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The Lodi Holiday Gift Guide

December is our favorite time of the year to support small businesses in Lodi! With our local shops and downtown streets decorated for the season, Lodi transforms itself into a winter haven, making it the perfect place to get into the gift-giving spirit. Get ahead of your list by visiting the small businesses that make our community a premiere destination for holiday shopping (all while sipping, eating, and being merry).

To celebrate the festive month, we have curated a ‘shop small’ Lodi holiday gift guide that will put the cheer back into holiday shopping. Whether you’re buying for friends, family, or someone special, you should make a trip to Lodi your one-stop shop for everyone on your list!

Bites for the Foodie

Cheese Central: Let the smell of artisanal fromage guide your senses to give the greatest gift of all, a gift basket of cheese and provisions from Cheese Central located in Downtown Lodi! Premade basket options are readily available all season long (ranging from $50 to $100), which feature shelf-stable charcuterie accompaniments of crackers, jams, pickles, chocolate, honey, and more. If you would like to procure your own selection, have one of the cheesemongers at the counter help you create a basket of provisions which start at $50. If you would like to gift an experience instead of a basket, be sure to purchase a Cheese Central gift card, which can be used to reserve a spot at one of the many guided culinary classes, taught by owner Cindy Della Monica.

Towne Corner Café: This quaint café and market inside the Wine & Roses resort features delicious pastries and drinks, but don’t overlook their market items, which make perfect gifts for the foodie on your list! Choose from a selection of house-made granola, artisanal honey, and olives. Also featured at the café are an array of curated kitchen items, such as tea towels, and wooden utensils. According to Towne Corner staff, cookbooks have also become a hot ticket item, such as the highly recommended Middle Eastern Pantry, which features recipes from author and New York City spice atelier owner, Lior Lev Sercarz.

Calivirgin Olive Mill: If there is a foodie in your life who loves to cook or entertain, be sure to add a bottle of Calivirgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to your gift list! Let an experienced host guide you through an olive oil tasting to experience the rich flavors of Lodi grown cold -pressed olive oil. Choose from an array of olive varieties and flavors, such as Zesty Lemon, Rosemary, Guilty Garlic, and much more. Your loved ones won’t be able to get enough!

Gifts for the Hostess

It goes without saying that Lodi wine makes the perfect gift to give for all of your 21+and over friends and family! With over 85 wineries in Lodi Wine Country, you simply can’t go wrong wherever you go. For a festive gift, be sure to visit Jeremy Wine Co. for their seasonal bottles of Joy and Jingle wines that are sure to bring on lots of holiday cheer! Thinking of more options? Be sure to stop into the Visitor Center located in Downtown Lodi to pick up a free Visitor Guide and Lodi Wine Map to scope out favorite wineries, or let one of our ambassadors steer you in the right direction. Your friends and family will thank you for the gift of vino from their local favorites!

Celebrating Hometown Pride

Visit Lodi Conference & Visitors Bureau: Nothing says hometown pride better than a ‘Stuck in Lodi’ T-shirt or hat for your loved ones! Let the Visitor Center be your first stop when thinking of unique gifts for your Lodi friends and family who are near and far. Whether you are gifting for wine lovers, or those who love to enjoy summer outdoors in Lodi, be sure to grab custom wine tumblers and aluminum water bottles to add in as stocking stuffers!

For the Fashion Set

Angel Ra: This ethereal boutique on School Street, which specializes in handcrafted jewelry, is the perfect place to shop for unique gifts. On your visit to Angel Ra, you will be enchanted by the intricate selection of handcrafted rings, necklaces, bracelets, and charms. Your loved ones will thank you for such a thoughtful and unique piece of wearable art!

Stella Mitchell Boutique: This posh boutique is your one-stop shop for fashionable threads and chic interiors. The boutique, which is located on School Street in Downtown Lodi, features luxurious gifts such as pajama sets from PJ Salvage, fragrant candles from Aquiesse and Thymes (during the holidays, the luxe scent of Frasier Fir fills the boutique as you shop!), and modern farmhouse baubles, coffee table books, bedding, and more!

Postura Collection: This clothing store located on School St. in Downtown Lodi is a fashion lovers dream! Choose from a wide collection of chic clothing, shoes, and accessories to make all of the trendiest fashionistas on your holiday gift list happy this season.

Gifts to Pamper

The Spa at Wine & Roses: Give the gift of relaxation this holiday with a gift card to The Spa at Wine and Roses! Choose from an array of spa options, including massages, facials, body treatments, and more. Each treatment also includes access to the luxe spa facility, which features a steam room, tranquility room, and outdoor hot tub and garden. Be sure to grab stocking stuffers from The Nest boutique on your way out; spa associates at The Nest highly recommend gifting the popular Eminence Coconut Moisturizer for gorgeous skin, as well as the Jane Iredale Glow Time press powder makeup for a flawless look!

The Local Collective: The Local Collective, located in Downtown Lodi, is the perfect boutique for gifting, as they curate a selection of artisan-made goods ranging from clothing to wellness products. Pamper your friends and loved ones with bath bombs and bubble bath scoops made of goat’s milk to nourish and soothe your skin. You can also find all-natural lip balms, tinted lipsticks, and lotions to add as a stocking stuffer!

For the Fitness Guru

Lodi Cyclery: This notable bike shop located in downtown Lodi is a great place to explore gifts for someone who loves cycling (or wants to start in the New Year!) Lodi Cyclery carries bicycles and gear that are fit for a cyclist at any level.  Their knowledgeable staff recommends the Marin Kentfield bike which provides a sleek exterior and smooth ride for cyclists at all levels.

Wild + Well Yoga: Give the gift of wellness this season with a pass to Wild + Well Yoga studio, a newcomer to the downtown Lodi area! Choose from a variety of class options and pass types where guests can customize their schedule and choose a class that best fits their needs. Your friends will thank you as they glow from within into the New Year!

Visual Treasures

Earth & Wares: Lovers of decorating and interior design will be amazed at the visual treasures that are available at this recently opened downtown boutique. At Earth & Wares, you can choose from a wide variety of unique pottery that the owners have sourced and hand-selected to be featured in their shop.

Lodi Community Art Center: Lodi is home to a large artistic community, and the Lodi Community Art Center has done a fantastic job at showcasing the work of local painters and artisans in our area. If you are looking for something unique and creative to gift, be sure to stop in to find a range of handmade jewelry and intricate framed paintings from local Lodi artists.

The next time you find yourself wanting to ditch online shopping or avoiding the crowds in big box stores during the holiday season, let Lodi be your one-stop shop for holiday gifting while shopping local. The unique treasures that you will discover while browsing the boutique-lined streets of Downtown Lodi are sure to amaze everyone on your list!

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