Sonoma County 12 Days Of Holidays Gift Guide
‘Tis the holiday season! It’s quite the understatement that the holidays and holiday travel look quite a bit different this year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Sonoma County as part of your holiday celebrations. So, for 12 days, beginning on Cyber Monday, we’ll be sharing a different collection of Sonoma County gifts each day. These will range from special Sonoma County holiday wine gift sets to whiskey club memberships to chocolate subscriptions (yes, really) to wellness gifts and much more—all crafted right here in Sonoma County.
From our home to yours, Happy Holidays!
Sonoma County Holiday Gift Guide
Since Sonoma County is one of the world’s premier wine destinations, it’s only fitting that we start with wine gifts. And with more than 425 wineries, Sonoma County has a lot of great wine gifts to choose from. Some wineries, like Bricoleur Vineyards, have their own gift guides, featuring a wide selection of holiday gift packages, holiday wine gift boxes and other food and drink products. Others, like Alexander Valley Vineyards, are offering special holiday shipping rates. Alexander Valley Vineyards' holiday shipping special features a $1 shipping rate when you order two or more bottles. Elsewhere, Marimar Estate is offering free shipping on their holiday gifting packs. And for that special someone, or for yourself, gift a year-long wine subscription, such as the holiday gift subscription offered by Halleck Vineyard, or any number of the wine club offerings from Ram's Gate. And on Cyber Monday only, check out Red Car's special promos.
For more special wine-themed holiday offers, check out our special offers page. Don't miss Sonoma Valley's holiday gift guide, and the special promotions and holiday offers from the Sonoma County Vintners. Finally, there’s our Sonoma County Tasting Pass, an exclusive tasting pass available in 1, 3 and 90-day options. It's the perfect digital stocking stuffer.
Similarly, Sonoma County is an embarrassment of culinary riches, thanks to a Mediterranean climate that results in an abundance of fresh produce available year-round. Not to mention the many favorites of food lovers that are made here, including cheese, olive oil, chocolate, honey, and much more. For that foodie in your life, give them a taste of Sonoma County with a Sonoma Love Gift Box, which features a wonderfully curated selection of locally made food like olive oil, honey, smoked almonds, and spice rub. You’ll also find all sorts of culinary delights in the Farm Trails Holiday Gift Guide. Or, buy direct from Sonoma County makers, such as purchasing olive oil and vinegar from Trattore Farms, biscuit mix (one of Oprah’s favorite things!) from Big Bottom Market, jam from Lala's Jam Bar, and honey and lavender from the Lavender Bee Farm.
For that special foodie in your life (or for yourself), join a cheese or charcuterie club, like William Cofield Cheesemakers’ cheese club or Journeyman’s Salumi Guild. Elsewhere, B.R. Cohn's Gourmet Olive Oil and Vinegar Club. Or, simply buy a gift card to your bucket list restaurant for a future visit to Sonoma County.
While Sonoma County may be known as Wine Country, it’s full of amazing craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries. Beer lovers may already be familiar with Russian River Brewing, which is home to one of the most renowned beers, Pliny The Elder. However, there are more than 30 other craft breweries and brewpubs in Sonoma County. For craft spirit lovers, Spirit Works Distillery was named Distillery of the Year by the American Distilling Institute. Both Russian River Brewing and Spirit Works, among many others, are shipping bottles. If you can’t pick just one, some places, like Sonoma Distilling, are selling tasting kits.
Like wine clubs, many of Sonoma County’s craft drink makers have their own clubs. Golden State Cider has a Cider Club, in which members receive rare ciders from their cider series. Many distilleries, too, have their own clubs, including Young & Yonder, which ships quarterly and offers discounts for members.
With hundreds of trails, 55 miles of coastline, meandering rivers, beautiful redwood groves, and much more, Sonoma County is a playground for the outdoor adventurer. For Sonoma County regulars, we recommend a Sonoma County Regional Parks membership. For just $69, members get 12 months of parking at more than 50 Sonoma County regional parks, 12 months of boat launching at numerous parks, 1 night of camping, and other perks.
For the real outdoor adventurer in your life, purchase a zipline tour guest pass from Sonoma Zipline Adventures. This unique Sonoma County adventure pass is valid for use with any open zipline canopy tour in 2020, and comes with a helmet cam rental with a micro SD card to capture all the action. Many other Sonoma County adventure companies are selling gift cards for an endless number of adventures, like a safari stay on the Sonoma Serengeti, hot air balloon ride over vineyards, cycling wine tour, glamping on the Russian River, and more.
Sonoma County has a vibrant art scene, where hundreds of artists call home. This is evident throughout Sonoma County, from the many sculpture gardens like the Geyserville Sculpture Trails to art districts such as Santa Rosa’s South A Street Art District to the many art galleries, theaters, concert halls and museums that include the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Green Music Center and Museum of Sonoma County.
For that culturist in your life, there are numerous museum memberships available throughout Sonoma County, including those at the Charles M. Schulz Museum, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, and Museum of Sonoma County. Many of these memberships include discounts to their gift shops or online stores.
For the art lover, consider purchasing art from a local art gallery such as Fulton Crossing Gallery or Historic Town of Bodega Art Gallery. Or, for a future trip, buy a gift certificate to places like Transcendence Theatre Company or Green Music Center.
Finally, visit Creative Sonoma's website to discover wonderful holiday events, locally-made art and gifts, art classes and more, while supporting Sonoma County art organizations, artists, and makers.
For those looking for a little indulgence, look no further than Sonoma County’s Michelin-starred restaurants, upscale hotels, and amazing wellness retreats. Buy a gift certificate to any number of Sonoma County’s luxury hotels, such as the Farmhouse Inn and Vintners Resort. Treat that special someone, or yourself, with a future daycation cabana at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, or a gift card for a spa treatment at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary. Or, buy a gift certificate at a Sonoma County bucket list restaurant like SingleThread.
