Holiday Gift Guides

Throughout the 2018 holiday season, we are publishing Gift Guides to help you shop, dine, and play here in Oakland.

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Home for the Holidays
Publish date: November 1

Whether you’re entertaining for the holidays, looking for the perfect gift, or just wanting to spruce up your own home, this Guide showcases products sold or made in Oakland. From décor to lighting, textiles to furniture, and service ware to storage, Oakland delivers unique style for the modern California home.


Holiday Food & Drink
Publish date: November 8

The challenge in Oakland is deciding between which amazing restaurants, wine cellars, breweries, and coffee shops to experience. It’s an impossible task, but we’ll break down our favorite places to visit during the holidays as well as memorable food and drink gift ideas.

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The Gift of Art
Publish date: November 11

This Guide will help you navigate the exciting, yet complex task of gifting art. Not only do you want to consider the aesthetics of the lucky recipient, but you will also need to think through framing, shipping, and installation. And, we’ll spotlight some unique art immersion experiences in Oakland for groups and families — a truly memorable gift.


Plaid Friday
Publish date: November 15

Friday, November 23, the day after Thanksgiving, is the busiest shopping day of the year. As an alternative to supporting mega-retailers and out-of-town malls, Oakland merchants invite you to shop, dine, and stroll with your neighbors, keeping every dollar local. Have a truly enjoyable the shopping experience while also taking advantage of the big sales, promotions, yummy treats, and holiday festivities that Oakland businesses are planning just for you.


Small Business Saturday
Publish date: November 19

Saturday, November 24, is national Small Business Saturday. It’s a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Sure, we do this every day of the year at Oakland Grown. But on this special day, shops will offer big sales and promotions, which we will preview in this Guide so you can plan ahead.

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Cyber Monday
Publish date: November 20

Monday, November 26, is Cyber Monday, where retailers offer online-only sales. [Introverts, we’re looking at you with this Guide to Oakland’s deals.] Online shopping is a great way to buy local with the bonus of having the gift wrapping and shipping taken care of by the seller. If you prefer navigating Oakland’s many offerings from the comfort of your couch, this is the perfect Guide to help you check off your gift list.


Giving Tuesday
Publish date: November 21

Tuesday, November 27, is Giving Tuesday, where in the true spirit of the holiday season, charities are supported through donations by merchants and residents alike. This year, Oakland Grown is collaborating with to buy supplies for the Oakland Public Schools. Along with this giving opportunity, in our Guide we’ll spotlight what other folks in the community are doing to help lift Oakland in a meaningful way.


Kids and Pets
Publish date: December 6

Don’t tell us that kids are different than pets! This Guide is for the ones we pamper the most in our lives. Home goods, spa experiences, treats, clothes, play-things, and more, all offered by Oakland shops, makers, and service providers for the critters we love.

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Town Pride Apparel
Publish date: December 9

Back by popular demand, we have our top picks of “Oakland” inspired apparel from Oakland retailers, designers, and makers. We were exhausted putting it together, but it is by no means an exhaustive list because Oakland is busting at the seams with Town pride. Our free online Concierge Service’s number one inquiry is gift ideas for folks who love them some Oakland; now we have a guide to send to people. You’re welcome!


Last Minute Gifts
Publish date: December 14

You waited too late for custom-made gifts, but you still want to give unique and meaningful gifts this holiday season. This Guide will feature Oakland’s best options for stocking stuffers, greeting cards, fun doodads, and gifts that will wow. We will also suggest neighborhoods where you can get something for everyone within a few blocks, because, hurry!


New Year’s Eve
Publish date: December 19

Oakland’s nightlife scene offers something for everyone. From world-class jazz at Yoshi’s, mega-headliners at the Fox, to local rock icons at the Uptown, we’ll help you find your best way to celebrate the New Year. After all, the end of 2018 is something everyone can find reason to celebrate.


Self Care in the New Year
Publish date: January 1

After a season of giving, this Guide will inspire you toward some well-deserved self care. The family have gone back home, the holiday parties are over, and now is the perfect time to hit the reset button. Rejuvenate the body and soul for a happy and healthy 2019.

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