There’s something extra special about giving a gift that’s handmade, from the thought that goes into creating a unique object to knowing that what you’re buying is one-of-a-kind. Luckily, Santa Monica is full of small, local businesses that carry an array of artisan-made items. Here’s a list of some of the best stores in the oceanfront city to find unique gifts for friends, family members—and maybe even something for yourself.


Goods is located in a quaint building with an adorable red door on Ocean Park Boulevard. The cozy shop offers a “collection of handcrafted and eclectic finds.” With products ranging from accessories to housewares to toys, there’s no shortage of amazing goods at GOODs. The owners boast that the store’s pieces come from all over the world, which means you’ll be hard pressed to find these items anywhere else in town. The best part is that GOODs has a wide range of prices so you can pick something up here that won’t break the bank.

Couple shopping at Goods handmade gifts


In search of the perfect card? Look no further than Arts and Letters on Main Street in Santa Monica. This quaint store is packed with stationery, handmade knickknacks, and personalized invitations. It’s definitely the kind of place you could spend hours and hours browsing. But don’t worry, you won’t get overwhelmed. The staff is eager to help you pick out the best gift. But the greatest part about Arts and Letters? Sasha, the resident dog, who greets you when you step in the door.

Arts and Letters store exterior


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