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.
For the foodie
Treat the gourmet in your life to a gift certificate at one of the many local culinary gems. 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.
There’s no sweeter way to win a chocolate lover’s heart than a gift from Annabelle’s Chocolates. Order a box of homemade sea salt caramels, truffles, or assorted chocolates online and treat yourself to a wine and chocolate flight while you’re at it.
For the cook
Your baking friends will love the stories and recipes in the Apple Hill 50th Anniversary Cookbook. It features the delectable apple desserts you’d expect, along with savory dishes. It’s bound to become a go-to for anyone who receives it!
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 a perfect gift. It’s an experience they will never forget this holiday season! There is no shortage of rafting companies in El Dorado County, and many of them are offering holiday specials worth checking out.
For the oenophile
El Dorado Wines: A subscription to the new Wine Movement is sure to put a smile on your favorite wine lover’s face! They’ll get exclusive access to deals, special tastings, and unique experiences only available to members.
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.
For the cocktail (and history) aficionado
Dry Diggings Distillery: Named for the original name of Placerville which refers to the earliest style of (pre-Gold Rush) mining, this distillery has a distinctly Motherlode theme. The tasting room is closed due to COVID-19, but you can still order their array of handcrafted whiskey, vodka, gin, and liqueurs for curbside pickup.
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.