Christmas is just days away, and there are those among us who still have holiday shopping to do. If you happen to be one of them— no judgment — there’s still plenty of time left for you to get unique gifts for everyone on your list. Although it may be too late to finish your shopping online, there are lots of independent shops and local boutiques in Yolo County that offer one-of-a-kind items. Best of all, many of them have extended hours during this last push leading up to the big day.
Following are some of the best places in Yolo County to find last-minute gifts. And if you are considering a multi-day shopping extravaganza, consider staying at one of the many hotels in Yolo County.
A farmers’ market may seem an unlikely place to pick up last-minute gifts, but the one in Davis offers much more than just fresh fruits & veggies. They also sell gourmet food items such as wine, olive oil, and honey, as well as handmade gift items made by local artisans. They are open every Saturday morning, rain or shine, including Dec. 23, and with more than 90 vendors, you’re sure to find a gift that fits the bill.
Park Winters is well regarded as an elegant venue for weddings and other special events. They also offer seasonal tours of their gardens. But they also have a farmstand onsite, where you can pick up locally produced gourmet food items. Honey, wine, vinegar, and herbs are just a few of the goodies on offer. They also carry bath and body products.
Located in Woodland, this honey-themed shop and restaurant has a variety of locally produced gifts for the foodie in your life. They offer more than 65 honey varietals, plus honeycomb and honey straws, which make great stocking stuffers. They also have beeswax products such as candles and salves, nut butters, and gift baskets.
The Old Sugar Mill is a former sugar beet factory in Clarksburg that now houses 14 wineries under one roof. Of course, a bottle of local wine makes a great gift, but many wineries also offer other gift items as well, including wine-themed home and kitchen goods, local art, and locally produced gourmet pantry items.
This popular art gallery in Davis hosts special events throughout the year, including an art auction, garden tour, and art-inspired rummage sale. But during the holidays, they feature a holiday market, where you can find handmade gift items including ceramics, jewelry, clothing, bath and beauty products, and much more. The holiday market is open every day from 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m. and 11:30 a.m.– 3 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Jewelry, home décor, handbags and clothing are a few of the items you’ll find at this curated mercantile in Winters. They also have a large selection of beauty and skincare items such as bath bombs, lotions, and candles. Want to show off your hometown pride? They also feature Winters-themed ornaments, hats and keyrings, as well as gifts for kids. They’re open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. through Dec. 23; 10 a.m.–4 Christmas Eve.
If you’ve got a food lover on your list, Séka Hills is a great place to shop. Their tasting room in the Capay Valley offers a range of gourmet food products from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, including wine, honey, vinegar, nuts, and body care. They also have an olive mill onsite, where they produce a range of specialty olive oils. You can also build your own gift basket! They also have a tasting room in The Old Sugar Mill.
With several locations throughout the Davis area, the U.C. Davis Bookstore offers more than just textbooks and school supplies. They have a full lineup of gift items, including tote bags, stuffed animals, bike accessories, puzzles, and more. They also have plenty of U.C. Davis and City of Davis branded items, ranging from T-shirts and dog collars to glassware and ornaments. You can also pick up coffee, olive oil, and honey produced right on campus!
Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, an afternoon browsing local shops is a great winter pastime. You can grab a bite to eat from the many restaurants in Yolo County, and even make it a quick overnight getaway by taking advantage of lodging specials in Yolo County. Plan your holiday shopping trip today!
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