I was so relieved that my family finally decided to do Secret Santa this year. I’m not a fan of Christmas shopping, and although I was blessed with a lot of toys and fabulous gifts as a child, I come from a religious Christian family where the focus actually was more on the Advent Wreath than counting down the shopping days.
For the third year in a row I’ve considered banning myself from buying ANY Christmas presents, sort of in an anti-materialist protest. But there’s a catch: I have a large family of in-laws who get me tons of gifts. I haven’t figured out how to navigate this yet, all I know is that not getting them anything makes me feel like a giant schmuck.
Ergo, last minute Christmas shopping. Oy ve.
Determined not to be oppressed by big box stores and the like, I’m grabbing some reusable bags and heading up to College Avenue (I know, I sound so effing Oaklandish right now). I’ll be finding little trinkets from my local businesses and business owners. We Rockridgers just can’t get enough of mom and pop and small business. Call us crazy.
If you’re interested in following suit, I recommend checking this website if you are unfamiliar with the area.
I’ll be checking out: Market Hall and Pasta Shop, Maison D’etre, Bloomies Flowers, Bella Vita, Pendragon Books, Rockridge Home, The Alta Bates Showcase Thrift Shop, Diesel Books, Atomic Garden, Pretty Penny, Body Time, Crossroads Vintage, and Recapture. Find more info on these shops here.
Ho ho ho.
Diesel Books really soothes me.