Holidays December 14, 2020

The “It List”

It’s that time of year, everyone! With the holidays upon us, we’d love to share with our fellow Santa Barbara residents our “It List” picks for this season. This list has been carefully curated by our team at Village Properties, and in it you will find the crème de la crème when it comes to gift giving ideas around town—and you might even find some must-haves for yourself, too!

Here are our hand-selected gift ideas, from local brick and mortars, that you can spoil your friends and family with this holiday season…

Celadon – Candles and Trays

Does the thought of sipping a delicious cup of hot cocoa or freshly brewed coffee while cozied up on the couch or in bed sound divine? Celadon has the perfect trays for you to do just that! And best of all, their assortment of heavenly scented candles will make every room of your home smell terrific.


Wendy Foster – Heart Pajamas 

There’s nothing like the perfect pair of pajamas in the winter—and this is especially true at Christmas time! This set of heart pajamas from Wendy Foster is a great gift idea—but you might want to get one and give one to experience this maximum level of comfort and cuteness rolled into one!


Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is where you can find incredible ancient to contemporary artwork on display, but it’s also home to some wonderful gift ideas for the special people in your life. Choose from celebrity ornaments made by women in Kyrgyzstan or how about a mochi ice cream kit.


Diani Home

Want to give a unique gift that will make your recipient think of you each and every time they use it? Gift your friends and family members this stylish table setting that’s ideal for any occasion. The handmade designs are perfectly ornate, and the matching candlesticks add a lovely touch of class to any meal. And any cook would beg for these wooden measuring cups and spoons.


Float Luxury Day Spa of Santa Barbara

Know someone who is long overdue for some pampering? Treat them with a gift card to Float Luxury Day Spa, where they can experience the best massages and facials that Santa Barbara has to offer. Their gorgeous gift bags can be used for outdoor picnics, the beach, farmer’s markets, or even your groceries. Give that special person in your life a chance to experience Float’s CBD joint and muscle cream—the hidden gem that Float clients swear by!


Mountain Air Sports

When it comes to all things sports and outdoors, Mountain Air Sports is THE place to shop! Shopping for someone who loves to ski and snowboard? Pop into Mountain Air Sports for fun stocking stuffers of all kinds. And if you’ve got a proud Californian in your life, their cute California apparel will make for a thoughtful and fun gift. Their CA hats make for the perfect stocking stuffer, and the $30 price tag is a bargain, too!


The Shopkeepers

The shopkeepers in the Funk Zone have a wide variety of unique and hip men’s and women’s clothing to choose from. Want a vintage-flair present for the nostalgia lover in your life? Check out their framed and unframed artistic poster renditions of concerts from the Santa Barbara Bowl. Most local residents have many memories of ongoing shenanigans at these concerts over the years, and they’ll enjoy fond memories each and every time they look at that poster hanging in their home. And don’t forget about their locally made soaps, soaking salts, and jewelry. Or take things up a notch by learning to experiment with tarot cards. You can impress your family members in the process with their readings!

Photo credit: Rob Tran @blob_t


The Grapeseed Company

Who wouldn’t love to have their own custom scent?! Buy the experience of “making your own scent” for the special person in your life who is all about beautiful aromas. At the Grapeseed Company, you can expertly customize essential oils, fragrance sticks, body/room spray, and more…all custom to YOU.


Dylan Star Clothing Boutique

Now officially open at their new Funk Zone location, you can find an eclectic selection of hats, custom gift baskets, and so much more. Your grandma, or even your man, might get a kick out of their stylish flasks, and don’t forget to pair it with a trendy outfit so they can drink in ultimate style.


Whisky + Leather of Montecito

When you step into Whiskey + Leather, you’re in for a fun time you won’t find elsewhere in the Santa Barbara area. Their eclectic blend of fashions are hip and begging to be worn. From women’s puffy corduroy jackets with matching pants to aviator nation sweats, and of course, you can’t forget to browse the men’s department—AKA Scotch and Soda. Their candles make for perfect stocking stuffers, or any of their fun bar games or other home goods. Know someone who loves to cleanse their home? Their sage cleansers and crystals come with gorgeous packaging and make for a wonderful gift.


Maison K of Santa Barbara

Proudly serving the community since 2002, Maison K is filled with chic gift ideas with Euro flair. Know someone who can’t live without their vino? Purchase them one of their gorgeous double-walled wine chillers. And if you have a coffee and tea lover in your life, this coffee/tea set will make them feel as if they’re sipping at a posh cafe in Europe.


Hudson Grace – Montectio Country Mart

In search of stylish home necessities that anyone would love? Hudson Grace has countless finds, and something special for anyone on your shopping list. Their Montecito candle and match striker are an absolute must. Want to brighten someone’s day? Gift them with some rainbow Henri glasses – hand blown in Italy! The stylish and practical gifts you’ll find at H/G will be a hit with anyone on your list.


Jake & Jones

At Jake & Jones, there’s something special for anyone on your wish list of all ages. With fashions for men, women, and even kids, their curated threads are always trendsetting and super stylish. In search of stocking stuffers? They’ve got a nice collection of curated, sustainably made finds from candles to beauty products, and even a teething necklace for mom/dad to wear.


Restaurants open for take out:

We are in our second stay-at-home order. Luckily we can still support local business by ordering takeout this holiday season. Click on this link to see all the options you can order from. Share this list with your friends so that our favorite local restaurants can stay in business!