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Fun and Unique Holiday Gifts

Oct 25, 2017 11:00AM

Local Love

November 2017

Now that the holidays are creeping up on us, do you know what you’re going to get your loved ones? These unique local gift ideas appeal to the food lover, the explorer, the home decorator or the special man in your life.


Fresno State Salsa and Sauces from Gibson Farm Market (Fresno):

Located on Fresno State’s Campus, these salsas, sauces and many other products are made by students at the Fresno State Food Processing lab. The store is also operated by students and offers a wide variety of products including nuts, wine and soaps.

Stafford’s Chocolates Mug Melts (Porterville)

Take your coffee or hot milk to the next level
by stirring in homemade marshmallow, creamy caramel and dark chocolate ganache. These and many other confections like sea salt caramels, moon pies, assorted truffles and too many more to name are all handcrafted daily in their downtown Porterville shop.

The Naked Nut Dried Fruit and Nuts (Visalia)

Locally grown nuts are packaged out of their Visalia storefront and warehouse. Their farm store is also filled with many other high-quality dried fruit and specialty food products that are packaged to fit conveniently inside a gift basket or crate.


The Giant Forest Gift Set from Lancaster Creations (Visalia)

April Lancaster founded Lancaster Creations because she needed all-natural and chemical-free products for her home. Her Giant Forest collection consists of a spray, bar soap and bath bomb that were made from fallen pieces of Giant Sequoias, Sugar Pine, Ponderosa Pine, White Fir and Incense Cedar collected from the Sequoia National Forest. These handcrafted bath products are available at her downtown shop or you can find her at the Visalia Farmers Market on Saturdays.

Sacred Space Aromatherapy Bags (Three Rivers)

These bags make the perfect gift for those suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, back injuries, migraines and other muscle ailments. They bring hours of warm comfort or cool relief and are made by Heather Dumais from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.


Iron+Copper+Bronze Canvas and Leather Bags (Fresno)

These stylish, durable and multi-functional bags are made by hand in small batches from their home studio. Their collection includes clutches, crossbody bags and totes in different styles and colors. You can find them online or during their pop-up shops throughout the holidays, and they are open at 1821 Gallery & Studios in Fresno during the monthly downtown art walk.

Honey Bee Pottery (Visalia)

Melissa Stewart’s whimsical and one-of-a-kind pieces are all hand thrown from her wheel inside her porch studio. She fell in love with clay as a child, and after encouragement from a famous potter, she embarked on her journey as a pottery artist. Her pieces include traditional pieces like mugs and vases to unique items like sponge holders and succulent-filled bowls.


Plano Jerky (Porterville)

This multi-generational family business makes its jerky using 100 percent beef. It is known for using pure ingredients and original recipes. Its two locations in Porterville also offer an assortment of local grown nuts, olives, dried fruit, candies and more.

Basilwood Farms Beard Buster and Beard Oil (Prather)

These men’s products were created for great lathering when shaving and for softening the beard, leaving a nice subtle shine. Their various skin care products, including their signature goat milk soap, are handmade on a family farm. They often host hands-on workshops and even have a farm stay with Airbnb.