Curated gifts: Check out these East Bay gift shops
A local gift boutique can literally be your one-stop shop over the holidays. When you want to fill various stockings with thoughtfully crafted items that will knock various people’s socks off, it’s all about quality and creativity. Because, like they say, it’s the little things that can make the biggest impact, so don’t stress about size and cost when you can opt for lovely (and preferably) locally made goods that are both artisanal and affordable.
Let these BARTable East Bay gift shops make your long list of recipients feel short and easy. From common items like candles and clothing accessories, to one-of-a-kind art pieces and fashionable trinkets, there’s usually something for everyone—naughty and nice.
Viv & Ingrid
2142 Oxford St, Berkeley, 4-min walk from Downtown Berkeley Station
What started out as a design studio in Downtown Berkeley in 2011 has since evolved into a highly reputable boutique. With a focus on creating “little luxuries,” Viv & Ingrid carries its signature Berkeley-made Viv & Ingrid jewelry, Oakland chocolates and SF home and beauty accessories. Plus, you won’t even have to put a ribbon on it because they will: just as artistic personalized gift wrapping is available. Adding even more incentive to shop at Viv & Ingrid, the community-minded boutique is committed to donating a portion of profits to local and international nonprofits.
2 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda, 6-min walk from Orinda Station
Sanvitalia is Orinda’s answer when you want to transform any home and garden with enchanting accoutrements. From succulent arrangements to cookbooks to artistic kitchenware to jewelry, this multifaceted store fully stocks its shelves with a wide assortment of goods to satisfy myriad shopping needs. Running low on time or decorative papers? Complimentary gift wrapping adds to the ease of purchasing from this spot that’s conveniently located in Orinda Theatre Square.
Oo La La
386 17th St, Oakland, 3-min walk from 19th St/Oakland station
The name says it all. Because you most likely can’t gift a trip to Paris, Oo La La brings Parisian flare to you. When you’ve come to the place where Eiffel Tower-themed decor prevails on 17th Street, you’ve made it to your destination. Color (and more color) is the call at this Uptown Oakland shop, where you’ll discover accessories you never realized you couldn’t live without. Vibrant shawls, art-laden flasks, clothing, shoes and even home ornaments fill the cozy storefront that blooms with alluring charm through the storefront window.
5640 College Ave, Oakland, 1-min walk from Rockridge Station
Just across the street from Rockridge Station on College Avenue, Maison D’Etre houses accessories for the home that have been carefully selected by local owners Patty Brunn and Fred Womack. Yes, you can expect all the elegance of candles, fragrances and decorative knick knacks, but there are also more pragmatic products for kids, pets and daily life (think pajamas and kitchenware). Whether it’s a quirky (fashionable) European trinket to impress a gift recipient or a functional find for your own home, Maison D’Etre caters to many kinds of treasure hunts.