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The Ultimate SLO County Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here and as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, and Christmas approach SLO CAL it’s time to get shopping. Here is our complete gift guide on the best places to shop in San Luis Obispo County. Get out there and shop small and local always.

Friendly reminder Small Business Saturday is on November 28th!
*Due to the pandemic please call ahead to verify hours as store hours may vary.

Best Local Gift Shops | Stocking Stuffers | Unique Gifts
Holiday Treats | Gift Basket Services | Gift Wrap/Cards/Florals
Holiday Markets | Experiences | Liquid Gifts

Best Local Shops For Gifts

Photo: The Hive

At The Hive products are locally sourced and carefully curated by shop owner Tracy Sonny. This wonderful shop carries artwork, jewelry, and local goods throughout SLO County.
119 E Branch St #227, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 | Monday-Saturday 10-5 

Photo: Blackwater

The boutique is owned by a local mother & daughter. They offer a wide variety of indoor plants, unique gifts, home decor, and apparel.
705 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Monday-Saturday 11-5 & Sunday 10-5

Photo: Len Collective

Len Collective offers a beautifully curated collection of jewelry, apothecary, home goods & gifts for sale. They offer products for men, women, and children.
1243 Monterey St Suite 100, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Pop Up @ Anam Cre

Photo: Hands Gallery

Hands Gallery has been offering local residents and visitors fine art, contemporary handmade goods, and one-of-a-kind gifts made talented local artists. They have been in businesses for over 20 years.
777 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Monday-Saturday 10-6 & Sunday 11-5

Photo: Viva Paso

Unique items from around the world to make you smile. Viva Paso offers a selection of eclectic art, books, home decor, gifts, paper goods, and a plethora of others unique items. 1211 Pine St, Paso Robles, CA 93446 | Sunday-Thursday 1030-6 &  Friday-Saturday 10:30-9

Photo: Passport SLO

This men’s boutique focuses on curating lavish top-tier brands under one roof. They carry both women and men apparel: wovens, denim, t-shirts, headwear, outerwear, watch, and fleece.
968 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Monday-Saturday 11-7 & Sunday 11-6

Photo: General Store Paso Robles

The General Store carries numerous artisan producers, letterpress stationery, home goods, local products, and more.
841 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446 | Sunday-Thursday 11-5 & Friday-Saturday 11-6

Photo: Smoobage

Check out this eclectic collection of gifts, toys, refinished furniture, and other unique gifts! Here you’ll find feather jewelry, handmade leather works from Delos, Sweet Bella jewelry, Spencer Reynolds fine surf art, Forever Stoked, and more.
591 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442 | Monday-Sunday 10-6

Photo: The Mercantile

The Mercantile by Cattaneo Bros. A modern mercantile and specialty gift shop that features Cattaneo Bros Beef Jerky, home decor, jewelry, baby items, local foods & custom gift baskets!
950 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Monday-Saturday 11-6 & Sunday 11-5

Photo: Summerland Co

A unique general store located downtown San Luis Obispo California. From Western and Country to Vintage and Modern Chic. Browse hand-selected items for him, her, and baby.
1019 Morro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Monday-Saturday 10-6 & Sunday 12-4

Photo: Firefly

Firefly is in downtown Paso Robles. You’ll find everything from local creations, jewelry, clothing, home goods, and gifts.
839 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446 | Sunday-Thursday 10-5 & Friday-Saturday 10-6

Photo: ASatelliteOfLove

Visit this trendy retail & community space of vintage clothes, new and used books, records, home furnishings, and decor.
1335 Walker St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Hours: Tu-Fr: 12-6pm / Sa: 11-5pm / Su: 11-3pm

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Traffic Records – Atascadero

Photo Traffic Records

Enjoy hundreds of amazing new, used and rare records, 45s, and audio equipment as well as new branded merch.
870 Traffic Way, Atascadero, CA 93422 | Hours Vary 

Photo: Anam-Cre Pottery

Anam-Cre’ Pottery studio teaches pottery classes in wheel throwing and slab building for children and adults! For those experienced potters open studio is offered. They also offer student pottery for sale at an affordable price. This is the perfect stop for a unique gift that supports local students and artists.
1243 Monterey St #100, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Monday-Friday 1030-8 & Saturday 1030-430

Photo: Scissor Clothing

Handcrafted clothing made on the Central Coast of California. Scissor clothing also offers vintage apparel and home goods.
5880 Entrada Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422 | Wednesday-Saturday 11-4

