Camarillo is known for all kinds of things, from historic white horses to stunning aviation celebrations, but we are perhaps known best up and down the California coast as THE spot to shop! Countless thousands of visitors head to our fair city every year to take advantage of our incredible array of stores and gifting options. Here’s our roundup of the best gift shopping spots in Camarillo in 2022!
The Camarillo Premium Outlets
The only place to start is at the top! The Camarillo Premium Outlets include more than 160+ brand name stores, from Adidas to Zumiez and everything in between. It’s also home to a few California-based brands like the recently opened Malibu-founded store Barefoot Dreams, home to comfy loungewear, or the So-Cal-based jewelry store Pure Vida which sources ethically-produced handcrafted bracelets and accessories. There are truly so many spots to choose from that folks are known to knock out their entire shopping lists in a single day. Here are a few other stores you should definitely hit up for popular shopping categories:
- OshKosh B’ gosh
- Disney Outlet
- Brooks Brothers
- Calvin Klein
- Tommy Bahama
- NEW: Pura Vida
- Nike Factory Store
- Le Creuset
- Pottery Barn Outlet
Insider Tips for the Outlets
As Camarillo locals, you might call us outlet experts, but we’re willing to share our insider tips with all! Here’s how to make the most of your outlet shopping experience:
Catch the CAT Trolley: Since 2014, Camarillo has offered trolley bus service for visitors and locals alike for just $1 a ride. It comes every half-hour, then travels past the Camarillo Premium Outlets with opportunities to get on and off at both the promenade and the main court stops. Riders can also access a variety of drinking and dining options in Camarillo — as well as across any crossroad in historic Old Town. If you’re staying at Hampton Inn, Days Inn or Surestay Hotel, in particular, the trolley route comes right past. Learn more and download a trolley map here.
Become a VIP: Camarillo Premium Outlets has an awesome VIP Shopper Club through its parent organization, Simon. The club is free to join and gives you access to exclusive deals. It’s an easy way to nab some discounts, and you end your membership at any time. But we bet you won’t want to after you see the bargains! Plus, this holiday season, 10 lucky VIP members will receive $2,500 sweepstakes prizes. Sign up here before you shop.
Check the holiday deals: Camarillo Premium Outlets is advertising deals up to 65% off for the 2022 holiday season. Here is their roundup of discounts at specific stores. (You’re welcome!)
Shop Local in Camarillo Old Town
Beyond the incredible outlet center are lots of other places to find unique holiday gifts in Camarillo, while also supporting local businesses and injecting your dollars back into our community’s economy. Camarillo Old Town is the neighborhood of choice for mom-and-pop shops, as well as charming eateries, craft breweries and other businesses. Here are a few great gift sources in Old Town, which is also on the trolley route:
- American Pie Records has a fantastic collection of vintage records, music apparel and more, making it a great stop for the music lovers on your shopping list.
- Revolution Board Co. has surf and skate lifestyle clothing, accessories, hats and other cool goods, a truly Southern California gem.
- Green Goddess Boutique is the kind of vintage shop you can lose hours in hunting for treasure! You’ll find excellent clothing and jewelry, accessories, shoes and more.
- Zander’s Game House is an exceptionally cool spot to shop for friends and loved ones who enjoy games. They have an incredible selection of over 1,000 board and card games. This place is honestly just a blast to stop by, so don’t skip it!
Gifts You Can Eat (or Drink!)
Among other things, Camarillo is renowned for its rich agricultural heritage, and we bet you have some foodies on your holiday shopping list who wouldn’t mind receiving the fruits of our harvest! Here are some tasty gift options to consider.
A Treat from McGrath
McGrath Family Farm has a charming organic produce store with picturesque persimmons available at this time of year, along with a wide range of lovely non-perishable gifts like snacks, local honey, bacon jam and other fun foodie finds. The McGrath family also produce award-winning Public Domain Wines, for sale at the farm store. In addition to gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah and other holidays, we also love to stock up at McGrath on host gifts and stocking stuffers for the season.
To dive even deeper into the holiday magic, head to Underwood Family Farms in nearby Moorpark, which has tasty U-pick berries in season now in addition to a Christmas tree farm, reindeer, appearances from Santa and other family-friendly fun. You’ll also find cute holiday decor for sale, a solid go-to gift for just about anyone!
Farmers Market Finds
Camarillo’s weekly Farmers Market occurs every Saturday morning from 8 a..m. to noon in Old Town, and it’s another fantastic spot to find local produce galore, as well as non-perishable eats and treats. What’s more, their ever-changing selection of vendors also means you’ll find other handmade gift items like pottery, clothing, jewelry and other unique finds.
All Things Tea
All Things Tea is a family-owned and operated European tea room specializing in English tea service. Be sure to sample some teas and treats while you’re there, then take some beautiful gifts to go! They have gorgeous tea sets as well as a huge selection of teas for purchase.
Local Wine & Beer
A locally made wine or craft beer makes a great gift that feels really personal, and Camarillo has lots of award-winning options for both. For wine, try Cantara Cellars, The Wine Closet or Sheila’s Wine Bar, and for beer, we’ve got to recommend Topa Topa Brewing Co. and Institution Ale Co.
Some Bonus Gift Ideas
Well, we’ve played the hits, but we’re not out of great Camarillo gift ideas quite yet!
Music Freqs is a great gift shopping option for … well … music freaks! This cool location offers lessons, recording space and an event venue, too, and their shop is just packed with everything from instruments and accessories to records, band merch and lots of interesting giftables. It’s truly a great stop for the musician or music lover on your holiday shopping list.
You’ve probably heard of “experience gifts,” or gifts that hook someone up with tickets or arrangements to do something cool and memorable. Camarillo is packed with experiences for all stripes, from the museums like the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology to adventures like Skyrider Ultralights! Many of these businesses and organizations offer gift certificates, tickets and other ways to gift someone with a really cool memory. Check them all out here.
Book Your Stay … and Get Shopping!
That’s it for our 2022 Gift Guide! We bet you have some great ideas for all the recipients on your shopping list by this point. Come see us for a few days – or more, we won’t mind! – and get some shopping done. Check out our great selection of hotels here.