If the thought of holiday shopping makes you break out in a cold sweat, prepare for a completely different kind of experience at Grossmont Center. This season is the perfect time to visit the Center for stress-free shopping in an atmosphere brimming with joy and good cheer! Our diverse lineup of tenants ensures that you will find the perfect gifts for your kids, Uncle Mike, your Secret Santa coworker, the grandparents, and everyone else on your list, all under one roof. Our special holiday events make the season bright, and amenities such as ample parking, free shopping bags and stroller rentals, and our helpful Guest Services department are our present to you. Combined, we make the holidays a little less hectic. To make shopping even easier, check out the items featured in this holiday gift guide. (And be sure to visit Grossmont Center’s promotions page to stay up-to-date on the latest holiday deals and discounts.)
Gifts for Foodies and The Sweet Tooth
Food is an essential part of any Christmas gift guide. Delectable dishes are a hallmark of the season, so why not give a sweet or savory indulgence to someone you love?
Gift cards are always a hit. You can customize them to any dollar amount and pick the recipient’s favorite restaurant—you could even buy gift cards from different restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, giving a day’s worth of deliciousness! Grossmont Center has many great eateries to choose from. Try a gift card from one of these restaurants for a great stocking stuffer or classroom present for your child’s favorite teacher:
Hooleys Public House: For anyone on your gift list who appreciates fine food and drinks with an Irish flair, Hooleys will hit the spot. This authentic pub offers gift cards in any dollar amount, and they can be used for a pint with friends or a party in one of the private dining rooms.
Claim Jumper®: Steak lovers will appreciate a gift card from Claim Jumper®! This San Diego restaurant is renowned for its mouthwatering menu and bountiful portions of Certified Angus Beef®, as well as pizzas, salads, entrees, desserts, and much more.
Momentos Cafe: Give the gift of friendship by making a lunch date with a close pal at Momentos. Gift cards can be used for tasty Mexican fare including traditional tacos, burritos, and enchiladas, as well as tortas, sopes, and even a Mexican hamburger.
Starbucks Coffee®: Let’s face it, anyone can use a gift card to Starbucks®. Even non-coffee lovers can find something from the chain’s wide-ranging menu of teas, baked goods, snacks, breakfast, and lunch items. Stock up on cards to hand out to postal workers, hairdressers, and other service providers, or package a gift card with a mug and a bag of coffee beans for a thoughtful present.
Jamba®: With the New Year, and its resolutions, on the horizon, it is a great time to think ahead and give a gift from Jamba®. Your loved one can start 2020 by enjoying some healthy smoothies or bowls thanks to a gift card.
Need a hostess gift and a holiday gift all in one? Food is always appreciated! It can either be served at the get-together you are attending, or the host can enjoy it after everyone is gone. When in doubt, give a gift-wrapped box of See’s Candies. You can purchase a pre-packed box of Assorted Chocolates or Nuts and Chews, or go the extra mile and fill the entire thing with your recipient’s favorite Butterscotch Squares or Milk Bordeauxes.
You can also create a gift that appeals to all the senses by putting together a basket filled with items from Trader Joe’s. The popular grocery chain is renowned for its over-the-top assortment of holiday specialty items. With choices such as Peppermint Hot Chocolate, the Ugly Sweater Cookie Kit, Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s, Striped Garganelli pasta, Cheesy Trees crackers, and Gingerbread Coffee, you really can’t go wrong.
Finally, if you need a gift quickly, pop over to BevMo!®. Find one of the knowledgeable sales associates and get their expert advice on the perfect bottle of bubbly, wine, or craft beer that is fit for the occasion—you can even get a gift bag there for the ultimate in convenience!
Gifts for Health and Wellness
Is your sister-in-law hosting 35 of your closest relatives for Christmas dinner? Thank her for all her hard work (and give her a chance to decompress) with a gift card to San Diego Yoga Center. Winter is a great time to try the studio’s signature hot yoga classes!
