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Holiday shopping made easy



A big-city mall may offer ease, but in the desert, we make up for it with outdoor plazas and centers, avenues, and outlets that offer a wide scope of retail options.  

Cabazon Outlet Stores
Located 20 minutes west of Palm Springs on Interstate 10 at the Cabazon/Apache Trail Road exit, Cabazon Outlets is one of the most popular shopping destinations, with more than 15 million shoppers visiting per year. www.cabazonoutlets.com

Desert Hills Premium Outlets
Situated near Cabazon Outlet Stores, Desert Hills is a bargain hunter’s haven, offering one of the largest collections of designer outlets in the country with great deals and a seemingly infinite selection. www.premiumoutlets.com

Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Canyon Drive provides an excellent alternative to big-box shopping. Alejo Road divides uptown (north) and downtown (south) Palm Springs. North Palm Canyon’s Uptown Design District draws a significant number of retailers and businesses specializing in interior design and collectibles. Further south, you’ll find clothing and lifestyle stores, as well as kitschy shops for that must-buy trinket. The Corridor at Alejo Road is also worth a stop. www.palmcanyondrive.org

Perez Road
This short strip in Cathedral City disguised as an industrial center offers some great shopping for bargain hunters who love cool, eclectic resale and design shops. Mail holiday cards, get a jump on your taxes, or indulge in exquisite flooring — almost anything’s possible here. Check out Perez Art and Design District for art, interior/exterior home accessories, and other exciting discoveries. www.perezroad.com

The River at Rancho Mirage
One of the great things about this complex, in addition to the 1.7 million gallons of water flowing through pools, streams, and fountains, is finding haute couture and multiple specialty shops in a single setting. From audio products, fines wines, and beauty supplies to jewelry and beachwear, there’s something for everyone. www.theriveratranchomirage.com

Westfield Palm Desert
For a more traditional holiday shopping experience, Westfield Palm Desert offers a wide selection of retail outlets, from major department stores and chains to trendy fashion outlets. www.westfield.com/palmdesert

El Paseo
From dazzling jewels and exclusive international fashion to fine art and home décor, El Paseo offers an elegant mix of retail. It’s a one-stop shopping adventure. The Shops on El Paseo, at the west end of the district, features celebrated designers and specialty retailers; The Centre on El Paseo buzzes with independent boutiques; The Gardens on El Paseo presents 200,000 square feet of tranquility and fashion; El Paseo Village brings a wealth of high-end fashion boutiques and a coveted electronics store to the street; The Coble Building’s hidden gems include a design studio and flea market; and El Paseo Collection, for the art lover on your shopping list, features more than 20 venues celebrating some of the area’s most venerated talent, as well as Western, modern, abstract, and Renaissance art — from paintings to sculpture. www.elpaseocatalogue.com; www.palm-desert.com/elpaseo  

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