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Shop Small, Give Big: Davis Holiday Gift Guide 2020

By Victoria McJunkin | December 12, 2020

Looking for the perfect last-minute Christmas gift? Davis’ community of small businesses offers unique, one-of-a kind finds that you can bring home in time for the holidays!

Bonus: Shopping local is a gift that keeps on giving. Small businesses make up the fabric of our community by providing jobs, investing in local charities, and by bringing life and vitality to our downtown. 

Window shopping outside Avid & Co. (2019)

These are just a few of our favorites… we wish we could include them all! What would you add?

Coffee & Tea

Gift them a cozy start to their winter morning. 

Baked Goods

  • Upper Crust Bakery sells goods out of their storefront or at the Farmer’s Market—and offers gift cards!
  • Konditorei, the Austrian pastry cafe, would make anyone’s holiday sweeter.
  • Davis Creamery. Known for their ice creams, but delicious macarons anyone can enjoy at home. Choose from flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Matcha Green Tea, Strawberry, Salted Caramel and Hazelnut Praline!
  • Let Them Eat Cake

Holiday Spirits

  • Sudwerk. Bottles, cases, cans, snacks, gift cards! To-go and delivery orders. Brewery favorites like the People’s Pilsner ( Winner of the coveted “Brewers Choice” award for 25 consecutive years and counting) and seasonal feature: Funhouse – Apple Cinnamon Pastry (available 12/10).
  • A growler of their favorite brew from a local like Three Mile, Super Owl, or Dunloe.
Ornaments at the Pence Gallery Holiday Market (2019)

Stocking Stuffers

  • Newsbeat. In addition to its large selection of newspapers and magazines, Newsbeat also offers a unique collection of holiday cards, snacks, international candies, and other beloved trinkets. Good for all ages.
  • Kobe Mini Mart. This local convenience store offers a hand-picked variety of authentic Japanese products, stores, and snacks! Visit in store or shop online.
  • Davis Food Co-op has goods from local makers highlighted.

Books & Music

  • Avid Reader. You can reserve a 30 minute appointment to work one on one with staff, curating the perfect gift selection for your loved one. 
  • Armadillo. New and used music on vinyl or CD. Follow them for exclusive record drops.

Clothes and Accessories

  • Boheme. Christmas Sweaters and socks. Budget friendly, cute, and festive. Boutique quality at thrift store prices. Used and new items for men, women, and family.
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  • Watermelon music has little drummer kits! Free local delivery. Stickers and musical ornaments for everyone.
  • Avid and Co. Toy Store has an abundance of puzzles, stuffed animals, games, and more! For the Christmas season, holiday bundles starting at $25. Not sure where to begin? Check out staff picks. All toys are carefully curated and well-sourced to provide stimulating toys and unique gifts for all ages. 
  • Davis Cards & Games has a new shop-able website and something for everyone.

Take Care

A bit of everything…

  • The Pence Gallery: Holiday Market! November 6-December 24 11:30am-5pm. “Affordable, one-of-a-kind art, crafts, textiles, soaps, jewelry, and honey, featuring the work of over 50 local and regional artists. We’ll even put your treasure in a gift bag.”
  • Davis Farmers Market: Sat 7:30am-1pm and Wed 3pm-6pm. Offering gift bundles. Crafters and artisan stands have plenty of handmade, local items you’re sure to love. 

Or treat them to a gift card to a local favorite: think restaurants, salons, galleries and more!

Put your money where your heart is, and shop local this holiday season!

Victoria McJunkin is a senior at UC Davis and a regular contributor to The Dirt.

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