California-Inspired Gift Baskets Ideas (Part III)


Olive and Poppy Lucite Barrel Earrings

These sweet little studs are created from reclaimed oak barrels used to age Napa Valley vintages. A lucite stripe flawlessly complements the wine-stained wood.

Lejon Carson Belt

This handcrafted belt will last a lifetime without putting holes in your pockets. Based in Riverside County, Lejon specializes in leather goods including items created from vintage bison hide.

Made in San Diego, your recipient is sure to love Vira Sun Lotus sunglasses.

Vira Sun Lotus Sunglasses

A totally unexpected gift for the yogi you love. These glasses, crafted in San Diego, have Beachwood arms specifically designed to stay put during her practice. Available for men as well.

Google Home Hub

The true Silicon Valley success story, software giant Google jumps into the hardware sector. This smart assistant has a home screen so you can say things such as, “Hey Google, what are the best bars in California?”

LSTN The Troubadour Headphones

Centered in Los Angeles, LSTN makes wonderful audio products that benefit the Starkey Hearing Foundation. These wireless beauties are created from real wood and vegan leather.

Waterfield Fused Suede Phone Case

For that person who thinks their iPhone is an extension of their hand (deserving of a lavish glove). This case is made in San Francisco from butter-soft, silky suede.

Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch

After apprenticing with some of the top watchmakers around the globe, Cameron Weiss went on a mission to bring back American watchmaking to the West Coast. The family-owned business creates signature timepieces out of their studio in Torrance.

Orient & Flume Paperweight

So much more than just a paperweight, any gift from Orient & Flume is a piece of life-lasting and amazing art. Designs from this Chico, California studio can be seen in museums as prominent as the Met and Smithsonian, but are available for buying by consumers as well. 


California-Inspired Gift Baskets Ideas (Part II)

Give your recipient a bit of Cali with these gift basket ideas.

Cowgirl Creamery Coastal Celebration

For the foodie who has it all, you can’t go wrong with this gift basket from Cowgirl Creamery. Enjoy skillfully crafted dairy from farms along the Northern Coast.

Indy Plush Great White Shark

Help save this species endangered on our Pacific Coast. Created in Los Angeles, all animals from Indy Plush are stuffed with 100% recycled water bottles. 15% of your Great White purchase goes to safeguarding these beautiful beasts.

Mel Rice Ceramica Indigo Wine Cup

Inspired by the Pacific’s wild waters and hand made from porcelain in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset, you can’t have a lovelier way to enjoy a glass of wine. Combined with a subscription to the Sonoma Wine Shop Club or the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Club to make sure their cup never goes dry.

Temecula Olive Oil Company Sampler Pack

Taste three flavors of sunshine in a bottle with the best seller’s pack from the experts at Temecula Olive Oil Company. Discover your favorite flavor: Olivum (real goodness with a nutty finish), Citrus Reserve (mixed with blood oranges), or Roasted Garlic Reserve.

Hangar 1 Fog Point Vodka

Distillers at Hangar 1 in Oakland insist that one can taste the delicate scent of a San Francisco morning in this small-batch, smooth spirit. That’s because mesh nets around the bay catch fog water which is then combined with vodka created from California grapes.

Santa Maria Mini Grill

Santa Maria-style barbecue gets its signature flavor from meat rubbed with spices, grilled over an open flame. This mini grill comes with spices, leather cooking gloves, meat turner, and special sauce.

Dôen Zuri Dress

Coveted by fashion editors across the nation, Dôen is a collective of female designers based in Los Angeles motivated by “nostalgia for the California of past decades.” This long-sleeved, timeless dress is ideal for winter.

California-Inspired Gift Baskets Ideas (Part I)

If you’re looking for a California inspired gift basket, there’s plenty that you can put in there to give your recipient a good experience of this beautiful state.

From sun-soaked beaches to redwood forests, the state’s true beauty is an inspiration for makers, artists, photographers, technologists and lots of other individuals. If you want to make a well put together California-inspired gift basket, here are some incredible gift items for any California dreamer on your list.

Schweiger Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay

Savor the flava of Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain grapes while giving to a relief fund for wildfire survivors. 100% of the purchase price of this fruit-forward chardonnay goes directly to the Camp Fire Victim’s Fund.

LuluSimonStudio California Love Sweatshirt

Based in Concord, LuluSimonStudio is famous for producing clothes and accessories with ingenious taglines. This cozy sweatshirt is all heart with 50% of the sales being donated to the North Valley Community Foundation Camp Fire Relief Fund.

