California-Inspired Holiday Gift Guide

by Trina Hendry

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we’re feeling all holly jolly. Why? Because we’ve created the ultimate California-inspired holiday gift guide to inspire your California dreams. From candles that help you escape to your favorite neighborhood in Los Angeles, to jewelry created by a California-based organization that creates jobs for the homeless, and a lot of cool stuff in between, there are fun, inventive and experiential gifts here that will bring joy to you and everyone on your list.

(Cover photo courtesy of Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau)


  1. ‘City Scents’ Candles - flowerboy project

Photo courtesy of Flowerboy Project

Photo courtesy of Flowerboy Project

With nine neighborhoods to choose from—Venice, DTLA, Malibu, Hollywood, Echo Park, Inglewood, Beverly Hills, Playa Del Rey and Culver City—these luxuriously scented candles make the perfect gift for anyone who loves exploring Los Angeles. The candles are curated and poured in Los Angeles, and each one is adorned with a city scape of the neighborhood it is inspired by. We’ll take one of each, please! $60

 

 

2. METALLIC BEAD MINI KEY BRACELET SET - The Giving Keys

Photo courtesy of The Giving Keys

Photo courtesy of The Giving Keys

‘Tis the season for giving. Pay it forward with this stunning set of three metal bead bracelets featuring a matching mini key and logo tag. Through The Giving Keys social impact employment model, every product you purchase supports job creation for people transitioning out of homelessness. $48

 

 

3. Potted Cactus - LA Cactus Co.

Photo courtesy of LA Cactus Co.

Photo courtesy of LA Cactus Co.

For someone who loves plants and home decor, we love, love, love these cactus arrangements created by LA Cactus Co. Each plant is potted in a gorgeous terra cotta planter and paired with a crystal, vibing the laid-back California lifestyle. Catch LA Cactus Co. at their pop-ups around LA over the holidays—Planet Blue on Main Street in Santa Monica and Hayden Wine Bar at The Platform in Culver City. If you’re not in the LA area, head to your local plant store and have them pot a cactus or succulent in the container of your choice. Prices vary.

 

 

4. Wine Subscription - Winc

Photo courtesy of Winc

Photo courtesy of Winc

A gift card for wine from Winc, a California-based winery offering an online membership experience, is the ultimate gift for the wine aficionado on your list. Simply purchase a gift card in any denomination and the recipient can redeem it for a personalized wine delivery. We’ll toast to that!

 

 

5. ANIMAL PRINT shoes - Freda Salvador

Photo courtesy of Freda Salvador

Photo courtesy of Freda Salvador

Based in Sausalito, CA with stores in San Francisco, Culver City and NYC, Freda Salvador is one of our fave shoe designers. With animal print all the rage this season, we think these WIT Oxfords in cheetah print are the ultimate splurge for fashionistas. They happen to be on our wish list this year, hint, hint! $425

 

 

6. The Gentleman’s Box - Thread & Seed

Photo courtesy of Thread & Seed

Photo courtesy of Thread & Seed

The Gentleman's Box is the perfect gift for the well-groomed man in your life. Way of Will's Natural Deodorant, Herbivore's Post Shave and Empire Apothecary's Hair Dust keep him fresh, while Wes Candy's Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans and Mast Brothers Dark Chocolate keep him sweet. There are plenty of perfectly curated gifts for the ladies as well from this San Diego-based boutique. From $75.

 

 

7. Chocolate BonBons - Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

Photo courtesy of Ginger Elizabeth Chocoloates

Photo courtesy of Ginger Elizabeth Chocoloates

Seeking out local ingredients and producers whenever possible has allowed Ginger Elizabeth to curate a menu of distinctive bonbons that reflect a true taste of California. Flavors include Eureka Lemon, Olive Oil Sea Salt, Lavender Caramel, Buttermilk Lime, Wildflower Honey Yogurt, California Passion Fruit, and more! $42 for 24-piece box.

 

 

8. Martinique sankalpa yoga mat - The Beverly Hills Hotel

Photo courtesy of The Beverly Hills Hotel

Photo courtesy of The Beverly Hills Hotel

Fun meets high performance with the oh-so-chic SANKALPA yoga mats inspired by The Beverly Hills Hotel’s iconic banana leaf print. Pair it with matching yoga pants and travel accessories, all adorning the famous leaf motif. $155

 

 

9. Ceremonial Matcha Gift Set - Alfred’s Tea

Photo courtesy of Alfred Tea

Photo courtesy of Alfred Tea

The ever-so-popular Alfred Tea Ceremonial Matcha Gift Set includes everything you need (+ detailed instructions!) to make the perfect matcha drink at home, day after day. This kit includes: 30g tin of Alfred Tea Room custom ceremonial-grade matcha (Japan), winter-style ceramic bowl, whisk, whisk stand and matcha scoop. It is literally the PERFECT gift. The packaging alone is pure delight. $75

 

 

10. Fully Styled Picnic Experience - Santa Barbara Picnic Co.

Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Picnic Co.

Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Picnic Co.

We are big on experiences, and experiential gifts, here at Hello California. If you live in Southern California, you can book a fully styled picnic in Santa Barbara that comes complete with rugs, blankets, and other decor items, a fresh floral arrangement, gourmet grazing platter, choice of location, and more. Sign us up! Packages start at $275.

Whether you live in California or have someone on your list that simply loves the Golden State, these gifts are sure to put everyone on your list in a California state of mind.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

P.S. - We’d love to know what’s on your wish list. Share with us in the comments below.

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