Don’t be that person who becomes known for generic gifts (that usually end up at a White Elephant gift exchange). We can help. We’ve assembled a variety of home-grown inspiration for everyone on your gift list.

The holidays are a great time to show family and friends you care with thoughtful, curated gifts. But life is hectic, and while you always have grand plans, we know how things go. Last-minute shopping tends to focus on just getting something, instead of finding a gift that’s truly personal.

Don’t be that person who becomes known for generic gifts (that usually end up at a White Elephant gift exchange). We can help. We’ve assembled a variety of home-grown inspiration for everyone on your gift list.

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A restaurant gift certificate is a thoughtful way to say you care. Photo: Rack of pork at Allez

For the foodie

Treat the gourmet in your life to a gift certificate at one of the many local culinary gems participating in California Restaurant Month. Whether you spoil them with a certificate at a favorite high-end establishment or introduce them to a new-to-them hidden gem, your gift of a dining experience will be appreciated. The best part? Your gift will go a lot farther in January with all the discounts and specials on offer.

Mother Lode whitewater rafting, South Fork American River, El Dorado County

Give the gift of whitewater rafting this year. Photo: Mother Lode

For the adventurer

If you have an adventurer, a nature lover, a thrill seeker, or just someone who is hard to buy for on your list, a whitewater rafting trip is the perfect gift. It’s an experience they will never forget this holiday season! There are no shortage of rafting companies in El Dorado County, and many of them are offering holiday specials worth checking out.

Women walking in vineyard.

A wine tasting experience is a gift that keeps on giving. Photo: Lauren Lindley Photography

For the oenophile

El Dorado Passport: Give your wine-loving friend (and yourself) a unique El Dorado County wine country experience. Tickets to one of the El Dorado Passport Weekends show you care. Win extra points by surprising them with VIP tickets.

Wine clubs: With over 70 wineries in El Dorado County, there are plenty of choices for bottles, wine clubs, and other gifts. To learn more about the region’s award-winning wineries, start with wine associations including El Dorado Wine Country, Fair Play Wine Association, Carson Road Wine Association, and the Apple Hill Growers Association.

Blacksmith shop item - gold bug park and mine, El Dorado County

A handmade wine opener from the Gold Bug Park and Mine makes a unique gift.

Stocking stuffers and hostess gifts

The talented blacksmiths at the Gold Bug Mine are hard at work during the holiday season. Besides demonstrating their artisan skills, they’re taking custom orders for bottle openers, BBQ utensils, trivets, dinner bells, courting candles, and other unique gifts handcrafted from horseshoes or railroad spikes.

Dry Diggings Distillery

Make the cocktail lover in your life happy this holiday season.

For the cocktail (and history) aficionado

Dry Diggings Distillery: Named for the original name of Placerville that refers to the earliest style of (pre-Gold Rush) mining, this distillery has a distinctly Motherlode theme. Come for a distillery tour (Fridays at 12 pm and 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 12 pm and 3 pm; $10 per person) and tasting, and leave with a custom gift basket. Gift baskets include your choice of spices, sauces, bitters, cocktail ingredients, and most importantly, Dry Diggings spirits. Think Whiskey themed baskets, Bloody Mary baskets, or for the James Bond fan in your life, a Martini or Vesper themed basket.

skiers on a chairlift at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Photo courtesy of Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort

Give the gift of skiing and riding with a Sierra-at-Tahoe 3-Pak.

For the skier or snowboarder

Gift the gift of snow with Sierra-at-Tahoe 3-PAK Lift Tickets. The 3-Pak is one lift ticket valid for one person good any three days of the 2019-20 season, including holiday dates.

For the crafter

The South Lake Tahoe based Wildwood DIY Boutique showcases a unique variety of local and independent artists, with many goods handcrafted in the Tahoe basin.  You’ll find more than gifts and treasures here, however, as Wildwood also offers the tools to do-it-yourself, through workshops, craft kits, books, and supplies. Gift certificates here are valid for workshops or anything in the boutique.