While nothing compares to the joy of being on vacation, one of the most exciting prospects of traveling is finding a unique treasure to bring home and remind you of the trip for years to come. Although you might have to leave the gorgeous beaches of Santa Barbara behind, we’ve rounded up some of the best souvenir shops in town so that you might be able to bring a piece of the city with you.
Here’s our guide for where to find the best gifts in SB:
Plum Goods has been voted the best gift shop in Santa Barbara by the Independent newspaper for five years in a row; one step in the door and you’ll understand why. The store corrals a beautiful assortment of local goods and prioritizes ethically-made products above all else. Here you’ll find unique accent pieces for your home, hand-made jewelry, eco-friendly clothing and much more.
Plum Goods. 909 State Street. 805 845 3900.
The Santa Barbara Company specializes in elevated gift-baskets that feature local goods as well as food and wine from SB. Far from the standard cheese and crackers, these baskets are personalized by each customer to reflect your own taste and preferences and can be assembled either in store or ahead of time over the phone. They make for the perfect present for someone special or even to take home and enjoy yourself!
The Santa Barbara Company. 214 E Victoria Street. 805 845 3700.
Vices & Spices is one of those shops that instantly transports visitors somewhere else. Featuring not only teas and coffees, the store owners collect gifts from around the world, including jewelry, books, gorgeous greeting cards and home goods. As a bonus, this spot has been a local, family-run business opened for decades and is beloved by the community for maintaining its worldly and cultured ambiance.
Vices & Spices From Around the World. 3558 State Street. 805 687 7196.
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art Store is an excellent place to shop for gifts for friends or family, as well as for fun souvenirs to bring back for yourself. The store offers merchandise specific to the SBMA permanent exhibitions, but also sells unique gifts for kids and the home. Whether you’re looking for a new, elegant coffee table book, an off-beat baby present or a handmade necklace, this is where you head.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Store. 1130 State Street. 805 884 6454.
The Blue Door, located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s trendiest neighborhood The Funk Zone, is an immense store filled with a stunning collection of antique home decor. Offering three floors of both new and vintage items, visitors often find themselves lost in the thrill of shopping for the perfect piece to bring home. With so much variety and style, we recommend making this a stop on your next trip if you’re looking for a truly unique souvenir!
The Blue Door. 4 E Yanonali Street. 805 364 5144.