10 Gift Ideas from San Mateo Businesses

Whether you’re buying for a friend in the neighborhood or shipping a gift out of town, San Mateo has ample opportunities for special gifts. Below we go through 10 ‘local love’ ideas for gift giving this holiday season:

Give kids the superpower of science with a CuriOdyssey membership. Watch bobcats pounce, otters glide and explore the natural world by experimenting with more than 50 science exhibits.  You can also give the kids a year of classes, workshops and camps with a membership at Scribble Me Happy.

Pack a basket full of fresh pasta plus everything you need to put together a great meal from Pasta Pasta paired with your favorite bottle of wine from Whole Foods!


San Mateo is referred to as a “Best Small Town For Food” for good reason. Our local restaurant scene offers some of the best food options with a range of fun fusions. Purchase a gift certificate from local favorites such as: Three, Sushi Yoshizumi, 31st Union, Vault 164 or try a new comer like Pausa or Michelin Star winner – All Spice.

We all scream for ice cream, and lucky for you it’s just around the corner! Stuff a stocking with a neighborly note and gift card to Tin Pot Creamery’s handcrafted, small batch ice cream and tease your tastebuds until their Bay Meadows opening in early 2017.

Peruse the outdoor play section at Talbot’s Toyland, loaded with family friendly toys from badminton and boomerangs to flying rings and discs that would be perfect for a play date at the parks at Bay Meadows.

Give the gift of spin and purchase Revelry indoor cycling classes for your loved one. They’ll sweat, smile and repeat into the new year. Each bike is equipped with a computer and the PerformanceIQ system that will track watts, RPMs and calories burned.

Make the foodie in your life smile with a Draeger’s gift card for cooking classes. Any leftover funds can be used for anything in the store, from gourmet groceries to cookbooks to dinner at Viognier restaurant, located inside the San Mateo store.

Include your four legged friend in your everyday bike outings with a new pet basket or trailer from Talbot’s Cyclery. You can also search their racks, packs, lights and locks for your gift giving this year.


Pick up an Apple Watch Series 2 from the Apple Store at Hillsdale with built-in GPS and lightning-fast dual-core processor for the techie on your shopping list. Full of features that help you stay active, motivated, and connected.

Shopping for a bookworm? Pair a B Street Bookstore gift card and Blue Bottle Coffee gift subscription so your favorite reader can curl up in the Evan Shively sculpture in Persimmon Park and let the imagination unfold.

Featuring best-in-class retailers such as Tin Pot Creamery and Blue Bottle Coffee, Bay Meadows’ Town Square is shaping up to be the ideal gathering place with more ground floor retail, outdoor dining and pop-ups to come. Soon home to a stunning new sculpture from internationally-renowned artist Jeppe Hein, the Town Square will be the dynamic core of our urban village. With Caltrain electrification to start in 2017, the platform will be elevated and grade separations will be installed on 31st and 28th Avenues, making the Town Square the perfect place to relax outside for a glass of wine or an ice cream after a day of shopping and entertainment at Hillsdale Center. Join the Bay Meadows email list to stay on top of the latest.