Posted in Blogging Marin on Monday, December 11, 2017 by MCVB Staff
By Megan Eileen McDonough
With the holidays 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.
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, 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.
EO Exchange Mill Valley
This store features more than 80 essential oils from around the world. Customers can even learn how to make their own customized scented lotions, shower gels and salt scrubs. If your friends are local, consider getting them a gift card so they can choose their signature scents. Alternatively, invite them to a perfume blending party where they can learn how to mix their favorite essential oils. Otherwise, create a care package of your favorite products and gift it to your loved ones back home.
Located in Point Reyes Station, this studio and shop is the perfect place to channel your creative side. You can also shop handmade items like letterpress stationery, silkscreen textiles and fine art prints for your home. If you’re local, swing by for one of the regular workshops and art-themed gatherings. For friends and family, consider personalizing your gift by shopping affordable art and other handmade goods—think handprinted silk scarves for elegant nights out and sculptural objects like bronze bells.
Indoor Antique Market
In search of a one-of-a-kind gift? Head to the Marin Indoor Antique Market 33rd Annual Christmas Show in San Rafael. With more than 70 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.
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.
Choose one of Walk Marin’s half-day and full-day tours, including a chocolate-themed tour that has you sampling some of the area’s best sweet treats. The Larkspur Redwoods Canyon Walking Tour offers a little bit of everything—Italian pastries, the famous redwoods, mountain streams, meadows and local artwork.
Gift a walk through the historic Straus Home Ranch. Spanning 166 acres, this certified organic working ranch teaches you the history of dairy farming and the importance of environmental conservation. Plus, you’ll see stunning views of Tomales Bay and Point Reyes National Seashore.
Or simply pamper your bestie with a visit to Lavande Spa in the Strawberry Village Shopping Center. Choose from a variety of treatments, including nail care, facials and massages. Go in person or splurge on a gift card.