The holidays are approaching, have you made a list and checked it twice? Lucky for you, Santa Monica is full of wonderful shops and boutiques where you can find unique and thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. These are just a few of our favorite local stores for holiday shopping.
If you want to accomplish all your shopping in one trip, you can't do better than a visit to Santa Monica Place. The open-air shopping place houses more than 80 stores, including staple stores like Nordstrom and Barney's and designer stores like COACH and Kate Spade, as well as numerous restaurants to fuel your shopping trip.
Every year the Santa Monica Museum of Art hosts Gracie, a holiday pop-up shop. For one month, you can head to the museum to shop for artful gifts selected by the museum store's curator. This pop-up shop is a perfect opportunity to find a unique gift, plus the proceeds go to help the museum's exhibitions.
The Clayhouse on Santa Monica Boulevard has always been a place for the artistically-minded to learn and create. During the studio's Christmas sale, you can purchase handmade ceramics created by the members of The Clayhouse. No two gifts are alike!
If you have younger giftees on your Christmas list, a trip to Books and Cookies is in order. This adorable bookstore features reading material for youngsters from birth up to the tween years, as well as educational toys and other gift ideas.
Give the ladies on your list a cozy gift for the holidays. Texture on Montana Ave specializes in designer sweaters and accessories in a wide range of styles and sizes.
Where will you be heading to do your holiday shopping this year?