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Unique Holiday Gift Ideas to Chew on

cosmos-blog_my-friends_jackJack asks: Dear Cosmos, If I have to chew on another Barbie doll, mp3 player, or sheepskin slipper this holiday season, I think I’m going to hurl all over the new Berber carpet. Where should my family go to find truly unique gifts this year?


Cosmos: Well, Jack, while I can’t encourage chewing on your family’s nice holiday presents, I can help you direct them to the many stores in Balboa Park that offer the widest selection of one-of-a-kind gift items.


For starters, mom will love the original work of the many featured jewelry designers in somecosmos-blog_holiday-shopping_sdma_sean-hill-ring of Balboa Park’s stores. The Mingei International Museum right now is displaying fine jewelry by Arline Fisch, whose sculpture is currently on display in that museum’s galleries, and the San Diego Museum of Art is offering a rare collection of resin-inlay jewelry by the Los Angeles-based designer Sean Hill (pictured).


Many stores, including the Spanish Village Art Center and San Diego Art Institute, not only sell handcrafted jewelry, but paintings, prints, pottery, glassware, and other types of home décor by local artisans. For a more international selection, they can try the World Beat Center or United Nations Association Gift Store.


For dads, hobbyists and the younger set, the stores at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Natural History Museum, Air & Space Museum, and Automotive Museum have an incredible selection distinctive games, toys, books, models, and inexpensive stocking stuffers that will suit anyone’s tastes—except apparently yours, Jack.

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