If you’re traveling to Santa Barbara, why not bring back the perfect gift for those who couldn’t join you? With great, gourmet local products, excellent shopping, and a distinct California style, SB is perfect for souvenir shopping. Here’s our guide to the 5 best gifts from Santa Barbara:
Santa Barbara has become one of California’s top wine destinations in recent years, and with the abundance of local producers, chic tasting rooms, and warm weekends for outdoor flights, it’s easy to see why. Gift someone a beautiful bottle of red or white from Santa Barbara Winery from your vacation. Not only do they make excellent varietals, but each bottle features a beautiful SB label with watercolor landscapes of the central coast.
The Santa Barbara Olive Co. has a huge variety of specialty products including stuffed olives, olive oils, sauces and salsa. Our favorite part is the cute olive jar label featuring the Old Mission of Santa Barbara, but with such high quality olives, that’s not all we love! Try blue cheese or garlic stuffed green olives so your friends can get a taste of Santa Barbara!
While everyone has their own individual taste in art, Santa Barbara offers such a variety and abundance of galleries, artisan shops and local event. It is one of the best places to shop for art around. If you’re looking for a gift for someone with an eclectic, laid-back style, search the galleries in the Funk Zone for unique pieces by modern artists and plenty of antique shops. For crafts, glassware, sculptures, and much more, check out the Sunday Art Walk along Cabrillo Boulevard; we’re sure you won’t leave empty-handed!
For the beach-lovers in your life, why not bring home the perfect California souvenir from your trip? With tons of great surf shops everywhere you go, you’ll find unique bikini boutiques here that you can’t find anywhere else.
We love giving a fresh bag of coffee beans as a hostess gift, to those we work with, and anyone on your list looking for a little caffeine kick to start the new year. The Santa Barbara Roasting Company not only comes in cute packaging, but is a local favorite in SB. Known for rich, flavorful beans that make mornings extra special, stop by their Downtown location while you’re here and bring some home when you go!