Found: Last Minute (LOCAL) Holiday Gift Ideas

By Tracy Arnold

If you have waited til the last minute and still need to find the perfect gift for your friends, co-workers and loved ones, below are ideas that can be purchased or used) on the grid:

Deals:Capitol Garage
Costco is currently selling $100 Capitol Garage gift cards for $75!   Save 25% off the face value while giving your friends and colleagues lattes or cocktails for a month – or encourage them to check out the unlimited mimosas, OJ and coffee partnered with one of the eight benedict options on the Sunday brunch menu!

For the movie lover on your list, purchase a $30 Crest Movie Discount Card that will allow your loved ones admission to five movies and receive five sodas or popcorn.  Pick one up at the Crest Theater box office on K street.

Jewelry from Krazy Mary’s is always a favorite, you will find a great collection of original bracelets, necklaces, earrings, belts and other accessories.  Note that all consignment jewelry is on sale this week for 15% off.

For the gardener or the BBQ aficionado in your life, check out the Gifted Gardener at 1730 J Street or Hollywood Hardware at 1503 Freeport Boulevard,  both stores carry unique gifts, gadgets and decorations to inspire new backyard spaces and improve the gardening experience.

Zuda YogaYoga buffs will appreciate a gift card for classes at Zuda Yoga at 19th at O streets or check out their yoga store, recommendations include Yogi Toes, a non-slip grip towel the size of a yoga mat, or the Manduka Black Mat Pro, a thick rubber yoga mat used by all our favorite instructors.

Highly recommended by the women in First Lady Maria Shriver’s office, the Hobo International Lauren clutch/wallet is worth every penny.  It is the perfect accessory with just enough space to carry money, lip gloss, keys and the blackberry.  This is one clutch fashionable enough to carry on its own or slide into your purse or briefcase.

Coffee Gift Cards are always appreciated, this year consider giving cards to favorite local haunt.  Try Chicory, Butch N Nellie’s, Temple, or Old Soul coffee!

Ginger ElizabethTreats:
For something new this year consider diversifying from the traditional box of See’s nuts and chews, instead splurge on a gift box of chocolates from Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates at 1801 L Street.  Yum!


One might argue the best cakes, pies and cookies in the county can be found right here in Sacramento at the Freeport Bakery.  Stop by and pick up a treat for your next holiday party or just grab a cup of coffee and sweet treat.

Tracy's cute pup ZoeyAnd for your favorite furry creature:

For your pup, check out the unique toys at Grateful Dog Daycare at 17th and D Street or wander a bit off the grid to Pet Extreme at the intersection of Sutterville and Freeport.  My dog’s personal favorite is the busy buddy squirrel dude found at Pet Extreme.

There is really only one thing to give your favorite squirrel in capitol park – underwear!

Guest blogger Tracy Arnold is the newest member of team Mercury Public Affairs.  As a self proclaimed seeker of the obscure, I am always ready to offer my opinions on issues ranging from the latest Somali pirate ship attack, to where in Sacramento to find the most authentic xiao long bao, or California beach hikes vs. the trails of the Olympic National Park.

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  1. Amelia says

    Great tips! Reminds us how many unique stores and items we have on the Grid. 🙂

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