Holiday Season Edition: Oakland Indies Shopping Guide

by | Nov 8, 2019

Special Holiday Season Edition Oakland Indies Shopping Guide 

Whatever the gift-giving challenge, we have the solution: Holiday Season shopping in Oakland! Welcome to our Special Holiday Edition Oakland Shopping Guide. We hope it will serve as your go-to resource for your local Holiday Shopping needs. Everyday, we’ll continue to search for and compile all the Indie sales, classes, parties, and gift ideas that we can find! So, be sure to check back for updates. To date, we think we’ve collected over 60 local indie events. 

And if you have tips, send them our way! Our mission is to inspire you to shop local this Season–even if it’s just a little more often than you have in the past! 

We know it’s that time of year to get into the gift shopping hustle that many of us struggle with or even dread. There are countless reasons why we stress. Maybe, for once, we don’t want to be the aunt who gives the notoriously ugly sweater. Or, our in-laws are impossible because they have everything already. We definitely know our partners inside and out… except when it comes to knowing what they want. And, what does one buy somebody that we don’t even know? Perhaps this is a tight budget time. Finally, it could just be that we just want our recipient to experience great joy as they open their gift.

So skip the e-commerce behemoths, big box giants, and pedestrian national retailers. Instead, you can buy cool, thoughtful, meaningful gifts right here in #oaklandca

When we #buylocal, it’s an economic, social, and environmental investment in ourselves and our city. Most of all, when we #shopoakland, it enriches our own lives and the lives of those around us. May we say it is a gift to each other? Too late, we said it. 

Shopping local is the real Holiday bargain. 

Happy Holidays!


Sarah, Ivetta, and Danielle

Please check directly with the merchants for more information about the event(s) that you’re interested in.

Merchants, this is a FREE service: If you want to add a listing, you can just message us here on our website. It’s that easy!



11/29-12/20. CONTEST Oakland Chamber. #ShopOAKPROUD this season! Enter our #ShopOAKPROUD Photo Contest. It’s as easy as 1-2-3! 1) Post your holiday season pics taken at local Oakland businesses, 2) use hashtag #ShopOAKProud in your post, 3) tag business/location within Oakland city limits where photo was taken to be entered to win two round-trip tickets to any Southwest Air published, domestic destination including Hawaii! A merry band of judges will review entries for the winningest creative expression of Oakland’s 2019 holiday season shopping experience as you shop, savor, sip, and share, and select a winner. Full rules

Oakland Holiday Events, Markets, Craft Fairs, and More

12/19. EVENT. Oakland Art Library is having an event that can help you get ready for the holidays. The event “is featuring “our first ever Holiday Bazaar! We will have several of our Art Library artists set up with tables full of their wares for our holiday shopping. Plus over 30 artists on display with work available to borrow..or buy! We will also have Crooked City Cider!!! in the house pouring drinks for us again. Come for free, RSVP on our website.


12/21. EVENT. ctrlshft collective says “Save the date for our first ever craft fair! Join us on Saturday December 21st from 12-5pm for some holiday and end of the year gifts! Announcing an amazing lineup of local women, queer, and poc artists and creators soon


12/21 11am-5pm Head West Marketplace is hosting its LAST HEAD WEST OF 2019 NOOOOOOO. But yes. So, let’s PACK THE HOUSE (INDOORS) for our final marketplace of the year — giving space for 60+ Makers, Merchants + Mavericks. Location: Peralta Street Warehouses (INDOORS), 2435 Peralta Street | West Oakland. The good stuff: free entry, kid + pet friendly, Neapolitan Pizza by @luciasberkeley, cold drinks by @revivekombucha, hot drinks by, sweet drinks by @harmlessharvest, and sweet treats by @sosbakeshop. It’s a shop small extravaganza with over 60 small brands and local businesses. When we all shop local it is an economic, social, cultural, and environmental investment in our communities! YAY. 


12/22. CAUSE. We love good causes. And while we’re all running around getting ready for the Holidays next week, let’s try and remember the people who need our help in Oaktown. We have so much power to do good, positive things. We all have the power to change the world for the better, one coat at a time.

Upcoming Events in 2020

1/4 11am-4pm. She Win We Win Marketplace is a celebration of women entrepreneurs. They say “shop with your Soul sisters” and we think that is a fantastic idea. There are a lot of talented women preparing for this post Holiday event. We think it will be incredibly uplifting after the hustle of the Holiday Season. 507 55th St. (at Telegraph), Oakland CA, 94609.


1/11 – 1/12 10 – 5pm Oakland Chinatown Lunar New Year Bazaar! The 29th Annual LNY Bazaar is a FREE annual event hosted in the heart of Oakland’s Chinatown on 9th St. and Franklin St. to celebrate Chinese New Year. A live cultural entertainment stage with continuous live performances is featured along with over 80 vendors selling traditional new years decorations??, flowers?, gifts, candies?, and other items of interest. So come on out that weekend to celebrate Chinese New Year (1/25) and buy goodies for you and family and friends


1/20. EVENT. Women’s March Oakland is excited to announce that WMO 2020 is co-hosting with 3 outstanding organizations. First up is @BWOPA. They have been a key partner from the beginning and are returning to co-host #WomensMarchOakland for the 2nd year. Black Women Organized for Political Action activates, motivates, promotes, supports and educates African-American women about the political process, encourages involvement, and affirms their commitment to, and solving of, those problems affecting the African-American community. Stay tuned for more info on our other great co-hosts!


