The best places to shop for Mother’s Day in San Diego

The best places to shop for Mother’s Day in San Diego
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San Diego’s best place to shop for Mother’s Day gifts range from neighborhood cycling shops and records stores to trendy boutiques and antique warehouses. The southernmost city of California has something for every mom or mother figure. Maybe your mom’s taste in gifts never ceases to be an enigma, or maybe she’s flexible and would love anything. Regardless, the following list covers places to shop for Mother’s Day in various neighborhoods around San Diego, and if you can’t decide on a specific gift you can buy her an experience or a gift card.

For the thrifty mom

La Loupe Vintage – Normal Heights, San Diego

Thrift stores scatter the San Diegan sprawl of neighborhoods and highways with eclectic selections of clothing and random items from different eras, but La Loupe Vintage will most likely please the average Californian mom.

Filled with clothes reminiscent of your mom’s youth, La Loupe Vintage will transport her back to the flowers of the 70s and the hokey textures of the 80s. Not fond of her childhood? La Loupe Vintage also has a carefully curated selection of new clothing. Treat her to an afternoon of fashion shows or pick out a cute pair of overalls.

Ocean Beach Antiques – Ocean Beach, San Diego

We all know someone who drools over antiques. Maybe it’s your mom, your grandpa, your girlfriend or best friend. Home to San Diego’s largest selection of antiques, Ocean Beach Antique District bustles with people hunting for fun finds in the never-ending stacks of furniture, clothes and other miscellaneous items. If you can’t find something in one of the Ocean Beach antique stores, then you might as well call it a day and take your mom out to brunch.

For the bejeweled mom

The Handmade Revolution – Various locations, San Diego

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Handmade jewelry in local neighborhood shops attract everyone searching for a cute pair of earrings or a minimalist necklace to show off their décolletage. San Diego wins when it comes to beautiful boutiques full of trinkets.

A gaggle of crafty pals began The Handmade Revolution to host trunk show events with handmade upcycled jewelry and accessories. They host trunk shows in neighborhoods like South Park and Barrio Logan. Not able to find an event? Check Communal Coffee’s South Park location for a small selection of handcrafted earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more.

For the floral mom

Allen’s Flowers & Plants – Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

When in doubt, flowers. Who wouldn’t want fresh blooms to brighten their day? Lauded as the best florist in San Diego for 10 consecutive years, Allen’s Flowers & Plants opened over three decades ago. A station wagon housed the original location. They love arranging customized bouquets for different occasions. Allen’s sources its blooms from local suppliers to ensure fresh merchandise and to support local businesses. Make sure to check out the cards, candles and other themed gifts.

For the sporty mom

Ocean Beach Surf and Skate Shop – Ocean Beach, San Diego

It’s San Diego, after all! Many moms obsess over their collections of skateboards and surfboards. Why not add to the pile or find a related accessory to support their fitness and hobby? If she’s always wanted to catch a wave, but hasn’t mustered the courage to try, book her a lesson at Ocean Beach Surf and Skate Shop.

For the trendy mom

Kiko & Sven – Normal Heights, San Diego

The amount of trendy little boutiques in San Diego astounds visitors and locals alike. Yes, most of them have a color scheme of marble, rose gold and millennial pink. Residents of Normal Heights love Kiko & Sven, an embodiment of the aforementioned trendy boutique, for the trendy selection of jewelry, candles, plants, clothes and other goods from all over the world. Pick out something for your mom or take the easy route and purchase an e-gift card.

For the bibliophile mom

Verbatim Books – North Park, San Diego

Used and rare books hide on shelves for your discovery at Verbatim Books, an independent bookstore in North Park. Bring your books to sell or trade at Verbatim Books for a gift for your mom. Find that New York Times Bestseller she’s had on her reading list forever.

For the caffeinated mom

Better Buzz Coffee – Hillcrest, San Diego

Moms have it hard. Kids will suck the life from your mind and your body (though hopefully raising you gave her joy). Keep your mom caffeinated and energized with a gift card to Better Buzz Coffee, a beloved coffee shop with enormous drinks to start her day or give her an afternoon pick-me-up. The spacious Hillcrest location boasts high ceilings, ample seating and a mouthwatering menu.

For the musical mom

FeeLIT – Downtown, San Diego

More and more people own turntables or record players for nostalgia and high-quality sound production. Check out FeeLIT for a jamming selection of vinyl records to add to your musical collection. The small shop found its home in downtown San Diego and now houses an excellent collection of both new and used vinyl records, local artwork and apparel. While many record stores cater to specific genres or types of music-lovers, FeeLIT has something for every mom. They also host live music events, so take your mom out for the night to enjoy local bands and musicians.

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