The holiday season is meant to bring cheer and merriment to every good little boy and girl. But let’s face it - it can end up being one long to-do list of Christmas or Hanukkah shopping for all our friends and family.
So when you’re out shopping and playing "Santa," do you try to hit the mall so you can knock out your shopping list in one fell swoop? Or are there hidden boutiques that are bursting with great gift ideas around your block?
Michelle Madrid Leal of Pacifica mentioned Sirens at Rockaway, NorCal clothing, and Oceana Market for toys on Pacifica Patch’s Facebook.
Terri Reece Schoenrock of Half Moon Bay wrote on Half Moon Bay Patch’s Facebook: “Anything from Toque Blanche, Cunha or New Leaf for kitchy food gifts, and Wine and Cheese for last-minute baskets and bring-alongs”
San Mateo Patch's Facebook was also full of suggestions: Christina Hirsch wrote, "There are alot or unique gifts at Peninsula Beauty Supply!"
Sanda Everette added "Many great books, games, and toys at Reach and Teach Bookstore, lots of fair trade gifts from around the world. I am waiting for them to get another order of cut-work earrings."
Talbot's was mentioned by several San Mateo Patchers, as was Wisnom's, Atlas, Who's on Third? and others.
A special suggestion came from Susan M. Lopez-Guerra: "Buy a brick for the 911 and Fallen San Mateo Fire Fighters Memorial in honor of someone you love for $200. Call 522-7921 and ask for Jeff Barile. The beautiful memorial is located right in front of Station 21."
If you have great secret stores that sell craft items to make that perfect gift, let us know, too!
Tell us in the comments: Where is the must-shop place in your town?