Gifting to Support the San Diego Community

Gelson’s Wine Give Basket (courtesy of Gelson’s)

Yes, it is that time of year again, and although 2020 has really thrown us through the wringer we couldn’t be more excited to share an array of unique gift ideas perfect for friends and loved ones – most of which are curated here in San Diego. If there has ever been a time to shop local, it’s now. We’ve rounded up some top local gift suggestions below for the foodie, traveler and anyone just looking to support the community!

The Wise Ox Butcher Box Subscription
Give the gift of meat with The Wise Ox Butcher Box Subscription. TRG’s latest concept in North Park, The Wise Ox prides itself on premium meat products and goods. Each box features 10lbs of proteins of the highest restaurant quality beef, heritage pork, free-range local chicken and sausages carefully selected each month by in-house butchers. The meat comes vacuum packaged and items change monthly. Available for pick-up at The Wise Ox or delivered for a small fee. For more information and to place your order visit https://shop.trustrgsd.com/.

Gelson’s Gift Baskets
Offering 14 different baskets for the holiday season, Gelson’s does not skimp on quality. Carefully curated by their in-house gift basket coordinator, Brenda Arebalo, you can expect an array of options from baskets that cater to the frequent snacker to the wine aficionado and everything in between. From wine to hot cocoa and fresh fruits to salty snacks, there’s a basket for everyone on your list. Available for pickup at one of their San Diego locations – Del Mar, Carlsbad and Pacific Beach – or delivery, orders can be placed by visiting here. 

The Cassara Carlsbad Staycation
Everyone could use a staycation right about now. Located in the coastal community of Carlsbad with panoramic views of the Pacific, The Cassara Carlsbad is the perfect spot for a romantic “getaway”, a girl’s trip or a family staycation. With 12 spacious acres, the resort boasts two pools, fire pits, BBQs and is a quick drive to the Carlsbad beaches, Carlsbad Premium Outlets, the village and a bustling outdoor dining scene. Current packages include:

Work, Learn & Play Package – Designed for students and working adults, this package provides guests with a convenient, peaceful and safe space to work and learn in.

Lagoon Package – perfect for the adventurists on your list, this package includes a $50 voucher to the Carlsbad Lagoon

Black Friday & Cyber Monday alert – Two night stays booked on Black Friday through 3/31/21 receive up to 20% off. Purchase a gift card on Cyber Monday and receive an extra little something for you! Gift $25, get $5; gift $40, get $10; gift $75, get $25; gift $250, get $100. To book a staycation package, call (833) 447-9195 or visit here.

Sheraton Carlsbad Resort Staycation
Situated near the area’s top activities and points of interest, the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort is ideally positioned to explore an array of things to do in Carlsbad and San Diego County – making it the perfect gift for families looking to do some exploring. Located on a 50+ acre complex with views of the Pacific, guests can enjoy the large free-form pool with waterslide, local bites and cocktails from on-property restaurant 7 Mile Kitchen, scenic hiking, biking and walking trails and so much more.

Current packages include:

Shop & Stay Package – Pairing R&R with holiday shopping to-dos, this package includes a $50 AMEX gift card to the Carlsbad Premium Outlets.

Work, Learn & Play Package – Designed for students and working adults, this package provides guests with a convenient, peaceful and safe space to work and learn in.

Lagoon Package – perfect for the adventurists on your list, this package includes a $50 voucher to the Carlsbad Lagoon. To book a staycation package, call (800) 444-3515 or visit here.

Ocean Park Inn Staycation
Located at the ocean’s edge in the heart of Pacific Beach, waves of happiness are just a few steps away. Completely remodeled interiors paired with a casual beach vibe offer guests an immersive Southern California experience, whether for couples, families or business-leisure travelers. While the hotel will be closing to complete the final phase of their renovation from November 30 – February 10, they will be accepting bookings for 2021 so you can get a head start on gifting that special someone the perfect beach staycation.

Cyber Monday alert – any stays for 2021 booked on Cyber Monday will receive 20% off. Just enter code CyberMonday2021 to get this deal. To reserve a staycation package call (858) 483-5858 or visit https://oceanparkinn.com/.

Local Restaurant Gift Cards
There’s no better way to support your favorite local restaurant than by purchasing a gift card for future dining or take-out. A gift that never expires, it’s the perfect way to treat someone on your list with a tasty meal and the ease of not having to do the dishes. Some of our favorite restaurants that could use your help include Trust, Fort Oak, Rare Society, 7 Mile Kitchen, Monello, and Bencotto.