Sending the Bay Area Home – Gifts from the Bay Area

Being away from family during the holidays is the hardest part about being an expat.  Holidays are often surrounded by traditions, unique to each family, that have taken years to evolve.  I believe the anticipation of these special moments is what we feel when we say we are in the ‘holiday spirit.’  It’s hard to feel that when not in a familiar environment or around people we love.  It’s hard for those at ‘home’ as well.

My family and friends have been delighted to receive gifts that are local to where I am living.  They have expressed that it creates a feeling of sharing an experience.  Gifts that are representative of my everyday life, for them to experience, have been big hits in the past.

A house on 21st in San Francisco ready for the holidays!  Photo credit Goodshoped35110s

A house on 21st in San Francisco ready for the holidays!

This is my first Christmas since moving to the Bay Area that I will not be going home.  I set out to find some goodies that had the San Francisco feel.   In the midst of my search I started to feel that ‘holiday spirit’ rising and that felt a little like home.

These stood out to me:

Blue Bottle Coffee

They started in Silicon Valley and visiting their Ferry Building Marketplace location, in San Francisco, is always memorable.

See’s Candies

All kinds of sweet treats.   If you visit one of their locations you get a free candy and it’s fun.

Rancho Gordo

Features heirloom beans and corn but offers other unique gift options for those who like to cook.

June Taylor Jams

Amazing collection of jams, butters and syrups made from fruits that are rare and almost extinct!

Golden State Fruit

Offers assortments of both fruit and nuts grown in Northern California, nicely wrapped.

Some of the more obvious but still lovely choices are CA sport teams and tech company paraphernalia, anything with the Golden Gate Bridge on it and Stanford merchandise.  If you know of a cool gift idea that is local please share it with us!


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