9 Shops for Unique Gifts in Carmel Valley, San Diego

The only thing that makes giving the perfect gift more satisfying is buying it from a local business. Here in San Diego’s Carmel Valley, there are several local businesses offering unique gifts that will make birthdays, weddings, or holidays extra special. Check out our 9 favorite Carmel Valley gift shops and boutiques for one-of-a-kind presents.

The Perfect Pineapple

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You have to check out this adorable gift shop at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. The Perfect Pineapple sells fabulous hostess gifts and home accessories for all of your entertaining and gifting needs! From kitschy to classy, there’s a unique gift for every occasion.

Address:
5980 Village Way #103
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 324-6218
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Mint Studio

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Mint Studio is a pinterest-inspired DIY studio that makes it easy to be creative with all the tools, materials, and professional crafters to help you along the way. Drop in to craft a custom gift for someone special, or give one of Mint Studio’s workshops as a gift. From candle-making and macrame, to custom wood signs and wreaths, there are tons of fun classes at Mint Studio. View the schedule at https://mintstudiosd.com/workshops/

Address:
5965 Village Way #105
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 348-1778
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Tre Boutique

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Tre Boutique specializes in sophisticated and savvy clothing and accessories from top boutique designers. This family-owned business is run by sisters Sheree and Rochelle and has three fantastic locations in San Diego County (Del Mar, Encinitas, and Carmel Valley). Tre Boutique's beautiful clothing and jewelry make lovely gifts.

Address:
5980 Village Way b104
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 847-2760
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Le Dimora

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"Le Dimora" means "the dwelling" in Italian, and that's what this store celebrates with their unique collection of fine home furnishings, accessories and interior design services. You’ll want to wander around Le Dimora's beautiful showroom for hours. It’s a great place to pick up a generous housewarming gift or wedding present. 

Address:
13470 Highlands Pl
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 261-0600
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Overload

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If you’ve got kids (or adults) who love skateboarding style, Overload in Carmel Valley is the place to find skateboarding sneakers, streetwear, and skateboard decks. Located at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, this is the second location for Overload, with the original founded in 2,000 in North Park.

Address:
5965 Village Way #106
San Diego, CA 92130
(619) 600-5659
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CeramiCafe

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CeramiCafe is a paint-your-own ceramic studio when you can choose from over 500 ceramic items to paint, ranging from $5-$60. They provide all the materials and have no studio fees. It’s a great way to make a custom gift like a hand-painted bowl, mug, or figurine, and it also makes a fun gift to give to someone so they can paint their own. CeramiCafe is open to all ages and is fantastic for families and parties.  

Address:
3435 Del Mar Heights Rd
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 259-9958
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Mabel's

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Mabel’s is owned by three sisters who grew up locally in San Diego and are Torrey Pines High School alumni. They’ve got three locations in San Diego County (Solana Beach, 4S Ranch and Carmel Valley) where you can shop for stylish clothing, jewelry, shoes, and gifts for women, babies and mothers-to-be. They carry brands like Trina Turk, Sanctuary, Free People, Paige, Citizens of Humanity, Kickee Pants, Barefoot Dreams, Mayoral, Kai and many more. 

Address:
5965 Village Way
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 847-2550
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Urban Girl

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Urban Girl invites you to #shoplocal by specializing in products and gifts that are locally made in California and the USA. From clothing to candles and candy, Urban Girl is an eclectic shop with fun items for the entire family. You can also feel good about shopping there, as many of their products are "Give Back", supporting a good cause. 

Address:
5965 Village Way #102
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 901-1963
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Boutiques at Del Mar Highlands Town Center

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Del Mar Highlands Town center has several fun boutiques offering quality clothing, footwear, and accessories. You could spend an entire day browsing these adorable shops at Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Here are a few below:

Reasons to Shop Local

An article from USA Today said that for every $100 you spend in a local small business, $68 stays in your community, compared to only $43 at a local branch of a chain store. Buying local supports your community, reduces environmental impact, and offers unique and one-of-a-kind options. So instead of going to a department store or big-box retailer, purchase your next gift from a small business in Carmel Valley, San Diego.