Ho-ho-ho-liday gift guide: local business edition

Revolution 9 in Fairfax is packed with potential gift options.
Revolution 9 in Fairfax is packed with potential gift options.
Elliot Smith

As the 2023 calendar flips into the holiday season, the annual task of finding the perfect gift slams into the forefront of minds. The holiday season doesn’t have to contribute to overconsumption. Instead, it is the perfect time to support local businesses. Marin shops offer a variety of gifts that will ‘wow’ your loved ones and ensure that your present is one-of-a-kind.

 

Movie tickets from the Fairfax Theatre

Gifting a ticket to an upcoming movie provides the perfect bonding activity for the giver and receiver to do together. A ticket (and a promise to cover the snacks) is a fun present that will support a beloved local business without contributing to wasteful consumerism. Highly anticipated movies arriving in January include Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Mean Girls, and Bob Marley: One Love.

 

Cookbooks from Fairfax Variety

Cooking is an important life skill, but it can also be an enjoyable holiday activity to do with friends and family. Help your teen cultivate a love for the culinary arts by gifting them a cookbook from Fairfax Variety. The shop has over 20 creative recipe books catered to aesthetics, diets, and cultures. Bookmark the most interesting recipes to make together for an extra experiential gift!

 

Succulents from the Potting Shed

During the cold winter months, a new succulent will brighten up anyone’s home. Since they grow indoors with minimal care and only a little water, succulents are perfect for low-maintenance plant lovers. Gift your loved one a succulent from the Potting Shed in Fairfax to add greenery to their holiday season.

 

Gift Cards

For the person who has everything, or who truly doesn’t want any material items, a gift card is a perfect medium. Although gift cards can lack personalization, they are a practical gift that any recipient will use. Any Marin teenager would delight in a free treat (or two) from Java Hut or Mana Bowls in Fairfax, Swirl or Stefanos in San Anselmo, or anywhere else where students frequent for lunch. A free drink or meal from a favorite local business is sure to brighten up anyone’s day.

 

So, take a stroll into downtown Fairfax or San Anselmo and shop for presents that students will make good use of while helping support local businesses. 

Java Hut in Fairfax is a popular spot among teenagers and great option for a gift card. (Silas Eyler)
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