Holiday shopping can be such a chore… or you can leave it to that ubiquitous home delivery service! But we have a better idea! How about spending your hard-earned dollars with local businesses, artists, and artisans who produce one-of-a-kind, world-class items, many of which can only be found in Mendocino County. This year, make Mendocino your holiday gift inspiration!
The Truffle with Chocolate
We understand there are some people who don't eat chocolate (we can't imagine why not!). But for the rest of us, the place to stock up on holiday sweets and treats is Mendocino Chocolate Company. The chocolatiers at MCC take their work very seriously, treating candy making as an art. Richard and Julie Keaton's truffles and toffees are designed to put you in the mood for Mendocino, wherever you are in the world. Easy to order online or stop in at their locations in Mendocino and Fort Bragg.
At least they aren't at Pennyroyal Farm, the delightful farmstead in Boonville where every goat gets a name. Mommas and daughters are named after world cities or rivers or constellations… the list goes on! This holiday season satisfy Dad's appetite with a gift box full of local cheese and perfectly paired wine. Will the Bollie's Mollies tickle his fancy or perhaps he'll find his thrill with a slice of Boont Corners!
The Little Pepper that Could!
Begun as an experiment in the Boonville Hotel's kitchen garden, Piment d'Ville is now Chef Johnny Schmitt's “third spice… salt, pepper & Piment d'Ville!” Locally grown from seed and hand harvested in Boonville, Piment d'Ville is the same variety of pepper known as Piment D'Espelette, a pepper traditionally produced in the Basque region of Southern France. Use it on a simple roast chicken or in a red chile cream sauce; it also works well with chocolate or on a cocktail glass!Available online, at the Boonville Hotel, and other retailers of fine fare.
often come in small packages! And that's the case at one of the tiniest shops we've found. Coming in at just 85 square feet, My Chic Farmhouse, located in a former apple shed on the grounds of the MacCallum House Inn in Mendocino, has a tasty collection of elegant Italian table linens, tablecloths, pottery, and pashminas sure to please someone special during the holidays!
Care for a Cuppa Joe?
It's the holidays! It's crazy! Too much to do and how do you power through? The answer lies in a gift package of Thanksgiving Coffee whose slogan, “Not just a cup, but a just cup” is reason enough to gift friends and family. Part of the “Made in Mendocino” movement since 1972, Paul and Joan Katzeff pride themselves in their (thanks)giving – to employees, the local community, and to our global community.
Pearls of Wisdom
From her studio overlooking her garden in Mendocino, Hillary Schneider channels the energy of gardens, plants, nature and what women hold closest to their hearts to create jewelry designs. Her latest collection, Prosperity, embraces the elegance and organic grace of nature to complement the female essence. Materials include a mix of fine silver clay, freshwater pearls, a spectrum of gemstones, sterling silver, and gold fill. Make someone you know happy this holiday season!
Turn the Other Page…
Who doesn't love a good book for a gift? Whether a thriller, biography or stunning coffee table art book, there's something for everyone in a book store. Mendocino County is home to a couple of great independent book sellers — yes, you can use that online service, but the fun is browsing through selections on a rainy afternoon and finding just the right great read. In Ukiah, Mendocino Book Company has been the go-to bookstore for readers for nearly 40 years, while in Mendocino, Gallery Bookstore & Bookwinkle's Children's Books has provided readers with a place to purchase since 1962.