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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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.

Annabelle's Chocolates wine and chocolate flight

A wine and chocolate flight from Annabelle’s Chocolates makes a great gift. Photo: Mike Battey

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. 

Apple Hill Cookbook - 50th anniversary

Your favorite baker will enjoy the delicious recipes from the Apple Hill Growers Association.

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! 

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 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.

Women walking in vineyard.

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

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.

Lake Tahoe Coin

The Tahoe Coin is an excellent gift idea for the coin collectors and Lake Tahoe lovers in your life.

For the Tahoe lover

The limited-edition Tahoe Coin is a collector’s silver coin that celebrates a significant milestone in the history of Lake Tahoe’s preservation and restoration – the 50th anniversary of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The coin is one half troy ounce of .999 fine silver. 

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. 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.  

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 2020-21 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.