Great Places to Buy Gifts Traveling to Oakland

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The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping!

If you’re traveling to Oakland this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!


Oaklandish actually started in 2000 as a public art project! Now, it’s a fully-fledged store with locations Downtown and in the Dimond District. The shop’s mission is to spread “local love” and illuminate Oakland’s unique history and culture. All that means that Oaklandish is the perfect place to go for apparel and accessories that reflect civic pride. The store is currently offering the option of curbside pick-up.


You can find something for everyone at Mischief. This family-owned business is located in the Laurel District. The shop is aimed at building community and supporting local artists by hosting an array of events and carrying the work of over 125 local makers. They have unique products in all of the familiar gift categories, like accessories, candles, greeting cards, art prints, and bath and body products. If you’re shopping for kids, they have an assortment of fun DIY craft kits and children’s books. Finally, if you want a gift for someone crafty, Mischief has an assortment of virtual workshops available, like embroidery and wreath design!


Is there a better way to support a local community than by shopping at its independent bookstores? Bookstores also make for great holiday gift shopping, because you’re bound to find a book, game, or gift item that would interest anyone on your shopping list. Here are a couple of shops to get started:

·        Walden Pond Books has been helping the Bay Area keep reading since 1973. The shop is family owned and sells new, used, and rare books. They’re currently offering the option of curbside pick-up.

·        East Bay Booksellers is a cozy shop with a wonderful community feel. They have a large selection of socially conscious books on topics like racial equality, gender issues, and LBGTQA+ issues.

Oakland International Airport

Of course, if your hectic holiday has you rushing straight from the plane to a family gathering, you won’t have time to browse through the boutiques in downtown Oakland. Don’t worry, the Oakland International Airport has you covered! While a lot of the shops are currently closed due to COVID-19, you still have a few options for last-minute shopping:

·        SouveNEAR Vending Machines are located in Terminals 1 and 2. If you’ve never bought gifts from a vending machine, you might want to give it a try, because this machine stocks gift items made only by Bay Area artists.

·        World Passage is a duty-free shop in Terminal 1. They have a bunch of items!

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