Sonoma County isn’t just for wine lovers. Coffee roasters, gourmet tea shops and other specialty drink companies abound in Sonoma County. Petaluma Coffee and Tea Company has an online shop with a wide variety of teas and fair trade coffee from around the world. Others, like Tea & Trumpets and The Taste of Tea, specialize exclusively in tea and tea products, while there are many great coffee shops like Taylor Lane Organic Coffee, Big River Coffee, Retrograde Coffee Roasters and Bella Rosa Coffee Company that sell their coffee online. Several Sonoma County coffee companies also offer subscriptions and coffee clubs, including Wolf Coffee, Land and Water Coffee, Acre Coffee, and Flying Goat. If you can’t decide on one, then buy a gift card, which some coffee shops sell online.
Like wineries, some coffee shops offer tasting experiences, or what’s dubbed a “cupping.” Wolf Coffee is one such Sonoma County coffee roaster that offers a coffee tasting experience that you can purchase for a future trip to Sonoma County.
Nothing says the holidays like chocolate, and Sonoma County has a lot of great chocolate producers to choose from! For that real chocolate lover in your life, gift them with a Club Volo Chocolate Subscription. Volo has several different subscription levels, in which they ship an assortment of different chocolate bars each month.
Volo, plus a number of others, also offer their chocolates online for purchase. Fleur Sauvage, Wine Country Chocolates, Eye Candy Chocolatier, Sonoma Chocolatiers, and Rainy Day Chocolate are a few of the Sonoma County chocolate makers who sell online. Purchase English toffee, peppermint bark, chocolate-dipped marshmallows, truffles, chocolate sauce, and much more. Some of them also offer gift cards for purchase.
There's perhaps never been a holiday in our lives where treating ourselves, and others, has been so important. For those wellness lovers, Sonoma County has a lot to choose from. We previously mentioned some of the amazing Sonoma County wellness resorts, such as the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and Vintners Resort, and wellness retreats like Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary. However, Sonoma County is full of other unique wellness experiences. In Glen Ellen, the Gaige House + Ryokan is a zen hideaway with unique wellness activities like private meditation and yoga classes, and forest bathing. They have an amazing limited time special offer that when you stay two nights, your second night is free.
Sonoma County spas also include Soulstice Mind + Body Spa, located in Santa Rosa, where you can buy a gift card for that person in your life who needs a little r&r. In the town of Sonoma, Blush A Day Spa has online gift certificates for sale, but also has memberships for those frequent Sonoma County visitors.
Other Sonoma County wellness gift ideas include wellness workshops, or rather “walkshops,” from Unbeaten Path Tours and Yoga. Or, buy Sonoma County wellness and bath products, like the wide variety of products available from the Soap Cauldron.
With thousands of acres of state and county parks, hundreds of farms, 55 miles of coastline, and rolling hills for as far as the eye can see, Sonoma County is a playground for wildlife. And there are so many ways to experience that wildlife from more than just the car or a safe distance on a trail. One of Sonoma County's many great animal organizations is Charlie's Acres, a farm animal sanctuary in Sonoma. While animal lovers can donate to support their efforts, Charlie's Acres also has a sponsorship program, in which people can sponsor a wide range of farm animals that have been rescued.
Elsewhere, some Sonoma County farms offer tours, such as Redwood Hill Farm – Capracopia, which offers the opportunity to interact with goats firsthand. Just outside of Santa Rosa is Safari West, a.k.a. the Sonoma Serengeti, which is a wildlife preserve committed to conservation, education, and stewardship. Book a future stay, or buy a gift card for use on a safari adventure or luxury tent stay.
Finally, discover some of the great vegan products, companies and experiences in Sonoma County, such as the vegan wine tour offered by La Belle Vie Tours. Or, buy a gift card to a vegan restaurant, such as the Cozy Plum.
We take sustainability seriously here in Sonoma County, where 99% of our vineyard acres are certified sustainable. It’s why we have the Travel Kindly Pledge, asking visitors to help preserve and make a positive impact on our destination. Furthermore, Sonoma County has a number of great products for that person who pays special attention to the products they buy.
Old World Winery, for example, uses grapes from their 100-year-old sustainable and organic vineyards to create natural wines. They even have an "Adopt-A-Vine" program, in which people can take a positive stake in regenerative agriculture. Other sustainable Sonoma County producers include Seismic Brewing Company, located at The Barlow, which has a focus on crafting the highest quality beer and doing so in the most environmentally sustainable manner possible. As they put it, they "provide a beer that’s clean to can, brewed completely with renewable energy sourced right here in Sonoma County."
Beyond beer and wine, there are companies like Sumbody, which makes natural, small-batch skincare, bath, body, hair, and makeup products. Soap Cauldron, which as we mentioned above, specializes in all-natural soaps and skincare products. You can also shop for sustainable products at a number of marketplaces and shops, many of which have online stores. Our sustainable shopping article is a good starting place.
Last, but certainly not least, are those gifts for the boss, colleague, or client in your life. Many Sonoma County wineries have you covered with gifts for that colleague, employee, or client in your life. Choose from a wide variety of gift sets from Muscardini Cellars. Or, explore the corporate gift packages and special offers by Hawkes, Chateau St. Jean, and Gundlach Bundschu Winery. For something more experiential, Paradise Ridge Winery has corporate virtual tasting experiences.
For something a little more unique, gift a private class, such as a cooking or cheesemaking class, like those offered by The Epicurean Connection, or a candle creating workshop offered by Sonoma 707 Candle.