2/23. The Third Annual Black Joy Parade. It’s going to be bigger and even better. More to come but get this event in your calendar!


Holiday Shopping in Oakland: Sales, Events, & Gift Ideas!

Please message us with Oakland Indie Activities so we can add them to our list! 

Merchants A through B

NOW. GIFT IDEAS at 510 Brand visit their shop to celebrate their redesign! We haven’t been by to see their new look but it looks amazing from pictures! While you’re there, you’ll be sure to find any number of Oakland and Bay Area LOVE themed gifts for those who love The Town as much as you do! Right now, we are loving the Crane Deer Collection. Get it? Crane Deer! We’re still chuckling.

12/21 9:30am-2pm. EVENT. 510 Brand is hosting a Pop up event. Super excited about the super jewelry and gifting opportunities. 


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Adventure Toys has really Gouda gift ideas for the kids you love in your life. The ideas make us want to be kids again. Here’s an example: Eeboo’s This Land Is Your Land USA Puzzle takes kids on a road trip through America the beautiful. This 100-piece puzzle features a map of the U.S. bordered by Canada, Mexico and surrounding bodies of water. With a variety of landscapes and landmarks, it’s an educational jigsaw puzzle that helps little ones learn geography. OMG. Lots of toys to stimulate fun learning! 


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Alcatrash. We think Alcatrash is ready for you! And they probably have a gift solution for the non-conformist(s) in your life. We are partial to funny.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. ANNOUNCEMENT. You better get to Alchemy Bottle Shop soon  if you’ve always wanted to shop there but haven’t done so. They’ve just announced that this will be their last holiday season in business. Their priorities have changed and are selling this labor of love (their love or our love–we’re not sure). MASSIVE SALE to be announced. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Impress your friend with a “discerning taste” for spirits. Gift them a rare, hard-to-find, small batch bottle of their favorite libation. It’s easy to do because, if you were to ask us, they’ve reinvented the spirits category. Indeed, each bottle is a work of art. Each small producer is dedicated to their craft. And each makes specialty spirits with a meticulous approach that focuses on quality ingredients and strict adherence to their proven processes. In short, if you take full advantage of what Alchemy Bottle Shop has to offer you can learn, experience, taste, shop, and then enjoy! 


At Alyce on Grand, shop for the woman who has a confident sense of style. When shopping for clothing, this is another cannot miss women’s boutique on Grand Ave. Here, you’ll find is a finely curated collection of local and sustainable brands at very fair prices. What this means, we have discovered, is that the clothes will be of especially high quality, super comfy and cosy, and waaay stylish. The fashions are easy and versatile for any occasion. Lot’s of options to accessorize with jewelry, shoes, sunglasses, and more. If you’re cutting it close to getting that perfect Holiday Season outfit, this might be a place you want to check out. 


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Bay Grape is has some great gift ideas for our wino friends: A Food & Wine Pairings Class Series! It will run for Sundays January 12-February 9 2-3pm. There’s just too much good food and wine to cover in a single class. Each class progresses with info building. The series costs $225. Visit their website to sign up or gift the class pack. Then, there are also the “SELF-CARE” gift baskets, gift bags, Holiday Season stash… we could go on.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Bay-Made is more than that. It’s also You-Made, and Kid-Made. So, if you’re looking for some gift inspirations, they can help. And they’ve put together some beautiful gift baskets too.
Bay-Made specializes in locally made art-i-facts for the home, body, and the creative soul. Jewelry, art, plants, art supplies, home items personal items, candles, art, and more. In short, there are locally made treasures all over the store. Btw, they are always have classes, workshops, and events which would make great gifts, yes?

NOW. GIFT IDEAS. For those who are dedicated to The Town. Go get some Oakland LOVE at Beast Oakland. This shop was borne out of an artist’s love for his city. You’ll find tees, hoodies, tanks, caps, and more. All artfully expressing OAKTOWN LOVE.

12/21. POP UP EVENT. Beast Oakland. Beautiful photography by @freshhfotography will be available this Saturday in our store. Come one come all!

NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Bella Ceramica. There’s this little gem of a shop on Piedmont Ave with an expansive selection of finely made Italian Ceramics. We fell in love with this moose. And the best part of it is owner Claudio Luporini. You’ll want to take him home as a gift too. He’s a one-of-a-kind just like his collection.

NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Bella Vita has some holiday gift shopping inspirations as well. Shop for the kids and find some books, clothes, games, and more. Shop for something for yourself. And it seems they are getting a lot of new merch this week — just in time because it’s the last week of shopping before Christmas!


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Blue Door Beads is a magical place that feeds the creative soul. It’s where the artistically inclined go to “buy beads” only to transform them into beautiful works of personal jewelry, trinkets, and art. So, what a great time to go visit them and find some gifts for the creative makers in your life.

To 12/23. SALE. Blue Door Beads is having a store-made jewelry sale now for all your gift-giving needs! One for you and your bffs. LOVE it.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Buckingham Oakland is the place to stock up on holiday libations for this season’s Festivities. They’ve got an eclectic collection of boozy options. Beer, wine, sparkling wine, liquor, liqueur, mixers, and stuff we’ve never even heard of. Yum.