Photo: Boo Boo Records

Have a music lover in your life? Hit up Boo Boo Records – They have new and used vinyl, CDs, movies,  t-shirts and concert tickets to headphones, posters, and guitars for sale. There’s a little something for everyone.
978 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Monday-Thursday 10-5 & Friday-Sunday 10-6

Photo: STASH Local Goods

STASH Local Goods, offers items all made in California. You’ll find a curated selection of local vendors with small batch production; offering limited quantities and the best products made in the Central Coast & California.
815 Main St Ste A, Cambria, CA 93428 | Daily 12-7 Except Wednesday 12-6

Stocking Stuffers
Local Products & Souvenirs

Photo: Life Elements

Life Elements’ skincare products are cruelty-free, earth-derived and include a broad-spectrum CBD line with organic hemp grown in the USA.
https://lifeelements.com/

Photo: Hartley Farms

Hartley Farms, Inc.  offers gourmet jams and preserves made with tree ripened, organic, GMO free fruit. Their fruit is grown on their farm, or locally sourced, so you know it’s fresh. Hartley Farms is family owned and operated educates the community about local agriculture and sustainability.
https://hartley-farms.com/

Photo: YES Cocktail Co.

Craft cocktail supplies made in Paso Robles. YES Cocktail Co uses 100% all-natural fruits, herbs, botanicals, and spices in their craft cocktail supplies. They use the absolute best ingredients. They even offer recipes made from scratch and designed to enhance your spirit sipping experience.
https://yescocktailco.com/

Photo: Alle- Pia Fine Cured Meats

Alle-Pia Salami is made on the Central Coast of California with the finest ingredients using traditional old-world family recipes. Their products are crate-free, vegetarian-fed pork, no hormones or antibiotics, no Nitrates or Nitrites, and preserved without chemicals using a natural extract of Swiss Chard.
8390 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422 | Monday-Friday 9-4

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Olive Oil

Purchase local olive oil in San Luis Obispo County

There are so many great olive oil producers around SLO County! You can pick up a bottle at: Montello Olive Oil (Cambria), The Groves on 41 (Templeton), We Olive (San Luis Obispo & Paso Robles), Olea Farm (Templeton), Grove Provisions (Templeton), Boccabella Farms (San Miguel), Oliveto Ranch (Paso Robles), Kiler Ridge Olive Farm (Paso Robles).

Stepladder Creamery is a goat dairy and creamery in Cambria, CA. They offer seasonal creamery tours, a vacation rental in the hills, an intimate wedding venue, cheese club and online shop!
https://www.stepladdercreamery.com/

Photo: Central Coast Creamery

At Central Coast Creamery offers small-batch cheeses made in Paso Robles California. They offer aged cow, goat, sheep, and mixed milk artisan cheeses.
https://www.centralcoastcreamery.com/

Photo: Etto Pastifico

Etto Pastificio is located in Tin City, Paso Robles. Their pasta factory offers fresh-made pasta and a variety of Italian and local products.
3070 Limestone Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446 | Monday-Sunday 10-6

Photo: The Vreamery

The Vreamery is a Vegan Cheese Shop and Melt Bar. It’s one of the first Vegan Cheese Shops in the U.S. to showcase a variety of small-batch, plant-based cheesemakers.
1815 Spring St, Paso Robles, CA 93446 | Hours Vary

Photo: Artisan Wheelhouse

Plant-based creamery specializing in traditionally cultured & aged vegan cheeses. They aim to produce products that every restaurant goer or home chef has access to delicious, old-world style cheese flavors and textures they love.
https://www.theartisanwheelhouse.com/  

Photo: EnjoySLO

As the very first Recreational Cannabis Dispensary & Marketplace located in San Luis Obispo, they are proud to offer the best, the brightest & the highest quality products available.
280 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Daily 9-8

Photo: EnjoySLO

 

The owner of The Luffa Farm’s journey began over 30 years ago.  This small local business offers free tours and natural luffas, as well as handcrafted bath and herbal products.
1457 Willow Rd, Nipomo, CA 93444 | Wedneday-Sunday 10-4

SLO Provisions offers all day dine in and take away cafe featuring rotisserie meats, soups, salads, baked goods, wine, beer, gourmet gifts and more!
1255 Monterey St B, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Tuesday-Friday 10-6:30 & Saturday 10-6

