family at christmas tree farm

Hidden Springs Christmas Tree Farm, Atascadero

If you have not been to Atascadero’s Hidden Springs Christmas Tree Farm, you’re missing out on a true holiday experience.

I can say this with certainty because, being a fake-tree person (hellooo, Target Wondershop!), bundling up in warm coats and trekking through a Christmas tree farm hasn’t traditionally been on my holiday bucket list. So what a treat it was to finally go with the kids! Leashed dogs are welcome, too.

magazine clip

Find Gifts for the Kids in the North County

It probably comes as no surprise that some of our favorite gifts for the kids aren’t “things” at all — they’re the gift of experience. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule. Because there are some seriously adorable kid stores in the North County. And if you’re really set on something to wrap, many of our favorite kiddo experiences also offer gift cards. 

In no ranking order, here are our recommendations on local places to shop for gifts for the kids this holiday season (or anytime). I’ve also included their Instagram handles because if you know me at all, you know that’s my favorite way to scope out local businesses these days.