San Diego Gifts

25 Authentic and Fun San Diego Gifts


San Diego is a city located in the sunshine state, California. It has warm weather all year round, which making it a home for many beautiful beaches. Beach sports and activities are part of the city’s DNA, and of course, surfing all day in San Diego is always a good idea.

San Diego is also famous for its delicious food scenes. Not only that you can find so many fresh products in San Diego, it is also home to some of the most unique food companies, such as the Stone Brewing Company and also Chuao Chocolatier. Thus, we have picked out 25 items and put it together into a list of San Diego gifts. There are both food and non-food items that are very unique to San Diego. Let’s start!

Non-Food Items

We will start with non-food items. There are many hip places to go and things to do in San Diego. San Diego offers various types of unique items that you can consider getting as a San Diego gifts option for your loved ones.

1. San Diego Neighborhood Typography Map 

San Diego Neighborhood Typography Map

The first item on the list of San Diego gifts ideas is a San Diego Neighborhood Typographic Map. It was drawn by one of San Diego’s local artists and it shows different neighborhoods of San Diego, making it a unique gift for a San Diego lover. In addition, you can make it more unique by framing it, and without a doubt, it will make a beautiful home decoration. 

2. San Diego Coastline Poster

San Diego Coastline Poster

As a city that is warm all year round, beaches play a big part in the city life. For that reason, we think that this San Diego Coastline Poster can perfectly pictures the beauty of San Diego coast lines. It was printed on canvas along with its frame. All in all, this one is a piece of San Diego beach at your home.   

3. San Diego Tote Bag

San Diego Tote Bag

If you are looking for something simple and useful, the San Diego Tote Bag would make a great choice. It was made locally and it’s definitely the perfect companion for grocery runs or running errands. After all, it’s time for us to stop using plastic bags, right?

4. San Diego Padres Beer Mug

San Diego is famous for its beer, thus getting this San Diego Padres Beer Mug is just right. It is a wooden beer mug that comes with the San Diego Padres (San Diego’s Baseball team) logo on it. The inner part is made of stainless steel, which will make your beer cold longer. It will also keep the wood from moisture, making the mug last longer and more durable for sure. 

5. San Diego Hat

San Diego Hat

San Diego Hats are simple San Diego gifts you can give to basically anyone. It comes in black and features a simple “San Diego Love” graphics on it. Due to its simple design, this hat is super wearable and it can definitely match any outfit and occasion. 

6. Nest Egg Necklace

Nest Egg Necklace

The Nest Egg Necklace was made by a local San Diego artist, which depicts the sentimental scene of a mother’s love by showing how mother birds take care of their eggs. It was made of sterling silver and copper. As for the eggs, they were made of amazonite. This is definitely one of the most precious San Diego gift for your mom or other mother figures in your life. 

7. Fitness & Recovery Cube

Fitness & Recovery Cube

Moving on to the next item, this one is the perfect gift for those fitness lovers. This Fitness and Recover Cube is made of essential oils, like winter mint and arnica, which would give the tingling sensation to the aching and sore body parts due to exercising. Being a unique gift, this is undoubtedly a unique product made by San Diego’s local brand KOA+ROY. 

8. Macrame Fruit Hammock

Macrame Fruit Hammock

This item confirms that hammocks are not only for human. Just like the hammock that you use when you’re chilling on the beach of San Diego, this one is the hammock for your fruits, which is why it’s called Macrame Fruit Hammock. It is the mini version of the usual hammocks, but uniquely made for your fruits and vegetables to take their well deserved break. Made locally in San Diego, it adds a touch of San Diego beach to your kitchen. 

9. Toggle Switch Plate

Toggle Switch Plate

A vintage option on this list of San Diego gifts would be this Toggle Switch Plate. Handcrafted by a local San Diego craftsman, it can work as a vintage light switch at home. It was made of plywood with brass handles and Victorian engraving on it. Just in case you’re wondering, the installation is also super easy to do. 

10. Personalized Baseball Babysuit

Personalized Baseball Babysuit

If your recipient is expecting a baby or just had a newborn, this Personalized Baseball Babysuit would be a San Diego gifts option that you can consider. Home to the San Diego Padres Baseball Team, this baby suit was indeed inspired by it.  Both name and number are customizable and it was made locally in San Diego. 


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11. San Diego Hats

San Diego Hats

In San Diego, hats are a mandatory parts of your outfit. These San Diego hats would make a great San Diego gifts option for you. It was made of wool and polyester with a pretty, small ribbon accent around it. Moreover, it also has a pretty cream color, which will match any of your outfits nicely. 

12. Island Bamboo – Surfboard Cutting Board

Island Bamboo - Surfboard Cutting Board

Famous tourist attraction in San Diego would be surfing along it’s beautiful beaches. However, gifting a surfboard might be a hassle due to its big size. Thus you can consider getting the mini version SurfBoard Cutting Board. Well, it’s not actually the usual surfboard we know, but you can definitely use it as a chopping board. 

13. Knockaround Classic Polarized Sunglasses

Knockaround Classic Polarized Sunglasses

Everyone need sunglasses to complete our beach outfit, and that includes you! In San Diego, Knockaround Classic Polarized Sunglasses is a staple. It would be a great San Diego gift idea for both men and women. 

