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Our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Shopping Local this Season

Okay, it’s the same old story every year: you want to come up with creative gifts, you want to shop local, you want to choose products that promote sustainability and environmental responsibility… but you still end up grabbing something off of Amazon — right?!

No excuses this year!  We’ve done the legwork for you by putting together our ultimate holiday gift guide, featuring local products + companies that will be sure to please any of your gift recipients!  All that’s left to do is browse through this list, click, and swipe 😉

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Limited Edition Roly Poly Whiskey Candle [Copper Mug Co. + OK Kandles collaboration] // $24.99

Copper Mug Co. is a local brand based out of Ventura and established by husband and wife team, Eric and Alyssa Stalker. The couple pioneered in quality copper goods when the ever popular Moscow Mule was just on the verge of revival in 2014. “It all started with a mule,” and their labor of love has now grown the brand from offering their staple copper mule mugs to presenting unique copper gifts, kitchenware, and bar tools.

The ROLY POLY is a Limited Edition collab w/ another amazing local 805 business, OK Kandles, in bourbon barrel scent for just $24.99. Mmmm! PS we love all the things by Copper Mug Co., so you might want to browse a little before checking your cart out! And if you’re more of a wine drinker than whiskey (or both), check out these wine glasses.

We love this item because… it is a great example of some 805 collaboration, PLUS it is adorable and smells ridiculously amazing!

This is the perfect gift for… any whiskey-lover, the man in your life, or the hard-to-shop-for friend!


Boutique Wine Sampler Box [Boutique Wine Club] // $49.99

The Boutique Wine Sampler allows wine lovers to try hard-to-find, highly-rated boutique wines before they buy. The curated collection features six unique 375ml bottles that showcase California’s best small-production and sought-after artisan wines from Paso Robles and Santa Barbara.

The boxes are available at select Northern and Southern California Costco stores, El Rancho Market and California Fresh Markets right now. The suggested retail price for the collection is $69.99, though it is offered at Costco for $49.99. Buyers will also be able to order full format bottles through Boutique Wine Club upon release. 

We love this item because… it features some of our favorite wineries from the 805, plus it is an instant wine tasting party in a box!

This would be the perfect gift for… your boss, the host of your next holiday party, or your boozy-but-classy best friend 😉


Holiday Triple Treat [Santa Barbara Soaps] // $24.00

Santa Barbara Soaps‘ holiday treats are made with pure Pacific sea salt, creamy coconut milk, avocado and coconut oils combined to make luxurious bubbles and gently cleanse even the most sensitive skin. These soaps come individually or as a trio for $24.00, or “triple treat” of festive scents: Santa Claus Lane, Holiday Cheer and Sugar Plum.

Santa Barbara Soaps was founded by Tracy Wells in 2010 to create luxurious, skin-nourishing products that celebrate the beauty of the Santa Barbara region — from the ocean to the mountains and everything in between. Each product is handmade in small batches with the best skin-friendly ingredients possible.

We love this item because… its like giving a little holiday cheer each time you wash your hands! And we are really loving the all-natural ingredients 🌱

This is the perfect gift for… your co-worker, your favorite yoga instructor, or the germaphobe in your life 😉


Siesta Blanket [Siestas for Fiestas] // $43.50

Chris and Jesenia are a husband and wife team who took an unexpected and serendipitous journey when they relocated to Cancun, Mexico. Upon their arrival, they met Pastor Arturo, who shared with them the church’s ongoing Christmas project to feed families living in poverty. They were inspired by his heart for this project, and came up with the idea of creating festive beach blankets using the region’s soft and charming textiles.

Each Siesta blanket purchased provides a family with a Christmas dinner. All is packed inside a reusable container with a sticker that, when translated says, “Jesus goes with me.”  Their vision is to end poverty in the areas surrounding Cancun, Mexico, and their mission is to create opportunities for those living in poverty so that they may provide for themselves and their families.

We love this item because… we adore the bright colors, the beautiful prints, and the heartfelt + worthwhile mission behind the product!

This is the perfect gift for… your beach bum bestie, your philanthropist friend, and anyone who loves to siesta (+ fiesta!)


Top Lot Subscription [Calioh Coffee] // $15.00

Want the best coffee beans, but don’t know where to start? The Top Lot coffee subscription consists of a rotating selection of limited edition micro-lot coffees from around the globe.  These selections will always be unique and rare, and will offer a chance to explore and experience interesting and exceptional coffees hand-selected by the experts at Calioh Coffee.

