The best California gift ideas for locals, regular visitors, and those who are missing the Golden State.
Are you looking for that perfect gift for someone moving to or from California?
Perhaps you’re looking for gift ideas for someone who simply loves being Californian (that’s most of us), or for that friend who’s always touring the West Coast?
Maybe you’re on vacation and you want to send your loved ones some travel gifts from California to let them know you’re thinking of them.
Luckily, finding gifts for California lovers is pretty easy.
There are tons of amazing California themed-gifts to choose from, but to make things easier, we’ve narrowed it down to the top gifts from California.
Whoever you’re shopping for, there is sure to be something in this gift guide that they’ll treasure.
This gift guide has California gifts for him, for her, for bookworms, food lovers, and even for babies!
You could go with something practical such as socks or kitchen utensils, something fun like a plush toy or puzzle, or something that’s very Californian like an In-N-Out gift card or avocados.
You could even assemble a bunch of smaller gifts to create a California gift box.
Read on for some fun and unique California gift ideas to bring the Golden State to life.
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Do you have a friend from California who’s missing their home state?
Why not give them one of these California Homesick Candles? These all-natural candles are made in the US and come in scents that will remind them of home.
There are a few different California scents, but two of my favorites are the Northern California and Southern California candles.
The former has notes of pear, vanilla, amber, musk, clove, and apple, while the latter has a combination of floral, fruity, and vanilla notes.
California Cutting Board
You really can’t go wrong with a cutting board – it’s one of those rare kitchen items that most people like to have multiple of.
This California Cutting Board has a fun and detailed map of California with a design that’s simple yet aesthetically pleasing.
Plus, its neutral colors make it suitable for just about any kitchen. It’s also small, lightweight, and made of eco-friendly bamboo.
If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, this alternative cutting board is actually shaped like California.
Its design is similar to the previous one, just in the actual shape of the state. This one might be a bit more difficult to store and clean but it’s a more unique and fun design.
Finally, this cutting board is also shaped like California but in a more solid color. This one might be the best choice for anyone with a minimalist design in their kitchen.
California Poppy Flower Seed Growth Kit
The sunny California poppy is nothing short of beautiful. If you know someone with a green thumb, this simple poppy seed growth kit is a great gift idea.
Each tin comes with 30,000 seeds and a guide for growing healthy, plentiful poppies.
If you’re shopping for someone who lives in a temperate climate, this colorful flower can bring the beauty of California into their backyard.
California Bear Stainless Steel Water Bottle
If you’re looking for some good souvenirs from California, how about something practical like a stainless steel water bottle?
This water bottle is eco-friendly, convenient, super durable, and can hold up to 17 ounces of a favorite drink.
Best of all, it features some neat vintage artwork of the California Bear.
Whether you’re shopping for someone who lives in California or who recently moved away, socks are always a good bet for an inexpensive but thoughtful gift.
These California-themed socks have a simple yet charming design that are perfect for showing some California pride.
Some state-themed decor is a lovely way to brighten up someone’s California home.
This pillowcase features the iconic California bear and a yellow poppy background. You can’t get much more California than that!
Keep in mind that this only includes the pillowcase so you’ll also want to purchase a separate 18 x 18 pillow.
California Bear Hug Mug
Are you looking for a gift for a coffee or tea lover? This charming ceramic mug features the California Bear on one side and “I Love You California” printed on the other.
It can hold 16 ounces and it’s also microwave and dishwasher safe. Overall, this is a simple yet convenient California souvenir idea.
Taste Of California Seasoning
Want to share a taste of California with your loved ones?
This “Taste of California” seasoning is an excellent gift idea. It has flavors of strawberry, thyme, lemon peel, and cilantro.
The seasoning is all-natural and has zero fillers, allowing its unique flavors to shine through.
It even has a magnetic container to allow easy storage. Its small size also makes it a great California gift to send in the mail.
If the holiday season is coming up, why not give your loved ones some California Christmas gifts?
Shaped like the Golden State, this colorful glass ornament has plenty of colorful, easily recognizable symbols and state landmarks. Its small size makes it a great stocking stuffer, too.
Highway 1 Sign
This handmade Highway 1 sign is a great gift for anyone wanting the aesthetic of California in their home.
It comes in two different sizes: 8×12 and 12×18. This Highway 1 sign is also very light and easy to hang without using nails.
California Snow Globe
This festive snow globe is a lovely Christmas gift for California lovers. It’s also great as a general California souvenir regardless of the season!
With its neutral colors and small size, it’s a piece of decor your friends can show off in their home year-round.
California Baby Romper
This 100% cotton romper will look adorable on any Californian baby. The comfy material makes it perfect for an everyday onesie.
Available sizes range from newborn up to twelve months.
