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A wedding in Northern California‘s most famed wine country region is unforgettable on many levels: gorgeous scenery, relaxed California vibe, and, of course, amazing wine! If you’re lucky enough to have your wedding take place in the magical Napa or Sonoma regions, then you want your big day to be special for everyone coming in to celebrate with you. While planning your epic wine country wedding, make sure to consider how you can make your guests’ journey extra special. Here are some unique ideas for gifts to give to your closest friends and family that will allow them to take a little bit of beautiful wine country home with them.
For wine enthusiasts:
While a bottle of wine is an obvious — and still very thoughtful — choice for a wedding guest gift, there are often other beverage options available from many wineries. Anaba Winery in Sonoma offers their delicious red and white port wines in smaller, less bulky bottles adorably named Aeroports. The famous Coppola Winery (as in Francis Ford) makes sparkling wine in mini cans complete with straws for on-the-go imbibing. They’re named for his daughter Sofia, and come in party-perfect pink boxes.
For a taste of something different:
California wine country is also known for producing delicious olive oil. Many wineries create a variety of flavors and infusions — think jalapeno, thyme, white truffle — which makes for a perfect non-alcoholic gift. Sampler bottles, like those from The Olive Press, offer mini takeaways that make ideal wedding favors. Read real brides’ reviews here!
For that hint of local flavor:
Amidst the lush rolling hills of Napa and Sonoma counties, you’ll also find a thriving scene of locally made goods. What better way to take a piece with you than with some gifts from locally sourced farms and markets? Shed in Healdsburg is a James Beard award-winning dining and retail space that offers not only locally sourced food, but many kitchen accoutrements, such as pottery, gadgets, linens, and cookbooks that all make for wonderful, heartfelt gifts for your guests. They have an online store as well!
For something to pamper:
After a long weekend of celebrating, a gift meant to pamper is a thoughtful idea for your guests. The acclaimed restaurant, The Girl and The Fig has an extensive online store that offers an assortment of giftable items. They also create delectable body lotions, salves, and balms made from unique ingredients like goat milk, Tuscan fig, bergamot, and orange. Their pieces are also available online, and come in travel-friendly gift sets aptly titled “Overnight” and “Weekender.” Read real brides’ reviews here!