The Ultimate Guide To Boutique Shopping in Santa Barbara
How is it that every year holiday shopping sneaks up on us all? After all, it was only just summer and we were all enjoying the sunshine and our toes in the sand. Well…in Santa Barbara, we always enjoy our toes in the sand due to our dreamy Mediterranean climate. But that doesn’t change the fact that the holidays are still quickly approaching, even for all of us in paradise!
That’s why we put together a list of our favorite locally-owned boutiques in Santa Barbara and the surrounding towns. If you’re looking to #shopsmall this year in Santa Barbara, we know just where to send you shopping for anyone on your list.
Find the perfect domestic or imported cheese here plus all the tasty accouterments to go with it.
Located at 827 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara.
True chocolate connoisseurs should look no further than this quaint corner shop located in the often overlooked, but should-not-be-missed Sevilla Square for rich handmade treats.
Located at 15 W. Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara.
There’s store-bought hooch and then there’s artisan craft spirits. For the appreciator of a new Western-style gin or rich bourbon, get some holiday cheer here.
Located at 137 Anacapa Street, Suite D, Santa Barbara.
Find those last-minute gourmet goodies in the tiny enclave of this Greek restaurant/deli located on the fringes of the Funk Zone.
Located at 216 East Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara.
Not sure what to get the foodies in your life? (Other than a gift card from us, duh!) Let the talented team at this gift basket shop put together the perfect blend of local goodies in a basket or wood box while you peruse their curated shop of tasty treats – they’ll even handle the shipping!
Located at 230 Magnolia Avenue, Goleta.
Montecito does quite a few things perfectly and luxury shopping is near the top of that list. Explore this women’s clothing boutique during your next stroll down Coast Village Road.
Located at 1221 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara.
Retail therapy always feels a bit better when you know your purchase helps make a difference. Support fair trade practices and feel good about spending all that dough at this ethically-made Ethiopian lifestyle accessories store.
Located at 133 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara.
Women’s luxury fashion in Santa Barbara starts here. Begin your luxury shopping excursion at this classic Santa Barbara shop in Arlington Plaza before heading for the Montecito hills.
Located at 1324 State Street, Suite B, Santa Barbara.
If you find yourself in the Funk Zone, check out this collection of unique pieces from wardrobe staples to one-of-a-kind accessories.
Located at 110 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara.
There’s more than meets the eye at this Presidio-centric store, from women’s clothing to sweet pieces and gifts for the little ones.
Located at 136 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara.
Find the perfect “something” to add to your wardrobe or eclectic jewelry piece to complete your collection at this hole-in-the-wall shop nestled just inside the old Presidio neighborhood and a skip off State Street.
Located at 7 East De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara.
Designed by mom and shop owner, Ashley Maike, this lifestyle brand of alpaca throws, ponchos, and scarves offers a mix of finds from Peru and around the world. Within the shop, you will also find Asher Baby, their children’s clothing line featuring unique prints made from Peruvian Pima cotton as well as recycled remnant fabrics.
Located at 535 State St, Santa Barbara.
From the curious to the cool, this collective shop found in the heart of the Funk Zone features a little something for every woman in your life. Here you can also find Waxing Poetic, specially crafted handmade jewelry also known as works of art. Located at 137 Anacapa Street, Suite A, Santa Barbara.
Don new denim duds or that perfect soft t-shirt from this quality men’s apparel shop nestled inside La Arcada Plaza in the midtown area of State Street.
Located at 1114 State Street #25, Santa Barbara.
From the creator of Lucky Brand is birthed this curated apparel store for both men and women featuring high-quality denim.
Located at 1145 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara.
Dress your man in style from inside this corrugated metal-clad men’s shop found near Hotel Californian in the Funk Zone.
Located at 14 Helena Avenue, Santa Barbara.
There’s a bit of everything in this chic Montecito boutique, from menswear to women’s fashion plus a few things for the home.
Located at 1101 Coast Village Road A, Santa Barbara.
For the man who appreciates a good shave and haircut, you’ll find everything needed for the perfect grooming session to rustic-chic menswear.
Located at 27 1/2 East Victoria Street, Santa Barbara.