Merchants C through E

NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Claflin, Thayer & Co. BTW, if you have a leather jacket on your list of things to buy, you need to check this place out. But they have outstanding locally made leather goods. Does anything in the photo inspire you? 


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Cotton Basics. Do you have a loved one who is super picky about their cotton (play on words very intentional). We love the quality and expansive collection of clothing at this shop. It’s the place to stock up on everyday t-shirts and comfy clothes (a.k.a. the essentials for your closet). There is nothing basic about their selection!


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. OMG, why didn’t we think of this? Crown Nine offers something very special for all lovers plotting HOLIDAY PROPOSALS or even just locally designed and crafted Jewelry pieces. Even better, All Vow bands (like the one pictured) are handmade in Oakland with recycled, responsibly sourced vintage diamonds. Either way, they have all sorts of beautiful pieces that say I love you. All in-stock jewelry is available for holiday shipping until December 18th, or in-store pick up until Christmas Eve!


NOW. Gift Ideas. Crush on College get your holiday wardrobe refreshed or do some gift shopping. Whatever the need, they’ve been getting lots of new arrivals. They’re going to be ready to assist you with your gift shopping needs. Thinking about gifting warm sweaters? Cozy and adorable PJs? Statement coats and jackets? They’ve got the expert staff and the hot holiday items that will help you surprise and delight your recipients! Or… do what we do… shop for yourself! LOL.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. The big ticket item idea from Cycle Sport: Right around this time of year everyone is starting their training plans, looking at new bikes, and planning their event list for next year. If you want a new steed under the tree make sure to get the bike ordered by Wednesday the 18th at 3pm. Or, custom builds can take up to 3 months. If you missed the deadline or can’t wait 3 months, how about a last minute gift for that all year cyclist in your list. They have hand built wheels, in stock and ready for the Holidays!


NOW. SALE. Dress Best for Less has wise words from Kris Kringle! And they’ve got a HUGE SALE — BOGO all week on EVERYTHING and 50% off all holiday items! If you have people who care about the planet in your gift circle, we think they’ll love some gifts that profoundly reduce our impact on the environment. 


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Dr. Comics and Mr. Games is a local institution devoted to making life more fun and they have just announced a ton of new comics ARRIVALS.  Yes, life really is a game at this comics, games, and leisure activities emporium in the heart of Piedmont Avenue. If you have comics enthusiasts and avid gamers in your circle, this is the place to shop for them.


12/20 EVENT. GIFT IDEAS. e14 Gallery is a shop packed with Oakland Art, Love, and Spirit. So there are lots of opportunities to find dope gifts for those who love so Oakland dope things. Art, hoodies, tees, jewelry, and other marvelous Oakland art curios. They say, “Join us this Friday for a little sip while you shop!! This holiday season support small business join us in #OldOakland as we celebrate community and support each other. Come shop with us and eat great food in the restaurants nearby.” 

Merchants F through L

NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Field Day and Friends is worth a trip for refreshing the Holiday Season Wardrobe. But also for gift shopping. We loved this idea: “Looking for that perfect stocking stuffer or secret Santa gift? Our Dabble Bag by local apothecary @nievesbodycare has a little dab of all their best selling products, including Cloud of Protection spray, the Balm, Face Fix mask, Bath soak, Vitamin C face oil, & Legs n all body oil. By Nieves was the first apothecary line we carried, and continues to be one of our our personal fave self care lines, and a tried and true crowd pleaser. At $20 the Dabble Bag is sure to delight this holiday season!” 


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Five n Dime Vintage. We think these jackets might be perfect for the vintage Boyfriend or Husband. They just added them to the shop. Or, spice up your Holiday Season wardrobe with these hot a hot red dress. Plus they have so many other gift opportunities.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Flax Art has the ULTIMATE GIFTS FOR ARTISTS and CREATIVES. As they say, “some things are meant to go together, like the @crosspens bailey light fountain pen, matching turquoise and coral inks by @jherbininks, and fountain pen friendly @leuchtturm1917 notebooks.” They’ve been doing this for something like 70 years so they should know.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Gold and Rust is marvelously mid-century modern. It’s definitely the place to go if you want to buy something special for someone who loves this most Californian aesthetic. They’ve got the iconic furniture pieces, lamps, knick knacks, rugs, and other home accessories that will complement any burgeoning collection. And, they’ve got other random surprises like toys, fine yummies, candles, and other artefacts that make thoughtful gift-y items.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Good Neighbor new alpaca colors arrival in throws and blankets. And they’re 100% alpaca. They say that it’s “absolutely the softest thing you will wrap around your body” and so now we want–nay–need one. Oh. And what about these @primecut handbags? I think we’ve got a soft-y theme going on here.


12/19. EVENT. SALE. Great Good Place for Books. Ah, you can’t buy this on the internet. They say, “Please join us this Thursday evening, December 19th, from 6 to 8 PM for our customer appreciation night. We will have festive drinks and treats and 15% off anything you buy that evening. We look forward to seeing you!”