Sierra Nevada Resilience Butte County Proud IPA

Longtime Butte County resident and legendary brewer Ken Grossman decided to aid fire relief efforts in the best way he knows how: by creating a specialty brew, Resilience Butte County Proud IPA. 100% of the proceeds go to the Camp Fire Relief Fund. The beer is available at selected breweries. Brave folks are encouraged to brew a batch of their own with the available recipe.

Yosemite National Park Pine Candle

Fill your home with notes of freshly chopped granite, wood, and lodgepole pine. This Parks Project candle delivers the magic of a Yosemite camping trip right into your house. The profits from the candles go to preserving the park.

Scents of San Francisco Candle

Fill a house with the scents of a San Francisco neighborhood by buying a candle from Scents of San Francisco. The candles mix different fragrances to come up with a scent that resonates with a certain neighborhood, covering anyone from Golden Gate Park to the Castro.

Gift Basket Ideas for Snowboarders and Skiers (Part V)


Smartwool PhD Ski Light Elite Buttermilk Nights Print

With artwork from professional skier Chris Benchetler, these socks are made to inspire. The socks are ideal for high-performance backcountry pursuits, thanks to the Indestructawool durability technology and body-mapped mesh zones.

Carhartt Acrylic Watch Hat

You can never go wrong with a Carhartt hat. Dependable, affordable, and stylish, it keeps the head warm on and off the slopes and is bound to score some street cred. An added bonus: it comes in over 35 colors.

Yeti Rambler HotShot Bottle

Tote hot chocolate, hot coffee, or hot toddies all over the mountain in this leakproof, stainless steel 12-oz. vessel. A half-twist of the HotShot cap offers easy sipping while the double-wall vacuum insulation keeps beverages warm or cold for hours. 

Vermont Smoke and Cure Beef and Pork Sticks

The perfect lift grub is savory, simple, and shareable. This perfectly describes this sampler pack of meat sticks. The Cracked Pepper, BBQ, and Chipotle-flavored snacks are free of antibiotics, artificial preservatives, and added hormones. They’re also absolutely delicious.

The North Face Thermoball Bootie

With a water-resistant, 100% recycled ripstop upper, partially recycled rubber outsole, and cozy PrimaLoft synthetic insulation, these booties are a welcome respite from even the least distressing ski boot.

Get your skier a good pair of gloves.

Flylow Maine Line Glove

The perfect snow glove doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. This affordably priced Flylow classic has the goods with pre-treated waterproof pigskin, a tight cuff that effortlessly slips under a jacket and a conversation-starting design that unites the dexterity of a glove with the warmth of a mitten.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Gear Patrol Magazine takes a long look into the culture and the latest products. Inside every issue, you’ll find rich maker profiles, seasonal buying guides, and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Receive four print magazines, delivered every quarter, with a year subscription.

Gift Basket Ideas for Snowboarders and Skiers (Part IV)


SAXX Cannonball 2N1 Swim Short

Thanks to the trademarked BallPark Pouch, Saxx’s boxer briefs might just be the most comfortable ever. The package-pampering benefits go to these breathable mesh-lined swim shorts which come in seven styles, making them perfect for a relaxing dip in the hot tub after a long shred session.

Airblaster Classic Ninja Suit

This uber-comfortable onesie makes first layering easy while boasting a host of smart-fit features. Key features are four-way stretch AirTech fabric, a seven-panel form-fitting hood, thumb loops, full-length front zip and a 350-degree waist zip to make all of nature’s calls easy.

California Cowboy High Sierra Shirt

Beyond its good looks and charm, the High Sierra is filled with clever, après-friendly features. Think a sunglass loop, thermal lining, a dry pocket, a bottle opener, a locker loop for gloves and the coup de grâce: a labeled extra pocket in the back for stashing anything, including an extra beer. It comes in eight colorways.

Snow goggles are a must when skiing or snowboarding.

Smith 4D MAG Snow Goggles

Smith has long been a frontrunner in the goggle game, and this high-quality product lives up to the name. Spherical Chromapop lenses with Birdseye Vision offer a huge field of view. AirEvac tech stops fogging and a magnet-based system makes changing lenses to accommodate changing light conditions simpler than it’s ever been.

Epic Pass

The price might seem high, but for the avid boarder or skier who likes to travel, it’s really a bargain. After all, the Epic Pass offers access to over 40 North American ski areas, such as Heavenly, Vail, Whistler-Blackcomb, Park City, Sun Valley, and Stowe, as well as 21 resorts in Italy, France, Switzerland and 10 in Japan. If you are the sort of person who loves to hit the slopes frequently enough, this pass will pay for itself by January.


Gift Basket Ideas for Snowboarders and Skiers (Part III)

Get your skier a good jacket to keep them warm in the snow.

