Without local shops, shoppers would buy gifts exclusively from in-flight catalogues, forcing fathers to sneak into airplane wheel wells on Black Friday to order spy camera blenders for their children. Enjoy earthbound browsing with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gifts, greeting cards, accessories, and more at 3 Wishes Cards and Gifts in Alameda.
3 Wishes Cards and Gifts is a locally owned-and-operated gift shop known for its panoply of intriguing items and cheeky sense of humor. Pick up a wide variety of scented Pacifica soy candles ($15.95–$19.95) for covering up lingering aromas of disappointment, or bring home bushels of produce in an Envirosax eco-friendly shopping bag ($9.95). A locally crafted Scrabble tile necklace ($14) makes an ideal gift for a retired typesetter or wordsmithing blacksmith, and a tubful of Thymes bath products ($10.95–$29.95) soothes their word-weary shoulders. Wrap up a wee one or a sentient sack of sugar with Angel Dear baby snugglies ($11.95), or pick up a set of six baby socks from Trumpette ($23.95–$28.95) to keep their toes toasty.
Founded seven years ago, 3 Wishes continues to serve the needs of Bay area gift-givers, whether well ahead of time, or at the last minute after adult children suddenly recall that they have mothers. The shop itself is an explosion of colorful merchandise, neatly arranged on wood furnishings, whose warm hue compliments the bright green wall trimming and flushed, smiling faces of shoppers.