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Seaport Village In San Diego: The Best Kept Secret For Unique Holiday Gifts

There are few places where the environment in which you shop is just as charming as the gifts you’ll find within its borders. But just minutes from Downtown San Diego, the quaint area of Seaport Village certainly fits the bill. This bay-side center boasts a cornucopia of specialty stores, each offering unique items for everyone on your holiday shopping list -from your “foodie” Father to your highly caffeinated co-worker, and everyone in between.

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This time of year, why risk being trampled, or worse, pepper-sprayed at the local mall? Save your eyes and your sanity by forgoing the chain stores in exchange for your humble Mom & Pop shops! Of the more than 30 stores in this off-the-beaten-path village nestled beside the San Diego harbor, here are few that might be home to that perfect last-minute and one-of-a-kind gift you’ve been searching for:

Alamo Flag: a flag shop specializing in international and American flags, perfect for the traveler or patriot in your life.

For Bare Feet: warm up your little piggies with a pair of novelty socks from this fun sock shop (socks make great stocking stuffers!).

Hot Licks: just as its name implies, this shop features hot sauces, salsas and other spicy foods well-suited for the adventurous eater in your family.

Photo credit: Seaport Village Blog

The Mugger: this boutique boasts “the world’s largest selection of mugs” and would be a great last-minute stop before your office holiday party -because who couldn’t use another cup for their morning coffee?

Mystic Mermaid: for the lady in your life who seems to have everything, this store offers a variety of unusual and unique apparel, accessories, purses and scarves.

Click here for a complete listing of the Seaport Village stores.

And after you’ve snagged the perfect gifts, treat yourself to a meal at one of the many eateries nearby. Grab a burger at the San Diego Burger Company, snack on fudge from Seaport Coffee & Fudge Factory or sit down and enjoy the views at the Harbor House Restaurant.

Click here for a complete listing of the Seaport Village restaurants & eateries.

The holidays are stressful enough without the added worry of an unpleasant shopping experience at the local mall. This year, opt for the shops at Seaport Village and you’ll not only leave with unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list, but with a smile on your face after a day spent in the beautiful environment of this bay-side center.

Seaport Village
849 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Ph. 619- 235-4014

HOURS OF OPERATION: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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