Holiday Shopping Guide

Make the Balboa Park Visitors Center your must-stop shop this holiday season! With locally made and sustainable options, we make it easy to give a gift you can feel good about. From books to apparel, beauty products to decor, our selection has something for everyone—including you! 

Garden Explorer

For those who love to get their hands dirty and watch something grow, these gift ideas are perfect for seasoned gardeners or those just entering the field. How-to books on no-till gardening and composting introduce accessible gardening techniques to try in the new year. A wide-brimmed sun hat keeps them stylish as they tend to their blooms in the San Diego sun. For indoor gardeners or those who appreciate a nice window plant, consider a seed sprouting kit or a seed-bearing lollipop.

Outdoor Adventurer 

Give the gift of adventure. For those who love the great outdoors or want to learn more about Southern California’s natural landscape, the gift shop has you covered. Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors offers insights into hundreds of hiking options with descriptions of plant, bird, reptile, and mammal species in San Diego County. Combined with sunglasses, a fanny pack, and a Balboa Park hat, your adventurer is set to take on the trails repping their favorite park.

Sustainability Hero

In the season of overconsumption, give a gift that gives back. These sustainably made products are eco-friendly and long lasting. Totally cute AND useful, 100% recycled shopping totes, Baggu kitchen cloths, locally made soaps, and reusable and compostable food wraps brighten anyone’s daily routine. Discover natural alternatives with a book on the 101 Amazing Uses for Aloe Vera. More of a socks-for-a-gift kind of person? These sustainably made socks by Baggu take a traditional gift to the next level.

Creative Kid

The Balboa Park Visitors Center Gift Shop is filled with gifts that inspire. Fit for any creative kid, our selection includes uplifting books, like A Girl in a Museum World by Tellie Simpson. Toys and crafts that spark imagination fill every corner—magnetic fun games, Drizzl dough, or a 3-D puzzle of a biplane. Plus, always a classic, a T-shirt from the best park in the world.

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