What is important to you this winter gift shopping season?

With last year’s trials, you might feel the focus is on less is more, on thoughtful giveaways to make your dollars impact local businesses.

Gifts that bring comfort, a touch of joy, maybe a little sparkle, and a little peace can make a moving impact this year.

Your own budget is surely at the forefront of your purchases because it is important not to overdo it and not to stress your personal finances too much. The good news is that thoughtful and meaningful gifts can be found without spending an exorbitant amount.

Diamondback Electric Bike

A good way to get around town! Ventura Bike Depot has different brands and options, but I have a soft spot for the Diamondback brand (pictured above). Powerful engines, sleek frames, and disc brakes, these bikes are fantastic for cutting through traffic. Explore Ventura (or any town) with pedal assist that helps you hit up to 28 miles per hour!

Ventura Bike Depot, 239 West Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1114,

Tech Hammock trunk

The Tech Double Hammock Trunk in green, from Grand Trunk. Other sizes and colors available.

Grand Trunk makes these awesome camping hammocks that my kids love – keep them entertained for hours. The TRUNKTECH â„¢ fabric is durable, weather resistant and very compact. Super easy to set up too. Real Cheap Sports offers a variety of styles, all under $ 100. There is even an ultralight version; great for kids.

Real Cheap Sports, 36 W. Santa Clara St., Ventura, 805-648-3803,

Inspirations Latitudes

Inspirations Latitudes, by Stéphanie Hogue and Steve Munch

A beautiful coffee table book full of wonderful photos of the area, taken by Stephanie Hogue and Steve Munch, owners of the Latitudes Gallery. A great gift for sharing images of the local nature with anyone who enjoys art, the outdoors, or both.

Galerie Latitudes, 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-642-5257,

Larrivée guitars

Larrivée Acoustic LV-05 Select Series. Store selection may vary.

Larrivée guitars are handcrafted by a family business in Oxnard. Founder Jean Larrivée is originally from Quebec, but he brought his skills as a luthier to Ventura County in 2001 and has since produced some of the best guitars available. Guitar48 in Downtown Ventura has a large selection of beautiful Arrivals in stock, as well as other new and used guitars.

600 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-628-9540,

Ventura Surf Shop

William Dennis Custom “Ben Samuel Model” Longboard Surfboard

In general, Ventura Surf Shop is full of wonderful gifts for all the surfers in your life, with new and used gear as well as stickers, posters and clothing. On my wishlist this year: The ‘Ben Samuel Model’ longboard shaped by William Dennis, based on a custom board designed for legendary surfer Ben Samuel in 2015.

88, boulevard E. Thompson, Ventura, 805-643-1062,

Nanni and Deeda’s toy store

KnuckleHeadz Head Poppin ‘Racers from the Nanni and Deeda toy store.

This new toy store in Santa Paula is the brainchild of two grandmothers who love to play with their grandchildren and it shows as soon as you walk into this store. Lots of vintage toys, the sweetest stuffed animals and candy too. These breathtaking runners are a hit with my grandsons!

925 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 805-229-7161,

Ventura Music Festival

What could be better than the gift of LIVE music now that we can attend events in person again? The Ventura Music Festival always finds the nuggets and I can’t wait to see this world famous acoustic guitarist next month!

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Extreme Marine

Extreme Marine beta fish in Ventura.

As far back as I can remember, I have always had at least one pet fish. They add beauty and tranquility to any room. Extreme Marine has it all, including the advice and expertise you need to create a unique aquarium in your space.

1495 Palma Drive, Suite C, Ventura, 805-644-3474,

Ventura Visitor Center

Visit Ventura Shirts

We are now talking about local grandeur! The Visit Ventura Gift Shop in downtown Ventura is full of cool gifts for locals and people who want to be locals. And who doesn’t like a big ambigram? Until December 31, the store will be offering 20% ​​discounts on all kinds of fun things: t-shirts, jewelry, candles, bath and body products, and more. Some of their items are also prepackaged.

101 S. California St., Ventura, 805-641-1400,

Tony’s Pizzaria

Everyone knows that gift cards are great stocking stuffer gifts! A Tony’s Pizzaria gift card isn’t just a pizza gift, it’s a fun gift too! I love their pizza, their terrace and their live music! A happening place, it’s a great family hangout, with a lot of local history behind it.

186, boulevard E. Thompson, Ventura, 805-643-8425,

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