Everyone knows it is better to give than to receive—especially when you are giving a gift that means something special to the recipient. Finding those perfect gifts for everyone can feel overwhelming, especially if you have a long list to shop for that includes everyone from kids to coworkers to cousins. So give yourself the gift of stress-free holiday shopping and visit local San Diego businesses at Grossmont Center. You are sure to find something wonderfully fitting for everyone, and you can find it all in one place! To make shopping even easier, check out the items featured in our 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
If someone on your gift list appreciates fine food and drinks with an Irish flair, a gift from Hooleys Public House will hit the spot. This authentic pub offers gift cards in any dollar amount. It’s perfect to use for a pint with friends or a party in one of the private dining rooms. As an added incentive for you, for every $100 in gift cards that are purchased between December 1 and 31, you get an extra $15 for free!
Steak lovers will appreciate you for giving them a gift card to 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. Claim Jumper’s holiday special is the $10 Reward Gift Card, which is given out with every $50 gift card you purchase. In short, if you buy $500 in gift cards, you will also get a $100 Reward Gift Card (plus a whole Chocolate Motherlode Cake—we won’t tell if you end up keeping that for yourself)!
Speaking of chocolate, a box from See’s Candies is always loved, especially during the holiday season when the shop is filled with seasonal treats and special boxed assortments. Once you have selected a box of candy, make your gift look as good on the outside as it is on the inside. See’s offers Christmas totes for $2. Pack the tote with sweets that are wrapped in the shop’s signature paper and topped with a pretty bow.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch—unless you give a gift certificate for Momentos Cafe! This restaurant is known for serving up tasty Mexican fare in a casual, relaxed ambiance. The menu includes the traditional tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. Looking for something beyond the typical Mexican fare? Indulge in items such as tortas, sopes, and even a Mexican hamburger. Enjoy your lunch—or breakfast or dinner—there or take it to go.
With the New Year, and its resolutions, on the horizon, it is a great time to think ahead and give a gift from Jamba Juice. Your loved one can start 2019 by enjoying some healthy smoothies or bowls thanks to a gift card. For every $25 you spend on gift card purchases through December 31, you earn a $5 bonus card. Or combine a $10 gift card with a Jamba Tumbler—when you purchase them both, you earn a free smoothie!
Gifts for Health and Wellness
San Diego Yoga Center knows that working out is always more fun when you have a partner. That is why when you buy a one-month Unlimited Yoga package, you get a month free for a friend! Or if you have a loved one in particular need of relaxation during this busy season, give them the 12 Days of Yoga package, which offers 12 consecutive days of yoga for $40.
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. During the holiday season, anyone who signs up for a monthly program gets the $100 initiation fee waived. You can also buy gear, workout wear, and more with Othentik Cash. The gym’s holiday promotion offers a great deal, giving you $5 in Othentik Cash when you spend $50, and $15 in Othentik Cash when you spend $100.
Giving the gift of good health is always meaningful. Encourage a loved one to take care of their eyesight with a unique gift from Grossmont Vision Center Optometry. Kevin M. Riggs, O.D. is offering a free Optomap retinal exam. This valuable eye exam helps detect early signs of retinal disease—and early detection often means a problem can be treated successfully with reduced risk to a patient’s eyesight!
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. You can’t go wrong with the Pureology Holiday Gift Set. This 100% vegan brand offers superior care for color-treated hair and comes in a variety of formulations to work with every hair type.
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.
Experience Gift Ideas
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 many programs. Beginning December 13, you can come by and pick up the latest catalog with more than 600 classes. Topics 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.
For a hands-on day of creativity, CeramiCafe 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!
Gifts for the Fashion Lover
Your always-chic friend can stay fashion forward with a present from Free Rein Boutique. This shop specializes in effortlessly cool, coastal bohemian clothing that is ideal for San Diego’s year-round sunny skies. In addition to clothes, Free Rein also carries accessories, handmade jewelry, essential oils, soaps, and other gift-ready items.
One thing everyone in San Diego needs is a fantastic pair of sunglasses. Sun Time ensures you can find a gift that is both practical and fashionable. You have the best brand names to choose from: Ray-Ban®, Oakley®, Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, Burberry®, GUCCI®, Prada, Tory Burch, and many others. With the wide selection and exceptional customer service, you are guaranteed to get a fabulous pair of frames!
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. Whatever gift you decide on, your recipient 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.
Everyone can use special occasion jewelry: wives, mothers, girlfriends, and daughters. They can truly sparkle when wearing Swarovski Crystal Exclusive Design 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. All jewelry at the West Coast’s largest bridal and formal wear store is 25% off through Christmas Eve.
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, look at the Magnum brand of watches for men. These bold timepieces are fit for wearing on and off the clock, with collections ranging from business over athletic to vintage.
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. Even better, most of the items in the store are 25% off. In addition to this amazing deal on jewelry, the store is offering a very useful holiday promotion for anyone who owns valuable pieces and needs to know how much they are worth for insurance purposes. A graduate gemologist will complete a written appraisal of a piece of jewelry that is accepted by all insurance companies. Regularly priced at $120, this appraisal is being offered for $80 per item of jewelry, with no limit on the number of appraisals purchased.
Technology, Sports, and Comics, Oh my!
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 they can take with them whenever they need to give their battery a boost.
To keep up in our fast-paced world, the best tech is key. Give the gift of connectivity with buy one, get one free deals on phones, or get cable or high-speed internet for only $75 at AT&T. First responders–including police, firefighters, EMTs, and members of the military–also get 25% off their bill and $15 off cable and broadband.
Your favorite local sports fans can root, root, root for the home team in San Diego Padres jerseys from Sports Corner. Featuring variety of sizes, you can outfit your whole family and be ready for baseball season to start in the spring.
Your brother loves DC Comics, but your brother-in-law says Marvel rules them all. Make them both happy by shopping at 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. One of the hottest gifts in the store this year: a “Star Wars”-themed teapot and teacups.
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 more popular gifts at the store is a lovely Christmas plate that would look good in any home.
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. Pick from seasonal scents such as Snowy Birch and Holiday Forest, 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 and you will have your gift giving all wrapped up!