Products that are made in California:
California Almond Gift Idea:
Giddy Up Nuts from Los Angeles, CA. Each batch is hand crafted using seasonal local ingredients fresh from the farmers market or other craft makers. We love Rosemary Garlic, made with California Garlic & rosemary from the maker's own garden! Add them to a custom gift box here or sample all the flavors in this set.
California Olive Oil Gift Idea:
From lemons to tangerines to grapefruit and more, California's citrus industry is bountiful (and 2nd only in size to Florida's)!
California Citrus Gift Idea:
Pearson Ranch, based in the San Joaquin Valley of California grows sweet, juicy California oranges and pomelos. They also have developed close working relationships with other citrus farmers in the area to offer a variety of locally grown fruit. Available in 5 lb boxes, monthly programs, and more. Check them out here!
These sweet, caramel like gems are grown in California's desert valleys and are a far cry from dates you've probably tried before.
California Date Gift Idea:
A one or two pound box of luxurious fresh Rancho Meladuco dates, from California's Coachella Valley. This is a small family run that uses traditional farming and harvesting methods. You should go read all the testimonials on their site at a minimum...you need to try these days! Check them out here.
California is the dominant producer of wine in the United States, and is the 4th largest maker in the world! Iconic wine growing counties like Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino are well known, and for good reason.
California Wine Gift Idea:
A gift box from Brix26; they specialize in sourcing the best of California’s small-production boutique wines. You'll find their latest discoveries posted regularly to their website. We love that their mission is to find the best limited production wines not found in other regions of the country, and that they are completely committed to keeping up with the exploding wine scene in California so they can keep bringing fresh recommendations to us all. Check them out here.
California has been the nation's leading dairy state since 1993, when it surpassed Wisconsin. We think cheese and chocolate are the two best ways to share this highlight of California.
California Dairy Gift Ideas:
Add chocolate to a custom California gift basket, here.
Contrary to popular belief, Sriracha was invented in California by Chinese-Vietnamese refugee David Tran in 1980. This iconic hot sauce is now manufactured in Irwindale, just outside of Los Angeles.
California's beef industry is also large and well known, which means we'll combine the two into another perfect California food gift, which is...
California Sriracha Gift Idea:
Sriracha Beef Jerky, by Tong! of Los Angeles. We can't think of a better combination that everyone will love. This product is a huge customer favorite! Add Sriracha Jerky to a custom gift basket here.
The California avocado industry is quite large! Over the past decade, California has produced between 75% and 92% of the nation's avocados. The only other major producer is Florida, and Hawaii produces a much smaller number.
The first recorded avocado tree in California was planted in 1856 and the first commercial orchard was planted in 1908. Seven different avocado varieties are produced commercially in California, including the Hass (this is the one most commonly available at the grocery store), Zutano, Reed, Pinkerton, Lamb Hass, Gwen, Fuerte, and Bacon varieties.
In 2020 California grew 375.5 million pounds of avocados!! (source). San Diego and Ventura counties account for the majority of avocado production, but Santa Barbara, Riverside, and San Luis Obispo counties are also major producers. Avocados are a frost sensitive crop, so are grow mostly along the southern coast. Drought and sharply increasing water prices are affecting this crop today, though.
California Avocado Gift Ideas:
Fresh Boxes of California Avocados: https://californiaavocadosdirect.com
Hand picked farm fresh, delivered direct to you. This fourth generation family farm has grown premium California avocados since 1901. You can order freshly boxed avocados (so many varieties are available!) or sign up for an avocado subscription.
Apparel and Posters by the California Avocado Commission: https://shop.californiaavocado.com
California is the nation's largest garlic producer, growing approximately 87% of commercially grown garlic in the United States. Garlic is primarily grown in the San Joaquin Valley, which accounts for 91% of California's garlic. Gilroy, CA is historically known as the garlic capital of California (they even host a garlic festival each year) however the majority of the crop is no longer actually grown here.
Garlic Gift Ideas:
Garlic World, located in Gilroy, sells fresh, dried, jarred, and pickled garlic. You name the form of garlic and chances are, they're selling it! Garlic World is not joking around.
More California Gift Ideas
We at California Crafted help people shop small & support local by creating custom gift boxes filled with products sourced exclusively from local California businesses.
Looking for even more California gift ideas?
Check out some of our other blogs!
- Gifts for someone moving to Los Angeles
- California Themed Gift Guide
- California Food Gift Ideas
- California Teacher Appreciation Gift Guide
Sources cited above, if you'd like more in depth reading:
- California Avocado industry statistical data: https://www.californiaavocadogrowers.com/industry/industry-statistical-data
- Avocado History: https://apps1.cdfa.ca.gov/FertilizerResearch/docs/Avocado_Production_CA.pdf
- Garlic Industry Statistics: https://ipmdata.ipmcenters.org/documents/cropprofiles/CAgarlic.pdf