How time flies! Christmas is just over a week away so it’s time to finish up all of that last minute holiday shopping. The question is- where should you go to get fun and affordable gifts in San Diego? There is certainly not a lack of shopping destinations in America’s Finest City, it’s just a matter of choosing the right mall or shopping center that’s right for you.
Seaport Village is a great place to go if you’re looking for handmade gifts or San Diego memorabilia. This quaint shopping village is less than a mile from the Marina Inn, an affordable San Diego hotel, and its bayside outdoor setting makes for a great day trip. If you have time, check out the village’s Christmas decorations. Those who are lucky might even get to chat and take a picture with Santa.
San Diego’s Gaslamp District is just a few miles up the road and offers a vast array of boutiques and stores around every corner. Whether you are looking for antiques and art or clothing and shoes, you’re sure to find it here in the Gaslamp. Horton Plaza mall is also located downtown and they offer three-hours of parking free with validation.
Fashion ValleyMall is the place to go for upscale gifts at designer stores like Coach, Prada and Hugo Boss. You can also pick up gifts for your techy friends and family at Microsoft, Apple and Brookstone. The mall is also home to a movie theater, an outdoor food court, as well as a variety of sit-down restaurants, perfect for relaxing after getting a gift for everyone on your list.
For classic one-of-a-kind gifts, hop on the trolley and head to Old Town San Diego. Here is where you’ll find their Bazaar Del Mundo and the Old Town Market where you can buy authentic Mexican handmade items like well décor and purses. If you’re in town visiting a marine for the holidays or are staying at a cheap hotel near the MCRD for graduation, Old Town is just minutes away and will offer some of the most convenient shopping in the area.
As an affordable hotel next to SeaWorld, major shopping districts and public transportation we believe we’re the best spot for people who are looking to get their holiday shopping done while on vacation. And you can fuel up on our complimentary breakfast before you hit the stores! If you’re interested in booking a room, call a reservations specialist at 1-800-571-2933.