7 Local Brands That Will Make You A Gifting Genius This Holiday Season!

Now that we’re getting further into November, it’s clear: the holiday season is actually here.

It’s time to shop!

But deciding what gifts to get is always a challenge. There’s a certain level of anxiety that comes with the process. What if they don’t like it? Did I spend too little, or too much? Does this gift support the incredible artists and makers in my community?

If these are your concerns, you’re in luck! Not only are all these products going to make you look like a gifting genius, but they are all from local merchants.

1. David Bacco Chocolatier

Everyone likes chocolate. Some people are obsessed with it. If you’re buying for the latter, these  treats are a perfect present.

Pictured above: David Bacco Chocolatier. These handmade truffles are heavy hitters in the chocolate world. According to San Diego Eater, they rank number one in our fair city — a pretty impressive honor. It’s easy to see why — not only do they taste amazing — they look like works of art.

Feature Product: 9piece Assorted Chocolate Truffles Box

Price: $20

Shop: David Bacco Chocolatier

2. Don’t Hassle My Tassel

The story of Don’t Hassle My Tassel is one of wanting to make change – not just profit. The team at ‘Tassel’ makes only incredible accessories and the business gives back with impact. With any purchase of one of their beautiful tassels, bracelets or necklaces, 10% of the profits go to charitable organizations.

How’s that for some holiday spirit?

Feature Product: Deep Blue Adventure

Price: $24.99

Shop: Don’t Hassle My Tassel

3. Creations By Will

Want a gift for the special man in your life? You should check out Creations By Will.

This small business makes high-quality shaving supplies, furniture, household goods and more. The man behind it all, William Waters, is a U.S. Navy Aviation Recuse Swimmer.

He is also, it appears, quite a dapper gentleman.

Feature Product: Buckeye Burl Shave Set with ‘Travel to Jupiter’ Resin

Price: $350

Shop: Creations By Will

4. Mira Dera Sunglasses

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San Diego has more sunshine than almost anywhere else in the world. But with great weather, comes the need for great shades to protect your eyes.

That’s where Mira Dere Sunglasses come in. Handmade by a local grad student, these glasses are a take on classic styles with a unique twist.

Feature Product: Polarized, Beaded Sunglasses

Price: $40

Shop: Mira Dera Sunglasses

5.  Baby James Handmade


If one of your besties just had a child, they’ll obviously love these gifts. These completely handmade accessories for babies and toddlers are all the rage right now. Not only are they visually stunning, they’re functional as well. Look for everything from baby leggings and bandanna bibs, to burp cloths, and more.

Feature Product: Anywhere Chair

Price: $27.50

Shop: Baby James Handmade

6. Dhanika (Yoga wear)

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If you live in San Diego you’re bound to have at least one friend who does yoga. It’s essentially a religion around here. Chances are they’ll love Dhanika yoga products.

Dhanika makes all their products with an eco-friendly mindset. The blankets and bags are always made with recyclable materials (and stylish to boot!) Obviously, when you’re done using them, they can then be recycled themselves! Nothing says love for mankind by doing your part to keep the earth well.

Feature Product: Mé·xic Blanket

Price: $36

Shop: Dhanika (Yoga wear)

 7. La Petite Bouteille

You almost can’t go wrong with a good candle, and these are great ones.

La Petite Bouteille (pronounced a peh-TEET boo/tay) is French for “the little bottle.” This business specializes in making wax candles, in a wide variety of awesome scents. Plus, the all natural soy wax is poured in recycled wine and beer bottles.

Trendy and responsible!

Featured Product: All-Natural Winter Currant Scented Candle

Price: $22.00

Shop: La Petite Bouteille

How to Find These Brands Locally

All of the businesses will be featuring their products at the Local Bazaar, a curated market taking place December 4th at Liberty Station.

Click here to learn more.

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