The Eighth Annual Submerge Holiday Gift Guide {Part 1}

By Submerge Staff

It’s your duty as an American to shop. That’s not an opinion, it’s right there in the Declaration of Independence. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. OK, so it doesn’t specifically mention “shopping,” but it’s clearly in the subtext. So, if it’s your duty to shop, why not do it locally? You’ll impress your family and friends with your awesome taste and knack for finding unique gifts, and you’ll also help grow your community’s economy. Double bonus! That’s what the season’s spirit is all about (again, subtext). Please enjoy the following compendium of (mostly) local holiday gift ideas and feel your heart cockles fill with patriotic pride!


Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera at Mike’s Camera

In this digital age, isn’t it nice to actually hold onto something tangible? We sure think so! That’s why we love the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera ($79.99), available locally at Mike’s Camera (2200 J Street, Sacramento) or online at Available in multiple colors, these cameras are cute, compact, easy to use and they print “Polaroid style” photos in seconds. Pick one up and take it to your holiday parties this year, snap some photos and pass them out to friends, you’ll be the star of the soiree! Note: film is sold separately.

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Glass Pyramids by Aradia Glass Craft

Aradia Glass Craft owner Amy Streit has always been a maker. She not only creates these amazing glass pyramids (starting at $15) that look stunning with air plants (sold separately, anywhere from $1 on up, depending on size), she’s also an expert in stained/leaded glass restoration and repair. Stop into Old Gold (1104 R Street, Sacramento) to see an assortment of Streit’s creations.


Moroccan Rugs from Kechmara Designs

These Moroccan rugs are the real deal, no knockoffs here. Kechmara Designs’ Ali Setayesh hand-selects each vintage piece and imports them to be showcased in their new shop, located inside WAL Public Market (1104 R Street) or online at They’re beautiful and are in incredible shape, which is really cool considering they were made more than 50 years ago in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco! Inquire with Kechmara for prices.

MSR Evo Snowshoes from REI

MSR Evo Snowshoes from REI

A little snow won’t stop you from exploring new trails this winter as long as you’ve got the proper equipment, starting with these MSR Evo Snowshoes ($139.95) available online through Built for rolling terrain and trails, these things are legendary for their dependability and all-condition traction, allowing you to enjoy the beauty and wonder of the snow-capped Sierras safely and responsibly. Optional 6-inch tails (sold separately) will float you on top of even the deepest fresh powder and/or help if carrying heavier loads. We wish you happy (and warm) trails!


Vinyl Records for All Ages and Cute Vintage Finds from Kicksville & Medium Rare

Combining two shops into one, Kicksville Vinyl and Vintage and Medium Rare Records and Collectibles (1104 R Street, Sacramento, inside WAL Public Market) offer a plethora of vinyl records for all ages as well as adorable vintage finds! New records, used records, 45s, cute decorations from the ‘50s and ‘60s, furniture, mid-century and vintage goods, tapes, CDs … and they’ve got it all.


Garmin Vivoactive Smart Watch from Fleet Feet

For the active athlete on your shopping list, you owe it to them to look into the Garmin Vivoactive ($250), available at Fleet Feet (2311 J Street, Sacramento) or online at This ultra-thin, lightweight smartwatch has a sunlight-readable, high-resolution touchscreen and built-in sports apps, including GPS-enabled running, biking, golfing, swimming and activity tracking. Pair with your smartphone to view incoming calls, emails, texts and calendar notifications.

Tawapa earring

Unique Earrings by Tawapa from Chief Piercing

These beautiful earrings from California-based jewelry makers Tawapa are amongst countless other gems that you’ll find at the newly opened Chief Piercing (1018 22nd Street, Sacramento). The shop carries plenty of choices for stretched and unstretched ears. Pictured are: Ebony Lotus Hoops ($45); Lotus Eyelets, available in gold or silver (starting at $60); and Rosegold Hexagon Hammered Hoops ($100). Stop in and see shop owner Katrina Bennett, she’ll show you the goods.


Pom Beanie and Tech Gloves from Official Crown of Laurel

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s cold as heck in Sacramento this time of year! Stay warm and stylish with these choice pieces from locally based company Official Crown of Laurel. The City Chulo Pom Beanie ($26), and touch screen-friendly Tech Gloves ($24), are both available online at Also, be sure to check out Official’s “Sample Sale” on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at 808 R Street from noon to 5 p.m. for select $5 hats, $5 beanies and $20 jackets!