With eight nights of presents, a Hanukkah gift guide should include some suggestions that are off the beaten path. For anyone who wants to seriously commit to an exercise program, Othentik Gym’s leading fitness professionals are ready to help deliver terrific results with the innovative 3-5-7 Program in disciplines including boxing, pilates, and martial arts. A gift membership would be ideal for both the athlete in your life or a beginner who needs to kickstart their fitness routine.
You can also give the gift of fitness and fun to your child, thanks to San Diego Gymnastics. This holiday season, the center is waiving the $59 annual fee* when you enroll your child in any class. Because all classes are taught on state-of-the-art equipment by USA Gymnastics-certified coaches, this is a terrific deal. Contact San Diego Gymnastics for all the details.
Gifts for Beauty and Self Care
Your favorite beauty lover will find a gift of skin care, makeup, or hair care products irresistible. Help her look gorgeous for all her holiday parties with a gift from Empire Beauty Supply. The shop carries top salon brands at terrific prices and the sheer variety means you can find just the right present. Especially popular this season are the Holiday Shampoo and Conditioner Duos, or take advantage of promotions such as 25% off a single item or buy-one-get-one-half-off on hundreds of products. Visit or call Empire Beauty Supply for the latest information on specific deals.
Every beautiful look is made complete with an intoxicating fragrance. Perfume Flora sells an amazing array of designer perfumes and colognes from top brands such as GUCCI®, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, and more. Once you’ve settled on a scent, take your gift to the next level. The shop also specializes in creating lovely arrangements with fresh or silk flowers!
Perhaps someone special deserves a day of pampering. In that case, the best gift you could give is a visit to Avia Salon and Day Spa. This is one of the largest day spas in San Diego, with a vast menu of luxurious massages, facials, and body treatments, as well as a full-service hair salon. During the holiday season, when you spend $100 on a gift card, you will also get a $25 gift certificate that your friend can use on products she can purchase during her spa day or hair appointment. In addition, accessories are 25% off and select brands will be buy one, get one half off. Contact Avia for up-to-date information and more details.
Experience Gift Ideas
Our Christmas and Hanukkah gift guide is unique because it offers innovative ideas for giving the perfect present. For some people, the best gifts are experiences, not things. Perhaps they have wanted to take an excursion to a famous museum in the area, or they have always dreamed of learning Italian. For your parent, favorite aunt, or other adult older than 50 in your life, you can give them a one-of-a-kind gift certificate to San Diego Oasis, which promotes active, lifelong learning and engagement. Your loved one can make the most out of life with a gift certificate for one of Oasis’s 3,000-plus classes and activities. Class subjects include arts and crafts, business, technology, exercise and dance, health and wellness, history, language and literature, personal development, and music. Oasis also offers travel and volunteer opportunities for truly enriching experiences.
Kids and kids at heart will enjoy a hands-on day of creativity at CeramiCafe, which is fun for all ages! With a gift card, your friend or loved one can make a work of art, painting a ceramic tile or one of the hundreds of available figurines. You can also make a gift for someone, such as a personalized holiday plate that is sure to be treasured!
Your sweetheart will love the thoughtfulness of an enjoyable date night at Reading Cinemas—the multiplex offers physical gift cards, as well as digital ones that can be sent via email. Because the theater also serves a full menu of food as well as beer, wine, and cocktails, you will have dinner and a movie covered!
Gifts for the Fashion Lover
When you give people presents, you want them to know the gifts were chosen specifically with them in mind. There is no doubt about that when you shop at Masry Custom T-Shirt. Emblazon an item of clothing with whatever you want—a funny family photo for your sibling, a picture of your friend’s beloved Labradoodle, or your child’s drawing for a grandparent. You can also find a fantastic selection of holiday T-shirts and sweaters for a festive vibe.
During the colder nights of winter, it feels so good to slip on a cozy pair of socks or slippers. Give that warm feeling by shopping for gifts at Famous Footwear. Choose a whimsical pair of socks covered with gingerbread men or a comfy pair of sheepskin-lined slippers, the kinds of presents that are staples of holiday gift guides. Whatever gift you decide on, your recipients will be sure to have their best foot forward!