Photo: Avila Valley Barn

Avila Valley Barn is a local favorite spot to purchase the freshest fruit and vegetables grown locally, pick up a bakery treat or gift item, or just to take the kids to visit our farm animals.
560 Avila Beach Dr, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 | Daily 9-5

Photo: Jack Creek Farms
Visit Jack Creek Farms and learn where your food comes from. You can browse their country store or visit with the farm animals.
5000 CA-46, Templeton, CA 93465 | Friday-Sunday 11-4
Photo: Lincoln Market & Deli

Not only can you find the tastiest sandwiches in SLO, you can find over 500 craft beers, fine local wines, organic grocery items, and quirky unique stocking stuffers from local producers in California.
496 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 | Tuseday-Sunday 9-5

Photo: Farmhouse Corner Market

Farmhouse Corner Market offers a variety of gifts and they can create a custom giftbox for you! They have local wines, florals, produce, cards, and more!

Photo: Vivant Fine Cheese

Paso Robles, California’s premiere cheese tasting room. Offering over 150 cheeses, wine tasting, lunch, gift baskets, gourmet food items, and party platters

Photo: SLO Chamber

The Chamber is the oldest and largest voluntary organization in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. They uniquely serve the needs of our nearly 1,400 members and the more than 38,000 individuals they collectively employ. You can not only get information but purchase products from local artisans and producers.
895 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Daily 9:30-5

Unique Gifts

 

Photo: Humankind Fair Trade

HumanKind Fair Trade is a non-profit organization and retail shop that carries handmade crafts from artisans in developing countries. Their product lines include clothing, jewelry, home goods and gifts. Their mission is to support skilled artisans around the world by paying fair wages and ensuring sustainable income to provide for their families.
982 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Monday-Friday 11-6 & Sunday 11-5

Photo: The Junk Girls

Meet Jenny & Melissa! They are artists, recyclers, designers,  builders and makers! Come visit to find a unique gift! They carry jewelry, art, paper goods, books, candles, art supplies, and customizable gifts.
870 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Sunday-Monday 11-6 & Saturday 11-7

Photo: Mermaid Rock Soap Company

Purchase handcrafted artisan soap and bath and body products and gift shop. They even do custom soap orders for birthdays, weddings and other special occasions.
http://www.mermaidrocksoapcompany.com/

Photo: Madonna Inn

Three unique shopping experiences! The Madonna Inn Shops carry women’s and men’s fashions and accessories; sundries, gifts, and signature souvenirs; and fine wine, cheese, chocolate, and decor.
100 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 | Daily 9-9

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Custom Made Art

Photo: Nicki Lenore (Local Artist)

We have so many wonderful local artists on the central coast! Hire them to make you a custom art piece as a unique and memorable holiday gift.
Featured in Photo: http://www.nickilenore.com/

Holiday Treats

 

Photo: Just Baked

Specialty bakery serving the Central Coast of CA. Visit their Pastry Bar located in Paso Robles!
1803 Spring St Paso Robles, CA 93446 | Hours Vary

Photo: Sheila Kearns

Sheila Kearn’s delivers the quality, fresh, luxury chocolates you crave. The chocolates include just 4-7 whole food ingredients. No glucose added to ganache for shelf stability, no sorbitol or emulsifiers, just whole foods & real ingredients. They are organic, soy lecithin free, ethically sourced, with no artificial additives.
722 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Monday-Saturday 11-5

Gift Basket Services

Photo: BePresent

If you’re looking for a beautifully curated ready to ship gift box check out BePresent! They offer custom gift designs and corporate gifts. They make gift giving easy!
https://www.shopbepresent.com/

Photo: Crushed Grape

This family-owned and operated business has been in SLO County for over 30 years. They feature the best products from SLO farms, ranches and wineries. They deliver locally and ship nation-wide!
Madonna Rd #1, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 | Monday-Friday 11:30-3:30p

Photo: Truly Gifted

Enjoy contemporary gifts that are a truly special experience. Find a unique gift or gift basket for that special someone or occasion.
https://truly-gifted.com/

Gift Wrap / Cards /Florals

Photo: Ah Lous Store

This vibrant and quirky general store is your perfect go-to for holiday decorations, cards, ornaments, and gifts. You’ll find what you need for celebrations big & small!

Photo: Pipsticks

Pipsticks is located in downtown SLO and offers a wide variety of stickers, stationery, and cards that is sure to make you smile.