Women’s The North Face Akani ThermoBall 3-in-1 Jacket

The last jacket she might ever need. The Akani ThermoBall Triclimate is a very versatile 3-in-1 jacket that brings fast, functional and feminine style to any snow lovers’ wardrobe.

A breathable, waterproof HyVent® 2-layer shell jacket houses the removable ThermoBall insulated liner jacket, uniting comfort and usability in one fell and stylish swoop. It also has a removable hood, wrist-accessory pocket with goggles cloth, snap-down powder skirt with gripper elastic, and lots more. This is a jacket set to please from slope to lodge.

And it is absolutely warm. The very compressible ThermoBall is as warm as 600-fill-power goose down, providing insulation even when it is wet. 

GoPro Hero4 Session

The latest cam in GoPro’s line is the fantastic compact Hero4 Session, possessing the power of a full-size GoPro camera into their lightest, smallest and most convenient one yet.

This rugged camera can take a tumble. Any daring thrill-seeker on your list can trust the Session on her or his next action-packed outing to get each second without worry.

The North Face ThermoBall Full-Zip Jacket

Put on some real warmth with a jacket that’s game for anything. Say hello to the ThermoBall Full-Zip Jacket, the most versatile jacket to stay absolutely warm from cabin to the slope.

Though stylish, this jacket is nothing to play with. The North Face team athletes completely tested these on a summit trip on Mount Meru and Denali. They loved them. You will too.

With a sturdy water repellent finish on its shell to help discard sleet and drizzle, this jacket is ready for its entrance on the snowy stage. The highly compressible ThermoBall synthetic insulation is as compressible and warm as 600-fill-power goose down and packs into its own pocket. It is available for both women and men.


Gift Basket Ideas for Snowboarders and Skiers (Part II)

Every snowboarder and skier needs a good snow helmet.

Men’s Giro Nine MIPS Snow Helmet

Snowsports are no walk in the park. They are much more fun. Though, with downhill thrills, you have to think about safety. 

This year, gift a powder-obsessed individual in your life the redesigned Nine snow helmet from Giro. This stylish helmet has MIPS technology, which aids in reducing rotational forces if the helmet gets hit at an angle.

The Nine helmet can fit goggles and heads of various shapes thanks to its internal height adjustment. Also, the thermostat venting controls offer custom breathability to keep cool heads. Choose the color that will look best with their gear.

Men’s Patagonia Snowshot Jacket

For snowsports lovers, this jacket offers the most. Crafted for freeriding mobility, the waterproof, breathable Snowshot lets riders slip through the season’s lows and highs in total comfort.

Warm outside and in. On the outside is a sturdy water repellent finish that keeps the outer layer from becoming saturated. On the inside is a mesh lining that keeps away sweat and goes smoothly over layers.

This Snowshot jacket possesses zippered features galore: pit zips for fast venting, zippered chest pockets with media pocket, and zippered handwarmer pockets. 

Outdoor Tech Wired Chips Universal Helmet Audio System

A powder day warrants an epic soundtrack. Keep the good tunes going with the Wired Chips audio system that fits into any snowboard or ski helmet. It contains an audio liner, like Giro, Bern, Bolle, Smith, Anon, PRO-TEC and others. Nothing exalts a beautiful day on the slopes like your fav playlist.

With the Wired Chips system, glove-friendly mic and inline controls let you crank tunes, mute and answer calls without ever taking off your gloves or helmet. The housing enriches in-helmet acoustics, producing a solid hi-fi experience. It comes with a user manual, carry pouch and stickers.

Gift Basket Ideas for Snowboarders and Skiers (Part I)

Get your skier or snowboarder a gift basket filled with gear that they’ll love.

Looking for some gift ideas for skiers and snowboarders? This list will take you from stocking stuffer right through to the main gift. There is something for the novice right to the senior citizens who are always on skis. 

Snowboarding and skiing have high barriers to entry thanks mainly to the huge array of gear required just to get going on the powder for the first time. The upside of that reality, though, is that shopping for a border or skier will never leave one bereft of choices. Look at the following list. It is filled with hard goods, apparel, and accessories, at an assortment of price points, that any powder hound will be stoked to get.

Burton Board Wall Mounts

Their boards are works of art. After a long weekend at the slopes, when the car’s been unpacked and you’ve chilled out on the couch, these mounts offer a reminder of the thrill-packed, wonderful snow days.

Possessing a 3-point mounting system that fits any snowboard, the Burton board wall mounts fasten a plank to most surfaces. This not only helps save substantial closet space, but it also lets your border show their snow passion as home decor.

