Virtual Holiday Shopping Guide

Does your holiday shopping list feature a cast of characters, but you’ve run low on bandwidth and thoughtful gift ideas? Let us help. Since virtual shopping is the suggested way to go this year, we’ve rounded up some virtual shopping sites (mostly from local sources) where you can knock out that list and be creative and thoughtful at the same time. As a bonus, much of what you will find here supports small business who will directly benefit from your purchases. Shop on!

Editor's note: all event images that appear in this article are from past years and have gone virtual for 2020.

Berkeley HolidaysThe lights down Fourth Street. Photo courtesy Visit Berkeley.

Berkeley Holidays Gift Guide

From our friends at Visit Berkeley comes a holiday gift guide that shares hand-selected gift ideas from local favorites and selections from Berkeley's own small businesses. You'll find picks for the home, for the foodie, for the kids (or the kid in you), for the fitness guru, and beyond. Take a peek, find your picks and #DISCOVEREDinBERKELEY.

Keep Oakland AliveImage courtesy of Keep Oakland Alive.

Keep Oakland Alive has teamed up with Oakland’s most beloved businesses so you can shop their goods in one cart and with free delivery. It’s simple to shop local this year and, while at it, helping Oakland small businesses thrive through the pandemic and beyond!

The CruciblePhotos courtesy of The Crucible.

The Crucible Virtual “GIFTY

Continuing to keep it local, Oakland’s The Crucible knew it was important to makers and small businesses to carry-on with the 17-year-long tradition of “GIFTY”, their annual craft show. Check out the site featuring online shopping along with information on participating vendor exclusives and curbside pick-up days.

ShopDine 49Image courtesy of Shop & Dine in the 49.

Shop & Dine in the 49

Heading to the other side of the Bay where, traditionally this time of year, Shop & Dine in the 49 would host "Pop Up Shops" at San Francisco City Hall. Offering wares from local artisans and makers for holiday shopping, this year they've made it easy to shop the pop-up with the same vendors virtually from your own home. Check out the site and have fun selecting special and unique gifts while continuing to support local small business. 

Great DickensPhoto courtesy of The Great Dickens Christmas Fair.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Vendors

While the Great Dickens Christmas Fair has gone virtual, so has its vendor shopping. We encourage you to support the Dickens Christmas Fair arts community by bringing delight into your world with these unique wares handcrafted by generations of talented and dedicated craftspeople.

Faultline ArtspaceImage courtesy of Faultline Artspace.

Faultline Artspace hosts 10xTEN Art Show

Faultline Artspace is an East Oakland organization that provides a workspace for local artisans, and around this time of year, typically open their space for an art show for holiday shopping. Since this year is different, they've partnered with 10xTEN to host a virtual art show featuring 100 talented and creative women artists from the Bay Area. The event will run throughout the holidays on Faultline Artspace's Instagram account.

SonsonPhoto courtesy of Sonson.

BARTable Face Masks

When it comes to picking out your daily attire, masks are the number one priority right now. Give the gift of giving and support Bay Area businesses with a collection of sites offering their mask wares.

BART New Boi BrioBrio compatible, the "New Boi" wooden train is now available on Rail Goods. Photo courtesy of SFBART.

Rail Goods

This list would not be complete without including the Rail Goods online store. BART and Capitol Corridor launched the online store in July and since then, have added numerous products and swag to its offerings. There you will find branded socks, sweatshirts, masks, baby swag and the very exciting brand-new BART New Boi and BART to Antioch Brio Scale Wooden Train cars.

German Holiday MarketPhoto courtesy of The Patch.

German Holiday Market

This year, the German Holiday Market has gone virtual. The site will simulate the look and feel as if you are visiting an actual German Holiday Market with shopping, information and videos that share the Weihnachtsmarkt traditions and the Gemütlichkeit of the season. The event will run through Dec. 20 and can be accessed here

Etsy HolidaysPhotos courtesy of Etsy.

Etsy Holiday Shop

Making the gifts thoughtful, the décor beautiful, and the celebrations meaningful, continue supporting the small business community and visit the Etsy site. There you will find one-of-a-kind gifts and offers from small businesses around the world supporting the theme “we are all in this together.”

Renegade CraftPhoto courtesy of Renegrade Craft, Fort Mason 2019 show. 

Renegade Craft

Building creative community since 2003, Renegade Craft is a curated marketplace for artists, designers, doers, and dreamers. What began as a grassroots market, has blossomed into one of the broadest craft online showcases in the world with an expansive artist collective. This online shop features a curated selection of beautiful, handmade goods that are sure to please gift givers and receivers alike!

Let's get social. 

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