This stunning floral shop offers curated gift boxes & dried floral bouquets available through their online shop or for local pickup.
http://www.idlewildfloral.com/

Holiday Markets and Events

Photo: Atascadero Chamber
Photo: Paso Robles Chamber
Photo: Makeshift Makers Market

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Photo: Town of Harmony

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SLOcally Made – 12/12-24

Photo: SLOcally Made

Check out our calendar for upcoming events

Experiences

 

Photo: EnjoySLO

There’s nothing more iconic than the Cambria Christmas Lights for the holidays. Due to the pandemic, this holiday experience will be available to guests and those who dine at their restaurant. Book your stay today!

Photo: ProjectXO

Hire a date night planning service. They will organize and plan exclusive packaged and customizable dates you and your significant other or for you and a small group of friends or family.

Photo: Taste of SLO

Walk, taste and tour your way through beautiful San Luis Obispo! You’ll sample tasty food and drinks at five unique destinations.
https://tasteofslowalkingfoodtour.com/

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Whale Watching

Go for a once in a lifetime experience and go whale watching while these amazing creatures are making their migration.

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Boat Ride

Relax with friends and rent a boat! You can head to Lake Nacimiento, Morro Bay, or hit the coast.

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Horseback Riding

Relax outdoors and go horseback riding on the coast or through beautiful mountain hikes in SLO CAL. Check out Central Coast Trail Rides!

Check out FarmsteadED aka The SLO County Farm Trail. This group of over 22 locations promotes farmsteading skills & practices via educational experiences, events & gatherings at pop-up FARMsteading classrooms held at local farms, ranches & Ag related venues.
https://farmsteaded.com/

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Wine Tasting / Wine Dinners

Make a reservation or book a special holiday dinner in SLO County Wine Country. You can check your favorite wineries for event listings. Great resources are: Paso Robles Wineries, Paso Wine, SLO Coast Wines.

Wine/Cider/Spirits/Coffee

Support local biz by purchasing a subscription, experiences, or any of our local products. You can also stop by these shops that offer a variety of choices for your holiday shopping.

Photo: Calwise Old Fashioned Kit

Calwise Distillery is offering holiday cocktail kits for you to enjoy at home or to send to a loved one.
3340 Ramada Dr suite b, Paso Robles, CA 93446 | Hours Vary

Photo: EnjoySLO

Near the San Luis Obispo airport, WineSneak carries over 1,300 choices of wines!
4468 Broad St STE 120, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Daily 12-6

Photo: Mint + Craft

Mint + Craft is located in downtown SLO. They offer food and their mercantile boasts over 300 products from over 60 artisans, plus Grab + Go items such as fresh-baked goods, deli items and beer + wine.

Photo: Taste In The Valleys

Located in downtown Pismo Beach this wine shop carries well over 700 wines for you to purchase.
911 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449 | Sunday-Thursday 4-8 & Friday-Saturday 12-8

Photo: EnjoySLO

Located at the Paso Market Walk this neighborhood wine bar has a vegetable-forward menu. All the wines they carry are from local producers with amazing pricing.
1803 Spring St, Paso Robles, CA 93446 | Tuesday-Saturday 11-8 & Sunday 11-7

Photo: SLO Provisions

SLO Provisions offers all day dine in and take away cafe featuring rotisserie meats, soups, salads, baked goods, wine, beer, gourmet gifts and more!
1255 Monterey St B, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | Tuesday-Friday 10-6:30 & Saturday 10-6

Located in downtown Templeton, 15c Wine Shop and Bar is a local and traveler favorite. They offer small production Central Coast wines as well as over 500 wines from around the world.
624 S Main St #101, Templeton, CA 93465 | Tuesday-Saturday 11-9

Photo: Taste In The Alley

This hidden gem is a speakeasy wine bar in downtown Paso Robles. It holds over 300 wines locally and internationally made.

Photo: Fossil Wine Bar

You can find Fossil Wine Bar in downtown Atascadero. They showcase wines from garagiste and small-production wineries on the Central Coast.

Comment below if we missed anyone!
We are wishing you all a wonderful holiday season.
Remember to get out and EnjoySLO (safely).

9 COMMENTS

  1. Awesome compilation & guide! We can’t wait to check out all of these places and support these local small businesses! Thank you so much for putting this together!

  2. Thanks for the geat list Michelle! I’d like to add the SLO Botanical Garden to Experiences, Gifts, Floral, and local art for November and December’s Art in the Garden gallery and available local art, gift shop, and volunteer propagated plants available all year round. I’d love for you to visit sometime soon! Miss you at leadership!

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