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Forget fighting the sea of shoppers on Black Friday or buying into the anti-social bah-humbugginess of Cyber Monday. In Laguna Beach it’s all about shopping local. Instead of getting lost in a mall or online, you can celebrate the chance to stroll through town to pick out your gifts. Perhaps you’ll decide to tuck inside a cozy bakery for a bite before continuing to the Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy where carolers, cocoa, and an endless array of gifts abound.
In the end, you’ll get the gifts but you’ll also get a day worth savoring—one that adds to the joy of the holidays rather than detracting from it.
Laguna Buy Hand: This PCH storefront (next door to Mystic Arts) sells only jewelry, toys, and gifts handmade in the United States. Treasures like this drop turquoise necklace feel like special discoveries for both the giver and the receiver. $60 www.LagunaBuyHand.com
The Pageant of the Masters will be performed nightly from July 8 through August 31, 2015. A Pageant ticket also entitles one to free unlimited admission to the Festival of Arts grounds all summer long. Advance tickets: $15 - $230.www.PageantTickets.com