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All I Want for Christmas: 10 Gift Ideas from Sonoma County

Patch searched high and low for interesting local gift ideas. Have your own recommendations? Don’t keep them a secret! Add them in the comments below.

 

In Her Image Photography

Every woman wants to feel like a goddess or a model or both, and now she can with a one-of-a-kind photo shoot that captures the beauty of Sonoma County. 

With packages named  “Goddess” or “Mama to Be,”  Petaluma photographers Tara Baxter and Heidi Margocsy want to draw out each woman's magic and make them feel not only beautiful, but empowered and real. Most photo shoots are held outside and no artificial light is used.

“Some of our clients have felt transformed,” says Baxter. “It’s an hour and half to two hour experience where women get seen and get paid attention to.” Photo session and 25 photos start at $200.

Petaluma Gap Wine

Morning fog, afternoon sun and cool breezes make Petaluma an excellent wine grape growing region. Check out the Petaluma Gap Association’s list of local grape growers (there are more than 35!) then head to Wilibees Wine & Spirits at 309 Lakeville Street to stock up.

Zazzle.com

Looking for something interesting for a friend who has it all? Consider gifting an “I Love Petaluma” T-shirt or hat or photos of iconic Petaluma views such as the Ghiradelli Barn or Turning Basin. Zazzle is an online marketplace featuring the creations of many local designers.

McEvoy Olive Oil

Inspired by a love of Tuscan olive oil, local resident Nan McEvoy imported 100 seedlings from Italy, against the advise of many who said the soil was not right. Since then, the company has expanded into soaps, lotions, body oils, even lip balm, made with olive oil. All olives are grown, harvested, milled using a cold press, blended and bottled on the ranch in West Petaluma.

McEvoy is also closing its nursery at the end of this year and has some amazing deals on potted olive trees, starting at just $4 each.

Cowgirl Creamery

Who says a wheel of artisan organic cheese is not an appropriate Christmas present? Pick out from a dozen tasty varieties at Petaluma’s favorite cheese company or let your loved ones select themselves with a gift card, offered in denominations of $25, $50, $75 or higher.

Blockhead Press

More than 20 years ago, local artist Jenny Paisley received linocut tools from her father, who had used them as a student at Parsons School of Design. Today Paisley is the creator of a unique line of cards, prints, gifts and items for the home, made from original linocut images. Available at iLeoni, Knitterly and EverMay Garden or online at Etsy.com.

Farm Equipment Art

Richard H. Crane is a fifth generation Sonoma County farmer known for his famous Crane Melon. But when he’s not tending his fields, he loves to tinker with antique farm equipment which he turns into art. Many parts Crane uses are rare and hard to find, making each sculpture, whether a bird, a dog or an alligator, quirky and original.

Bert’s Desserts

Shopping for someone with a sweet tooth? Check out Bert’s Desserts, a line of chocolates, truffles, fudge and other sweets from Petaluma resident Bert Smith. The treats are simply wrapped, but oh-so-good. Sold at Powell’s Sweet Shop and G&G Market.

Moon Essence Organic Skin Care
15 Western Ave.

With a full line of skin care products and mineral makeup, Moon Essence is the kind of store where it’s easy to lose yourself. There are face washes, shampoos and organic soaps, all made from aloe vera juice. Moon Essence products are also free of synthetics, petroleum, parabens and sodium lauryl sulphates, which means they are good for your face and the planet. They also offer a range of spa services from facials to massage.

Copperfield’s Underground
140 Kentucky St.

Patch often sings the praises of our lovely downtown bookstore, but did you know that Copperfield’s also has an impressive used and rare book collection? Copperfield's Underground is filled with more than 20,000 used books and rare editions at affordable prices. Whether you’re looking for history, poetry or fiction, Coppefield’s Underground has you covered. The store also has its entire used and rare book collection online, so you can even shop without leaving your home.

Have your own ideas for locally-created and inspired gifts? Let our readers know by sharing them in the comments below.

cee December 05, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Angelo's Meat's and More is simply the Best..condiment bottles make superb stocking stuffers, and, the meats are as fine as it gets. http://angelossmokehouse.com/
David Dodd December 05, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Locally-made, wooden iPhone cases! Beautiful: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RivertonWoodcraft
Kiersten K. December 05, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Heidi and Tara are the best photographers because they not only have amazing talent, but they infuse so much passion and love into every photograph! I can speak from first hand experience that a session with this dynamic duo is life changing!
fabiola December 05, 2012 at 09:41 PM
LOVE In Her Image! Tara and Heidi are amazing. I've had two sessions ( A Loved ones with my little girl and a Goddess session) with them and will be having a 3rd one soon. Best gift I could have given myself. These images will last a life time. This is a beautiful gift to give to oneself or to a loved one! xo Fabiola Sotomayor
Carol Allison December 05, 2012 at 10:13 PM
In Her Image is amazing! Every woman should have this experience at least once. (me, I've done it twice...). Truly fun and profound, with images to treasure. Heidi and Tara are very special souls. ~ Carol Allison
Melissa Tunzi December 05, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I have worked with In Her Image Photography a few times and each and every time has been a delight! These two women make their "Godesses" feel absolutely comfortable and glamourous and beautiful! Their work is amazing! A session with them would be such a fabulous gift to give someone you love. It is truly an experience every woman should get at least once in their lives!!
PPT December 06, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Petaluma Creamery ships gift baskets of fresh cheese. You can get them at their store on Western Ave or order them online at: http://springhillcheese.com
Chris December 06, 2012 at 01:05 AM
great list!
Bert December 06, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Thank you very much for including Bert's Desserts in your article "All I Want for Christmas: 10 Gift Ideas from Sonoma County." What was written is true....our hand-made, award-winning chocolates make a wonderful gift for anyone with a sweet tooth. Happy Holidays to all of you! bert of Bert's Desserts
Rebeccca G. Kagin December 06, 2012 at 08:54 AM
Woodblock print "Petaluma" tea towels with chicken design from iLeoni - stylish and very Sonoma County. White cloth with red design. Fresh roasted coffee from Petaluma Coffee and Tea - roasted right in front of your eyes -- smells delicious and exciting to watch! Petaluma Coffee and Tea logo mugs to accompany. Cheese from Nicasio Valley Cheese company - they make a wide range of super delicious cheese. The variety is impressive. Stylish pottery from the new pottery studio attached to the store that I can't remember the name of right now on the corner of 4th and B right next to Nan Winters. They have functional and unique salt and pepper holders, mugs, bowls. Whimsical. Don't buy them all, I want to buy some, too!
Maew Maewlaay December 14, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Great idea ! I also found many cool idea for christmas from here http://mygiftschristmas.com
Alyssa December 21, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Copperfield's Underground now has Jane Austen and the Archangel-- Just in time for Christmas! You can get it on Amazon, BN and Nook, but why not just support our local bookstore! http://tinyurl.com/7ezc5mg

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