San Luis Obispo County is lucky to have tons of talented artists and creatives right in our backyard. I put together a list to spotlight some of my favorite makers in the area to help guide you as you prep your holiday shopping lists. It’s always a win-win to shop local when possible, as doing so gives back to the community we all love and supports our amazing hometown artists. The holiday season is one of the most hectic times for small businesses and indie creatives, so I like to make it a point to show them some extra love and appreciation.
Lindsey is an awesome local fiber artist that creates incredible handmade macrame tapestries and accessories. She’s also a past client of mine and is just such a joyful, bright soul. I recently bought her new product: a macrame hat hanger, and it’s a super fun and unique addition to my home. I also love her macrame wine bottle totes! Plus, she hosts lots of local workshops, macrame classes, and collaborative events with other businesses.
Central coast artist Naomi Holmes makes gorgeous timeless jewelry from her boutique studio in Morro Bay. All of her pieces are made from precious metals and incorporate one-of-a-kind natural gemstones. Recently, she’s begun to offer some fun apparel items and vintage goods, too. Shop Lazy Goods online or at her boutique shop, The Sunny Spot.
Jess and Kyle run Sticks & Stones together, where they craft custom woodwork pieces (like cutting boards and grazing boards) as well as hand-thrown ceramics, pottery, and clay jewelry. I take weekly pottery classes from Jess and can personally vouch for the heart and care involved in her craft. They have an online shop and will also be featured in a few events and pop-ups this season around California. They accept personalized commission orders too, if you have something specific in mind for an extra special gift!
Jesse is another past client of mine. She makes beautiful decorative pillows, handbags, and home decor items with handwoven textiles from all over the world. She’s passionate about the stories and histories behind the various artisan fabrics she uses, and channels that inspiration into her unique design style. Find her goods at her online shop or at local pop-up events!
Amanda’s art is inspired by California’s nature. Her work features famous landmarks from Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Utah, and Mount Whitney, in addition to many pieces inspired by local landmarks found right here on the Central Coast (like Morro Rock and the seven sisters!). Plus, her art is available as prints or on apparel. You can shop the full collection online, as well as in a handful of local shops around SLO county.
Designer and digital artist Rebekah creates art that sparks joy. From paper goods to accessories to gift items, all her products radiate fun and positivity. She’s a hand-lettering pro and uses her skills to make sweet greeting cards, colorful prints, and even custom signs and murals around the community.
If you’re local to California’s Central Coast, make sure to check out my favorite collectives while you’re holiday shopping! Pop-ups and makers collectives are perfect for browsing multiple makers’ wares all at once. I love getting to chat with the artists in person to hear about their individual stories and processes.
Style your home, find amazing gifts, and stock your pantry all in one place. From hand-poured candles to small-batch cocktail mixers, the General Store truly has something for everyone.
Annual holiday pop-up SLOcally Made returns for their 6th year! Several of our favorite makers in this list will be involved this year. Doors open at their downtown location on December 4th. You can also check out our recent featured blog all about SLOcally Made for more details!
Scout is known for displaying a generous selection of local and artisan goods in addition to their own branded merch and coffee items. Browse the collective online or at any of their locations.
A charming mother/daughter duo on a mission to spotlight local makers in their curated gift shop. Stop by next time you’re in Cambria!
An old soul, Rylin’s design sense blends passion with purpose for memorable visuals that mirror who you are.
Inspired by California’s Central Coast, centuries of architecture, and evolving interior design—Rylin offers classic style with an edge.
Experienced across a variety of design offerings, she serves both independent and corporate clients with a heart for helping others pursue their dreams.