Your Local Holiday Shopping Guide

Need some good ideas for holiday presents? Check out these local stores.

The holidays are winding down, and do you still need to find some gifts for kids or loved ones? Take a look at some these local businesses to find what you need.

Feather River Train Shop

35 Mitchell Blvd.

This shop offers N scale model trains and supplies. Customers can call the shop and receive technical support from the owner on anything from getting the track to line up to getting the lights to go on at right time. Feather River Train Shop has train kits available for purchase. Introduce your child to the world of model trains with a beginner set.

Red Devil Records

894 Fourth St.

Tucked away in a corner store in downtown San Rafael, Red Devil Records is a great choice for a gift music lovers. With a cross selection of music ranging from jazz, blues and classic rock to reggae and international artists, this shop selling hard-to-find vinyl LPs and 7-inches might just be your best chance to find a long lost album or classic record, not to mention a great place to find new and exciting artists.

A Child's Delight

190 Northgate One

In a time of big box companies and online mega sites, imagination still reigns at A Child’s Delight. They offer classic toys focused on education and creativity instead of electronic gadgets and lights.As an extremely kid-friendly business, there is no need to worry about your kiddo breaking a new toy, as there are areas designated specifically for the little customer.

Triumph 4th Street

907 Fourth Street

Triumph is a premiere skate shop, offering everything from skate hardware to brand clothing. There is a wide selection of decks, trucks, wheels and bearings. In addition to skating goods, Triumph stocks clothing and shoes from accounts like Nike SB, Converse, Vans and Upper Playground. The store also features local companies, such as Anti-Hero.

Diamond Sports Cards

1144 Fourth St.

Know a sports lover in need of a gift? Diamond displays a wide variety of sports cards, memorabilia and general collectibles that the owner has been turning for 15 years. While collectible sports cards are hardly only for kids, Diamond gets the young ones in the door, and without anything digitized.


799 Third Street

Conchita is a cultural gift shop, selling pillows, throw rugs, candles, stools, furniture and other home accessories perfect for the individual with an adventurous and worldly design preference. The store also carries beauty products, such as soaps, lotions and balms. It is owned by Sol Hernandez, who also owns the restaurant Sol Food.

Blue Moon Comics

1560 Fourth St, Ste B

Blue Moon has comics from the 1940s to present day and strives to have a great selection of back issues from those time periods. Their kids section is growing all the time. Magic cards are also a specialty and they have thousands of singles, as well as graphic novels, t-shirts and statues.

Bananas at Large

1504 Fourth St.

Is there someone you know who wants to learn to play an instrument? In business since 1974, Bananas at Large offers a wide variety of products for your music needs, including guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and vocal, DJ and video equipment. Popular brands sold at Bananas at Large include Behringer, BOSS, Fender and Yamaha.


1260 Northgate Mall

Got a kid addicted to video games? GameStop features video games for all different platforms including XBox 360, PS3 and Nintendo Wii. GameStop also buys and sells used games.

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