Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone and your family has overstayed its welcome (or vice versa), it’s onto the real fun: finding your loved ones cool and unique gifts for the holidays! If you’ve made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday and you still have friends or family on your shopping list (or just want some cool stuff for yourself, we’re not judging), you’re in luck, ‘cause this right here is the Seventh Annual Submerge Holiday Gift Guide and it’s packed with tons of good stuff! We have a little something for everyone here, available everywhere from small local shops and regional creators, to stuff that we just think is awesome and is easily available online. Giving gifts feels good. Giving really great gifts feels even better, and we think all of these things would make pretty freakin’ cool gifts. So please, dive on in, and remember to try and shop local when you can!
Goldstate Pom Beanie and Socks by Timeless Thrills
Show your Sacramento pride and stay nice and warm this winter with the Goldstate Pom Beanie ($20) and Goldstate Socks ($10) from local brand Timeless Thrills. Both feature a graphic of the iconic Tower Bridge and are available at Timelessthrills.com.
iPhone Case & Camera Lens Combos from SquidCam
Sacramento-based company SquidCam wants to help you take your iPhone photography to the next level with their stylish and functional case/lens combos. For $64.95 you get the Lego-like case and four interchangeable fisheye, macro and wide angle lenses! Get individual lenses for $19.99 each and/or individual cases for $29.95. Visit Squidc.am to place an order (no shipping fee!), see all the different color options, view the SquidCam Photo Gallery and more.
Unique Local Handmade Plugs by Westcoast Wood Wear
Westcoast Wood Wear owner Steven Lovas handcrafts every pair of plugs that he sells with the highest quality wood, tools and materials right here in Sacramento. Each set is sealed with food safe, non-toxic oils and waxes. Plugs range in size and price ($15 to $80) and are available online at Westcoastwoodwear.com. Custom orders available. We’ve seen some pretty awesome bottle openers and wine stops pop up on Lovas’ Instagram page (@westcoastwoodwear), so keep an eye out!
Custom Ornaments from Local Designer Steven Colasanti
If you’re going to play it safe and get your mom an ornament for her tree, at least make sure it’s something awesome like these custom designs from local maker Steven Colasanti (@scolasanti on Instagram or Scola.me). “Thank you. It’s so unique,” she’ll say, to which you can reply, “You’re welcome, and as a matter of fact, each one is unique, so this one’s just for you, Mom.” OK maybe it won’t happen just like that, but these ornaments are super sweet and anyone would love ‘em. You can snag a pair for $20 at Display: California’s “Holladay pop up shop” (3433 Broadway, Sacramento) or get one for $12.
Hurricane Bottle Lamp at Ficklin-Wilcox
The Hurricane Bottle Lamp, available for $15 at Ficklin-Wilcox (920 20th Street, Sacramento), turns any old empty bottle of wine into something you might see in a Sunset magazine spread! Just drink a bottle of wine (twist our arms, why don’t ya?), clean it out, fill it with paraffin or lamp oil (easy to get and cheap), make sure the wick is protruding by half-an-inch and saturated, then light the wick and place the hurricane on the bottle! Boom. Super sweet glass lamp, and you got to drink while “making it.”
Fuck Everything Hoodie by Lurk Hard
Let’s face it: on some days (maybe even most days) don’t you just want to scream “Fuck Everything!” anyway? So why not let this cotton/poly fleece, hand-screenprinted in the USA hoodie from Sacramento-based company Lurk Hard say it for you? $60, available at Lurkhard.myshopify.com.
Welcome Skateboards from Sub-Versions
California’s Welcome Skateboards is truly an independent company, standing out in a sea of corporate-backed, drone-like brands with their DIY attitude, mind-bending graphics and unique board shapes. Welcome is bringing the “fun” and “weird” back into the skate world, which seems to be taking itself a little too seriously as of late. These boards are super fun to shred on and double as killer artwork for your office or apartment walls! Hit up the newly opened Sub-Versions Records & Skate Shop (2648 33rd Street, Sacramento) for a large selection of Welcome decks ($55 each). Graphics and deck sizes may vary.
Howdy Cow by Trumpette
Not only are these Howdy Cows by local brand Trumpette super-duper cute and fun for your kids to play on, they also serve as an aid to developing balance at a young age! Round up yer little ones and giddy up! $45 at Trumpette’s downtown location (2020 I Street, Sacramento) or at Trumpette.com.