downtown Oceanside offering the fan favorite ALTRA running shoes and an always FREE Personalized Movement Profile.
  • Whitlock Surf Co. for surf lessons along the shores of Oceanside and surfing / surfboard related items and retail. Don’t miss their special holiday offer that is $50 per person for a two-hour surf lesson that can be used at the time of purchase or given as a gift certificate.
  • Xtend Barre By the Sea for Xtend Barre classes, with several packages available including a new client special of $39 for 2 weeks unlimited OR purchase a 10-class pack for $150 and get 4 FREE classes.*
  • Bikram Yoga Oceanside for a unique hot yoga experience. Give the gift of Bikram yoga classes with an intro offer of 30 days unlimited yoga for $49 (S.D. residents only, present ID at desk).*
  • Surf Ride serving up your favorite surf and skate apparel and retail brands.  


For the person who loves: Being pampered, bath and beauty products, organic products, and stress relief

  • Mr. B’s Necessities for handmade beauty products including charcoal soap; essential oil roll-ons; Eucalyptus, fir and cedar candles.
  • The Hair Parlour is getting you ready for the numerous holiday parties that are on your calendar.  Enjoy haircuts and colors, along with a 20% discount on Unite Hair Products (a North County San Diego-based company).*
  • Salud Shoppe for eye palette, perfume, and skincare gift sets.
  • Apotheque Spa for relaxing spa treatment packages and locally, handmade spa essentials including aromatherapy candles, body polish, and enzyme masques. Check out the numerous specials and holiday packages that are available.
  • The Refill Company is a Merry Maker Fair vendor offering customizable shampoo, conditioner, lotion and beard oil with high-grade essential oil.


For the person who loves: All things food, who may be a self-proclaimed “Foodie”, a connoisseur of locally grown/brewed/bottled anything.

  • The Loose Leaf Tea Bar for traditional and specialty blended, organic loose leaf teas and complementary retail items including mugs, teapots, and infusers.
  • The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar for locally sourced food and wine selections, offering custom gift baskets.
  • That Boy Good BBQ serving delicious southern BBQ and homemade BBQ sauces.
  • Beach House Winery is an Oceanside-based winery located in the agricultural region of South Morro Hills.  Order a bottle of wine as a gift, or make a day of it and head out to the winery for wine tasting and to meet the vintners.
  • Revolution Roasters for top-quality coffee and retail items.


For the person who loves: fashion from all eras and for all seasons, unique handbags, glittery jewelry, and mermaid trucker hats.

  • clothe+arrow a boutique showcasing bohemian lifestyle attire from vintage screen tees to flowing sun dresses.
  • Preston Fox is a vendor at the Merry Makers Fair showcasing locally curated women’s contemporary clothing & accessories
  • Boom Boom Brazil for one-of-a-kind swimsuits perfect for the beach-loving goddess in your life. Make sure to check out their collection of mermaid inspired products.
  • Rais Case for investment-worthy leather bags and accessories and affordable DIY keychains and luggage tags at their DIY table.
  • Captain’s Helm a South Oceanside retail original, with one of a kind vintage clothing and accessories, in addition to current lifestyle brands such as Brixton, Raen Optics, and Uppercut Deluxe.
  • California Welcome Center–Oceanside for your favorite Oceanside branded apparel and locally sourced handcrafted art and jewelry.


For the person who loves: art, succulents, searching Pinterest, and regularly perusing the home and garden section of any retail store. 

  • A Day in the Life is a retail establishment featuring a vibrant mixture of rustic, industrial, vintage furniture and home decor with a little mid-century and street art influence.
  • Wild Habit providing handmade and foraged jewelry, wall art, glass orbs, antlers. Special note: one tree will be planted on your behalf for every purchase made in December.
  • Tierney Moses is a local artist sharing her passion of art through oil paintings and charcoal drawings.  Meet the artist and see her work during the Merry Makers Fair.
  • The Rustic Trunk offers eclectic and modern wall art incorporating succulents and giving new life to vintage and found items.
  • Aloha Art by Kathleen Chelle is beach inspired hand painted rocks, shopping bags and canvases.  The perfect complement to any relaxing coastal motif.

*Some restrictions may apply. Package pricing and availability is subject to change. Please contact individual retailer for more information. 


Published: December 3, 2016

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