Still looking for that perfect gift for your friends and family? The Beehive is here to help with suggestions for some cool gifts you can find locally.
BIRDSTONE WINERY: If you’re looking for a gift that gives back to the community, head to Birdstone Winery in Madera for a bottle of Alegria Reserve Chardonnay or Dolcetto, both of which benefit the Alegria Guild of Children’s Hospital Central California. Can’t get much better than buying alcohol in the name of charity!
TWEE BOUTIQUE & GALLERY: Don’t know what you’re looking for? Then head to the cutest little shop in town selling hand-made goods. It’s called Twee, and it’s full of fun, quirky and original gift ideas, many of which are made by local folks. You know those Fresno-themed buttons that you’ve seen people wearing all over town? Well, you can get those here and stick them in someone’s stocking. Twee also carries everything from stationary to stuff for your dog.
E13CTRON iPHONE CASES: If you’re shopping for someone tethered to his/her iPhone, consider the aluminum E13ctron case made for iPhone 4s. They’re manufactured here in Fresno, but are already being sold internationally. Industrial-looking and sturdy, the cases are made from the same aluminum used in the aerospace industry. They also get cool points for coming in various colors and offering plenty of customization options. The cases cost $85 and can be ordered online at e13ctron.com. You can get free shipping by using the code w101 (U.S. only). Local iPhone store iGuysFresno also sells the cases.
BISCOTTI HOUSE: Give a package of treats from the Biscotti House in Clovis. Besides a variety of biscotti, they have candies, gift baskets and cakes. Just walking into the little shop on Clovis Avenue will make your mouth water because it smells so good from all the baking going on in the back of the shop.
PILLOROO: A Pilloroo is a pillow with a pouch, perfect for hiding any illicit things you might need to keep close to you while in bed. Okay, okay — they’re more for kids and toys and stuffed animals and innocent stuff like that, but this is the Beehive, so ya never know. Pillorroos are made by a local company, come in various designs and are available both online and in local shops.
CREATIVE CAKES & MORE: Give the gift of decorating classes from Creative Cakes & More on Ashlan Avenue near Willow Avenue. It’s creative and fun, and just think of the great treats you might get in return.
RIVER PARKWAY BOOK: The newly published “Take Me to the River” is a fascinating local read. This collection of 33 transcribed memoirs is culled from filmed interviews over the last 10 years. The mother/daughter team of Coke and Joell Hallowell asked people with deep connections to the San Joaquin, “What was your life like along the river?” Fishermen, miners, immigrants, Native Americans, hunters, farmers and environmentalists are all represented. The book can be purchased at the San Joaquin River Parkway headquarters and online at Heyday Books. You also can take a look at the film produced for the project:
BOUQUET OF FRUITS: Get local eats at this Bullard and West shop, best known for its combinations of chocolate and fruit. Think chocolate-dipped clementine oranges and giant Fuji apples, as well as champagne-fig truffles. Bouquet of Fruits also sells items such as sweet red pepper jam from Top of the Hill Produce in Reedley, salami from Busseto Foods in Fresno, organic almond butter from Braga Organic Farms in Madera and biscotti from Hottie Biscotti in Firebaugh.
CAFE CORAZON: Got a java fiend on your shopping list? Skip the chain coffee slingers and head to CafÃ© CorazÃ³n in the Tower District, which freshly roasts various flavors of coffee beans. Get a bag of beans and let your loved one play barista at home.
LOCAL MUSIC: Folks, we’ve got some really great local music coming out of Fresno right now. Three recent stellar releases come from Fierce Creatures (“I Mostri Feroci”), Strange Vine (“Ghosts”) and Fashawn (“Boy Meets World”). To make it easy, all three are available on iTunes.
NICKEL NICKEL NINE T-SHIRT: Show a bit of Fresno pride with the popular Nickel Nickel Nine T-shirt by FTK. A nod to our 559 area code, the Nickel Nickel Nine T-shirt is available in various colorways. It makes a good gift for a local person, or someone who moved away but needs a reminder of the 5-5-9. It’s available at FTK’s Shaw and
Crackstone Blackstone location.
ANZULA LUXURY FIBERS: Know a knitter? Sold all over the country, Anzula fiber is the gold standard in dyed and hand-spun yarn — and it’s made right here in town. Anzula’s web site lists the places locally and nationally where its products are sold, but if you’re looking for a special experience, head to the studio (876 E. Divisadero, suite 105 at the Iron Bird Lofts) this Saturday, December 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Yarn and spinning fiber will be available for sale, plus pizza and coffee from local fave CafÃ© CorazÃ³n (see above).
**Compiled and written by Kathy Mahan, Donald Munro, Joan Obra, Heather McLane and Mike Osegueda.