12/13. SALE. GIFT IDEAS. id Oakland Enjoy 15% off! Time to visit this shop on 17th St, iD. It’s for anyone with a discerning taste for men’s or women’s streetwear. Also, super helpful if you NEED to transform a boyfriend or husband’s closet with cooler jeans, jackets, hoodies, t-shirts, shirts, and kicks (sneakers). Style. Loving this hoodie. Is anyone Prada me? LOL. 


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Issues Shop had a dream a little over 10 years ago to bring independent print media to the Oakland community. And here they are on Piedmont Ave living their dream. Speaking of dreams, it is a dream to go there and peruse the (at least) hundreds of magazines that they sell from all over the world. We think the gift of independent print media is a perfect for the independent thinker… from an independent shop… We could go on…


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. It’s Your Move Games has plenty to offer if you have gamers in your life. Check out their new rare and out of print section! Plus all their other games. This place is for Gamers. We really like the idea of buying a “gamer membership”  or “gamer camp” as a gift for your child who just can’t get enough game time. It really is a gift that never stops giving.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. J Miller Flowers has some whimsical handmade redwood tip wreaths for the holidays! And they are Farm fresh daily! Wow. Beautiful.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Lots of options at Kelly’s Corner Kids for the kids 0-12, moms, and mom’s-to-be in your life. They always have great last minute gift buying ideas from a local honey supply from Dragon Egg Farm and mom-care items, to kids books, sock puppets, toys, and clothes.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS & NEWS. Kosa Arts was already a must visit gift shop. And now they have the Two Jacks Denim Outpost visiting as well. Two very good reasons to visit KOSA ARTS. About KOSA: Proprietor, Elaine Hamblin, of Kosa Arts is the matriarch of the marketplace. And, her shop is a mini emporium with an eclectic range of high quality goods, all meticulously curated. We think her mission is to make life more beautiful for her customers.


Merchants M 

NOW GIFT IDEAS. Maker’s Loft is making sure that you have great gifts to give to your loved ones. They are sure to be making it easy for you. And, they’ve got the gifts that will make you and not break you. Okay. The writer is getting a little crazy now. But, you’ll find jewelry, gift baskets, apothecary, home decor, art, and more. It’s truly a treasure hunt.

12/22 3-7pm. EVENT. Maker’s Loft! This is a great opportunity for you and your family (or friends) to get together for a holiday portrait for 2019! They’re partnering with local photographer @xilophotography who will be setting up a Pop-Up Studio in the back room decked out with in Holiday vibez! Each session is 15 minutes of shooting + 1 high resolution image delivered the next day via email. Just in time to share it via social media or text/email and surprise all your loved ones on Christmas Day! Click here to book your session.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Maple Street Denim is so proud to serve Oakland. And quite frankly, we’re so glad to have this classic denim emporium here in The Town. We thank proprietor, Julie Harleman, for having the vision and courage to open this special (and ever so rare) shop. Here’s why: Julie, is a denim aficionado who’s developed a deep expertise through years of work in denim retail. She’s always looking for unique statement labels. She prioritizes makers and brands that are local, sustainable, and crafted-with-care (and love). And she hires knowledgeable and friendly staff that are basically personal stylists. As such, Julie and her team will help you with your personal fit and your individual style. You know what we always say: You can’t buy that on the internet.

And a favorite gift suggestion from Maple Street Denim? Cozy sweatshirts from all their favorite brands: Jungmaven, Naked and Famous, Levi’s, Bridge and Burn and Nudie Jeans Co. We agree.


NOW-12/28. GIFT IDEAS. Mercury20 Gallery just reminded us of one of our favorite gift-giving opportunities. Sure, it’s almost impossible to buy art for another person. But, we think giving the gift of a day of art gallery explorations with your loved one who is inspired by art, is a great plan. Take them on an Oakland Art Gallery tour in search of their next work of art for their personal collection. Enjoy some food and beverages at Oakland’s best indie restaurants too. Is it a date? Here’s the deets for their current show: Installation of the exhibition Truth, Dec 5-28, an upcoming Group Exhibition at Mercury 20. Curated by Leah Virsik and Nick Dong. Reception: Sat. Dec 7th, 4-6 pm. First Friday: Dec.6th 6-9 pm. 

NOW. GIFT IDEAS. As we like to say, Mischief is always up to something! They are a must shop Laurel District Gift Boutique with a wicked sense of humor. They specialize in local makers, artists, artisans, and more and have a wide variety of merchandise. From beautiful jewelry, housewares, home decor, personal items, accessories, and more. You’re bound to find that something for your special person and you’ll have a blast while you shopping.

12/14. EVENT. But, perhaps more importantly, Mischief is getting ready to Holiday Party. Here’s what they have to say about it: This Saturday! We’re hosting our monthly Family Happy Hour, but amping it up a bit for the holidays… We’ll have hot apple cider (with an optional dash of brandy for those over 21), plus hard kombucha, beer, sparkling water, and more… and of course we’ll have a baby and toddler play zone, plus paper ornament crafting and a coloring station for the older kiddos. And let’s not forget that Santa will be making a visit as part of the annual Santa Stroll in the @laureloakland! He’ll swing by between 3-4pm, so come early if the big guy is important to you! And if you can’t make it to the main event, there will be all kinds of other fun stuff happening earlier in the day- like tap dancing christmas trees, and more! Come party with us!

