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For the breakfast lover: What’s better than bacon and coffee on a Sunday morning? That's right...nothing! Black Pig Meat Co. (run by Duskie Estes and John Stewart of Zazu) dry cures their bacon with brown sugar for up to 21 days and then finishes it with applewood smoking. Add a can of light roast from local favorite Bella Rosa Coffee and breakfast is almost served. You can find both at Oliver’s Market.
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For moms in need of some self-care: Pair a decadent chocolate bar with a soothing tea that is good for soul, mind and body. Our pick for a sweet treat comes from VOLO Chocolate, run by husband-and-wife team Jeff and Susan Mall. Traditional Medicinals’ "Nighty Night" tea is a favorite herbal drink made from chamomile, linden flower, and hops - a mellow blend that will help any mom get some well-deserved rest. Both self-care necessities are available at Big John’s Market in Healdsburg. (Photo by Heather Irwin)
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For the foodie who loves simple ingredients: Sometimes all it takes is a crunchy baguette and a well-made accompaniment to create a delicious start to a meal. Pick up some raw, unfiltered honey by Sebastopol's Bee Kind and a baguette from Healdsburg bakery Costeaux (named one of the top bakeries in Sonoma County by BiteClub) and you're all set. Available at Pacific Market. (Photo by John Burgess)
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For mini foodies: Let’s be honest, the kids' stockings usually end up a mix of random things: a small toy, candy, socks, maybe throw in a toothbrush? This year, add Sonoma brand Smashmallow, snackable marshmallows made from all-natural ingredients. We recommend the churro flavor. Or grab a kid-foodie t-shirt from the Made Local Marketplace by Santa Rosa's Courthouse Square.
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For your Secret Santa coworker: You may not know them that well, so play it safe with a universal foodie gift. A gift certificate at the Roxy Theater (or a theater in your hometown) paired with Comet Corn popcorn makes a fun gift. Apple butter from Kozlowski Farms in Forestville and gluten free crackers will also go over well with most coworkers. (Photo by Erik Castro)
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For the rosé wine lover: There's an endless amount of delicious rosé wines made in Sonoma County but, since stockings may not hold a bottle, we suggest a 3-pack of canned rosé from West+Wilder (available as sparkling, too). This new Sonoma County winery cans all their wines, which are available at Wilibees, Miracle Plum and Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Add a wedge of Estero gold, a hard cheese by Valley Ford Cheese, as the perfect pairing. Image via West+Wilder.
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For the beer lover: Check out these stocking stuffers for beer lovers for some of our top craft beers that also make great holiday gifts. We recommend pairing a four-pack of newly-canned Death & Taxes from Moonlight Brewing with a dry rub seasoning from Berkmans Spices, which can be found at Oliver’s Market.
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For the cocktail lover: The holidays are all about bringing together friends and family, and sometimes that experience can be enhanced with a few holiday-inspired cocktails. For those who love a good drink, add a bottle of Jardesca White Aperitiva and pomegranate Sonoma Simple Syrup to their stocking. Or, for those who enjoy a simple dirty martini, a bottle of Spirit Works gin and a jar of olives from McEvoy Ranch in Petaluma. (Photo by Chris Hardy)
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For the cannabis foodie: Sonoma County is home to many edible producers - pick up some gourmet cannabis-infused extra virgin olive oil from Pot d’Huile, or Oara Chocolates, made with 70 percent dark chocolate and a daily probiotic with a moderate cannabis dose. Head over to Santa Rosa dispensary Sparc or to Sebastopol's Solful for more edible options. Image via Jessica Till of mycbddiary.
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For a white elephant gift: A true white elephant gift is something that makes everyone smile, and that – secretly – at least two people would want to take home. Our pick for that gift is the infamous glass pickle ornament. For anyone new to the Christmas pickle tradition, it will be fun to explain and a super random gift no one would expect. Find one at Sur La Table, Williams Sonoma, or Cost Plus World Market. Image via Sur La Table.
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