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Unique Holiday Gifts in Marin County

Posted in Blogging Marin on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough


With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start shopping for that special gift for your special someone. From delicious pastries and personalized fragrances to one-of-a-kind antiques, your friends and family are in for a real treat. Here are a few of our top gift-giving ideas. 


Madge & Me Hats

The hat you choose, whether selected from the shop's ready-to-wear collection or “bespoke,” will be made to your measurements and especially just for you! The staff will look forward to making you or your loved one a hat that will be a treasured fashion accessory for now and many years to come. 
Madge & Me Hats proudly features an ever-changing array of art, jewelry and other handmade wares and ephemera, all created by local artists and craftspeople. From time to time we host pop-up events and offer occasional hat-making classes and hat repair “clinics.” 


Susan Hayes Handwovens

Susan Hayes Handwovens has produced hand-loomed wovens and knits from their Point Reyes Station studio for over 30 years. Their collection is shown exclusively at the retail store located in the Cowgirl Creamery Building.  Known for unique colorations and weaves, all products are made of luxurious natural fibers one yarn at a time. They are committed to promoting American-made and locally-based designers of artisan clothing.


Belinda Wickwire Jewerly

Connecting the power of history with the wearer of today. Breathing new life into antique remnants so that they may become your heirloom is what Belinda Wickwire Jewelry is all about. Featured in this year's Marin Living magazine Style&Swagger, Belinda wants to help you celebrate the beauty in life with her jewelry. Visit her retail store on San Anselmo Avenue for unique gift-giving ideas. 


Laurel House Antiques

The treasures of Laurel House come from marvelous estates in Marin, San Francisco, and the Bay Area. We feature heritage collections of jewelry, crystal, silver, china, tableware and textiles, fine American, European and Asian furniture, and decorative and functional art.
The professional, knowledgeable and courteous staff can assist you with all of your buying, selling of estate items. The shop offers an ever-changing selection of rare and unusual antiques and collectibles.


Indoor Antique Market

In search of a one-of-a-kind gift? Head to the Marin Outdoor French Antique Market in San Rafael on December 10, 2023. With more than 140 booths to peruse, you’ll find a little bit of everything, from fine art and vintage jewelry to watches and books. Whether shopping for decorative items for your holiday table or looking for unique stocking stuffers, there’s something for every taste and temperament at the market. Come ready to bargain hunt, as you search for buried treasure. Event will take place at the Armory Parking Lot#2 until Marin Center's repaving project is complete


Rustic Bakery at Marin Country Mart

If you’re shopping for a foodie, we’ve got you covered. Rustic Bakery is not only a great place to pop in for a healthy lunch, but it’s also great for shopping for friends and family. There are several locations throughout Marin, including Marin Country Mart in Larkspur. Owner Carol LeValley is best known for her fresh and flavorful flatbreads, but pick up other snacks here as well like granola, cookies, muffins, and croissants. For the freshest selections, buy a gift card so your friends can shop at their convenience.


One-of-a-Kind Experiences

The holidays are a time of giving but don’t limit your gifts to material items. Some of the best presents are those you can’t hold in your hands. Here are a few of our favorites.

Treat you and your family to the annual Holiday Tea extravaganza at Marin Art and Garden Center.  The Crown & Crumpet will have all the bells and whistles that they are famous for when it comes to holiday teas, in a cozy and inviting atmosphere! 

Find yourself at the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts for a Winter Solstice Celebration. There will be food, live music, performance art, and a last-minute handmade gift sale!
All in support of the O’Hanlon Center.

Or simply pamper your bestie with a visit to 9 Corners Med-Cryo in the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center. Choose from a variety of treatments, including Infra Red Saunas, facials, and massages. Go in person or splurge on a gift card.


For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website or Facebook page.