12/21 2-7pm. SALE. EVENT. GIFTS. The Modern Hanger Boutique invites you to their Sip & Shop to celebrate the holidays together! Lots of activities: There will be gift giveaways and raffles! The entire store will be on sale! “Thank you or your continued support! We appreciate you all💋!” Question: Do ecommerce behemoths have Sip & Shop events? Do they really love their customers? It’s a rhetorical question! 

12/21 1-5pm. SALE. GIFT IDEAS. Mody y Vi has some dope ideas for great gift giving and a 50% off SALE! And, they are hosting a SIP N SHOP! So much fun to decide whether to buy a gift certificates which will be perfect for an environmentally conscious woman in your life. Or, another super COOL gift like custom hand painted t-shirts by @tkt_clothing and made for Mod y Vi. Or something else entirely. 


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Mulberry’s Home okay, we all missed the best event ever: Champagne and Shopping! But who wouldn’t want to shop at this guy’s shop that pays homage to the home? Owner, Chad Olcott, is ready for you. If an RBG or Obama Christmas ornaments don’t speak to you, we’re not sure what will. But, if you have homebodies on your gift list, this shop is loaded with exceptional gift options. So, it can potentially be a very productive visit! What do they have? Everything to make your home even more homey-er! 

Merchants N through P

NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Narrative is a Mid-Century Modern time travel emporium. This is the ideal place to shop if you have a mid-century modern lover on your gift list. They say that they are getting great new merchandise in everyday so treasure hunting should be exceptional right now.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Nathan & Co knows the art of gift-giving. They’ll make you a proud gifter this Holiday Season if you let them help you. And, free gift wrapping too!


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Oakland Yard Wine Shop. Okay, we know you want to get us gift. So, we’ll be super thrilled with this gift that keeps on giving: Yep, an OAKLAND YARD Wine Club Membership. Only $42/mo. Choose 1 month, or any duration! Future months not charged until week of releases. Members receive TWO BOTTLES per month (with tasting notes and recipe pairings. Members can enjoy a FREE TASTING at monthly pick up party (first Sunday of the month) as well as 10% OFF ALL BOTTLES to go, 10% OFF All WInes By the GLASS and 10% all TASTINGS & FLIGHTS… always! (with active membership). CALL THEM: (510) 808-5129.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Oaktown Spice Shop has the perfect spicy gifts or stocking stuffers for your Foodie friends and family! “It’s that time of year again! Need the perfect gift for your friend who loves to cook (or to eat)? Pick up one of our gift boxes! We have over twenty different combinations that are sure to delight everyone from the novice cook to the experienced chef.” They’ve got some unique combinations.


ALL THE TIME. SALES at Oo La La Gifts and Accessories Lounge. And this is a place to go if you are looking for well curated, unique, French-inspired gift ideas. Shop Girl Tracey has done all the work to find the perfect gifts so you don’t have to. So fun and chill.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Pollinate Farm is homestead heaven. And you’ll find gifts here for the gardener, food grower, beekeeper, foodie, DIYer outdoor types. 


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Preserved in Temescal offers awesome gift-giving potential for the food obsessed in your gift giving life. They have all sorts of gift ideas for the food preservers hobbyists. Or, they can help you with gifts that preserve the food. Everything is about living a sustainable lifestyle. Get it? Food preservers-preserve the food? OMG. We’re hilarious. Seriously, super cool stuff.


Merchants Q through R

12/20. SALE. Leave it to Queen Hippie Gypsy to have the best sale ever called “I’m Black Every Friday Sale!” Starting on what formally was known as “Black Friday” and each Friday after that. Experience some serious dope Holiday Season Creativity. This is sure to be a very popular Buy One Get One Free event to get your bath salts, incense, sage, crystals, candles, and more. Every Friday they’ll announce the SALE item of the Day. Great gifts or treat yourself! FUN.

NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Queen Hippie Gypsy is working hard on some pretty special gifts. They are creating the most intentional gift sets ever. “Now and for a limited time you can purchase our fully loaded affirmation bundle sets. Our signature sets: I am Courageous 🦁⁣ I am Love ♥️⁣ I am Divine 🤲🏾⁣ I am Peace 🧘🏾‍♀️⁣ I am Healed 💪🏾⁣ I am Wealthy 💸⁣ Gift set includes instructions:⁣ Affirmation prayer candle 🕯 ⁣Spiritual prayer bath 🛁 Affirmation prayer oil, ⁣Healing Crystals, ⁣Handpicked Sage, ⁣Crystal gem bracelet,⁣ 5 Wildberry Incense, ⁣QHG spiritual herbal blend, ⁣1 Goddess oracle card (who will you get?)⁣ all for ⁣ $101 value selling for $85. ⁣To order yours email us at queenhippiegypsy@com ⁣or visit the PayPal link in our bio. ⁣Be sure to include your set selection. ⁣

⁣All intentional gift sets are carefully selected, handcrafted and blessed by store owner and Oracle Lilly. We can have many orders available before Christmas but we will not be able to accommodate all so do not wait! 😄 📣💕⁣”

NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Rare Bird has their own Holiday Gift Guide (which makes this a gift guide within a  gift guide?) and they’ve got a few of their favorite things to tell us about.

