O.C. Bargainista: Visit Santa Julius' workshop

Freebie of the Week: It's the second annual Julius Holiday Tour from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday — stop by Paul Frank South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, to enjoy milk, cookies and candy canes while taking a photo with Santa Julius the monkey, Paul Frank's mascot, at this free event. Your photo will instantly be crafted into a personalized ornament or gift tag; one photo per family. There also will be prizes and a 20% off promotion with any gently used children's book donation — books will be donated to the Festival of Children Foundation. Visit paulfrank.com.

Find those last few gifts

Stop by the Boathouse Holiday Collective Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at 1640 Pomona Ave., Costa Mesa, for goodies from multiple vendors including Generic Youth, Baum Vision, Almond, Hozell, Harper's boutique, Love Bags, Ritual Cleanse and Move Collective Film. There also will be food trucks to handle your hunger pangs, and festive holiday beverages available all day. Visit boathousecollective.com.

Donate to soup kitchen while filling your home

Model home furniture and accessory liquidator Just Like the Model, 18429 Pacific St., Fountain Valley, is offering a December food drive with side benefits: For each non-perishable item you bring in, you'll receive another 5% off the price of a non-sale item (maximum of 20% discount per household). Donations will benefit Someone Cares Soup Kitchen. For more information, call (714) 968-9888 or visit justlikethemodel.com.

Get a Milk and Honey sample

Children's clothing and accessories company Milk and Honey its holding its holiday sample sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 5488 McFadden Ave., Huntington Beach. All products for infants and toddlers, including clothing, bedding, toys and accessories, will be priced from $5 to $25. Visit milkandhoneybaby.com.

Hit Westminster Mall for deep discounts

The Warehouse Sale begins their Rock & Republic pop-up liquidation sale Friday at Unit 2029 of 1025 Westminster Mall in Westminster. The sale of more than 20,000 items is from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Prices decline each day. Make reservations in advance for expedited entry. Visit http://www.rockandrepublic.thewarehousesale.com.

Small gifts for small prices

For stocking stuffers and shoes, check out the MOR Cosmetics Annual Holiday Sale at 10718 Reagan St., Los Alamitos, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. It also will feature SeyChelles and BC Footwear. Visit morcosmetics.com.

Find a new sweater for Christmas morning

Three Dots, a perennial favorite for comfy, stylish knits, will hold a parking lot sample sale daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Saturday at 7340 Lampson Ave., Garden Grove. Call (714) 799-6333.

Make his heart go VROOOM!

Got boys? Get them remote-controlled cars, kits and other fun electronics at the AE Team Associated Warehouse Sale from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at 26021 Commercentre Drive, Lake Forest. Visit TeamAssociated.com.

No need to fight over MMA clothes

If you're into mixed martial arts style, don't miss the Affliction Holiday Warehouse Sale from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at 1799 Apollo Court, Seal Beach, where you'll save up to 75% on clothing for men and women. Visit afflictionclothing.com.

Obey your shopping desires

Obey will have its "giant" sample sale from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3500 W. Carriage, Santa Ana. Visit obey.com.

For the technophile in your life

Stop by the IOGEAR warehouse sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at 19461 Da Vinci, Foothill Ranch, to save up to 90% on home and office electronics like peripherals, USB hubs, media players and more. Spend $50 or more and get a free gift. Call (949) 453-8782 or visit iogear.com.

Have a hot sale tip, or know about a great local business that you think deserves a little attention? Contact the O.C. Bargainista at candicebaker@gmail.com. And remember — never pay retail!

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