Fergus writes: Dear Cosmos, Holiday shopping is easy when I know what everyone in my pack wants. I just go online and find the best deal with free shipping. But how do I shop for folks who haven’t given me their holiday gift wish list? Gift cards are so boring.
Cosmos: Online shopping was an incredible boon for us canines, who have difficulty getting out to the malls thanks to draconian laws that prevent dogs from getting a drivers license. But shopping on a computer has also curtailed those special moments when you turn around in a store and spot the perfect gift for a hard-to-shop-for loved one. I was reminded that these moments are the true joy of holiday shopping (and giving) while sniffing around some gift stores in Balboa Park recently. Here are a few gems I dug up…
For those looking to prevent pets from destroying their house plants, you might consider putting them under glass (the plants, not the pets). The Mingei International Museum’s store has added drought-tolerant terrariums by North Park’s own Tend Living to its diverse collection of hand-crafted jewelry, accessories, and home décor.
If you have a photo hound on your holiday list, then be sure to check out the Museum of Photographic Arts’ wide selection of holiday gift packages, including the one-of-a-kind Sun Art Enthusiast Package. MOPA is offering 35 percent off all Lomography products during December Nights.
Teach your favorite germophobic there’s nothing to be afraid of with these cute “little” GIANTmicrobes, available at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. GIANTmicrobes are stuffed animals that look like tiny microbes — only a million times actual size! They’re humorous, educational, and pup-friendly.
Put a smile on any Grinch’s face with something from the San Diego History Center store. In conjunction with the Ingenious Dr. Seuss exhibition, the History Center has a giant selection of Dr. Seuss-themed mugs, games, stuffed toys, holiday ornaments, and of course books, including the recently published What Pet Should I Get? (spoiler alert: get a dog)
Bird watchers will be the envy of their neighborhood with an environmentally friendly hummingbird feeder by Hummingbird Vineyard. Made of upcycled wine bottles, the unique feeder at the Balboa Park Visitors Center features NectorGuard non-drip technology that lets humming birds feed without creating an ant problem.
Book-lovers can never have enough bookends. And no one can ever have enough dog-themed home décor items. Thankfully, your pet- and book-loving friends can have the best of both worlds with a distinctive Big Top Balloon Dog Bookend, available at the San Diego Museum of Art store.