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Last-minute gift ideas at great prices
December 20, 2013, 05:00 AM By Kerry Chan Daily Journal

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Karl Ho, employee at I-Tea in Millbrae, demonstrates how to use an authentic tea pot from China.

Om My Dog, dog collars with Chakra symbols from Active Aggie in Redwood City.

Every year during the holidays, department stores and big retailers are looking to cash in. According to National Retail Federation, some retailers make 20 percent to 40 percent of their annual sales during the holiday season. While that is a significant amount of revenues for big retailers, family-owned or local businesses often get left out of the hype. Many carry unique and eccentric gifts that you may not find at the mall and offer a more personalized service.

At Active Aggie at 2601 Broadway in Redwood City, owner Dayna Marr literally corners the downtown area with a store that offers a variety of yoga and fitness apparel. Dayna is an animal advocate and stays active in the community.

Great gift idea: Fashionable and charitable dog collars for $10 with personalized Chakras, money from each purchase go towards pets in need.

Mavericks Surf Shop at 25 Johnson Pier in Half Moon Bay has become a local landmark since 1995, the store provides gear and rentals for beach and surf lovers from all around the world that come to catch Maverick or chat with owner Jeff Clark, who has surfed the awesome wave his whole life.

Great Gift idea: A variety of surf inspired T Shirts for $10-$25, or give the gift of adventure, a lesson for standup paddling starts at $50.

At Candy Talk Sweets and Gifts at 445 San Mateo Ave. in San Bruno, owner Enee Alvarado has turned a drab store into a fun candy land with plenty of sweet offerings.

Great gift ideas: Personalized candy and gift baskets starting as low as $10 can be made right on site.

Nothing Bundt Cakes at 864 Laurel St. in San Carlos is a tantalizing treat for any holiday party or host.

Great gift idea: Bundt cakes start at $18 and come in flavors likes red velvet, pecan praline, carrot or lemon and your choice cream cheese or butter frosting.

I-Tea Store at 373 El Camino Real in Millbrae has the perfect gift for tea lovers. They carry a wide selection of authentic teas and tea sets.

Great idea: A box of Pu-Erh tea ranges from $25 a box or $5 an ounce; the fully fermented, full-bodied tea has been linked to health benefits like lowering cholesterol and improving digestion.



Tags: great, store, owner, personalized, retailers, candy, gifts, i tea, active aggie, mavericks surf shop, candy talk sweets and gifts, nothing bundt cakes

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