Great Gifts for the Holidays in Wine Country

Sonoma Plaza

Blink, and before we know it, the holidays will be here again. The season comes with the joy of giving and receiving gifts, but first there’s the fun of finding them. Shopping is particularly joyous in Sonoma County, because while we do have a few great malls, our focus is on quaint town squares and villages, and unique, independently-owned boutiques.

Here’s where to shop for the holidays in Sonoma County: 

Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma 

Trees and buildings wrapped in lights
Sonoma Plaza

The largest plaza of its kind in California, this eight-acre park and town center is ringed with charming shops, tasting rooms, and popular restaurants. The mix of small stores is beguiling, from handcrafted bedding at Broadway Quilts, to fair trade kid’s wear, coffee, home decor, and jewelry at Global Heart.

You can stock up on gorgeous kitchen tools at Williams-Sonoma, and spices at the Savory Spice Shop. Nearby, the Church Mouse is a treasure chest of gently loved clothing, furniture, books, and jewelry, with proceeds benefiting the St. Francis Solano School.

Cornerstone Sonoma, Sonoma 

Strings of lights hang from the celiing in Meadowcroft in Cornerstone
Meadowcroft Wines at Cornerstone Sonoma

This eclectic nine-acre property within the Carneros wine region mixes three winery tasting rooms with art galleries, homewares and garden shops, a restaurant, and Sunset Magazine‘s Outdoor Kitchen and Test Gardens. There’s so much to covet here that you may actually find yourself buying as much for yourself as others, but we won’t tell.

Marisa’s Fantasia/Christmas Fantasia, Petaluma 

Christmas themed window display at Marisa's Fantasia in Petaluma
Marisa’s Fantasia

There are two stores in one at the historic Lan Mart Building in downtown Petaluma. The Christmas Fantasia section brims floor-to-ceiling with antique and modern heirlooms, and glorious displays of trees, ornaments, home accessories, flocking, lights, and stockings to hang from the chimney with care. 

Petaluma Village Premium Outlets, Petaluma 

People drive from all across the North Bay for this collection of about 40 high-end stores offering bargain prices on their name-brand goods. In an open-air setting, you’ll find popular names like Adidas, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5TH, Tommy Hilfiger, and Wilsons Leather.

Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa 

Montgomery Village in Sonoma County
Montgomery Village

One of the grandest shopping centers in Sonoma County, this open-air mall covers all the bases, with more than 70 shops offering fine clothing, shoes, home accessories, jewelry, and beauty products. Some highlights include J. Jill, Sur La Table, White House/Black Market, and Copperfield’s Books. Amid the anchor tenants, some special finds include Birds Nest Antiques, and Village Art Supply. Stroll from store to store on a garden path, enjoying frequent live music performances as you refresh and refuel at popular eateries like Monti’s.

Coddingtown, Santa Rosa

Opened in 1962, this traditional mall with rows of under-roof shops has long been the go-to for Sonoma County shoppers—and for good reason. The comprehensive selection here includes the legendary Coddingtown Jewelers, Nordstrom Rack, Macy’s, Old Navy, and The Humidor, with 150 cigar selections. 

Santa Rosa Plaza Mall, Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Plaza Mall
Santa Rosa Plaza Mall

Santa Rosa’s downtown mall is home to more than 120 specialty and name-brand stores, including Forever 21, Abercrombie & Fitch, The Disney Store, The Apple Store, Brookstone, Eddie Bauer, and Victoria’s Secret.

Railroad Square, Santa Rosa 

The Railroad Square Historic District has long been a commercial hub, as the old Northwestern Pacific Railroad Train Depot welcomed its first trains here in 1870 and the Hotel La Rose across the street was built in 1907. Today, both the depot and hotel have been beautifully restored and surrounded by dozens of stores ranging from Green Fish Trading (hand-curated items from Asia) to Cast Away Yarn Shop (Malabrigo yarn and lace, hand-spun and hand-dyed in Uruguay), to Whistlestop Antiques (delicate china teacups).

The Barlow, Sebastopol

Boho Bungalow by Scout at The Barlow
Boho Bungalow by Scout at The Barlow 

This 12.5-acre commercial wonderland houses a 220,000-square-foot, $23.8 million culinary and arts center. Most of the products sold here come directly from the people who make them, and many are made on site. That means you can watch an array of more than two dozen food producers, winemakers, brewers, distillers, and artists create their crafts. 

To refresh yourself amidst your local-goods shopping spree, pause for a coffee or tea at Taylor Lane Organic Coffee; stop for a beer and small bite at Woodfour Brewing Company; or enjoy a flight paired with charcuterie at Pax Wines.

Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg 

Two people look into a store decorated for the holidays in the evening
Healdsburg Plaza

Spanning just an acre, Healdsburg Plaza is ringed with boutique shops, art galleries, restaurants, and wine stores, with a footprint that expands into the 19th-century residential neighborhood surrounding it. It’s easy to spend an entire day wandering from place to place, stopping at Clutch for pretty purses by Francesco Biasia, Coach, and Monsac, to fancy goodies for Fido at Fideaux pet boutique. Most of the stores here are upscale, but you can find great bargains at antique stores like Mill Street Antiques Plaza and Modern Antiquarium

Duncans Mills 

Duncans Mills in Sonoma County
Duncans Mills

Duncans Mills is an entire, tiny town in west Sonoma County, and it couldn’t be more ideal for unique-gift shopping. Set on both sides of Highway 116, the nearly two dozen stores here are independently owned and stocked largely with one-of-a-kind merchandise, such as the lovely liquid jewelry by Studio Nouveau, and American-made clothing and crafts from Pig Alley

Fort Ross State Historic Park, Jenner

Make a day of shopping along the coast. Pack a picnic, bundle up, explore the beautiful coastal grounds of Fort Ross State Historic Park. On your way out, swing through the gift shop to find the perfect gift for friends and family, including note cards featuring designs from talented local artists and photographers; stuffed animals for stocking stuffers; cozy socks; and a wide variety of locally made ornaments, from wooden snowflakes to glass-blown jellyfish. 

And don’t forget: you can also stock up on artist and artisan-made gifts found in many craft fairs around Sonoma County. Happy holidays!

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