California Box Sign
This California Box Sign is a charming and unique California gift idea.
The sign is 13.5 x 15.5 x 1.75 inches and relatively lightweight at 1.8 pounds. It also has an adhesive red heart that you move around to reflect your giftee’s hometown!
Its rustic design looks best in rooms with earthy color schemes.
California Map Necklace
Who doesn’t love jewelry? This shiny California map necklace is a thoughtful gift for anyone who wants to show their state pride.
The pendant is shaped like California and has a small cutout heart in the middle. It’s also rose-gold, which is fitting for a necklace featuring the Golden State.
Looking for some California gifts for him?
This comfy men’s hoodie will let your loved one show off his state pride, all while keeping warm. Its neat and simple design will match just about any outfit, too.
There are seven different colors to choose from and it ranges from XS to 5X.
Nothing compares to the creamy, rich flavor of Hass avocados. While you can get avocados just about everywhere these days, the ones from California are another level of delicious and fresh.
You can buy these avocados in six-pound packages. They ripen quickly though, so make sure the giftee has plenty of use for California avocados.
California Olive Oil
If you have a friend who likes to cook, this olive oil is a delicious made in California gift that can add some flavor to their dishes.
One container contains 16.9 ounces of rich, nutritious olive oil. It’s completely free of trans fats, too, making it an overall healthy choice.
A high-quality California flag is a thoughtful gift for anyone wanting to show their state pride.
Whether they hang it in their home or out in their yard, its durable polyester fabric and fade-proof dye can hold up for years. It’s a pretty good-sized flag, too, measuring 3 x 5 feet.
California Photography Prints
If you’re looking for gifts for Californians who love to travel, this set of photos is the perfect choice.
These prints feature notable landmarks and scenery such as the Golden Gate Bridge, redwood forests, and the Big Sur coastline.
Keep in mind that you can only purchase the photos to download and print out yourself; you can’t purchase a physical copy.
California Poppy Print
The California poppy is a well-known symbol of the Golden State and this colorful print features the famous golden poppy on a blue background.
It comes in two different sizes: 8 x 10 and 12 x 18 and it’s entirely handmade from matte paper and ink.
California Map Print
This simple and appealing map print can be a beautiful addition to your loved one’s home. It features a black and white roadmap of California.
If you want it right away, you can purchase the downloadable version to print out yourself. Alternatively, you can opt for the seller to send a print directly to you or your loved one.
California is well-known around the world for its wine scene. There are multiple wine regions in California where you can buy high-quality gifts for wine lovers.
Some Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley, for instance, is an ideal gift for wine enthusiasts.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares
You really can’t go wrong with chocolate as a gift. This California-based brand offers plenty of flavors, cocoa intensities, and fillings.
You can purchase their chocolate on Amazon or at just about any California grocery store. The packages are small and easy to ship, too.
In-N-Out Gift Card
In-N-Out is an incredibly popular burger chain in California.
You’ll have a hard time meeting a Californian who doesn’t go there regularly or at least on road trips, so a gift card is a thoughtful and practical gift.
Keep in mind that In-N-Out Burger only exists on the West Coast, so you won’t want to give this gift to someone living on the other side of the country.
Real avocados spoil fast, but this plush avocado will last for years.
This adorable fuzzy avocado from Jellycat is a great gift for kids or adults who are kids at heart.
And it even comes in three different sizes! The smallest size is best for traveling but the biggest size makes an excellent avocado pillow.
Not only is this puzzle fun, but it’s educational, too. As you put the pieces together, you’ll learn about California’s geography and landmarks.
It comes with 1,000 pieces, so it’s best for older kids or adults. The finished puzzle measures 19.25 x 26.75 inches.
Annual Park Passes
One of the best parts about California is its many state and local parks, so if your loved one is an outdoor enthusiast park passes can be a great gift.
Depending on where they live, you could also give them a regional park pass.
And there are plenty of other regions and counties in California that have their own annual park passes that you can Google.
Read our guide to the best national park gifts.
Books About California
If you’re looking for California-themed gifts for a bookworm, you’re in luck.
There are plenty of intriguing books that are about California, take place in California, or have Californian authors.
For instance, my California E-Book is an excellent guide for people who want to road trip through California.
You could also get them Where I Was From, a nonfiction novel by native Californian Joan Didion.
East Of Eden, a novel by John Steinbeck, takes place in the Salinas Valley of California, making this a fitting California gift.
The Joy Luck Club is a New York Times Best Selling novel by Amy Tan and takes place in San Francisco. It’s a novel about tradition and how it can foster lifelong relationships.
Finally, for any giftees who spend a lot of time in the kitchen, the Malibu Farm Cookbook is an excellent gift idea. It features over 100 delicious recipes from the coast of California.
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