Get lost in the maze of aisles upon aisles of books in this reader’s enclave. (Insider tip: pay a visit to Renaud’s next door for a French treat before you settle into a good read!)
Located at 3321 State Street, Santa Barbara.
Browse another one of the charming shops in the Presidio neighborhood for handmade leather pieces made by a third-generation craftsman.
Located at 135 East De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara.
Currently popping up at Zone Studios, you can find unique treasures offering sustainable home goods, featuring a bit of everything from things for the kids to jewelry pieces.
Located at 121 Santa Barbara St. Santa Barbara.
Head to the beach in style with an Instagram-worthy Turkish towel from one of the charming boutiques found in Sevilla Square.
Located at 17 West Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara.
For The Kids
This long-time family-owned children’s store is rife with toys, gifts, furniture, and staple items for newborns.
Located at 1236 State Street, Santa Barbara.
Love, laugh, and enjoy a sensory experience at this darling children’s store where all proceeds go to the Nurture Foundation, an organization that benefits Teddy Bear Cancer, Storyteller Children’s Center, Girls Inc., and the Youth Sailing Foundation.
Located at 1213 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara.
Try to resist a purchase at this irresistible shop for babes, kids, and moms! Deal hunters will enjoy exploring the narrow winding path through this retail shop plus its top-notch consignment clothing racks found in the back of the store.
Located at 9 East Figueroa Street, Santa Barbara.
For The Home
Wind your way through three levels of vintage and modern treasures, plus a few locally made artisan home goods. Currently on display is a Betsy Johnson pop up through the holidays.
Located at 4 East Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara.
Cozy up to plush home goods, essential decor, and a quintessential book selection in this quaint shop found inside Arlington Plaza.
Located at 1324 State Street, Suite M, Santa Barbara.
Wander off the beaten path to the lazy seaside town of Carpinteria, a short ten-minute drive south of SB, for curated rustic-style home goods made for man, woman, and child.
Located at 5100 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria.
Located inside Cheese Shop Santa Barbara you’ll find the perfect gift for those holiday hosts, from bright colored tea kettles to etched bar glasses and felted wine caddies. Pair it with a few kinds of cheese and you’re sure to be this year’s beloved guest at every party.
Located at 825 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara.
Rustic industrial vibes inhabit this tiny shop featuring home goods, handmade jewelry, and other great gifts. (Insider tip: Take a break from all that shopping to enjoy a glass of wine or refreshing brew at neighboring Potek Winery or Third Window Brewing Co. before heading back out!)
Located at 406 East Haley Street, Santa Barbara.
Stocking Stuffers & Other Local Favorites
Grab a cup of joe next door at one of the oldest coffee roasteries in town before perusing letterpress stationery and gift wrapping items that are sure to put your gifts over the top. (Insider tip: they can also print your holiday cards in-house!)
Located at 301 Motor Way, Santa Barbara.
Click and clank your way across the brick flooring of the twinkle light-laden shop with whimsical gifts, ornaments, and unique home decor.
Located at 1116 State Street, Santa Barbara.
A trip to this shop is a must for all things Santa Barbara, from locally made edible goodies to note cards and calendars embossed with our beloved city’s name.
Located at 214 East Victoria Street, Santa Barbara.
Gifts for bath, body, and home can be found in this collective artisan space. There are two shops full of locally made goods in Carpinteria and Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone.
Located at 209 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara and 961 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria.
Visit the upper village of Montecito for celeb sightings, fabulously underrated eats, and to browse this artist gallery store rife with must-have gifts for just about anyone on your list.
Located at 516 San Ysidro Road, Santa Barbara.
This exciting, new market highlights Downtown businesses and artisans enjoyable for locals and visitors alike. It offers temporary art installations and live music, as well as an opportunity to sample delicious food and drink from the area. This is open weekly on Thursdays from 3-7:30 pm, except on Thanksgiving.
After all that shopping is done, you might be a little thirsty! Treat yourself to a glass of vino, a wine tasting flight, or even a bottle (or two) at Oppi’z Bistro & Natural Pizza, accompanied by some live music, socially distanced of course, during Wine Thursday, every Thursday at 5:30 pm thru December 17th. Located at 1000 Block State Street, between Carrillo and Figueroa Streets, Santa Barbara.