For the person who’s missing any day there’s snow on the slopes, consider this fantastic gift that will elevate their love to pro status.

Women’s Sorel Tivoli II Mid Snow Boots

Keep her warm from head to toe, with emphasis on the feet. Lace her up with a pair of Sorel Tivoli II boots.

The waterproof suede leather uppers are lined with 100g insulation, increased by the removable molded EVA footbeds topped with ultra-warm, lush microfleece.

These boots will keep her feet snug down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit, ideal for icy morning walks on snowy sidewalks or spending snow days with the kids. 

Things to Put in a Winter Gift Basket

Winter can be harshly cold but fun too. A gift basket with winter goodies will make the season even better. 

Winter has little chilly to viciously cold days. Accented with plenty of the white stuff in some places while not so much in other areas. It is a good time to cuddle up by a fire and have a hot drink or bundle up and brave the outdoors for some outdoor fun.

Items to Include

  • Hot Chocolate Packets
  • Instant Soup Mix
  • Mulling Spices
  • Tea Bags
  • Trail Mix 
  • Coffee Mug
  • Cookie Mix
  • Winter-Themed Cookie Cutters
  • Chapstick
  • Lotion
  • Bubble Bath
  • Small Tissue Packets
  • Infinity Scarf
  • Beanie Hat
  • Ear Muffs 
  • Mittens
  • Fuzzy Socks (Include some with the grippers on the bottom)
  • Foot and Hand Warmers/Heatmax HotHands Heated Knit Cap and HotHands Heated Boot Covers
  • Microplush Throw Blanket/Flannel Fleece Lightweight Cozy Plush Microfiber Solid Blanket
  • Hot Water Bottle/Rubber Hot Water Bottle with Knit Cover
  • Candles 
  • Long-Handled Lighter
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight (Try the Outlite LED Flashlight with Adjustable Focus and 5 Light Modes) 
  • Ice Scraper
  • Bird Seed Ornaments or Wreath. Those birdies will love getting more chow in the calorie burning wintertime. 
  • Snow Ball Maker. The Toysmith Snowball Maker is well rated and appears to offer hours of fun.
  • Mad Libs Book. Who doesn’t likes a lots of laughter and fun when you are cooped up in the house on a particularly cold day.
  • Card and board games (Take a look at Rory’s Story Cubes Multi-Colored, Uno Tiki Twist, or Hedbanz Card Game) 
  • Winter-Themed Books are some great family-friendly options (Look at Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Snowy Day)

Filling a Winter Gift Basket with goodies can be affordable and fun. Your gift recipient will love you for your thoughtfulness in providing some unexpected sunshine to the winter. You can bring some brightness to a blah season. For someone who is suffering from loneliness during the cold months, you can show them that someone is thinking of them. 


Putting Together Healthy Asian Food Gift Baskets


Gift-giving doesn’t have to be time-consuming or pricey. If you are wondering what to get for an Asian food lover, perhaps this article may be helpful in assembling a gift basket with affordable items.

Chinese gift baskets are popular gift choices. A Chinese food lover will be happy to get one. Making a Chinese gift basket is simple and cheap. Below are some Chinese gift basket ideas.

There are many choices for filling the gift basket. Be sure that you personalize the basket based on the preferences of the recipient. Your budget will determine whether you end up making an affordable or expensive gift basket. 

Chinese Gift Basket Ideas: Foods to Include

Chinese noodles There may hardly be a person who does not enjoy Chinese noodles. These noodles come in various textures and shapes. You can put a few packets in the basket. Shou Mien, a type of Chinese noodles, denotes a healthy and long life as per the Chinese tradition.

Gift Basket for Chinese Food Lovers

Put a wok in a basket. Fill the wok (or some other unique container) with:

  • Chinese tea sea
  • green tea
  • cookbook
  • cleaver
  • chopsticks
  • package dried black mushrooms
  • bottles of soy sauce, Szechuan sauce, plum sauce, and teriyaki sauce
  • Oriental Stir-fry seasoning packets

    Tofu is always an option to put in your Asian gift basket.

Tofu-Tofu, which is made using soybeans, is another famous Chinese product that is chocked filled with proteins and widely used in numerous Chinese recipes.

Chinese sauces and seasonings-Sauces are a critical ingredient used in Chinese cooking. Include a bottle of oyster sauce, soy sauce, Hoisin sauce, yellow bean sauce, and fish sauce. Include herbs like cinnamon, peppercorns, fennel, star anise, and cloves.

Beverages-Include packets of Chinese herbal tea and green tea

Liquor-Include a bottle of yellow wine which is quite popular in China. This wine is made with wheat, rice, corn, and alcohol.