3 of the Best Holiday Gift Shops in San Luis Obispo

Searching for a holiday gift for that special someone? Whether it's a professor or your parents, your best pal, favorite coworker, or your better half, you won't have to go far to find the perfect present. San Luis Obispo is brimming with adorable boutique shops where you can find something unique and memorable.


Since it's the season of giving, make an extra special gesture to purchase from shops that support a good cause. Humankind Fair Trade is owned and operated by a local teacher and mother passionate about the fair trade business. Her project began almost 15 years ago as a Holiday Craft Market right here in San Luis Obispo. Today, the nonprofit organization supports farmers and artisans in developing countries through a wide range of international items ranging from home decor to books, jewelry, clothing, paper goods, crafts, and more. Their special holiday collection includes eclectic felt ornaments, wreaths, and garlands. Find it in the Mill Street Historic Center.


Another way to be a thoughtful gift giver is to buy from independent businesses that support the local community. A great way to do that is with a purchase at Crushed Grape Gifts, where they specialize in crafting unique and custom order gift baskets. Every single item in this store is made in San Luis Obispo! Gift baskets can follow a theme of gourmet food, wine and beer, holiday items, and even Cal POLY official merchandise. Your special creations can even be shipped directly from the store. Crushed Grape Gifts is located on the SLO Promenade.


The holiday season wouldn't be complete without at least one stop at the legendary See's Candies. The quintessential Californian chocolate and candy maker has been in business for almost 100 years. And whether you're from the state or not, it's an iconic statement gift of Golden State pride. The San Luis Obispo location is inside the Madonna Plaza Shopping Center.

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