Souvenir Shopping Part 2, San Diego

It would be a pity to leave San Diego without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to San Diego, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 2 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 2
Guide Location: USA » San Diego (See other walking tours in San Diego)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km
Author: Daniel
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The Black

1) The Black

What to buy here: Dog Beach beach towel.

San Diego is a pet-friendly city, and one of the most famous spots for Fido to run free is Dog Beach. This towel is big enough for you and your dog to share while catching some rays, and the bold black and white graphic of a dog contentedly cleaning himself on this extra-large, cotton, terry cloth towel perfectly captures the anti-corporate, freedom-loving feel of the Dog Beach neighborhood of Ocean Beach. The towel is available in both black with white logo or white with black logo and is available only at The Black in Ocean Beach, a novelty store that has been around for more than 20 years and hasn’t let the new millennium kill its peace-loving hippie nature. Cost: $20. Where to buy: The Black, 5017 Newport Avenue, San Diego, CA 92107. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (619) 222-5498.
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Ocean Beach Surf and Skate

2) Ocean Beach Surf and Skate

What to buy here: Surf wax. Surfers are an indelible part of San Diego culture, and one thing all surfers need is a bar of wax for their surfboards. It just so happens that surf wax is like the duct tape of the beach world, which means us regular folk can find uses for it, too. Whether you use it as an emergency candle, mold it into a waterproof plug, or just toss it into a drawer as a scented potpourri, it makes a great, affordable souvenir. Every surf shop in San Diego carries board wax (or they wouldn’t be in business long). Most carry a variety of brands, including the popular Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax (for waxing your stick) as well as the locally-made, organic wax from Stay Covered. Cost: $.75-1.50 per bar.

Monday–Sunday: 9:00-19:00
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Blondstone

3) Blondstone

What to buy here: Beach-inspired Jewelry. If your best memory of San Diego was your time spent by the ocean, then take a little bit of the beach home with you, and I’m not talking about the sand in your shoes. Wave pendants from Blondstone in Ocean Beach are hand crafted and made from slices of spiral seashells set in a sterling silver bezel. They come in small, medium and large sizes (.75 to 1.25 inches in diameter) and look fabulous with a tan. Jewelry designer Heidi Holman’s beach-inspired creations made from sea glass and seashells are the showcase of Blondstone, a favorite haunt for local jewelry fans who also love the coast. Cost: $70-160.

Monday-Tuesday and Thursday–Sunday: 10:00-18:00; Wednesdays: 11:00-19:00.
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The Elegant Truffle

4) The Elegant Truffle

What to buy here: Gourmet Chocolate. San Diego isn’t really known as a fine dining destination, but it definitely knows how to do dessert. Decadent, all-natural peanut butter cups and artesian chocolates made with Japanese wasabi are just some of the cocoa delights being created by San Diego’s finest chocolate chefs, but for a really decadent, mouth-watering reminder of your San Diego vacation, why not bring home a box of hand-made artesian truffles? The Elegant Truffle in Point Loma is one of the few truffle makers in San Diego and their candies are hand-made from the finest ingredients. The over-sized truffles are covered in dark chocolate and come in several popular flavors such as champagne, cognac, zinfandel, Muscat, and ginger, although flavors change daily. Also available is the equally decadent hand-made caramel dipped in dark or milk chocolate. One piece of caramel is the size of a small brownie and is made from the same recipe the owner’s grandmother used in 1875, using the same copper kettle, because you don’t mess with perfection. Cost: $4 per truffle. $5 per caramel chunk. Where to buy: The Elegant Truffle, 1111 Scott Street, San Diego, CA 92106. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Phone: (619) 222-1889.
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San Diego Watercolor Society Gallery

5) San Diego Watercolor Society Gallery

Located in Liberty station, this 4,000 square feet gallery has become a major hub for San Diego's art and culture. The San Diego Watercolor Society Gallery showcases a great variety of water media art pieces created by more than 700 talented artists. The gallery is open to the public. You can also purchase the art pieces along with greeting cards and other items. Operation hours: Wed-Sun: 10:00-4:00pm.

Walking Tours in San Diego, California

Create Your Own Walk in San Diego

Create Your Own Walk in San Diego

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Diego is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave San Diego without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to San Diego, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.7 km
Top Museums Walking Tour in San Diego

Top Museums Walking Tour in San Diego

San Diego has over 90 amazing museums. They reflect the incredible variety and interests of the region. The museums present a wide range of collections from classic to contemporary art and from natural history to science. Take this walking tour to explore some of the most famous museums in San Diego.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Old Town Walking Tour, San Diego

Old Town Walking Tour, San Diego

Old Town San Diego is considered the "birthplace" of California. The Old Town Historic Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It features amazing old historic houses, unique specialty shops, the first San Diego newspaper office and spectacular gardens. Take this walking tour to discover some of the most beautiful sights that the Old Town of San Diego has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Core-Columbia Nightlife

Core-Columbia Nightlife

San Diego is famous for its buzzy nightlife. There are plenty of clubs and lounges in the city that offer a relaxing atmosphere, a chance to strike a nice conversation, enjoy great cocktails - classic signature martinis and beautifully mixed drinks with fine liquor atop, and party crazy all night long. Take this walking tour for a unique nightlife experience in San Diego.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Jewell of a city adorning the Pacific coast of California, San Diego is a popular destination renowned for its beaches, parks and warm climate. On this walk you will visit some of San Diego's main and less known attractions situated in the historic downtown area.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Gaslamp Quarter Nightlife

Gaslamp Quarter Nightlife

San Diego is famous for its buzzy nightlife. There are plenty of clubs and lounges in the city that offer a relaxing atmosphere, a chance to strike a nice conversation, enjoy great cocktails - classic signature martinis and beautifully mixed drinks with fine liquor atop, and party crazy all night long. Take this walking tour for a unique nightlife experience in San Diego.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km

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