14. Homesick San Diego Scented Candle

14. Homesick San Diego Scented Candle

This Homesick San Diego Scented Candle would definitely remind you of San Diego with its nostalgic scent. It will be a perfect gift for those who are missing San Diego. This candle would help them relive their memory of San Diego at the comforts of their own home. 

15. San Diego Starbucks Cup

San Diego Starbucks Cup

Do you know someone who is into collecting Starbuck cups from each city around the world? The San Diego Starbucks Cup would be the perfect San Diego gift for them. Moreover, this one is a special edition cup, which you can only find in Starbucks outlets that are located in San Diego. 

16. Stone Brewing Company Limited Edition Beer Glass

Stone Brewing Company Limited Edition Beer Glass

Stone Brewing Company is one of the most well known breweries, not only in the San Diego, but also throughout California area. Since beer is one of the most famous commodities from San Diego, getting this Limited Edition Beer Glass will make a great San Diego gift option for those beer lovers in your life. 

17. Surf Wax

Surf Wax

Surfing is an inseparable part of San Diego’s culture and people. People of San Diego take surfing seriously and they need surf wax to keep their surfboards in a good condition at all times. So, if you ask us, this item is definitely a great San Diego gift for the surfers. 

18. Fodor’s San Diego Travel Guides

Fodor’s San Diego Travel Guides

If you are planning to give a useful San Diego gift for a special person in your life, then you can consider getting this Fodor’s San Diego Travel Guides. Without a doubt, this will be the useful travel guide to plan a future visits to San Diego. 

Food Items 

San Diego is also famous for its delicious and unique delicacies. From its fresh products to their wide range of cuisines from different parts of the world, San Diego’s food scene is something you can’t miss every time you visit. 

19. El Monterey Burritos

El Monterey Burritos

El Monterey is one of the leading local food producers, which focus on producing Mexican food delicacies. The first food item on this list of San Diego gifts is the El Monterey Burritos. They add a little twist by making interesting Burritos flavors, instead of the standard original flavor. These frozen burritos could be your simple to-go snack at any time of the day, 

20. Stone Brewing Co. Michelada Mix

Stone Brewing Co. Michelada Mix

Stone Brewing Company has been making unique beer blends throughout these years. You haven’t been fully in San Diego if you haven’t tried any of these beer blends yet. You can consider getting this Stone Brewing Co. Michelada Mix as a San Diego gift. 


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21. Stone Brewing Co. Hot Sauce

Stone Brewing Co. Hot Sauce

Other than beer blends, Stone brewing Co. also makes interesting hot sauces blends that you can consider getting as a San Diego gift. It is made of a mixture of some Indian Ale Pale and also some other fruit juices, making it the perfect sauce for your tacos. 

22. San Diego Coffee

San Diego Coffee

San Diego also has its very own coffee producers: the San Diego Coffee Company. It has been roasting coffees for 40 years, making the San Diego Coffee Blend a great San Diego gift you can get. 

23. Perfect Snacks – Perfect Bars

 Perfect Snacks - Perfect Bars

Perfect Snacks is a brand of San Diego-based food manufacturer, which focuses on healthy snacks such as their protein bars. You can consider getting their Perfect Bars as a healthy San Diego gift option. It comes in many interesting flavors. 

24. Perfect Snacks – Peanut Butter Cups

Perfect Snacks - Peanut Butter Cups

If you love peanut butter, you can also get Perfect Snacks Peanut Butter Cups, a healthy alternative for all peanut butter cups lovers. It comes in many delicious flavors and it would definitely make a great San Diego gift. 

25. Chuao Chocolate Assorted Mini Bars 

Chuao Chocolate Assorted Mini Bars

San Diego is the home to the famous gourmet chocolates, and Chuao Chocolatier is San Diego’s very own chocolatier. The last item on this list of San Diego gifts is the assorted box of Chuao Chocolate Mini Bars, which will make a sweet San Diego gift. 


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What is something you can only get in San Diego?

From this list of San Diego gift ideas, the San Diego Starbucks Cup is the thing that you can only get in San Diego because it is a special edition based on each city. Also, San Diego Padres Beer Mug and Nest Egg Necklace are made by San Diego’s very own local artist, thus you can easily find them, only in San Diego.

What products is San Diego known for?

San Diego is well known for its Beach living. With all the beautiful beaches and warm weather all year round, surfing is a daily activity for its people. You can consider getting the surf wax or the Knockaround Classic Polarized Sunglasses from this list of San Diego gifts ideas. You will be able to experience a glimpse of the beach life in San Diego. 

What snacks is San Diego known for?

San Diego is famous fot its delicious Mexican food. You can consider getting the El Monterey Burritos from this list of San Diego gifts to get a glimpse of the Mexican food scene in San Diego. 

What food is native to San Diego? 

Native food of San Diego includes the local beer, wine, and also gourmet chocolate. You can consider getting the Stone Brewing Co. Michelada Mix or the Chuao Chocolate Mini Bars from this list of San Diego gifts ideas. 

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