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Top 5 Holiday Shopping Destinations

Kalah Siegel | December 9, 2016 | Feature Features

Christmas is around the corner, but there's no need to resort to giving gift cards and cash with these stores stocked with thoughtful goodies. Here, meet Santa's ultimate little helpers...
The Diamond Boutique in Flower Hill Promenade

1. For that special someone, go with something that glitters from The Diamond Boutique in Flower Hill Promenade. The jeweler offers custom designs, one-of-a-kind pieces and diamond rings—in case your significant other is dropping "Santa Baby" lyrics as hints. Additionally, find gems like 14K white gold square diamond cluster earrings ($6,500) and the head-turning 18K ruby and diamond accent ring ($5,530). 2710 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, 858.720.1800

2. Downtown, Dolcetti Boutique is a must for all the uber-hip sartorialists on the shopping list (yourself included). The cozy locale offers the latest in cool-kid brands like Flynn Skye’s Ava jumper ($176)—hello holiday party—and the casual-cute BB Dakota Sparrow coat ($142). For men, find classic Dibi polka dot bow ties ($34) and neck ties ($45). The boutique also offers a range of accessories and gifts for friends and stockings, including trendy S’well bottles (that Dolcetti will personalize for an additional $5) and fun pens ($14) and sticky notes ($12). 635 Fifth Ave., San Diego, 619.501.1559

3. Hi Sweetheart Boutique in La Jolla is San Diego’s HQ for artsy-cards, charming trinkets and Instagram-worthy decor all year round—but during the holidays, the store kicks into high-gear, offering seasonal delights perfect for stuffing stockings. Send out-of-town relatives home with a SoCal-approved keepsake like the California bear hug ornament ($22). For the kids, the oh-so cute Christmas Rudolph doll ($124) or rosy girl angel doll ($48) is a classic, even after winter turns to spring. Bonus points: the hilarious Hip Holiday gnome Christmas card set ($17) will make even Mr. Grinch crack a smile. 7920 Ivanhoe Ave., La Jolla, 858.729.1985

4. At Fashion Valley, fill your bag with goodies and good will at Neiman Marcus. The Love To Give campaign runs through the end of December, where the department store’s Neiman Marcus Foundation will donate 10 percent of its proceeds from a curated collection to the Old Globe Theatre’s maintenance and art involvement programming. Pick up the Yves Saint Laurent Beaute lip stain trio ($78) or Imm Living’s funky gold dog statuette ($50). Santa’s not the only one with the Midas touch! 7027 Friars Rd., San Diego, 619.692.9100

5. Westfield UTC is a prime one-stop-shop for holiday goodies. Elegant options await at the mall's Anthropologie outpost, including a trendy pommed cashmere beanie ($88), and the techie in your life will delight with the array of too-cool options at Apple. Catch the mall’s last Winter Nights festivities Dec. 17 from 5-8 p.m. featuring live musical performances from local acts including the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir, Toy Soldiers on stilts (cue the family photo op) and, of course, a meet and greet with the big man in red. The holiday spirit and entertainment continues Dec. 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Westfield UTC’s menorah lighting. 4545 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858.546.8858


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