A growing number of consumers will shop locally this holiday season to support small businesses during the pandemic. Even small efforts can have a big impact. If every family in the U.S. spent just $10 a month at a local business, over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to the economy.
This year, consider picking up a few gifts at Lompoc stores. To help, here are gift ideas from stores that are open during the pandemic that you can use as inspiration:
A Little Something Special and More
A local co-op on H Street, A Little Something Special and More, has some unique gift ideas. Consider ordering a fresh bouquet of flowers for a stunning dinner centerpiece or browse their selection of homemade gifts. These earrings made from California sea glass, for example, would make a great present for neighbors or friends.
Certain Sparks Music
For the music lover in your life, why not skip the generic iTunes gift card and go with something different – like music lessons. Certain Sparks Music, which is celebrating 15 years in the community, offers lessons for guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, and piano. For $110 you can get four 30-minute lessons.
Lompoc’s newest retail shop, New Lows, has some local apparel ready for you this season. Stop by the shop and pick up a Lompoc Braves t-shirt or hoodie. It’s a great gift for a high schooler, alumni, or parent.
The store also carries skateboards, art supplies, and can create custom designs for screen printing. A lot of families get customized shirts created for a family reunion or a group vacation. If you have one of these occasions coming up, a personalized shirt could be the perfect gift.
Sweet Baking Co.
Rather than buying gifts for friends this year, consider taking them out for a treat. Plan a date at Sweet Baking Co., where you can order mouthwatering drinks and specialty cupcakes. Local favorites include red velvet and maple bacon cupcakes.
Who wouldn’t want a drink and a dessert that looks like this?
The shop is open Tuesday-Friday and has a few tables outside where you can eat and chat.
Do you feel like your kids are a little too connected to their phones, tablets, and laptops? If so, go back to basics with a gift card to The Bookstore. Let your kids browse the selection of 25,000 new and used books and pick out something new to explore.
The store also carries greeting cards, paintings, prints, and handmade jewelry all created by local artists. When you’re out doing a little holiday shopping, be sure to add this store to you list of places to browse.
The Garden Shoppe
Since people are spending more time at home due to the pandemic, a growing number of people are now gardening. To help gardeners spruce up their space, whether they’re new to the hobby or green-thumbed veterans, visit The Garden Shoppe.
This store has locally grown succulents, handmade birdhouses, and garden art that’s sure to delight friends or family.
This holiday season might be a little different than others, but it’s still a time to focus on the ones you love. Local stores in Lompoc have everything you need to give a heart-felt gift this year.
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