Support and Shop Local In Little Italy

Little Italy is encouraging the community to rally support and shop local with what they call Small Business Season, especially with the new mandates. Here are a few of our favorite gifts that earn the title of “best gift giver”.

  • Eats and Treats – Start your day off right and get caffeinated with a freshly brewed, local coffee or tea from Caffe Italia. Don’t forget to grab an extra bag to gift the caffeine lovers in your life! If you need a little sweetness make sure to stop by Barbusa for their deconstructed cannoli. Looking for something a little stronger? Swing by Nonna Italian Comfort Food for their Amalfi Drop, the perfect combination of sweet & tart. Grab a couple of gift cards on your way out to gift your friends an authentic Italian experience. Nothing says “I appreciate you” more than a gift that feeds your soul.
  • Self-Care All Day, Every Day – Our personal favorite gift, is one that keeps on giving; a gift that invigorates your soul and makes you feel alive again. Give yourself and your loved ones the gift of pampering with a gift certificate from Alchemē. It can be used on any of their services, whether it’s the Celebrity Skin IV drip or their best-selling On The Glow Pads. Anyone on their self-care journey knows positive vibes are extremely important. Earth’s Elements offers just what you need to cleanse your space of negative energy and ring in the new year with positivity. It’s not just you that needs self-care, your pup does too! Bella’s Howliday Special for your furry friend includes AKC STAR Puppy Training and Socialization Class (4 puppies maximum) for $180.
  • Showstopping Holiday Looks – We all have that one friend who doesn’t even have to try to look cool, they just always look effortlessly chic no matter what. Thanks to Stroll we can all be that friend! Shop at Vocabulary for the best holiday look or gift your friend their next birthday celebration outfit. Want to frost yourself? Stop at Irelia Fine Jewelry for beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces. Be Boutique also has cute stocking stuffers that will elevate any holiday attire! Nothing like a jolly pair of socks to make your booties pop!
  • Unique Gifts – Are you the unique gift giver? The one who always hears, “Oh my gosh, where did you find this!?”. If this sounds like you, then Love & Aesthetics and Vitreum is where you need to go! Choose from conversation piece vases to brass bookends, either way your gift is bound to make an impression. Meyer Fine Art also has some one-of-a-kind pieces that will make jaws drop. Their selection of Salvador Dali porcelain plates will be a showstopping addition to any art collector’s collection.

Whether it’s a last-minute gift or a little pick me up, Little Italy is here for all of your holiday shopping needs. If you prefer to skip shopping in person this year, online shopping is available from any of the Little Italy’s local businesses as well as gift cards for future use. Some businesses are also offering virtual personal shopping and curbside pick-up.

About Little Italy Association (LIA)

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation for the public’s benefit, the Little Italy Association (LIA) advocates on behalf of its members’ best interests in the areas of public safety, beautification, promotion and economic development, while preserving the unique cultural resources that exist in the Little Italy neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. LIA stands as the only district management corporation of its kind for any Little Italy neighborhood in the United States and is run by a Board of Directors encompassing 28 people who represent property owners, residents, businesses and community at large. More information can be found by visiting or by calling (619) 233-3898.