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How to Give the Gift of California Sunshine

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Many of us will be burrowed away this holiday season, nestled between relatives and draped in sweaters and socks to avoid what's going on outside. We'll dream of warmer places—of California.

Photo by James Ransom

There are tools to help you taunt your family members—we mean, to generously dote upon them—by bringing a bit of that sunshine to bleaker parts. These tools are gifts, California-made gifts. Whether they're made from flora or citrus or another fruit, they'll bring brightness and lightness to every soup-filled complainer around. Here are some of our favorite California-made gifts. (Now if only we could figure out how to get In-N-Out to you.)

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To give the gift of citrus:

Citrus Oil Face Cleanser

Citrus Oil Face Cleanser

$55
Limited Edition Big Sur & Blood Orange Marmalade Duo

Limited Edition Big Sur & Blood Orange Marmalade Duo

$24
Meyer Lemon Relish (2-Pack)

Meyer Lemon Relish (2-Pack)

$30
Orange Blossom Honey (2-Pack)

Orange Blossom Honey (2-Pack)

$20
Limited Edition Big Sur Marmalade & Da Bears Lime Marmalade Duo

Limited Edition Big Sur Marmalade & Da Bears Lime Marmala...

$24
Citrus Wreath

Citrus Wreath

$65

More: 16 other ways to savor citrus season.

To gift green things:

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Fresh Sweet Bay Laurel Leaves

Fresh Sweet Bay Laurel Leaves

$20
Fir & Canella Berry Wreath

Fir & Canella Berry Wreath

$65
Cedar & Eucalyptus Garland

Cedar & Eucalyptus Garland

$70
Cedar & Eucalyptus Wreath with Burlap Ribbon

Cedar & Eucalyptus Wreath with Burlap Ribbon

$65
Fragrant Pod Wreath

Fragrant Pod Wreath

$65
Fir & Canella Berry Garland

Fir & Canella Berry Garland

$70
Fragrant Pod Garland

Fragrant Pod Garland

$70
Citrus Wreath

Citrus Wreath

$65

To gift other fruits (get it?) of the Golden State's labor:

Late Harvest Viognier Honey, Zinfandel & Gravenstein Apple Cider Vinegars (3 Bottles)

Late Harvest Viognier Honey, Zinfandel & Gravenstein Appl...

$48
Wild Elderberry & Wild Huckleberry Shrub (2 Bottles)

Wild Elderberry & Wild Huckleberry Shrub (2 Bottles)

$28
Gravenstein Apple Cider Vinegar and Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc Vinegar

Gravenstein Apple Cider Vinegar and Late Harvest Sauvigno...

$28
Raspberry Lemon & Strawberry Jam Duo

Raspberry Lemon & Strawberry Jam Duo

$24
Frog Hollow Farm Warren Pears

Frog Hollow Farm Warren Pears

$32
Blue Chair Fruit Dry-Farmed Tomato Jam + 7-Citrus Marmalade

Blue Chair Fruit Dry-Farmed Tomato Jam + 7-Citrus Marmalade

$24
Mission Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Mission Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil

$17
Eggplant Relish (2-Pack)

Eggplant Relish (2-Pack)

$20

And finally, the books that bring California produce all together:

Bar Tartine Techniques & Recipes, Signed Copy

Bar Tartine Techniques & Recipes, Signed Copy

$40
Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel, Signed Copy

Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel, Signed Copy

$30
My Pantry, by Alice Waters, Signed Copy

My Pantry, by Alice Waters, Signed Copy

$25
The Art of Simple Food Two, Signed Cookbook

The Art of Simple Food Two, Signed Cookbook

$35

More: What Alice Waters likes from the Food52 shop.


Our magical menu genie will plan your holiay feast for you.

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