You can shape your daughter or niece’s budding sense of style with a gift certificate to Samantha’s Children’s Boutique. The shop has clothes for everyday wear, but is truly renowned for its remarkable, custom-made dresses, tutus, and hair accessories that make a special occasion truly magical.
Our holiday guide also includes a wonderful assortment of gems and jewelry pieces. Everyone can use special occasion jewelry: wives, mothers, girlfriends, and daughters. They can truly sparkle when wearing pieces from Prevue Formal and Bridal. A set of earrings or a lovely necklace make perfect gifts for the bride-to-be or the teenager looking forward to her first winter formal.
The holidays are an extraordinary time, so why not give an extraordinary gift of a wristwatch? San Diego Time Zone has the definitive selection of watches. For a magnificent statement piece, nothing beats a Rolex®!
Of course, you can’t really go wrong when it comes to giving jewelry as a gift. A stately pair of cufflinks or a glittering diamond bracelet come from the heart and are gifts of great significance. Jewelry Loft offers a shimmering display of sparkling pieces, or you can work with the staff to dream up a custom design that is sure to dazzle.
Technology, and Comics, Oh my!
A holiday gift guide isn’t complete without some cool, high-tech gadgets and accessories. For the person in your life who always upgrades his smartphone as soon as the latest model comes out, give him something to protect his precious purchase. Accessorize It boasts an astounding number of phone cases for most major brands and specializes in creating custom cases. Keep that feeling of seasonal cheer all year long with a special holiday phone case.
If you are buying gifts for people who are constantly on their phone—and isn’t that just about everyone these days?—then you can keep them connected with a visit to Touchtel Wireless. Pick up a wireless charging power bank or wireless headphones so that they never miss a call, text, or alert.
The person who uses their smartphone to stream all the Marvel movies will especially appreciate a gift from Comics-N-Stuff, the largest collectibles and comics store in Southern California. In addition to the legion of comic books (DC and Marvel, of course, as well as others such as Dark Horse Comics, Titan Comics, and Icon Comics), there are action figures, apparel, Funko Pop figures, and graphic novels
Home Decor Gifts Galore
Handmade gifts are something special, but you have neither the time nor the Martha Stewart-like talent to pull off crocheted throw blankets or scented soaps for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Do the next best thing and get them something that someone else has crafted! Handmade Market sells distinctive gifts and home decor items that have been created by local artists..
One of the best places to check off several people on your gift list is Elam’s Hallmark. The shop sells a bounty of beautiful gifts, including kitchen and home goods, toys, garden gifts, candy, books, and fashionable accessories such as handbags and jewelry. It is also a great place to get keepsakes to commemorate special holidays; this year’s Christmas gift guide recommends the Snowmen Bell Choir, made of handcrafted porcelain with hand-painted faces and a dusting of glitter, for a momento that exudes personality and charm..
When you are putting together your holiday shopping list, don’t forget to include some tasteful hostess gifts for the parties you will be attending. Pier 1 Imports® offers a simple and elegant solution with its three-wick candles in tantalizing seasonal scents as well as pleasurable year-round aromas such as Honey & Pear, Sea Grass, and Pineapple Basil.
Some gifts deserve a finishing touch, that just-right accent that makes it the perfect present. In some cases, that means personalizing it. Engraving Pros can etch initials, names, dates, or a cherished message on a variety of gifts, such as jewelry, frames, clocks, glassware, personal tablets, and many other items. You can bring in a gift to have it engraved, or buy one from the offerings at Engraving Pros. Whatever message you have inscribed, it will mean more to the recipient than words can say.
So grab your holiday shopping list and head over to Grossmont Center. With a prime location in La Mesa and plenty of parking, it is easy to get here. And with our beautiful outdoor setting and plenty of restaurants, it is easy to spend the day here. You will see why the Center is more than a mall—there is always a feeling of community spirit here, especially during the holidays. So why make holiday shopping a chore? Just come to Grossmont Center! With our holiday gift guide, you will have your gift-giving all wrapped up!