Here are some of Erica’s picks. 1) Handmade beaded earrings by @blackbirddagger 2) Ceramic moon cups handmade by @blueotterbotanicals 3) Hand painted pots for your green friends by @momma_pots.

Tracy has a few favorites too. 1) Celestial Prints by Bay Area Artist @elisemahan 2) Flower Cocktail Kit by @drinkyourflowers 3) Oakland themed cards and prints by @doodlesink_designs.

Or how about these ideas from staffer Ruby Beaupre! 1) Spiced Hot Cacao Mix from @curiospice 2) Intention CBD soap from @magicfairycandles 3) Wild yonder bath salts from @wildyonderfamily.

NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Rhythm Bikes has a great idea. Sure it’s not quite biking season but we saw these tot bikes and thought, why not? They’ve got the kids and young adult bikes available now and all bikes come with life time free tune ups!

Merchants S through Z

NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Oh, we just adore these socks from Shoes on Solano are certain that are sure to please all connoisseurs of Holiday attire and/or anyone with a Holiday sense of merriment. Is it a coworker, in-law, or close friend who just NEEDS TO HAVE THESE? Needless to say, Our friends at Shoes will help fit you with your Holiday footwear too. Like these Springstep Stockholm’s are an Italian dream! They caught our eye.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. SOBU Oakland When we visit, all we can say is “ooh, aah.” Best thing to do… if you love artfully designed and lovingly made furniture and other home accessories… they have it. Perhaps, you appreciate a non-big box furniture store. This is it. 


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Spectator Books.OMG Y’ALL these new shirts & totes came out so siiiiiick. Dan, @fax.daily_v4 mixed the perfect pink!!” Why not pick one up as you shop for the book-a-phile (is that a word?) in your life? 


TUESDAYS. SALE. Spoiled Boutique. The Queen of Retail, Mika Mccants has regular SALES on Tuesdays. And if you go shopping there, you might start feeling a little royal yourself. Is it the cream colored Throne with gold accents? Is it the inspired hot pink and gold decor? Or is it the daring clothing and accessories that say “I am a Royal Trendsetter?” Happily, the prices are surprisingly unRoyal. It will be a singular experience to let Queen Micah outfit you for the Holidays!


Standard & StrangeNOW. GIFT IDEAS. Standard & Strange Style up a man in your life. We are in love with this flannel! They say “this jam from The Real McCoy’s is it. Heavyweight, extra-brushed and kittens-belly-fur soft fabric in both red and yellow. Made in Japan using the finest custom-made fabric, labels, buttons under the 8 Hour Union sub-label. They also come pre-rinsed – no significant shrinkage with a cold wash and hang dry.” But they have an extensive collection of the best of Japan, USA, and European brands in jeans, jackets, shoes, boots, and all sorts of manly accessories.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Studio Shoshin has home decor accents like awesome tabletop books. You know the ones — the eye candy that captivates any audience gathered in a well-loved living rooms. Browse the ornaments, vintage candlesticks, and furniture.


To 12/31. SALE & EVENT. Studios Eleven Holiday Art Show & Sale. Peruse the work of talented and dedicated local artists and get some real art from living artists and good deals. Deets: Studio Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12pm to 6pm. Saturday and Sundays, 11am to 6pm. Located in the back of Narrative.


NOW. GIFT IDEA. Thornhill Nursery has the Holiday plant decorations. They’ve got garland, poinsettias, and wreaths. Or how about a Japanese Maple from Oregon. But also consider this scenario: You know nothing about flowers and plants. But you have garden-loving peeps in your life that you want to give joy to. You know what to get them but you just don’t know what to what to get them. You follow? Well go directly to Thornhill Nursery, make your confession to a staff member, and let them help you find a very special botanical gift. And, no. This is in NO WAY a semi-autobiographical story.


To 12/23. SALE. Tootsies Rockridge just announced that they’ll be closing their Tootsies Alameda shop. They are hosting an EVERYTHING MUST GO SALE right now. The Deets: 1 pair @ $25, 2 pair @ $40, 3+ pair @ $20 each


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. NEW pop up Touch Collective continues to gear up for the HOLIDAY SEASON. They are 3 socially conscious self-employed women who want to contribute to the community with their skills and resources. While they host the Pop-Up for the next few months, lots of good things will be happening. They’ll have hair care services and upcycled clothing and jewelry for sale. Plus they’ll show local artists, creatives, makers, and artisans throughout the duration of their event. And, to top it all off, some of the proceeds to their sales will be going to the East Oakland Collective and the Roots Community Center. LOVE IT. Pop up Located at 4727 Telegraph Ave (at Concept 47).


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Transports. Do you have any runners, swimmers, and any other sports enthusiasts in your circle? It might be time to head on over to Transports. It’s kind of like a candy store for athletes. LOL. We think socks for stocking stuffers are a great idea and maybe a little bit funny too. Or maybe, we’ve just been working too hard on our Listing and everything is funny? No need to comment.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Urban Indigo: They are a “must shop” gift shop in oakland. We are loving their new Pendleton slippers that are sure to make fall and winter that much more cozy. They’ve got ornaments, cards, accessories, jewelry, homegoods, locally made goods, and a fantastic sense of humor! We know that we have got to get this Hermey The Elf for one of our Co-founders. You can learn more about Urban Indigo in our NEW OAKLAND INDIES SHOPPING GUIDE. Click here


AS OF 12/13. SALE. Urban University Oakland. Enjoy their HOLIDAY SALE. You’ll get 50% off clothes and 30% off shoes. And they have all sorts of other artisan gifts by local women makers! 

