If there’s one thing Santa Monica locals do better than tanning and beach-ing, it’s shopping. With long stretches of cute boutiques and designer stores on Wilshire Boulevard, Main Street, and Montana Avenue, it’s pretty easy to shop ’til you drop. Check out some of these great spots to buy stocking stuffers and more for the best holiday shopping in Santa Monica.
MERCENARY GENERAL STORE
This quirky-cool gift-shop is located just two blocks from the Third Street Promenade. If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, we love their teeny Prince enamel pins, sassy flasks, and whimsical jewelry. Mercenary General Store: 120 Broadway #108; 310-260-2238
SAND N SURF
No stocking hats or long underwear needed in this SoCal city—if you visit Santa Monica regularly, you know that you can never have too many bathing suits. Hit up Sand N Surf for all the trendiest beachwear and accessories. Sand N Surf: 131 Broadway; 310-395-5333
SANTA MONICA FARMER’S MARKET
The Santa Monica Farmer’s Market is a great spot to knock out a bunch of holiday shopping at once, especially if you’re looking for holiday party host gifts. Look for Flora Bella’s Santa Rosa plum jam—perfect for a cheese plate. Or, grab a bag of dried cherries and California walnuts to bake a giftable fruit and nut loaf. Santa Monica Farmer’s Market: 2640 Main St.; 310-458-8712
SANTA MONICA PLACE
Santa Monica Place and the 3rd Street Promenade turn into a winter wonderland during the holidays—carolers, twinkling lights and Santa’s Holiday House surround upscale shops like Barney’s New York and Tiffany and Co. Santa Monica Place: 395 Santa Monica Pier; 310-260-8333
WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY
This popular open-air shopping mall houses over 150 stores and restaurants, from Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, to the West Coast’s first Eataly. Shop your favorite retailers, and soak in the festive decorations and music. The hustle and bustle of Westfield Century City will surely get you in the holiday spirit. Westfield Century City: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-557-4284
Take home some of Los Angeles’ hippie, spiritual flavor with a holiday gift from Santa Monica’s unique Aura Shop. Here you can find fun souvenirs like crystals, tarot cards, gemstone jewelry, ascension-energy therapy supplements, and threads. If you know anyone who is into fortune telling, astrology, or crystal therapy, then this is the place to buy their presents in Santa Monica.
Aura Shop. 2741 Main St. Santa Monica. 310.488.7681
ANDREW’S CHEESE SHOP
Find artisan cheeses for the queso-fanatic in your life at this lovely specialty cheese shop. Perfect for foodies and those who love to cook, gifts from here can also include vino and olive oils.
Andrew’s Cheese Shop. 728 Montana Ave. Santa Monica. 310.393.3308
This stand-alone Santa Monica boutique is the spot to find unique gifts for friends and family. Founded by world-traveler Jessica Goldfarb, the shop has an array of items for those who love homemaking and independent brands. Here you can find jewelry, candles, vases, handbags, children’s clothes, cashmere throws, soas, and other handcrafted goods.
Limonaia. 1325 Montana Ave. Santa Monica. 310.458.1858