If you waited until the last minute, I think you could still easily do all of your holiday gift shopping in just one day, in downtown Mountain View. Not that I recommend putting it off, jeeze, just the thought of that stresses me… but if it happens, downtown has you covered.
I walked down Castro Street and stopped by a few of my favorite destinations, and this is a solid list of gift ideas and anyone attempting to #ShopLocal will be pleased with it.
I asked Therapy to tell me what the top two or three gift items were. Hobo Bags are really popular and they have a huge selection of them. They’re super soft leather and easily recognized by fellow-Hobo-lovers. I’ve purchased 3 of them here over the last couple of years. I’ve seen them at Nordstrom, but I always wanted to shop locally, so I came back to Mountain View Therapy to make my purchase. Thank you Leadership Mountain View for drilling this point into my head.
Therapy also has JaxKelly, California made earrings that come in a set of sisters, not twins. They go together, but aren’t an exact match. JaxKelly candles are also a hot item. And Golden State Warriors sweatshirts are one of this special items that locals and tourists are dying to get their hands on. I just love this store.
East West Bookshop is magical and the perfect spot to find books on spirituality, healing, and wellness, great earrings, and a colorful selection of tea, candles. I’m always intrigued by the singing bowls. This place is one of those kinds of places that other communities wish they had and it makes Mountain View unique.
Global Beads is so much more than a bead store. The owner has curated some wonderful antique items from some local estates. She seems to have a knack for finding cute vintage stuff that reminds me of my grandmother’s house in the gold country. Kathleen is also a jewelry designer and her store has a nice selection of her items. I’m happy to say that I’ve been a customer for 15 years.
Ava’s Downtown Market has European candy and fresh persimmons and other fruit that are perfect for stuffing stockings. The day that I stopped by, they also had interesting poinsettias. I love that we have the little market downtown.
Chemila Collection is a small boutique with hip, classy clothing and handmade jewelry. The owner will give you her undivided attention, since the shop is so tiny. It’s great! She knows exactly how to accessorize your existing outfit if you’re going out and just want to add a little pizazz before you meet your friends.
Boutique 4 is my favorite place to go for work clothes, but if you wanted to buy a gift and don’t want to worry about sizing, I would get one of their “Dreamers” cardigans (which are unbelievably soft and have very generous and forgiving sizing) or a one-size-fits-all poncho, scarf, or handbag. Those Dreamers sweaters have a cult-following. Don’t worry about what size to buy; they’ll help you find the perfect fit.
Books Inc. just relocated and the new place is even bigger and just a few doors towards El Camino from the old store. They have gift cards and a wonderful selection of interesting gifts. The layout of the new store makes it easier to find what you’re looking for and it’s the perfect place to spend an hour… or two.
Allure Salon is the best hair salon in Mountain View and they have gift cards and great prices on gift sets.
The rest of my ideas are all restaurants. Needless to say, we have over a hundred different places to eat, within the downtown area, all within walking distance. We are spoiled beyond belief. These are some of my favorites and they all sell gift cards.
A gift card from Ristorante Don Giovanni would say, “I’m classy and I think you are too.”
A gift card from La Fontaine would say, “I hope you plan on taking me with you to happy hour one day this week.”
A gift card from Eureka would say, “Think of me while you’re enjoying a Holy Smokes and a Fresno Fig burger.”
A gift card from Blue Line Pizza would say “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy pizza, and that’s kind of the same thing.”
A gift card from Ramen Izakaya Yu-Gen says, “This place was good enough for the Chamber of Commerce to take the Japanese dignitaries from Mountain View’s sister city, Iwata, Shizuoka, when they said that they wanted to eat Japanese food!” #truestory.
A gift card from Doppio Zero says, “I hope you plan on taking me out to the sexiest, most romantic Italian resorting in town!”
A gift card from Steins Beer Garden says, “You’re beer-licious and I think we should have mini bratwurst corn-dogs together.”
That’s 30 gift items that you would be able to find while walking around downtown, in just a few hours. Shop local! I love Mountain View.