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Holiday Gift Ideas From North County San Diego Businesses

Bumbums and Baubles shoes for kids are made in North County

For those who like to support local businesses and the shop local movement during the holiday season, we’re highlighting products made by North County San Diego-based businesses to consider for those left on your list.

Bumbums & Baubles

Gift the stylish girl in your life a pair (or two) of sandals, sneakers, flats and/or boots by Bumbums & Baubles (pictured above). Every shoe comes with a coordinating, interchangeable bauble as an accessory, however, you can purchase extra baubles in multiple colors and styles to change the shoe’s look in order to get more mileage out of the same adorable pair. Created by best friend mompreneurs, Amanda Kludt & Caitlin Zapf, the company is based in Carlsbad.

Where to buy: Online through Bumbums & Baubles or Zappos.


GRACEDBYGRIT activewear Solana Beach

Based in Solana Beach, GRACEDBYGRIT makes stylish and functional activewear for women and girls to wear on land and in the ocean. Want to run on the beach and then dive in for a quick surf? The same GRACEDBYGRIT outfit will do. With UPF 50 fabrics, kayaking and SUP just became a lot more sun savvy and comfortable. The idea is that if women feel comfortable and confident, they’re more likely to stay active. A great deal of design emphasis is placed on flattering a woman’s shape.

Where to buy: Online or at the GRACEDBYGRIT store in Solana Beach.

Designer Vault

chanel at designer vault

Here is your opportunity to grab Chanel at lower-than-retail pricing. Carlsbad-based Designer Vault consigns gently-loved Chanel handbags, scarves, jewelry, shoes and more. They even go as far as to guarantee authenticity and offer a 14-day return policy. The business model has proved so successful that they are known for acquiring rare and hard-to-find vintage pieces.

Alternatively, if you have unused Chanel in the closet, consider converting it to extra holiday or New Year cash as Designer Vault has a reputation for high consignment payouts, too.

Where to buy: Online at Designer Vault or at the occasional trunk show.

Aura Candles

aura candles

Every Aura Candle reflects the personalities of best friends and self-taught chandlers Chelsea and Jasmine. The duo pours and packages each candle using ingredients such as soy blended wax, lead-free wicks, and fine fragrances. The hands-on method ensures that each order leaves the doors of their small studio having adhered to their very high standards. Aura Candles offers an everyday collection as well as a travel collection for those who would like to make a hotel room feel more like home (great stocking stuffer).

Where to buy: Online or at Urban Girl Accessories, The Dailey Method in Rancho Bernardo and at a variety of other stockists across the country.

SPY Eyewear


Carlsbad is home to the the oldest independent sunglasses brand, SPY. Their shades protect the eyes of both everyday outdoor enthusiasts and the world’s most inspiring athletes. Both practical and cool looking, a number of popular glasses and goggles designs have SPY’s anti-fogging frame technology. SPY has expanded into earbuds, women’s eyewear, ski googles, apparel, backpacks and much more whether you’d like to be fashionable at the beach or hit the slopes. You also may recall we’ve already mentioned how they are rocking the eco-eyewear movement with frames and hinges made from biodegradable plant material.

Where to buy: SPY products are sold at hundreds of dealers across the county.

Annmarie d’Ercole

shop annmarie

Annmarie d’Ercole just opened a flagship store inside of Flower Hill Promenade (above Sea & Smoke restaurant). While shoppers can pick up a pair of designer jeans or an outfit suitable for hitting the town, the store is known for its custom jewelry. Raised in Del Mar herself, Annmarie began creating jewelry over 20 years ago that reflects a careful balance of delicacy and bold design using 14-karat white, yellow, and rose gold, diamonds and black diamonds, as well as precious and semi-precious colored gemstones. Her signature collection can be purchased in store but she also creates custom made pieces as well as bespoke engagement and wedding ring sets.

Where to buy: Online or at Annmarie d’Ercole in Del Mar

Running Skirts

Identical twins, Cindy and Christie, started Running Skirts six years ago and now the Carlsbad-based company has earned a legion of loyal wearers including a number of celebrities. Their idea was to create fashionable and comfortable athletic wear that could go the distance from dusk to dawn whether you go for a jog, have school obligations or meet friends out for lunch. The skirts are made from sweat-wicking fabrics and don’t bunch in between the legs like running shorts sometimes do. The company has expanded their line to include compression socks, running capris, performance tops and much more.

Where to buy: Online, at the Running Skirts flagship store or at a variety of other retailers.

Rais Case

rais case fringe

Rais Case makes stunning handbags using the highest quality materials on the theory that their goods should get better with time and earn a well-worn place in customers lives. Owner Julie Rais Ellis has a background in art and painstakingly taught herself the craft of making handbags which has expanded into messenger bags, backpacks, clutches and so much more. She has partnered with the artisan brand, Mr. B’s Luminaries and together they run a studio/retail space together called The Work/Shop though you can find Rais Case bags in major retailer such as Anthropologie and Free People. Have a look at the stunning fringe bags.

Where to buy: Online, at The Work/Shop in Oceanside, as well as stockists throughout the nation.

Local Wine

Headed to a party? Why not bring a bottle of local wine? If you can’t hit one of San Diego’s fantastic wineries in person, Whole Foods Market typically features a section from local wineries like Orfila. Rancho Bernardo winery is also a fantastic choice.

If you are looking for something with bubbles, try Solana Beach-based Bon Affair which is a wine spritzer that that is also light on calories but big on flavor.

Your Turn…

Which of your favorite products by North County-based businesses are we missing from this list? Please let us know in the comments.

Katie Dillon: Katie writes La Jolla Mom, a lifestyle site focused on parenting, luxury travel, cooking with kids, home management, and local happenings. When not traveling, she lives in the seaside community of La Jolla, CA with her 7-year-old fashionista, dog, and husband.