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December 19, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for some unique gifts for those on your holiday shopping list?  Here are some gift ideas that are made or located right here in East County, so you can support our local economy while delighting your friends and family.


KUMEYAAY POTS:  The Mission Trails Regional Park Gift Shop carries a nice variety of Kumeyaay pottery madeby the Pai Pai Kumeyaay community of Northern Baja California, where there is an active group of artisans, each making her own designs. The pots are fired but unglazed, depending upon the beautiful patterns that result from the firing process for decoration. Pots range from $6 for miniatures to large pots for as much as $75 and are popular with collectors of the pottery of the Americas.  For more information, visit



VINEYARD TRAIL RIDE:  Looking for something special for that special someone?  Vineyard Trail Rides in Ramona is offering a “stocking stuffer special” for $99 (regular $138) that includes a romantic horseback ride for two with complimentary wine at a local vineyard in Ramona Valley, an emerging wine-growing region. Contact for more information or visit their Facebook page.




LAVENDER COLLECTION: Summers Past Farms sells many hand-made products created from crops grown at their bountiful herb farm in Flinn Springs. The lavender collection comes complete with lavender hand salve, floral mist, peppermint lip balm and lavender sachet, all for $15.95. Other gift-giving options include hand-made soaps, oils, or even a soap-making class.  For more information or to shop online, visit




HEMP PRODUCTS:  Hempy’s is a home-grown East County business offering American-made products from hemp fiber as a natural, pesticide-free alternative to cotton.  Located in the Wynola Farms Marketplace in Julian, this unique shop offers such items as hemp wallets ($20-$24), bags ($58),, belts ($24-26),  board shorts ($55), and much more – even body care products and hemp yarn to make your own creations. Visit to shop online or visit the location ion Julian.



DALLMAN FINE CHOCOLATES:  This El Cajon chocolate-making business offers a delectable assortment of options ranging from “San Diego” chocolate box collections to Mozartkugel, an Austrian confection of marzipan, hazelnut nougat and couveture  named for composer Wolfgang Amadaeus Mozart. Other choices include organic chocolate-infused flowers, chocolate covered nuts and bars with ingredients such as acai, cardamom & orange, bacon and applewood smoked salt—or indulge someone on your gift list with a Chocolate Club membership or a chocolate making class!  Visit for the delicious details.

A NIGHT AT SANTEE LAKES:  Choose from a waterfront or floating cabin; costs range from $102 to $147 a night for a stay in cozy wood-framed cabin. cabins include use of a pedal boat, fire ring, BBQ, kitchen, flat-screened TV and lakeside views.  You can also enjoy fishing, hiking, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, wildlife viewing and more.  There’s even an ADA compliant cabin with wheelchair ramp for disabled visitors.  Visit for reservations and a video tour.

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