Can you believe the holidays are upon us?! Thanksgiving has passed, and now it's time to delve deep into the season of giving and sharing. And if you're looking to give local, you've come to the right place. We at HHPR thought it might be time we shared a few of our favorite places to shop for local gifts...
Alma's Oilcloth and Chucherias on the Plaza
Recommended by Mili
Alma's Oilcloth and Chucherias is more than a shop along the Healdsburg Plaza. As one of the county's few vendors that prides its merchandize on the Latino culture, the small shop provides an inviting atmosphere full of color that makes it impossible to not go in to check out its many knick-knacks waiting for you. Whether you're looking for Frida Kahlo pins, Selena artifacts, or sugar skull accessories (among other things), it's hard to not feel like you're in Mexico. Mili's favorites are the coffee mugs embedded in dichos (popular Spanish sayings) and the store's assortment of stickers.
Made Local Marketplace in Santa Rosa
Recommended by Caitlyn
If you're ever in need of a one-stop shop for all things Sonoma County, the Made Local Marketplace is the place to go. It has everything from kitchen supplies to children's toys to unique one-of-a-kind art pieces to classic gifts to help you be wine country proud. It's an especially useful place to find a gift for a friend who has come to stay or for a note to send to relatives with love from the North Bay.
This winter, they're also featuring the Farm Trails Edition of the Sonoma Love Box, curated by our friend Pam Bell.
The Love Box includes ten locally-made items from Sonoma County farms. Not only do you get incredible gift items, you support a local businesswoman and several artisan crafts-makers from the North Bay.
Stark Restaurants in Sonoma County
Recommended by Holly
Local friends and family who love to dine out will welcome a gift card from Stark Reality Restaurants. These babies can be used at any of the Stark’s five (soon to again number six, with the reopening of Willi’s Wine Bar) restaurants in Sonoma County. Each restaurant is different, and each one is sure to delight with exceptional food, service and ambiance. In fact, it might be hard to choose. Since Holly is always looking for a good excuse to whip up a Venn diagram, she has created one that you can share with your lucky gift recipients to help them decide. Gift cards may be purchased at any Stark restaurant, or online at starkrestaurants.com.
Recommended by Tyffani
Tyffani suggests visiting Prohibition Spirits to purchase locally-made spirits for holiday parties, visiting friends and family, or as a gift for someone special. Her favorites include the Nochino, Black Walnut Liquer that finishes with flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon on your palate. It is delicious on its own after a heavy holiday dinner, or stirred into a glass of eggnog. Another favorite is Prohibition Spirits’ Melon + Mint Gin, which is a refreshing spirit made of cantaloupe and mint. One of the best things about the local distillery? Each spirit is named after a historical figure from Sonoma County! Charm your guests and delight your family and friends with a gift from this local gem.