Holiday shopping doesn’t have to suck. All you’ve really got to do is seek out interesting and unique items that are tailored to the interests of those that you’re shopping for. Think about what they love, take into account their hobbies, what makes them smile, and search for gifts that will fit each particular person. Still stuck? That’s OK, we’re here for you. This year our Holiday Gift Guide is packed to the brim with awesome finds for men and women, most of them local items, some of them found on the interwebs. Take a look, get inspired and if you end up keeping some of this stuff for yourself, that’s cool, we won’t judge. Happy holidays from your friends at Submerge!
Monti Beer Tasting Set at Lumens. Have you ever seen such beautiful beer glasses? Probably not. That’s why this set of four glasses designed by Swedish-born Daniele Semeraro for the Sempli company made the cut for our gift guide. The set is available for $100 from Sacramento-based light and living company, Lumens.com. Each glass is specifically designed, one for an IPA, one for a pilsner, one for any pint-sized bottle of beer (16 ounces) and one for any 12 ounce bottle. Perfect for any beer connoisseur on your shopping list.
Backpacking Bowl for your dog from Wolfpack Supply. No matter where you find yourself with your furry BFF, be it miles away from civilization on the Pacific Crest Trail or chilling on a local restaurant patio, make sure your dog is hydrated and/or fed via this easily packable dog bowl from Northern California-based Wolfpack Supply. It even comes with a mini carabiner so you can clip it to your backpack or belt buckle. Just $14 available at Wolfpacksupply.com.
Base Camper fleece hat from All Good. This tri-color fleece hat from Sacramento-based clothing outfitter All Good is comfy AF. It has a reflective patch, webbed strap and would be perfect for winter hikes, trips up to ski resorts and/or just looking really cool sipping your hot drink at a local coffee shop. Available for $32 online at Allgxxd.com or at their flagship store, located at 808 R Street, Sacramento.
100 Percent Sustainable Soy Wax Candle from Best Supply Co. We can speak from experience that these candles from local maker David Churchill, aka Best Supply Co., last forever! We bought a Laundry Day scented candle from him at the last R Street Block Party and Makers Mart in May 2016, and it still has plenty of life left in it. It’s so strong you only need to leave it going for 10 minutes or so and the entire room smells amazing! Other scents include Vetiver and Sandalwood, Campsite, Dragon’s Blood, Tobacco and Leather, Amber Noir and many others. Available online for $18 at Bestsupplyco.com or at various different regional events.
Painter’s Palette Serving Tray from West Elm. They say you eat with your eyes first. That’s why plating food in an appetizing, attractive way is so important. With this artistic serving tray from West Elm, in collaboration with the infamous New York City store Fishs Eddy, pretty much anything you put on the plate will look amazing: cheeses, meats, veggies, dips, whatever. And at just $29.95, it’s a great value, too. Get it online at Westelm.com or call the Roseville store (which is located at 1198 Roseville Parkway, #190) to see if they have it in stock. Reach them at (916) 784-2109.
Catskill Ruckpack from Sacramento-based company Haven and Florin. Military grade and made in the United States, these super stylish backpacks are perfect for photographers, creative professionals, students and all-around explorers. TSA-friendly external laptop compartment for quick access, tucked away pockets, a secret compartment in the bottom for valuables and a “clamshell opening” in the back are just a few of the clever features included in this top-of-the-line pack. Available online for $239 at Havenandflorin.com or stop into the Timeless Thrills shop (3714 J St.) to check one out in person.
Funny Bar Towels at Fair Oaks Boulevard Nursery. These hilarious and functional gift ideas are good for your wine-o friends, beer-loving buds or anyone who might appreciate a good laugh when they’re cleaning up a spill or drying off their hands. These assorted bar towels with various funny sayings are available locally for $8.99 each at Fair Oaks Boulevard Nursery (4681 Fair Oaks Blvd.).
Inside Sacramento Coffee Table Book from local publisher Cecily Hastings. You might think you know Sacramento inside and out, but chances are this beautifully printed book from local publisher Cecily Hastings will turn you onto some local gems that you’ve been overlooking. It’s a photo-driven guide to 99 places to eat, drink, shop and explore, broken down by neighborhood. Grab your copy for $34.95 locally at over a dozen local outlets, like Time Tested Books (1114 21st St.), Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (2820 R St.), University Art (2601 J St.), Avid Reader (1600 Broadway) and many others.