UPDATE: If you’ve procrastinated a bit on holiday shopping, not to worry – I’ve put together a last-minute holiday shopping guide for Oakland.
This holiday season, there are a myriad of holiday local shopping opportunities – so many so that it might be hard to keep track of them! So I thought I’d write a brief guide to best places to shop for gifts in Oakland. This guide is just a selection of what Oakland has to offer for holiday shopping so if you have other thoughts on where to buy gifts, please share them in the comments below.
The Full Moon Buy Night in October was incredible. There were tons of amazing vendors, delicious food, and lots of entertaining performances. This time, the event organizers are looking to make the Buy Night bigger and better for the holidays. They’re bringing the event inside to the Jack London Market, which I can’t wait to see! Hosted by Oakland Unwrapped, in collaboration with Jack London Square, ProArts, and Oakland Grown, this event will feature Oakland shops, artisans, fine artists and products that are manufactured here in Oakland! Items for all ages, genders and tastes. The event takes place on Thursday and Friday nights from 5pm-10pm at Jack London Market, 300 1st St.
This weekend, the Crucible will be hosting its annual Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House. I try to make it to this event every year because I find it’s one of the best places to find unique gifts for your friends, family, and of course, for yourself. They have a little bit of everything – glass, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, and all sorts of stuff you’d never find anywhere else. They also will be doing demonstrations of the fire arts that are taught at the Crucible, like glass blowing and welding, so you can get a sneak peek of classes. This event will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm at The Crucible, 1260 7th Street. The Crucible is accessible by the West Oakland BART station or by AC Transit lines 13, 19, or 62.
On Friday, December 18, stores and restaurants throughout Oakland will stay open late (from 6-8pm) to give you a chance to do some last-minute holiday shopping. Several of the stores will feature live music, refreshments, discounts, gift wrapping, and a variety of other activities. Visit the website for a listing of all of the participating stores.
If you’re the type of person who can’t handle shopping in person (or doesn’t have the time), you can still shop local online. Oakland Unwrapped has links to 130 Oakland establishments that have online stores featuring clothes, jewelery, wine, art, coffee, and just about everything other gift you might be looking for.
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