Here at California Crossings, we are cheerleaders for California. What better way to celebrate the Golden State than with some California gifts! These 20 items are perfect for you to give to a friend or family member who loves California. Or you can share the article with them as a heavy hint for your own wish list.
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California Themed Gifts Featuring Maps
The following California gifts celebrate the state with maps, sayings and iconography about our culture and natural resources.
Lowball Glass with Various California Maps
These cool lowball glasses come with etched maps of California. They are billed as a whiskey glass, but they make a great gift, even for a non-drinker. The etched design runs around the whole glass. San Francisco is pictured, but the seller also has options for 54 other California cities and towns.
Sold by Southern Rascal on Etsy.
California Map Necklace
These map necklaces have such a California sense of place. The necklace pictured comes in antique silver with a 24″ chain. LA, SF, San Diego, Encinitas and Carlsbad are featured in the Etsy store, however you can request a custom location order. Also available as cufflinks, earrings and bracelets.
Sold by Charming Maps on Etsy.
California Lakes Coffee Mugs
This series of California themed gifts celebrates our lovely lakes and coastlines. They come in a clean gold and green-blue design. You can order for a wide variety of lakes and coastlines like: Lake Shasta, Lake Tahoe, Channel Islands, June Lake Loop, Lake Arrowhead, Wrights Lake, Clearlake and the Central Coastline. In addition to mugs, the seller offers throw pillows, posters, beach towels, prints and signs.
Sold by Lakebound Shop on Etsy.
If you love California lakes, check out this guide for driving around Lake Tahoe.
Cute California Tea Towels (+ Other Stuff)
This whimsical map design showcases the best of CA with palm trees, sea lions, the Golden Gate Bridge and other cultural and natural landmarks. You can fill up the whole house with this design because the seller offers pillows, plates, mugs, journals and baby onsies.
Sold by Fish Kiss Brand on Etsy.
California-shaped Pewter & Silver Necklace
California Themed Shirts and Bags
One of these t-shirts celebrates California in an in-your-face kind of way and the other is more subtle. But both are fun and could make great California gifts for the casual dresser (and who isn’t these days?) There’s also an offering from a made-in-California manufacturer.
California Poppy T-Shirt
California Bear T-shirt
Timbuk2 Messenger Bags
Timbuk2 bags are great if you want buy from companies that design and manufacture in California. Their bags are insanely sturdy and great for travel. I have the extra small bag, which is actually large enough to use as a camera bag when I’m out and about getting photography shots in San Francisco and beyond.
Products Celebrating California Nature
California boasts 298 state parks, 33 national parks and historic sites and and 840 miles of coastline. So there is a LOT to love about the nature here. These nature-inspired California gifts will help you show it off.
Customized Sand Necklace
You can order a generic version of this necklace, which comes filled with sand from Grey Whale Cove near Half Moon Bay. But the truly cool part of this jewelry is that you can send the seller your own sand from a special place and they will customize the necklace for you. The jewelry charms are hand stamped and made of sterling silver.
Sold by My Beaded Butterfly on Etsy.
Stickers For California National Parks
Botanical Sage Lotion
California State and National Park Patches
Nothing screams “I’m a California Cheerleader” than a colorful patch and this series from the Patch Parlor certainly fits that bill. They have over 100 California themed patches featuring state and natural parks, the state flag, the state flower, sports teams and historic sites.
Sold by Patch Parlor on Etsy.
52 Weekend Adventures in Northern California
Author Tom Stienstra is the San Francisco Chronicle’s outdoors writer and he’s been exploring California for decades. This book has a year’s worth of outdoorsy weekend adventures to places like Lassen National Park, Mendocino, Gold Country and wine country. Check out his author profile for other books on CA that cover CA camping, fishing, RVing and hiking.
Sold on Amazon.
The High Sierra of California
This beautiful coffee table book is a collaboration between author Gary Snyder and illustrator Tom Killion. Killion’s Japanese style woodcuts are perfect for capturing the beauty of the Sierras. And Snyder channels John Muir with his lovely writings. This is a great nature gift from California and perfect for someone who also appreciates art.
I recommend getting the more expensive hardback– it makes a lovely coffee table book.
Sold on Amazon.
Foodie Gifts Made in California
The Midwest may be America’s breadbasket, but California is its everything-else-basket. We produce most of the fruit, vegetables, wine, olive oil and nuts in the US. We also definitely give Wisconsin and Vermont stiff competition when it comes to cheese. So these foodie-friendly California made products are great for showing off our bountiful harvests.
Start with our guide for 13 tasty California cookbooks. It features a wide range of California cuisine from bloggers, recipe makers and restauranteurs.
Aged Balsamic Vinegar from Olivier
High Quality Olive Oil from Pasolivo
Paso Robles is known as a wine growing region, but they also grow some tasty olives too. Pasolivo has a variety of oils and vinegars, but I like their Classic. It’s fully flavored and peppery–perfect for salads.
Available directly from Pasolivo.com.
Visit the region and explore these fun things to do in Paso Robles.
Cowgirl Creamery Cheese Gift Pack
Cowgirl Creamery makes some of the best cheese in California and they’ve won tons of awards for it. It’s one of my favorite California gifts, having received it several times from my sister. Thanks Tracy! Cowgirl Creamery offers a variety of gift packs from the one pictured here to the $800 annual of-the-month-club (yes please!). Be sure to order one that offers the Wagon Wheel cheese- it makes the absolute best grilled cheese sandwiches.
Sold by Cowgirl Creamery
IN-N-OUT Burger Merch
IN-N-OUT is the quintessential California burger joint. In addition to the double double cheeseburger board shorts, disturbingly patterned with an animal style double cheeseburger, they also have normal t-shirts (for both humans and dogs), hats, household items and gift cards.
Sold by IN-N-OUT
St George’s Spirits
Mug for Arrested Development Fans
More CA Gift Ideas
- If your friends and family are into books, check out our epic list of fiction books set in San Francisco.
- Get some California cuisine cookbooks for the foodie in your life.
- If they are into nature, then you can buy them an annual CA State Parks pass.
- If they are into road trips, get them this California road atlas. Some of CAs most scenic drives are a bit off the grid and this paper map is just the thing to keep them on track.
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