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Only-in-California Holiday Gift Guide

Only-in-California Holiday Gift Guide

Find something for everyone on your list with this collection of Golden State gifts from every region of the state
Posted 2 years agoby Katrina Hunt

Every year, you say you want to finish your holiday shopping early—but this year, that goal is more important than ever.

For one thing, Hanukkah starts early this year (Nov. 28). Also, there’s talk of supply-chain issues that could threaten to thwart last-minute shoppers everywhere—which is another great reason to support small and local businesses, which have suffered considerably during the pandemic.

The good news: It’s not that hard to shop now. After all, you likely have the same list of folks you shop for every year—the brother-in-law who’s a beer aficionado, your hiker aunt, the cousin who’s obsessed with Star Wars, and so on. Check out these can’t-fail gifts that can be bought online—or by visiting in person and soaking up the local scenery. You might even find an excuse to treat yourself too.

The Beer Lover

Sierra Nevada’s Visions of Sugar Plums, $20

Aged with plums in red wine, brandy, and bourbon casks, this tall bottle of Belgian-inspired ale makes a perfect seasonal gift. Shipping beer out of state can sometimes be tricky, but Butte County-based Sierra Nevada can ship alcohol to 10 states and Washington D.C. For recipients in other states, consider the Celebration Candle, which smells just like the beermaker’s wintery Celebration Fresh Hop IPA, accented with pine and citrus, and topped with a handy maple-wood coaster.

The Holiday Decor Enthusiast

Garlic & Herb Wreath, $57

This pretty wreath hails from a locally owned farm/vineyard in Hopland and may be the perfect holiday decoration. It doesn’t need to be packed and stored away—you just use it until it disappears. The braid of fresh garlic, thyme, rosemary and chilies are all edible, and will be primed for cooking just about the time the holiday season ends. The herbs keep for several months, too.