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!
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.
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!
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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!
February might be the coldest month of the year, but it’s always sunny in Santa Barbara. With Valentine’s Day upon us, we’d like to give you our recommendations for the top romantic locations in the area. We’re highlighting some different options so that way there’s something special for everyone’s taste.
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
While a courthouse doesn’t exactly sound romantic, the courthouse in Santa Barbara is not your average courthouse. This Spanish-Colonial style building was constructed in 1929 and has several eye-catching touches all around. Its picturesque clock tower and sunken gardens serve as the perfect backdrop to any photo. This iconic Santa Barbara landmark is where many locals get married, so you can literally feel the love as you tour the grounds.
Mission Rose Garden
The Santa Barbara Mission is the perfect romantic spot for those who love an ocean and mountain view. Located just across from the rose garden sits a massive mission with a deep history. The sights and smells of the thousands of flowers are perfectly romantic and photo opp-worthy. Stop and enjoy a picnic on the lush green lawns with your valentine this Friday!
If you love a friendly vibe and farm-fresh eats, then you’re in luck. Loquita on State Street features Spanish tapas and craft cocktails that don’t disappoint. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available on the beautiful patio. Come for the food and stay for the drinks and inviting atmosphere with your valentine. To see their menu, click here.
Glass House Cocktail Garden
This Friday, consider making a reservation for the Valentine’s Day Garden Dinner. This interactive dinner experience features an epic “meat & potatoes” grazing-style feast that’s perfect for making memories with the mister or missus. The exciting menu was created to satisfy the taste buds of an amateur foodie, and even impress the experienced. For reservations, click here.
Located along Channel Drive in the always gorgeous Montecito, Butterfly Beach is a go-to romantic spot to watch the sunset with your valentine this holiday. The beach’s pristine shoreline is perfect for a stroll hand-in-hand, and you can even bring Fido along, too. Locals and celebs love this beach, so keep your eyes peeled for celebrities.
Rosewood Miramar Beach
If you want to go glam and put on the ritz, the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel will surely impress your date this Valentine’s Day. This luxury hotel in Montecito offers breathtaking beach views, impressive landscapes, and five-star luxury all around. Forget all your troubles and get lost in romance with your special someone by making this Valentine’s Day one to remember at Rosewood Miramar Beach.
If you and your sweetheart love a good beer, then Institutional Ale on State Street is just the spot for you. You haven’t had a pretzel until you’ve had one of theirs, either! Their handcrafted brews have something special for every beer lover, with over a dozen specialty beers on tap, ready to be tasted and enjoyed. No reservations required—come thirsty!
If you are looking for a flavorful meal that is satisfying down to the last bite, then Zaytoon’s Lebanese and Middle Eastern dishes are sure to delight. This hidden oasis is situated on a large outdoor garden patio in downtown Santa Barbara, and their beautiful balcony makes for the perfect date night spot. To view their tasty menu, click here.