Best Christmas Shopping in Santa Barbara, 2015

The only thing better than shopping in Santa Barbara is... Christmas shopping in Santa Barbara! This sunny beach town is Santa's idea of paradise, packed with independent boutiques and small shops stocked with unique items for every budget and inclination. 

Let's run through just a few of the million potential gifting scenarios:

Your niece - Treat your rosy-cheeked niece to a giant stuffed bear or fun science kit from Kernohan's Toys, Santa Barbara's oldest toy shop.

Your mom - Go to Plum Goods to find your mom a gift that's as lovely as she is. Packed to the brim with works by local artists, handcrafted jewelry, plush home goods, sweet cards and so much more.

Your boss - Get your boss the gift of heart health this holiday season in the form of a nice bottle of red wine. Les Marchands has vintages that will impress even the pickiest of palettes.

Your special someone - Surprise the love of your life with something silky from A Tropical Affair, Santa Barbara's finest lingerie boutique. Choose a cashmere robe, luxurious pajamas or a lacy set and have the staff gift wrap it for you.

See how easy it is to find something for everyone when you do your Christmas shopping in Santa Barbara? Make your list, grab your wallet and get going!



A store for shoppers of all ages, whether you are looking for gifts for art afficionados or not. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art Store is home to an assortment of treasures and souvenirs that you won't find anywhere else. Of course there are...  Read More



For those with a love of all things vintage, Punch Interieur is a little slice of heaven right on State Street. The candy colors and sparkling surfaces might momentarily overwhelm your senses upon arrival, but as soon as your eyes adjust and...  Read More

DIANI Living
Photo courtesy of Geneva Ives


DIANI Living is a charming home and gift shop, filled with inspiration for your home, garden and joyous living. They curate selections from brands and makers around the world. In their small space, you will find everything from furniture and...  Read More



Need toys? Who doesn't! Want to support an independent, locally-owned toy shop? Of course! Then Kernohan's Toys is the destination for you. This shop is filled from floor to ceiling with toys, games and activities for children of all ages (even...  Read More



Head to Jenni Kayne Home for gifts for hosts, design enthusiasts and children. This is the first foray into a home goods for famed Californian fashion designer Jenni Kayne. Located near her women's clothing store in Montecito, Jenni Kayne Home...  Read More



Give the gift of vinyl this season. Records still exist. Better yet, new ones are constantly in production. But where do you go to buy them? Why, the local record store, of course. Enter Warbler Records & Goods, Santa Barbara's most awesome...  Read More



Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift? Do you enjoy antiques, jewelry and whimsical home goods? You do?! Well then Lewis & Clark is the destination for you. Located in the charming La Arcada courtyard, this small shop is packed with treasures...  Read More



Bottles make great gifts (and fit perfectly in most stockings)! This fun wine bar and merchant located in the heart of Santa Barbara's Funk Zone offers a mix of local and international wines for tasting and for sale. There is also a menu with a...  Read More

Plum Goods
Photo courtesy of Plum Goods


Plum Goods is Santa Barbara's only store that features recycled, handmade and fair trade goods exclusively. Owner Amy Cooper believes you should "love where you live - your home, your town, your planet - and love what you give - of yourself, to...  Read More

A Tropical Affair Lingerie & Bikinis
Photo courtesy of Heather Taylor


Looking for a gift for your girlfriend, your wife or yourself? If you're in search of an itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny, yellow polka dot bikini (or pair of frilly panties), this boutique is the place to go! A shopping mainstay in Santa Barbara for...  Read More


Meet Geneva Ives

Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva