Central Coast Gift Guide
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be stressful to find the perfect gift for the special people in your life. You could run to the nearest department store and search high and low for just the right thing, and then end up settling for yet another Christmas sweater to give to your friend or family member. Or, you could visit the Central Coast’s unique boutiques to find something truly special that will make this Christmas an unforgettable one. This holiday season, ditch the socks and be sure to add these unique local treasures to your shopping list.
1. Brown Butter Cookie Gift Box
Nothing tastes as good as a freshly baked cookie during the holidays, and they taste even better when you don’t have to make them yourself! The Central Coast is lucky to be the home of Brown Butter Cookie Company with two locations in Cayucos and Paso Robles. As you open the door to their small cookie factory, you’ll be overwhelmed by the delicious scent of the butter browning, which is the secret to their success. Each cookie is hand-rolled by a close-knit team of dough makers and bakers, truly giving these cookies that homemade touch. This holiday season, Brown Butter Cookie Company is offering special edition Spice Brown Butter Sea Salt cookies that taste just like Christmas. Made with nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, these cookies are likened to pumpkin pie, and who doesn’t love pumpkin pie? Perfect for the foodie in your life, you can order one dozen of these delicious bites in a gift box for only $15 or you can order a case of 12 Spice boxes to send to family across the country. Give your loved ones a taste of the Central Coast this Christmas, they’re sure to eat it up!
2. Artwork from Steve Thomas’ “See America First” Series
World-renowned artist Steve Thomas has created a series of 1930’s art-deco style travel posters featuring notable places and landmarks across the country. His most recent body of work centers on our very own beautiful Central Coast and is showcased at Just Looking Gallery in Downtown San Luis Obispo. From Big Sur to Cambria, each of these vibrant prints captures the unique nature and beauty of California’s Central Coast. The prints also elicit feelings of nostalgia and hometown pride, making them the perfect gift for anyone who has ever lived in or visited the Central Coast. Each print is available in three different canvas sizes and each is one-of-a-kind as Thomas adds hand-embellishment to every print. The series even includes a piece titled “Cal Poly Proud” which is actually produced locally at Just Looking Gallery, making it the perfect gift for the Mustang in your family.
3. Local Wine Gift Basket
If there’s one thing the Central Coast does best, it’s wine. This year, give the people what they really want—give them a drink! Paso Robles is home to over 250 wineries, so there’s sure to be a wine that is just right for their palate. Paso Wines offers pre-arranged gift baskets, or you can design your own, selecting wines based on their variety, color, price-range, winery, or rating. Or, you can select a Three Bottle Gift Box Set which features the 2008 Alta Colina Claudia Cuvee, the 2007 Thacher Zinfandel, or the 2005 Hasley Cellars Meritage for only $70. Since it’s the season to eat, drink, and be merry, a local wine basket is the perfect gift to bring Christmas cheer to your holiday celebration.