Santa Barbara, California is a coastal gem located in Southern California, knitting together a laid-back coastal vibe, the Golden State's Spanish influence, an environmental focus, and an upscale feel that few places can manage all at once. If you're looking for unique, local souvenirs to bring back for yourself or as gifts from your trip to Santa Barbara, we have the inside scoop! From hand-crafted leather goods to sustainable shoes meant to last, here's our guide to Santa Barbara shopping. Let's get started!
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Plum Goods, located in the heart of Santa Barbara, offers a wide selection of unique, eco-friendly, locally-crafted, and fair-trade souvenirs that anyone would enjoy. Find everything from candles to jewelry to art!
Santa Barbara Gift Baskets
Santa Barbara Gift Baskets has been curating beautiful selections of local goods for over 13 years, and they operate with a strict policy: "If we wouldn't gift it to our friends and family, we wouldn't gift it to yours!" If you're looking for a perfect unique local gift for work, your family, or a holiday, this is the perfect place to order from.
Loveworn is located in the Funk Zone of Santa Barbara, so you can simply walk over after spending your day wine tasting and dining in the area. This unique Santa Barbara clothing brand features vintage denim Levis, hand-screened T-shirts, artisan cashmere, and more!
A pair of Seavees sneakers has to be on your Santa Barbara shopping list. Established in 1964, SeaVees epitomizes the laid-back style of the Southern Californian coast. All about comfortable style and getting to your next adventure. Another benefit? SeaVees is a 1% For the Planet member, donating 1% of its revenue yearly to an environmental cause.
Handlebar Coffee Roasters
Handlebar Coffee Roasters is a Santa Barbara local favorite. Find students studying in the sunny coffee shop, or friends catching up on the sunny patio. Handlebar was started by two former professional cyclists (hence the name) who switched their game to bringing the best micro-roasted coffee to Santa Barbara.
Parker Clay is a Santa Barbara-based boutique featuring leather goods produced in Ethiopia. Founders Ian and Brittany established a skilled leather production team while living and adopting a child in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and now provides over 130 locals with sustainable jobs. Shop beautiful leather bags, sleek wallets, stylish backpacks and much more. Parker Clay is located right across from the Santa Barbara Courthouse lawn, where you can enjoy a picnic in the sunshine!
Make Smith Leather Co.
Make Smith Leather Co. is a family-based leather company that has called Santa Barbara home since the 1950's. With a focus on handmade one-of-a-kind goods, high quality, and artisan techniques, you'll be sure to find a souvenir you'll love for a long time (and you know leather just gets better with age).
Jessica Fosters Confections
"For Jessica Foster, making truffles is an expressive epicurean art". Jessica blends a diverse palate of Belgian chocolates with exotic tea, herbs, and spices, to create the perfect gift to bring home! Try dark chocolate earl grey, milk chocolate cinnamon apple, dark chocolate rose... and so many more flavors!
Twenty-Four Blackbirds sources raw, unroasted cocoa beans and develop unique roast profiles to accentuate each of their flavors (did you know there was so much science involved in artisanal chocolate-making?). Try their rich drinking chocolate, candied cocoa nibs, or truffle sampler!
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