Get Ready for Holiday Season Dinners and Parties: Shop Local for Host and Hostess Gifts

Whether you’re staying the weekend or just for dinner, show your gratitude with one of these thoughtful product picks.

Estate Grown Carneros Pinot Noir 2018; $50 

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Schug, Sonoma

With full-bodied black cherry and plum flavors on the palate and a finish tinged with tobacco and spicy new oak, this Pinot Noir makes an ideal pairing for a Thanksgiving meal.

Spice Tribe Culinary Spice Blend Starter Box; $30

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Poet and/the Bench, Mill Valley

Created by Bay Area native foodie Trent Blodgett, these travel-inspired spice blends can be used to add complex flavor to dishes ranging from curries to barbecue to tagines.

Amber Candle; from $12

northbay candle
Photo courtesy of Paul Simcock

North Bay Candleworks, San Rafael

Hand-poured in Marin county, this candle comes in two sizes and more than two-dozen scents, including Citrus Agave, Cinnamon & Vanilla and Rosemary Sage.

Wine Time Drink Markers Gift Tag; $6

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Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Warner

GlassTats, Larkspur

Personalize a gift of wine or spirits with these clever drink markers that stick on any glass, but dissolve under warm water or in the dishwasher.

Once Upon a Waterfront by Catherine Lyons-Labate; $70 

Once Upon Waterfront

The photographer, who has lived on the Sausalito waterfront since 1974, reveals the history and lifestyle of the Sausalito houseboat community through evocative images and heart-warming anecdotes.

Calathea “Beauty Star” in a Kinto Porcelain Pot; $48 (as shown)

Diameter Plants
Photo courtesy of Christian Garcia

Diameter Plants, Sausalito

Specializing in low-light, easy-care indoor plants, Diameter Plants also carries a wide variety of pots, vases and terrariums to create a thoughtful thank you gift.

Camp Cocktail Infusion Kit — Hot Toddy; $25

camp cocktail infusion kit

Makers Market, Mill Valley

Infuse your favorite spirit with this blend of apple, cinnamon, star anise, clove, lemon, bitters and non-GMO vegan sugar to make 12 craft cocktails.

ElizabethW Mint Rosemary Hand & Body Lotion; $29

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Main St Mercantile, Tiburon

Enriched with vitamin E, shea butter, ginseng, ivy, cucumber and comfrey extracts, this luxurious lotion from Bay Area brand ElizabethW soothes and nourishes dry skin.


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Lotus Abrams has covered everything from beauty to business to tech in her editorial career, but it might be writing about her native Bay Area that inspires her most. She lives with her husband and two daughters in the San Francisco Peninsula, where they enjoy spending time outdoors at the area’s many open spaces protected and preserved by her favorite local nonprofit, the Peninsula Open Space Trust.