We Asked Six San Diego Style Experts For Their Best Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas…Here’s What They Said

Nothing rounds out a perfect season of holiday shopping like perfectly-picked stocking stuffers!

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite San Diego style experts to share some of their favorite stocking stuffers for this year.

Happy shopping!

Expert #1: Rachel Castillero @rachelcast

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I love Rachel’s feed for peeks into her stylish home, her candid, funny, and inspiring captions, and insanely gorgeous wedding photography (She’s local, too!).

Her stocking stuffers have something perfect for both the stylish mama and baby in your life.

These wooden maracas from Little Cottonwood

…are a favorite in our house and the perfect stocking stuffer for kiddos of all ages.


Imaginative play is really important to us…

…which is why we love this wooden wand for our son (yes, wands can be for boys too!) Shepard loves it at 10 months and he can enjoy playing with it as he grows older too which goes along with our value of buying toys that can grow with the child.


The zodiac constellation bracelets from Julie Nolan

…are my all time favorite piece of jewelry. They age beautifully and I love what they represent.


This carabiner from Multee Project is a classy keychain perfection.

They come in different finishes but I’m currently loving the matte blush color; not only because I love most things blush, but also because it was released in honor of breast cancer awareness and a portion of the profits are donated to cancer research and treatment programs.

I LOVE the underwear and bras from Pansy.

They are comfortable, simple, beautiful, well made AND they are organic and ethical. All of the best things if you ask me.

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Expert #2: Noelia Pahissa Avarcas USA @avarcasusa

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How many great things can I say about Avarcas USA? They’ve been handcrafting their adorable and ultra-comfortable sandals in Menorca Spain with the highest quality materials since 1945, they’re based right here in San Diego, and are probably some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.

Owner Noelia Pahissa approaches business with such a palpable sense of warmth and community.

Hop on over to her feed, where you’ll get to follow along on their San Diego adventures, and stay up to date on everything they’re doing in the community (hint- lots of fun pop-up shops!).

Noelia shared some lovely local goods with which to fill your stockings by the chimney with care.


Pons avarcas are my everyday sandals!

Their simple design can take you from the beach to the city, and they evoke my Mediterranean summers growing up in Barcelona.

Norden Goods candles  are my favorite for winter time.

The scent of forest, earthy balsams and resins of this candle evokes memories of huddling up inside of a cabin to stay warm.

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On top of smelling amazing, this Lavender + Frankincense face oil

…absorbs without being greasy and leaves my skin so soft and moisturized.


This half moon bag is large enough to hold all the essentials.

This Azure Vista Necklace

Simple and stunning, love the combination of materials


Expert #3: Jill Fausner @layeredvintage

Jill was one of the very first people I met via Instagram, and she is living proof that this little app cultivates more than just curated photos.

Jill has a knack for building community through her floral business, Layered Vintage. Not only is she botanically-blessed, but she is one of those rare people who has the ability to bring together creatives from all different paths with a vision in mind, and before you know it, she’s created a stunning photoshoot or event.

Her sunny disposition is every bit as bright the blooms she works her magic on, and that spirit definitely carries over to her Instagram feed.


Of course I’m all about the blooms when it comes to my top stocking stuffers: both natural and floral inspired. Mini dried floral bouquets are my go to these days- usually a mix of my own dried pieces like a garden rose or peony with some purchased pieces like cotton or lunaria aka “money plant.”

Petite and pretty tied with twine or vintage velvet and usually tied to the outside of the stalking.

Another favorite would be the mini notebooks by Rifle Paper Co.

Their prints are always a favorite and fit perfectly in a stocking.

I’m obsessed with Chels Pots, too!

The striped ones are my fav! Seriously the cutest little mugs!

A gift card to my favorite store Pigment.

It literally has something for everyone and never fails me.

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Candle from Often Wander.

She has amazing scents but the best part is you can make your own scents too!

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Expert #4: Blanky Campara @cozhinacombossa


Brazillian-born, San Diego-transplanted Blanky Campara’s posts are sure to compel you to run out and get whatever she’s eating, and if you’re lucky enough to be here in SD, chances are you’ll be able to!

I love her down to earth food, and positive voice in every post. She threw together a stocking stuffer list, perfectly practical for the avid home cook in your life.

1. A wine opener,

…because among the true mysteries in this world, is as to where all the wine openers goes when you need them 10pm after a busy day.

An extra one is never too much.


I can predict that if I don’t start using an actual timer

…instead the one on my phone, the day that I will drop my phone on a pan full of boiling sauce is yet to come.


Bitters of any flavors, any size…

…because they are always a good addition to the bar.

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Reusable bags!

I have maybe 20 of them, but I keep forgetting them at home, and now that San Diego stores are not long providing bags (which I love, and support ) having a new one may help me to take it with me, when shopping.


A recipe box

…because recipes made out of hand written recipe cards taste so much better!


Expert #5: Natalie Gill @native_poppy

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If you’re a San Diego local, chances are you’ve made your way over to Communal Coffee in North Park, where Coffee + Flowers go hand in hand.

Natalie Gill is the talented florist behind Native Poppy, the resident flower shop within Communal Coffee. Personally, I think the whole sip-your-latte-while-you-wait-for-your-bouquet idea a true dream realized.

I love Natalie’s non-traditional arrangements, funny captions, and her evident love of the San Diego creative community.

As a florist, I’m going to have to go with a packet of seeds or seed bombs

…so you can plant some wildflowers!




Enamel pins are great right now.

I really like the sloth pin from Boygirlparty.

Often Wander travel candle in desert.

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Toffee from Sweetbricks, because duh.


Expert #6: Tiffany and Chelsea at Witty Rentals @witty_rentals


Tiffany and Chelsea are a best friend duo with just about the most INSANE bounty of furniture rentals in SD.

From stunning bars, to the farm table or Eames chairs of your dreams, these ladies know how to deck out an event.

It just so happens it’s a bonus that they’re sweet and stylish as can be.

Naturally, the Chels Pots I Like Your Butt, or Mom So Hard mug.

This Walter and George splatter wallet.

Aura candle in blush.

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Ladymade eclipse mask.

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Joeluc Jewelry stacking rings.

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