Shop Local at Santa Barbara Gift Baskets
I'm so excited to share what I deem to be one of the best kept secrets in town. I just so happened to be walking back to my car after lunch with a friend when I noticed this quaint storefront in Old Town Goleta called Santa Barbara Gift Baskets.
In case you didn't already infer from the name, SB Gift Baskets sells pre-made gift baskets and gift boxes filled with local goodies, but also offers the option to completely customize your own! That means you get to specially handpick every item that goes into one of their adorably rustic gift boxes with your friend / family member / beau in mind. This little shop had so many cute sections and noteworthy details that I couldn't help but take a plethora of photos!
There have been so many times when I've failed to think of Santa Barbara gift ideas other than wine when I've tried to shop for friends and family back home. I was pleasantly surprised to find a huge variety of goods to choose from, which meant I could go gift shopping for almost anyone - baby products, wine and beer, skincare, bridal party accessories, gourmet food, pet products - you name it, they have it (and best of all, most are from local businesses in the Central Coast or in California).
I attempted to ask Anne, the owner, to choose a favorite product but soon realized that that was probably an impossible question to ask someone who's so passionate about every item she sells at her shop. We bonded over our mutual interest in supporting local businesses, which I later found out was partly the reason why she created Santa Barbara Gift Baskets. If you click through the slideshow below, you'll see a few of Anne's favorite finds that we talked about during my visit (make sure to click the image if you want to visit their website for more information).
As I mentioned earlier, I took so many photos because the entire shop was so picturesque. If you keep scrolling down, you'll see some more honorable mentions and photos of products that were too good not to include! I had an amazing time getting to know Anne and hearing the beautiful stories behind many of these products. If you are ever in Goleta and haven't visited before, make sure to come during lunch and buy a glass of wine or beer while you shop! They also host monthly tasting events and design-your-own gift basket classes, which I'll definitely be signing up for when my girlfriends from LA come to visit.
For more information, you can visit their website here: http://www.santabarbaragiftbaskets.com.