These concrete trays are a great addition to any room of the house. | Photo via Etsy
Pop quiz, San Diegans. What’s better than shopping local? For 100 points: Shopping local from the comfort of your own home,of course. Not only is it one of the best ways to support the local economy, butlocally-crafted gifts tend to wow during the holidays (a big win in our book).
To kickstart your holiday shopping, we’ve rounded up 18 products we love from local Etsy shops — some of which hold the coveted Star Seller badge that’s given to sellers who consistently earn 5-star reviews, ship orders on time, and provide great customer service, aka less holiday stress for you.
Psst — Some of these items may sell out quickly due to limited quantities. Click on the link to the Etsy seller’s page to find something similar.
🎁 Under $25
Mug with custom phrase($19+) | Your coffee or tea-loving friend will love this white ceramic mug with a hand-painted phrase waiting at the bottom of the cup. | Style Dahlia
Holidays at LEGOLAND | Through Sunday, Jan. 8| 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Legoland, One Legoland Dr., Carlsbad | $89-$119 | Meet holiday characters and check out a 30-ft Christmas tree made entirely of LEGOs — with 400+ LEGO ornaments and lights.
Social Distortion | Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Nov. 26 | 7 p.m. | The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., San Diego | $39.50 | Rock out with the longtime SoCal punk band.
Saturday, Nov. 26
Surfin’ Santa | Saturday, Nov. 26 | 1-5 p.m. | Seaport Village, 849 W Harbor Dr, San Diego | Free | Decked out in board shorts + a Hawaiian shirt, this SoCal-style Santa will arrive by watercraft to kick off the holiday season at the landmark.
Sing-a-Along A Sound of Music | Saturday, Nov. 26 | 2 p.m. | Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., San Diego | $35 | Sing-along to the classic at this interactive film experience — don’t worry, the lyrics are on the big screen.
Sunday, Nov. 27
Chunky Knit Friends | Sunday, Nov. 27 | 1-2:30 p.m. | AR Workshop Coronado, 1033 B Ave., Ste. 101, Coronado | $35 | Create a gnome or snowman just in time for the holidays at this crafty workshop.
Peggy Gou | Sunday, Nov. 27 | 8 p.m. | Soma San Diego, 3350 Sports Arena Blvd Ste. I, San Diego | $39.50 | The South Korean DJ + record producer drops beats.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
How ‘bout that holiday warm-up? The National Weather Service says San Diego County can expect “full sunshine” today, with some Santa Ana winds. There’s a Wind Advisory in effect through 1 p.m. tomorrow for local valleys and mountains, including along Interstate 8. ☀️ (National Weather Service)
Sunrise + Sunset
Rise: 6:27 a.m.
Set: 4:44 p.m.
Low: 2:19 a.m. + 3:50 p.m.
High: 8:38 a.m. + 10:16 p.m.
Water Temperature: 60º
San Diego County offices — including family resource centers, animal shelters, and libraries — will be closedtoday + tomorrow for the Thanksgiving holiday. All county-operated COVID-19 vaccination sites will be closed today-Sunday, resuming normal hours on Monday, Nov. 28. 🗓️
A “Ted Lasso”-inspired billboard on Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach has locals buzzing. The yellow sign features a pep talk from the fictional coach to San Diego native Luca de la Torre, one of the 26 players on the US Men’s National Team competing in the World Cup. We think Lasso nailed the local vibes. 🏄 (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Happy Thanksgiving. However you celebrate, make today a day of rest, reflection, and community. We here at SDtoday are thankful for our city, and the fact that there’s always plenty to talk about. 🦃
Flavortown, USA. An episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” airing at 9 p.m. tomorrow features Guy Fieri’svisit to two San Diego hotspots. He checks out the “next-level shawarma” at Shawarma Guys food truck in South Park, and the bone marrow tacos at Tuetano Taqueria at Old Town Urban Market. 📺
Kansas City Barbeque —the iconic “Top Gun” bar in downtown San Diego — will offer free Thanksgiving dinners to active-duty military service members today, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The bar has upheld this tradition for the past 38 years and yes, the piano where Goose jammed is still there. 🍗 (San Diego Union-Tribune)
County Parks and Recreation wants locals to celebrate “Green Friday” tomorrow by swapping shopping for outdoor experiences. The department’s family-friendly activities include a 3-mile loop hike at the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Preserve, a dam tour at Otay Lakes County Park, or stargazing at Sycamore Canyon. 🌄
Ashley Milo, supervisor at the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility, is offering a few Thanksgiving pet safety tips. Milo suggests creating a safe space — like a quiet room — for your pets to retreat to during the busy and potentially stressful holiday gatherings, and reminding your guests to not feed table scraps to your pets. 🐶
If you love this newsletter (and supporting local) as much as we love strolls in Nate’s Point Park, morning lattes from Nostalgia Coffee + Saturdays spent brunching at Hash House A Go Go (which is a lot) — we’ve got something for you: SDtoday just launched a membership program. Learn more + sign up. 🎉
Plants and gardening supplies? Check. | Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 26. What started as an American Express campaign in 2010 to inspire consumers to shop locally has become an annual tradition that’s celebrated nationally. We’ve rounded up a few ways to shop small + local.
🪴 North Park Nursery, 2335 University Ave., North Park This locally-owned and operated shop offers a plethora of plants and gardening supplies.
I’m also counting my blessings for my family, friends, and co-workers — especially my co-editor, Michael. We love putting together this newsletter for you and we’re thankful for your readership and support every day. 💜
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