Fun and Unique Holiday Gifts
● By Kayla Anderson
By Kayla Anderson
Now that the holidays are creeping up on us, do you know what you’re going to get your loved ones? Here are some unique local gift ideas to appeal to the food lover, the explorer or the home decorator.
For the Food Lover:
Kathy’s salsa and beef jerky from Kent’s Meats and Groceries (Redding): Tucked away in south Redding on Airport Road just north of Anderson, Kent and Kathy Pfrimmer offer old-fashioned customer service at their neighborhood market. One-of-a-kind selections not found
in other grocery stores include Kathy’s Doggone Good Jerky, her mild homemade tomato-based salsa, and cuts of buffalo, deer, elk and organic cheeses.
Bella Sun Luci sundried tomato risotto* from Mooney Farms (Chico): Starting out as a family-owned kiwi farming business in Chico, Mooney Farms sold its products along with sundried tomatoes in farmers markets all over Northern California. Shortly after its inception in 1987, Mooney Farms made its first big sale to Price Club in San Francisco. Their Bella Sun Luci sundried tomatoes and herbs steeped in olive oil product sold out within four hours. With its winning recipe, it opened a 100,000 square foot facility in Chico and continues to honor the family’s Mediterranean history by nourishing its 200-year-old olive trees growing amongst the lavender and rosemary.
Cheesecakes from Sweetspot (Redding): Located on Hilltop Drive, Sweetspot has every kind of indulgence you could ask for, from beer and wine to gelato and cupcakes. Its lemon, coffee, chocolate and other cheesecakes are served in cute little mason jars with such a lovely presentation that it’s hard to tell if they are edible or not. But you can eat them and they are delicious.
For the Explorer:
The Essential Olive Bite Me Not Body Butter in a Stick* (Shasta Lake City): A fan of DIY concoctions and organic ingredients, Debbie McHugh started creating lip balms, lotions and soaps from natural ingredients. Her Bite Me Not is made of citronella, lemongrass and cedarwood to repel insects along with cocoa and shea butters to moisturize skin (plus apricot, jojoba and macadamia nut oils). The best part? It’s condensed into a little roll-on stick that you can take on a plane or put it in your overnight pack to fend off the bugs wherever life takes you.
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway guidebook* (available at most Northern California travel centers): Spanning from Mt. Lassen to Crater Lake, this 500-mile Northern California paved scenic route is one of the 31 All-American Roads in the entire United States. The 160-page guide explains how the erupting volcanoes gave Northern California its dramatic landscape as it directs you through the byway’s rich history and culture. A must-have on those long road trips.
The Essential Olive Spicy Pumpkin soap* (Shasta Lake City, CA): Winter is the perfect time to lather up your body in cozy, naturally-scented products like the Spicy Pumpkin, Autumn Afternoon, or Apple Jack cleanses. All are free of parabens, petroleum, or alcohol, but rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and phytonutrients to help keep you looking young and smelling fresh.
For the Art Collector & Home Decorator:
Ryan Schuppert metal art* (Redding): Born and raised in Redding, Ryan Schuppert took a welding class in high school and was hooked. In 2002, he built his first custom motorcycle and opened Cannonball Metal Works, where he built custom motorcycles for others. He soon expanded into building Pulldozer winches, custom furnishings and metal art.
Handcrafted jewelry and art from Gaumer’s (Red Bluff): Rated as the number-one tourist attraction in Red Bluff by Trip Advisor, Gaumer’s Museum and Jewelry has been in business since 1967 and is on its fourth generation of family ownership. They are getting ready to celebrate 50 years of specializing in one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry, precious stones and jewelry-making materials.
Olson Stoneware (Weaverville): Northern California artist Greg Olson has been crafting wheel-thrown pottery for more than 40 years. Using vibrant colors inspired by the mountains and lakesaround him, Olson Stoneware offers personalized mugs, baby sets and beer steins. His 15-step process in creating rich green, blue and brown glazes ensures each bowl or mug can become an exclusive lifelong heirloom. Olson’s pottery is also dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe and lead-free.
For the Out-of-Towner:
The Weed Store (Weed): Just north of Mount Shasta, you can find the world famous T-shirts that state “I <heart> Weed, California.” Kitschy keychains, carabiners, magnets and other inexpensive souvenirs are stocking stuffers that are likely to generate a laugh or two.