Your old college roommate calls to announce a visit this weekend, you make a wonderful new friend at Zumba and your boss mentions that she is bringing her kids to the company Christmas party. Just like that, you are in need of some high-quality, last-minute gifts. Rather than facing hordes of hassled shoppers at the mall, visit these convenient Sacramento small businesses to find special presents. They’ll think you spent weeks searching for just the right things, but you’ll know the key is shopping at the just the right places.
PeraDice Cards & Gifts
918 24th St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
The only challenging part of visiting PeraDice is trying to decide between so many great gift choices. Artwork, home décor, jewelry for men and women, totes, wallets, curios, books, soaps, lotions and candles run the gamut from elegant to romantic and from retro to kitsch. There are gorgeous scarves, fun totes, magnets and any number of really cool, unique items for anyone on your list. If you need a gift for a Monty Python fan, the “Ministry of Funny Walks” wristwatch will be a spot-on hit.
G. Willikers Toy Emporium
1116 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
This Old Sacramento store is packed with fun for kids of all ages, even those enjoying their second childhood. Hundreds of figurines, puzzles, wind-up toys, stuffed animals, novelties and candies make perfect stocking stuffers or small gifts. Hello Kitty, Thomas the Tank Engine, Smurfs and superheroes are available and share shelf space with Schleich figurines of horses, dinosaurs, castles and more. The shop also offers “nostalgic” goodies, including board games, robots, confections and many other toys from years past. Allow a few extra seconds during your visit to check out the huge golden bear made of 40,000 Lego pieces and the model trains that run throughout the store.
Trends-n-Treats Pet Supply, Spa & Boutique
8929 Madison Ave., Suite 200
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Pets and the people who adore them will love any holiday gift you find from Trends-n-Treats. Pet apparel, leashes, collars, dog safety and sporting equipment, animal first aid kits, fun toys and festive holiday treats will bring a smile to any kitty or canine. There are many fun gifts for humans and there is a wide selection of healthy foods for animals of every size and age. Whether you are shopping way in advance or right up to the last minute, a gift certificate for products or dog salon services will make a perfect gift for that special someone.
11787 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Moth Hole is the perfect destination for clothing, handbags, jewelry and shoes for every lady on your list. New, vintage and consignment pieces of very high quality are available at good prices, including casual wear, jeans and sweaters to business attire, gowns and party clothes. From designer bags and bling to faux furs and accessories, Moth Hole proves that being stylish can be fun and joyous. There is plenty of free parking, a real plus during the holiday season, and the staff is happy to help with suggestions for last-minute gifts.
The Gifted Gardener
1730 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
That special someone you’re shopping for does not have to be into dirt and weeding; The Gifted Gardener offers presents that anyone would love. There are unique, beautiful and eye-catching home and yard décor items, stained glass, tabletop fountains, artwork, soaps and lotions, bird feeders, statues, tiles and whimsical gifts. Check out the fun and inspirational Zen garden critters for a can’t-miss present.
Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
Her work can be found at Examiner.com.