Niles Holiday Shopping Help

Niles is not just antiques. Our merchants have a passion for the unique, the special, the stuff you won’t find at the mall. You could spend a day in our town and likely find all you need for Christmas gift-giving and entertaining! And you can do it at a leisurely pace! Come up for a lunch of soups, salads, and gourmet sandwiches at Joe’s Corner or The Nile Cafe.

After lunch, hit the boulevard for “Santa browsing.”  Send Dad and the kids over to the train depot, where they can spend some time at the railroad museum and at the model railroad layouts at the passenger depot and freight station.

To end the day, plan to have dinner at one of our unique eateries. There is Cici’s Italian Ristorante, where you can get a great calamari steak and a piece of chocolate cake that will knock your socks off!  If you have a more eclectic palette, step into the Vine Restaurant for dinner inside or out on the (heater-warmed) patio, and gnosh on some “New American” cuisine accompanied by their wine, beer and sake/soju cocktail menu. Or, if you are craving some Continental fare, head up to Papillon Restaurant on Mission for some rack of lamb and maybe a flambe’d “bananas Foster”!

To be sure, Niles is the place to go on “Small Business Saturday!”


The Gift Dilemma
(What Can I Give?)
I am going to a holiday  party and need a hostess gift.
Come to the Saturday Farmer’s Market and nab a holiday gift box from the Sugar Cookie Lady! Or, Thyme for Tea has delicious fudge and fine collectibles, such as English tea sets, that would make lovely hostess gifts.
My sister likes jewelry, but she already has so much. What can I get her that is special? Come shop Corrie Glass! They make unique, special lampwork jewelry that you will find nowhere else! As an added delight, you can watch Wayne Corrie firing hand-blown glass pieces at the back of the store!  You will also find authentic Indian turquoise jewelry at The Turquoise Shop. Don even carries some hard-to-find green turquoise pieces!
My young nephew has so many toys already! What can I get him that is different? How about Tae Kwon Do lessons from the studio on Niles Blvd?  Encourage him to read! My Friends and I has classic children’s book collections.  There are plenty of educational toys at the Early Start Music & Toys shop on H Street.  Another magical shop for children is Gifts to Inspire. Come in and inspire a child!
My wife is tired of diamonds. Where can I get her an emerald bracelet? Chris’s Jewelry carries fine gemstones as well as gold jewelry and an array of estate jewelry.
I want something different to use for holiday decoration. Niles has lots! The Crystal Aerie has a remarkable collection of “Department 56” winter villages that would look wonderful on a mantel or buffet! They also sell Christmas caroler statuettes.  Want a dolled up fish ornament or a pouty-mouthed mermaid ornament for your tree? Come check out the quirky ornaments at Antique Treasures!  Need Thanksgiving or Christmas salt and pepper shakers for your table? Check out the shaker collections at Lost in the Attic!
My brother rides motorcycles. Everywhere. All the time. He has 2 Harleys and a Vespa. Needless to say, he’s hard to buy for. Got any ideas? If you’ll take a look in Keith’s Collectibles, there is a black piggy bank in the shape of a mini Harley-Davidson gas tank. What else could he want???
Have a friend who likes 50’s kitchen kitsch? Bite and Browse has a quirky assortment of old-time stuff that no 30’s to 60’s kitchen would be without! From hand egg beaters to colorful enamel ware and tongue-in-cheek home decor signs, you’ll find it all here!  Timeless Treasures has a fantastic collection of collectible Fiestaware that would brighten any kitchen!
Where can I find a great bike for my teenage son? Gooseneck Bikes sells extraordinary, one-of-a-kind bicycles for both kids and adults. They also can fabricate parts for bikes that need special repairs.
Know someone who is interested in quilts? Niles hosts two quilt shops in town: Not Just Quiltz and Color Me Quilts, both of which offer quilting lessons. Color Me Quilts also offers knitting lessons and hand-made crafts.
My aunt collects transferware. Where can I get some for her? There are several antique shops in Niles that carry collectible transferware, including Lost in the Attic.
My dad has an old Bentley he loves to work on. What can I get him to help him putter on his old car? Just the place! Don’s Antique Auto Parts has been providing nuts, bolts, ignition switches, original hood ornaments, hub caps, and more for vintage Chevys, Fords, Cadillacs, GMs, and others for longer than we can remember. He even ships long-lost parts for Rolls Royces and Bentleys to European royalty. (He had a recent request from Queen Elizabeth for a headlight lens for her ’34 Nash.) When they can’t find it in Europe, they call Don! A gift certificate would make your dad smile!
My daughter is crazy about Walt Disney movies. Where can I find Disney cartoon characters for her room? Crystal Aerie has an extensive selection of  upscale, collectible Disney characters. Come in and browse the mermaids, princesses, flying carpets, and genies!
Have a friend who loves art? Come browse the art at the Fremont Art Association.   Joe’s Corner also displays paintings by local artists. Drop in for a cuppa Joe and take a look!
I like to support non-profits during the holidays. Any ideas for me? Our local non-profit LEAF organization promotes sustainable gardening and hosts community garden plots on the grounds of the California Historic Nursery.
What does Niles offer for my audiophile? Next door to The Nile Cafe is a shop called Needle to the Groove, where you can find actual vinyl records dating back to the 50’s through the 80’s. If your audiophile is looking for the Beatles’ White Album, you just might find it here!  For a more folk vibe, our local troubadour, Michael McNevin, runs McNevin’s Mudpuddle Music where he offers his own CDs, as well as a collection of Etch-a-Sketch art that rivals any other in the Bay Area!
I have a friend with a new baby. What can I get the baby for Christmas? Stop by the Baby Tree Boutique and pick out a gently used toy and check out their hand-made gift cards while you are there. You might even find something for yourself since they merged with the Switch consignment shop! Early Start Music & Toys on H Street not only specializes in toys that are wooden, organic and educational, they also offer music classes for children 0-5 years of age.
My husband complains that our home is too “girlie.” Where can I get a “manly” gift to put under the tree for him? How about a vintage surf board for the den? A Samurai sword to hang over the fireplace? Theater lights for..uh…the garage? You’ll find this and more at Mantiques!







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