NOW. GOOD CAUSE! Urban University Oakland has just 20 more days to match funding for the start-up of Single Moms at Work 2020, their housing, support, and on-the-job training program. It’s for single mothers departing from public assistance. Click here to support 5 new single moms and our their fabulous social enterprise by contributing to Roll With Me Sky’s The Limit for Single Moms Campaign. Thank You! And you know what? We think giving the gift of a donation is a great Holiday Season Gift for the people who want to change the world in your life!


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Uhuru Furniture awesome furniture, decor, and houseware for an awesome cause. They often have SALES so if you visit them, you may find that you can buy that piece on a deal. Either way though, their prices are a deal.


NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Umami Mart. They have all sorts of gifts that will be loved by those who have an appreciation of Japanese culture. We know that they’ve “brought in some super special sakes for the holidays. And we know that Heavenly Soap Company is THRILLED that their soaps are there! We think that an exclusive gift only available from Umami Mart is waiting for someone in your circle.


12/15 11am-3pm. EVENT. Wild Child is hosting an art opening this Sunday. Join them for a Holiday Market and Reception for @hdot1111. Complimentary drinks and snacks while you hang out. See the new collection of #sumiink and #goldleaf paintings from Sarah Dot. Plus some fun vendors will be out front including @heartwoodconnections, @frostyburns, @infinite.bloom, and @mostchoicebitters. It’s going to be a great opportunity to find some original gifts for your truly original friends.


12/15, 12/20, 12/24 10am-2pm. CAUSE!. Walden Pond Books has one more reason to shop at this old-school bookstore institution. Except it is not an “institution.” It is a beautiful old bookstore with much character, creaking floors, stacks of books, and a lot of gifty items. And, on these days, they’ll GIFT WRAP FOR YOU! Bookstore staff-member Angela will be wrapping presents right outside the store for a fee of $5.00. All proceeds go to Friends of Oakland Animal Services @oaklandanimalservices to help fund veterinary care for injured animals, shelter housing and facility improvements, adoption and fostering outreach. Donate here


Oakland Independents: Workshops, Classes, and Other Events

Every single week our Oakland Indies host valuable events for creative and active souls who want to broaden their knowledge, discover new talents, or hone their skills! They teach us and they entertain us. You know what we alway say: #youcantbuythatontheinternet.

Regular Events

WINE TASTINGS: Every week, many local independent wine merchants host WINE TASTING EVENTS. Wow! It’s better than having to  drive 2 hours ++ and you get to experience more variety. Check with a shop near you like: Bay Grape, Downtown Wine Merchants, Farmstead Cheeses and Wines, Minimo Wine Shop, Oakland Yard Wine Shop, and Wine on Piedmont.

Merchants A through M

Alchemy Bottle Shop has some amazing classes and events for those who want to learn or perfect the art of Cocktail making. They also do regular tasting events on Saturdays from 2-5pm! So, a lot is happening there. Best to check out their calendar!

Bay-Made: Will help you channel your creative talents. They load their calendar with events so check them out and see what’s inspires you!

Multiple events Blue Door Beads on Piedmont Ave. Are very excited about their workshops and classes. Sign up in store, on their website, or over the phone.  

Many merchants have activities to entertain the kids! It’s Your Move. 

It’s Your Move is the place to be if you are a gamer. They have so many event nights so it is just a matter of your gaming preferences. They are running after school board game classes now on Wednesdays from 3pm – 6pm. Recommended for ages 8-16. This is an adult supervised drop-in class, come straight after school, hang out, relax and play some sweet board games. Come learn new board games or play your old favorites!

It’s best to check out Maker’s Loft Calendar of Events as they have so many different kinds of workshops. They often bring in the makers and designers that they feature in their store to lead classes.

OMG! Mischief hosts one of the most cutest events ever: Little Folkies on Thursdays at 11:30am. OMG, parents bring their 0-5 year-olds and enjoy live music together. And they have another event on Sundays from 3-5pm called Babies + Beers Family Happy Hour(s)! OMG! Please let them know your going so they can plan appropriately!

Merchants N through Z

Rent Event Space! Yes, you can rent the beautiful backyard oasis at Neighbor for your special occasion. They’ve hosted baby showers, birthday celebrations, and engagement parties. They’ve even held a wedding!

Tons of events and classes at Preserved. Workshops from cheesemaking to pickling, jam making, and fermenting, and more! Check with Preserved for their calendar of events. 

Rare Bird always has creative workshops and classes for you to learn new things or hone your already awesome skills. They host parties and corporate events as well. They do it all! It is worth checking out their calendar!

The Raven’s Wing Magical Co. hosts A monthly Astrology Salon every fourth Thursday from 7-9pm. Check with them for all their activities.

Weekly Sundays 10am Tip Top Bike Shop Meet at the shop and take a ride with them on their weekly group ride. All abilities welcome! All abilities and experience levels welcome.

Wednesday Warrior Runs are every week at 6:30 sharp by Transports. Check with them for locations as they change from week to week. P.S. They like to drink beer after the running events!

