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Holiday Guide to Shopping Local in Riverside

Discover and support Riverside's small businesses with these showcase of our community.

‘Tis the season! It’s that time again - your favorite movies, hot cocoa, candy canes, Mariah, and… SHOPPING! For those of us who haven’t knocked everything off our list yet, Riverside offers some amazing local shops and marketplaces to wow your friends, coworkers, and loved ones on your list with unique, thoughtful gifts that support local Riversiders and wonderful causes!


Raincross District

3583 Market St. |

Stop by this curated vintage marketplace downtown for handpicked and handmade gifts for everyone on your list!

Things They Love

3537 Main St. |

This mom-owned and curated toy shop offers an incredible alternative to that big box, disposable toy feel with expertly crafted toys and games for all your little elves to enjoy on that Christmas break that’s on the way!

Downtowne BookStore

3582 Main St. |

An independent, woman-owned, longstanding Riverside gem that offers new, used, and rare books for that lovely bookworm in your life.

Ampersand Gifts and Goods

3555 Riverside Plaza Dr. |

This family-oriented neighborhood gift shop is nestled in the corner of the Riverside Plaza. It offers creative, thoughtful gifts for your loved ones. As a special holiday bonus, check out their interactive Kindness Ornament, which provides daily messages from Santa!


3737 6th St

A woman-owned Mexican art and gift shop that will give you some one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers and gifts - sure to please all your gift-giving needs this season.

Penrose Record Room

3485 University Ave. |

This recently-opened vinyl shop can get you the LPs you need to rock around the Christmas tree!

BONUS: This Black Friday (11/24) features live music, exclusive titles, and a healthy amount of Holiday LPs to get you festive!


Arcade Marketplace - November 25, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

A real one-stop-shop for your Small Business Saturday, enjoy handpicked local vendors, holiday movies, live music, crafts for the kids, screen printing, and much more! And, as always, grab an excellent cup of locally roasted coffee while you peruse!

Alternative Gift Fair - December 3, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Support an annual gem of a fair that supports local causes with handmade toys, jewelry, art, and more!