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Buy Local: San Diego Gift Guide


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Invest in art (or at least a print), and help her add color to that new apartment. You can’t go wrong with Pop Dogs; local painter and dog lover Gloria Lee lets you choose any dog breed and color combo in a 9-by-9-inch size. Boston Terrier Pop Dog, $50 framed, ­ecgallery.com.

Purse HookFashion Find 

Made by a local company started by sisters Nichole and Natascha Shamlian, FUMI bags and purse hooks are the perfect gift of style. Rose handbag in violet with Bangle Hanger attached, $65, pursehook.net.

San Diego BeerBeer Nuts

Give him the tools (and the permission) to host his very own beer-tasting party. Nothing says “I don’t mind if you get drunk with the boys” like providing him with a bucket of brewskies. Try local microbrews such as Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale, Pizza Port Shark Attack, Stone Smoked Porter, AleSmith Anvil ESB and Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale; Pizza Port Bottle Shop, 760-720-7007, ­pizzaport.com.


Staff Picks

La Playa OnesiesAlyssa McNees, Associate Creative Director

“These onesies are adorable and locally made. I love the stitching detail and the fact that the fabric is all organic.”
La Playa onesie, $28, ccstitches.com.

Rachel Larraine Hair AccessoryJennifer Rea, Exquisite Weddings Project Manager

“Hair accessories by Rachel Larraine. They’ll make the perfect accessory for New Year’s Eve, and I can get a different one for each friend that is totally unique and one-of-a-kind.” Available at Hunter and Gather, Mixture and Sara Elizabeth Skincare. rachellarraine.com.

Noon Designs Handcrafted JewelryLaurie Granger, Associate Art Director

“Two best friends own and run Noon Designs, a handcrafted jewelry and paper goods business. They have the cutest boutique in Ocean Beach on Santa Monica Boulevard, and I love all of their earrings.” Sign up for 12xNoon for $200 and get a pair of earrings in the mail each month for a year. noondesignshop.com.

Parking Meter CardsErin Chambers Smith, Senior Editor

“I’m stuffing one of these parking meter cards in my parking ticket – prone sister’s stocking. I love that you can get any unused meter time credited back on your card. And now they offer colorful ones designed by the same artist who did the Utility Art Box Program.” uptownpartnership.org/programs.

Ancient Wisdom, Modern KitchenPhyllis DeBlanche, Senior Copy Editor

“Chock full of educational tidbits about feel-better food, Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen: Recipes from the East for Health, Healing, and Long Life makes a great gift for anyone interested in Eastern traditions and cuisines. San Diego authors Yuan Wang, Warren Sheir and Mika Ono have compiled more than 150 recipes — such as What-to-Do-for-a-Hangover Soup.” Lifelong Books, $19.95.

ElliptigoJim Ely, Advertising Executive

“Elliptigo: I love this local company and think their product is the next big thing. I would love someone for life if they bought one for me!” elliptigo.com.

Jennifer Rea JewelryTrina Thayne, Director of Sales Administration

“I love our girl Jennifer Rea’s jewelry. I’ve bought lots of holiday gifts from her in the past.” Howlite necklace, $125, jenniferrea.com; bikini by Molly B Bikinis.



Best Dressed

Morning After BagRebecca Minkoff is famous for her slightly edgy vibe. Yet her Morning After Bag is tame enough — and recognizably “It” bag enough — that it’s a great bet. Born and raised here, Minkoff has been showing her designs at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC since 2008, and her soft Italian leather accessories have been spotted on the likes of Keira Knightley and Reese Witherspoon. Morning After Bag with Strap, $525, ­rebeccaminkoff.com.

Anna Bee personal necklaceScore points when you give her an Anna Bee personalized necklace. Choose between sterling silver or gold fill, and get her initials hand-stamped. Each piece is crafted in San Marcos by designer Anna Swonetz. Personalized multi-tag necklace, sterling silver, $120; gold fill, $130, ­annabeejewelry.com. Available at Mog & Rue in Encinitas ­(mogandrue.com), Cecilia Boutique in Mission Hills ­(ceciliaboutique.com).

Miriam Jewels line of earringsAll handmade in San Diego and inspired by Brazilian-born artist Miriam Chor Freitas, the Miriam Jewels line of earrings uses classic materials like quartz and Swarovsky crystals in delicate, modern designs. Gold weave earrings, $69, ­miriamjewels.com.

C.Z. Falconer Carla Hooded PonchoA graduate of Bishop’s in La Jolla, designer Katherine Zabloudil specializes in luxury loungewear, like this C.Z. Falconer Carla Hooded Poncho. Made of 100 percent cashmere, it’s the perfect statement piece to wear at that hangover brunch on New Year’s Day. Pair it with sunglasses and a bellini. Carla Hooded Poncho, $425, Pink Lagoon (Solana Beach) and czfalconer.com.

Jedidiah Commander II JacketHe’ll wear the Jedidiah Commander II Jacket not just for its looks but for the San Diego company’s ethos. Through apparel sales, the “humanitarian-based fashion brand” has raised more than $400,000 to date for various social aid programs and humanitarian organizations throughout the world. $115, jedidiahusa.com.


Big-Ticket Items

Swiss Watch GalleryFamily-owned and operated in La Jolla since 1969, Swiss Watch Gallery offers a selection of custom-designed pieces. Custom-made 14K white and rose gold ring with a cushion-cut 10.61-carat lemon topaz, surrounded by 0.56 carats round brilliant-cut diamonds, $2,580. Custom-made 14K white-gold pendant with a 4.67-carat green tourmaline, outlined with 1.21 carats round brilliant-cut diamonds, $7,000, swisswatchgallery.com.

Desk ArchitectureIndustrial designer Vladymir Rogov recently launched a high-end line of what he calls “desk architecture,” featuring modern de­signs of letter openers, trays, clocks and picture frames, all made in San Diego from polished black nickel, silver or 24-karat-gold plate. Each piece ships in an uber-elegant white lacquered gift box. Picture frame $1,800, rogov.com.

Ellsworth EnlightenmentThe N360 is the next generation of transmission for bicycles. The firmtail frame design produces an amazing ride on both daily road commutes or off-road trails.  2011 Ellsworth Enlightenment with NuVinci N360 drive, available in December, $3,695, ellsworthbikes.com.

Taylor GuitarEveryone from Bryan Adams to Mick Jagger to Dave Grohl to Dave Matthews to Jason Mraz has owned one, so giving a Taylor guitar to a loved one guarantees you’ll strike a chord. Taylor produces 450 guitars a day, the majority in El Cajon (where they also give free weekday factory tours). $398 and up, ­taylorguitars.com.

CallawayX-24 Hot IronFrom its headquarters in Carlsbad, Callaway issued its latest and greatest iron earlier this year. The X-24 Hot Iron is the longest, most accurate iron in the popular X series, thanks to a special technology that keeps the clubface hot. Graphite: $112.50/club, $899/set; steel: $87.50/club, $699/set, callawaygolf.com.



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