Matt started Calioh Coffee after a backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevadas, where he craved a cup of “real” coffee each morning on the trail.  He began his venture into the world of coffee soon thereafter, and now makes some of the most delicious coffee roasts we’ve ever gotten our hands on.  All of Calioh Coffee’s blends are 100{fd7f0a6624fbd2224f3c60e3404acbd2207eb416c38268e7e97265ebe361b912} organic, ethically-sourced, sustainable, locally roasted, and they hand stamp each package in compostable packaging. Located in Ventura, Calioh Coffee partners with many local organizations and events and serves one great cup o’ joe.

We love this item because… deciding on coffee is easy — deciding on what kind of coffee is tough.

This is the perfect gift for… new parents, your coffee snob friend, or the coworker that keeps brewing Folgers in the office (gross).


DIY Workshop [Brown & Co. + homeMADE Ventura] // Prices Vary

Our family motto is “Collect memories, not things” and we try to exemplify that during the holiday gifting season.  What better way to do this than to give the gift of an experience or a new skill?!  Two of our favorite local workshops are the brush lettering workshop with Brown & Co., and the macrame workshop with homeMADE Ventura.  Not only do you walk away with a beautiful piece of home decor, but you also get to spend an afternoon with friends, learning something fun + new.  Grab a gift certificate, or schedule a workshop for you and a loved one to do together, for the perfect gift!

We love this item because… we had so much fun at these workshops, and know you will too!  … okay, there’s also usually beer or wine included 😉

This is the perfect gift for… the girl who has everything, the hostess-with-the-mostest, or the “crafty one” in your group


Face Mask [Kefirology] // $33.00

Utilizing the medicinal benefits of an ancient practice, Kefirology ferments raw goat’s milk with an active culture of kefir grains. The finished product is a nourishing facial mask that embodies almost all of the health-promoting qualities of the time-tested beverage, but this time, to rejuvenate one’s skin.  Kefirology is based on a farm-to-beauty product that is handcrafted at their organic goat farm in Ojai, California.

We love this item because… goats are so “in” right now 😉 but really, we love the sustainability of this farm-to-beauty product.

This is the perfect gift for… someone that needs pampering, your skincare-obsessed friend, or a city girl craving that simple farm life


Copper Water Bottle [AYUR Bottle] // $30.00

We snagged one of these at the FlowWest Fest, and we’ve just gotta say… everywhere we go, people stop us and ask us where we got it!  It’s not only super cute, but also has health benefits!  Scientific studies have shown that copper removes bacteria and impurities from water through it’s antimicrobial properties, and can improve immune system, health of your skin, digestion, pH levels, and metabolism — cool, right?!

A sister company to Copper Mug Co., we love both the smooth and hammered copper designs of these bottles.  To preserve your copper’s appearance, we also highly recommend grabbing a silicone sleeve for your bottle, as well!

We love this item because… we should really be drinking more water anyway — why not drink it from a cute vessel that gives health benefits?!

This is the perfect gift for… your yogi classmate, that person who always orders a Moscow Mule “for the copper mug,” and anyone who needs to stay hydrated (a.k.a. all of us!)

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Which gift above are you most excited about? And any we missed that you think is a must? Let us know in the comments below!

And make sure to tag us in your holiday gift guide shopping pics via @locallove805 #LL805 #ll805holidaygiftguide

Have a Happy Thanksgiving week!!


Hayley, Nicole & Tanisha

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  1. Rosie Ornelas
    12 months ago

    Love, love, love your 805 local list!

    We have so many artisans in the 805 that it’s hard to pick just a few! I do have to add one more though … Ex Voto Chocolates! (Check out their Instagram: Their chocolates are works of art! And if the looks aren’t enough to convince you, wait until you taste one! They use fresh ingredients and single source chocolate and they’re delicious! They recently opened a shop in midtown Ventura and they also make their own ice cream! Click on the link below to see a video where we featured this mother and daughter dynamic duo in honor of Women’s Entrepreneur Day!

    1. Hayley
      12 months ago

      Thank you so much for sharing Rosie! We have not heard of Ex Voto. So we will most definitely check them out! Love discovering new local artisans!

  2. Sonjia and Martina
    12 months ago

    Fantastic list! We’d like to be considered for your gift guide.

    We use local products to add a new flair to every day kitchen staples. Our products include: Syrah Fleur de sel, Lavender Sugar, Lavender Pepper, Lemon Sugar, Orange Pepper, Mulling Spices and an Immune Booster (Turmeric, Ginger and Lemon). Check us out.

    1. Hayley
      10 months ago

      Thank you! Your products look amazing and like the perfect fit for a collab! Please email us at!


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