Gifts For The Entertainer
For our 2016 gift guide, we curated some of the favorites from our contributors and staff. All the items are from Northern California, and we encourage our readers to support their local businesses with these purchases. We've detailed where to find them near you below!
For the soiree throwing, life of the party in your life. Help them throw a great bash.
MANRESA MONKEY BREAD
Need to bring a little something special to a holiday brunch? Bring a half a dozen of Manresa Bread's "Monkey Bread" delights a croissant dough tossed with cinnamon and sugar and a buttery molasses schmear ... Make that a dozen. Available at Manresa Bread in Los Gatos and Los Altos.
URBAN MARKET BAGS
These chic reusable bags are the perfect gift for your guests or host. Available in 3- or 6-packs, that fit in the cup holder of your car or your handbag, this practical and machine-washable system ensures that you always have your bags when you need them. UrbanMarketBags.com.
ALEXANDER'S PATISSERIE BON BONS
These exquisite. hand-painted bon bons, made with Valrhona Chocolate, are exotically flavored spheres of goodness. Available at Alexander's Patisserie, Mountain View or Cupertino.
McEVOY RANCH'S SPICY GREEN OLIVE TAPENADE
The tapenade will spice up any baguette or hot pasta with deliciousness. McEvoyRanch.com
TESTAROSSA PINOT NOIR, GARY'S VINEYARD
Grown in one of the most coveted and celebrated vineyards in the California Santa Lucia Highlands, Testa-rossa vintners in Los Gatos consistently barrel and deliver this special wine each year. Available at most Whole Foods Markets, Draegers and Testarossa.com.
HUMBOLDT DISTILLERY ORGANIC SPICED RUM
Whip up some toe-warming winter cocktails with Humboldt County's first certified organic spiced rum. It'll keep you nice and toasty! Available at some Whole Foods Markets and Piazza's Fine Foods.
CHARLES CHOCOLATES - PRALINE AND PEANUT BUTTER
San Francisco-based chocolate maker offering all-natural handmade chocolate bars. Peanut praline is a personal favorite. Break and share. Available at Whole Foods Markets and CharlesChocolates.com.
The Mod Cheese Board's simple, yet elegant design is the perfect backdrop for any appetizer or cheese creation. Handle comes in hand-brushed 24K gold or platinum. Available at Annieglass at Santana Row or visit Annieglass.com.