Unique Gift Ideas from Long Beach with Love
2009-12-10 · By Barbara Holbrook
They say, in gift-giving it’s the thought that counts. So, what are you thinking? Start with these unique gift ideas and you’ll earn a reputation as the holiday hero — the one that always knows just what to give.
Singing telegrams, handmade goodies, unexpected shopping locations and gift ideas for the adventurous — whether you’re playing secret Santa or need to find a sleigh-load of presents, this list of gift ideas will help you shop local and stay within budget.
Shop Local AND Handmade
Handmade gifts have a personal touch that mass produced items just can’t compare to. Although it can be hard to find handmade in retail chains, there are places in Long Beach you can visit to get your fill of crafty goodness. Several of the farmer’s markets include arts or craft vendors. Try the Marina Market on Saturday or the Long Beach Sunday Market in Cal Heights.
Another great place to find unique gifts of the handmade variety are at craft fairs. For holiday shopping in Long Beach visit the LB Craft Mafia Holiday trunk show Dec 12 or the LBPopUpShop Dec 18-20.
Unique Gifts That Make Merry
How about a singing telegram? For just $10 the Golden Sands Chorus will call anyone, anywhere in the country to deliver a holiday greeting in beautiful acapella four-part harmony. On Saturday, December 19, the choir will deliver your choice of song and message via telephone. If they can’t contact the recipient directly, they will leave a memorable, musical message on their answering machine or voicemail. Contact Corrine Ocon at (562) 984-0017 or order online at the golden sands chorus website.
Kids will love their very own phone call from Santa. For just $10, Santa Al will call your child (or anyone else) and chat for 5 minutes. This is a unique idea that makes me wish I were a kid again! What a fun way to help a child “believe” just a little bit longer. You can schedule the call on the day of your choosing, just be sure to book ahead because Santa stays pretty busy this time of year.
The Gift of Downtown Long Beach
The Downtown Gift Card is good at more than 75 restaurants and merchants. The universal gift card can be used just like a traditional gift card with the added benefit of discounts at some participating businesses. From 15% off of a meal to discounts on tanning and dental services, the gift card program provides significant incentives to gift-givers looking to stretch their shopping dollar and support local businesses. For more information visit downtownlongbeach.org.
Unexpected Treasures from Unusual Places
Can’t brave another trip to the mall? Cross off your shopping list with a visit to the museum gift shop. Long Beach has several hidden gems filled with unexpected treasures and no crowds! Try the gift shop at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, Rancho Los Cerritos or even the Aquarium of the Pacific. Most places will let you buy gifts even if you don’t have a ticket to the attraction.
Think Outside the Gift Box
Is your recipient adventurous? Perhaps you should consider a gift as big as the whole outdoors. There are lots of places in Long Beach to have an adventure. Plan a day of fun, then when it’s time to exchange gifts present your itinerary! Also known as “experience gifts,” this type of present is more about trying something new or fulfilling a secret fantasy. Some experience gifts in Long Beach could be: a helicopter tour or flying lessons, or on the tamer side a party ticket on the Big Red Bus, a Segway tour or trip on the Rubber Duck.