Holiday Gift Ideas from Wine Country

Holiday Gift Ideas from Wine Country

Most holiday seasons I write a blog post – sometimes a few – all about holiday gift ideas. I like to feature small businesses and I only choose businesses that have products and/or services I myself buy, use and like.

With the recent fire disaster in wine country, I want to shine the spotlight on several small businesses based here in wine country. Businesses here need our support this season, now more than ever before.

My Favorite Holiday Gift Ideas from Wine Country

Elizabeth Wilmore Designs

Elizabeth and I met last summer while shopping at The Passdoor in The Barlow one of several places she sells her beautiful jewelry. I bought a necklace from her that day and we exchanged businesses cards. A friendship began and we have stayed in touch ever since, meeting up for lunch and shopping regularly.

Elizabeth’s core line of jewelry is handmade with freshwater pearls and leather. I really love the Healdsburg necklace/bracelet wrap. I wear mine often and buy them as gifts for friends.

Recently, Elizabeth designed druzy chokers with matching layering chains. It comes in black druzy, and white. Any of her pieces would make terrific gifts for your loved one or for you!

Wine Country Chocolates

You really can’t go wrong with a gift from Wine Country Chocolates. The owners, a mother and daughter team, have been making sweet chocolatey treats since 1999!

They are famous for their hand-pressed chocolate truffles and also carry a wide assortment of chocolate covered fruit and nuts, barks, and more.

Buy online or visit their tasting rooms in Glen Ellen and Sonoma.

Plastic Surgery Associates/Allegro MedSpa

I have been going to Plastic Surgery Associates and their adjoining Allegro MedSpa, since 2004. Most recently I tried Botox for the very first time. Now I make Botox part of my regular “upkeep” because I love it so much.

The lovely people at PSA and Allegro are offering my readers a special deal for the holidays. Get a complimentary SkinMedica Uplifting Eye Serum with any Allegro MedSpa treatment (including Botox) with the mention of The Rich Life in Wine Country. This offer is good until the end of the year!

Bella Vita Sonoma

Bella Vita Sonoma is located on the plaza in the charming town of Sonoma. I have known the owner, Janis, for many years and love shopping at her beautiful and unique shop.

Janis carries an eclectic mix of boho chic, mid-century style and gorgeous Victorian lace clothing. She also has jewelry, handbags and tote bags, shoes, candles, perfume, undergarments, sunglasses, hats and more. I can’t recall ever stepping foot in her shop and leaving empty-handed.

Most recently I bought a Johnny Was tunic that wore Thanksgiving Day with one of Elizabeth’s necklaces.

Janis is offering readers of my blog 20% off online purchases from now until 12/24/17.  Use the code TRL17XMAS at checkout.

Michelle Hoting Jewelry Artist

Michelle is a local artist and friend who makes stunning jewelry using nature as her starting point and inspiration. I wrote an article about Michelle and her art for Sonoma Magazine that you can read here.

Michelle currently has two of the maple seed necklaces seen in the first photo available now. And her flaming grape leaves, a design created after the recent fires, are made to order.

Visit Michelle’s website for more information or contact her at (707) 791-4680 or


Happy shopping and thank you for supporting small businesses in wine country!

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