Like other areas of San Diego, La Jolla has a plethora of stores – but there’s one very special place in our community that I’m afraid you might overlook: The St. James Gift Shop, located in La Jolla’s cultural district, under the bell tower of St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect Street (858-456-1105). This is easily San Diego’s best secret gift shop.
This darling little spot displays museum quality art, jewelry, paintings and prints from around the world and sells them at affordable prices. Most of their colorful handcrafted folk art is purchased directly from the artists. The mission of the church is to make the non-profit shop a place for artists worldwide to showcase their work.
On display during the holiday season are nativities, angels, ornaments from around the world, Advent calendars, Christmas stockings, and candles to “bless the season of light.”
If you’re still looking for gifts, check out their books, children’s toys, leather goods, Oaxacan wood carvings, dinnerware, textiles, and clothing.
Normal hours of San Diego’s best secret gift shop are Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Holiday Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. On “Champagne Thursdays,” they stay open until 8:00 p.m.
Lunch across the street at The Museum Café and a browse through this shop are the perfect pairing for an afternoon of fun in La Jolla.
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