Berkeley Last Minute Gift Shopping Guide 2015 December 20 2015
Time is ticking and you've been too busy watching Star Wars. Now where to shop for gifts this year?We've handpicked a few spots that is guaranteed to only provide smash hit gifts this year. All within walking distance of the Downtown Berkeley BART station! Here's our quick and dirty guide to awesome gift ideas for those in a hurry.
PocketMe's 3D printed PocketPortraits
It's a totally new type of portrait and there's a studio here on Shattuck Ave! PocketPortraits are made by scanning your entire body and 3D printing a mini version of the scan. Imagine having the whole family on your shelf for generations to come! The studio is walk-in only, so email them to set up an appointment or get a gift card. Learn more.
Half Price Books
A must-visit on any gift shoppers route through Downtown Berkeley. This family-owned chain buys and sells books, but you'll also find brand new bestsellers here including music and movies. If you can't find what you need here for your family's bookworm; visit Pegasus books on the opposite end of Shattuck. See Half Price Books hours.
For the geek in the family; indulge yourself in shelf upon shelf of comic book galore. Collectible miniatures and books are also on the menu. If video games is more your geeks style, check out GameStop on the corner of Shattuck and Allston. Visit Fantastic Comics.
Movie Theatre Gift Card
With the current prices of movie theater popcorn, there's no gift more welcome than a gift card to ease the pain of watching The Force Awakens for the 7th time. Downtown Berkeley's blessed with three movie theaters: Landmark Shattuck Cinemas, California Theatre and United Artists.
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viv & ingrid
Everyday luxuries and accessories to inspire. Up on Oxford street (up Center Street and past Starbucks) you'll find viv & ingrid's Downtown Berkeley studio featuring jewelry of all kinds. Check out their online Holiday gift guide for a great overview. Learn more.
For the theater lover; give them a gift certificate to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. It never expires and allows them to pick the show they prefer. Learn more.
Do we need to say more? Ice Cream might not sound like a great gift for the Holidays, but what about a gift certificate your recipient is bound to use several months later? That's a gift that makes them remember you. Oh, who are we kidding; if someone gave us a gift certificate to Almare we'd run down there in an instant. Go indulge!
Games of Berkeley
The store's been a source of gifts for the whole family for 35 years now, so visiting the store is a sure bet when it comes to finding something fun. We'll be happy to guide you to the perfect gift, whether it be a board game, puzzle, toy or something silly like squid fingers. If you're in a hurry; gift certificates are a must.
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