Wolfman Books in Downtown Oakland always has intriguing events. It is best to check out their calendar for details!

Plan Ahead: Upcoming Oakland Independent Merchant’s Events


12/8 10am – 2pm The Pizzaiolo Holiday Craft Fair 2019! ⁠Feast your eyes and everything else on some local craft, Verve Coffee and fresh pastries, then find a gift for someone special (perhaps yourself). 

Other Things to do in Oakland: Local Events, Marketplaces, and Festivals

Check with hosts for more information.

Regular Events

Monthly 1st Fridays: Multiple events in Oakland:Friends of Lincoln Square Park Lincoln Summer Nights 2019, June-October 5-8pm.

Also Monthly on 1st Fridays, Oakland Art Murmur hosts the Art Walk and it’s from 6-9pm. Galleries are open and then again on Saturday for the Stroll from 1-5pm. Get connected into Oakland’s art scene.

First Sundays Indigenous Red Market at the Fruitvale Cedar Center. Plenty of activities. Featuring indigenous artists, vendors, performances, and so much more!

Monthly, 3rd Thursdays 4-9pm May-Oct Laurel Evening Market at Communite Table. A curated artisan and vintage market. Plus, the Laurel District has some great independent shops that are a must to check out!

Also on Monthly on 3rd Thursdays, Oakland Central at Latham Square, chill time, chill vibes in downtown Oakland!

And Toddler Gardens Lake Merritt hosts a variety of FREE activities and demos monthly. Email them at toddlergardens@gmail for list of events. For example,

Upcoming Events in 2020

1/4 11am-4pm. She Win We Win Marketplace is a celebration of women entrepreneurs. They say “shop with your Soul sisters” and we think that is a fantastic idea. There are a lot of talented women preparing for this post Holiday event. We think it will be incredibly uplifting after the hustle of the Holiday Season. 507 55th St. (at Telegraph), Oakland CA, 94609.

1/11 – 1/12 10 – 5pm Oakland Chinatown Lunar New Year Bazaar! The 29th Annual LNY Bazaar is a FREE annual event hosted in the heart of Oakland’s Chinatown on 9th St. and Franklin St. to celebrate Chinese New Year. A live cultural entertainment stage with continuous live performances is featured along with over 80 vendors selling traditional new years decorations??, flowers?, gifts, candies?, and other items of interest. So come on out that weekend to celebrate Chinese New Year (1/25) and buy goodies for you and family and friends

2/23 The Third Annual Black Joy Parade. It’s going to be bigger and even better. More to come but get this event in your calendar!

Community Notice Board

Call for Makers and Designers! 

A couple of Oakland Indie Merchants are looking for local makers and designers to partner on some endeavors. Please contact them directly if you’re interested!

LaliSimone: Dynamic owner Judith Soto is looking for makers and designers for a pop-up event at her vintage shop in the Laurel District. It’s your chance to participate in the December 14th Laurel District Santa Stroll!

Stacy at Right Angle: Is going to carry awesome Oakland-made skin, bath, body care items, t-shirts, and tea. Are you the talented maker or designer that wants to partner with Stacy? If so, please reach out to her ASAP!

Toy Drives for the Holidays!

To 12/11 Locally Real is thrilled to share that Red Oak is participating in the toy drive for Toys for Tots this season!! Donate unopened, originally packed toys for any age. Please DO NOT wrap them. Drop off your gifts at any Red Oak Realty between 9am-5:30pm. Thank you for creating Happy Holidays for  children across Oakland!

Oakland Holiday Toy Drive to 12/9! Help Bring Holiday Joy to Oakland’s Children – The 41st Annual Mayor’s Community Toy Drive makes the holidays joyful for Oakland children whose families can’t afford gifts. How you can help spread some holiday cheer: Make a secure donation online. Or, donate toys-When you’re out shopping in Oakland, pick up something extra for a child in need, and drop a new, unwrapped toy in one of the many collection bins in place through December 9. You may drop toys off at any of the following locations during regular business hours:

Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza & 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Oakland Police Administration Building, 455 7th Street
Main Library, 125 14th Street
Cesar Chavez Library, 3301 East 12th Street
Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Avenue
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue
Port of Oakland Headquarters, 530 Water Street
Chabot Space and Science Center, 1000 Skyline Boulevard
Montclair Toyhouse, 6115 LaSalle Avenue
Flax Art & Design, 1501 MLK Jr. Way
Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th Street
Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave
Temescal Library, 5205 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

For more information, including details on how Oakland’s low-income families can register for toys, please call (510) 777-TOYS or visit

Sheng Thao, Councilmember for District 4, is partnering with Montclair Village on a very important project to create a community space on Antioch Court. It will be a space that all of Oakland will enjoy!  She asks us all to “help us close the gap in our fundraising goal by buying a brick with your name on it or donating to our GoFundMe. Every dollar donated will help us achieve our vision for an Antioch Court we can all be proud of.” Go Fund Me: Buy a Brick:

Help Keep A Local Business in Berkeley!

We learned of this through Buy Local Berkeley: The Sink Factory needs our help! Here’s what they say “Our block is being gentrified and we must relocate after 40 years in the same spot, but we already have a new location picked out. Anything you can do to help with moving expenses and new equipment is greatly appreciated, even sharing this with friends and family!”

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