Where to find locally-made holiday gifts to help you avoid the supply chain squeeze
Empty shelves and shipping delays are "Grinching" holiday shopping plans in many online and big-box stores.
That could give North State artisans and businesses that specialize in locally-made products an advantage.
Places to shop for handmade gifts include museums and artists' cooperatives. These usually stock regional gift items, especially during the holidays. Some host special holiday boutiques — filling gallery and shop space with handmade toys, jewelry, dishes, home décor, foods, and hand-woven, sewn or knitted clothes.
Art centers with gift galleries
North Valley Art League's Carter House Gallery
The league's Carter House Gallery holiday boutique is open until Dec. 18 at 48 Quartz Hill Road in Redding. Call 530-243-1023.
Shasta County Arts Council
Items that are big draws at the Shasta County Arts Council's gift gallery include jewelry, small paintings, pottery, and crocheted hats and clothing, spokeswoman Destinee Dale said. SCAC also sells certificates for its art and ballroom dance classes, and its winter and summer kids camps.
The annual gift gallery is open until Dec. 23 at Old City Hall, 1313 Market St. in Redding. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 530-241-7320.
Siskiyou Arts Museum
Best sellers at the Siskiyou Arts Museum in Dunsmuir include greeting cards, decorative hair clips and small ceramic items like hearts and plates, spokeswoman Cynthia Henderson said. Also popular are kitchen linens, tote bags, Mt. Shastabar chocolate, silkscreened items and ceramic vases and bowls.
The gift shop is open noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays, and noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 11 for Dunsmuir Second Saturday at 5824 Dunsmuir Ave. Call 530-235-4711.
Shops that specialize in locally-made merchandise
Enjoy The Store
Father and son artists Bruce and Matt Reno create wood bowls from burned woodre. "Their work sells almost as soon as they're brought in," said James Mazzotta, manager at Enjoy The Store in Redding.
In December, Enjoy The Store also adds holiday ornaments and decorations to its usual craft and gourmet food items, Mazzotta said. These and wood-turned items are popular buys.
Enjoy The Store is at 1261 Market St. in Redding. Holiday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 530-298-9132.
The shop's other location is at 615 Main St. in Red Bluff.
Gallery in Mount Shasta
"Pretty much everything sold here is locally made by artists within a 90-minute drive of Mount Shasta," said Erika Bruser, owner of the Gallery in Mount Shasta.
Best sellers are soaps, candles, jewelry and chocolates, Bruser said. Also popular are handmade body products like lotions, tumblers and kitchen items, magnets, home decorations and artwork, hand-turned wood boxes and organic vegan cakes.
The gallery's café sells boxed chocolates, truffles, cookies and other edible gifts. Best sellers include Novelteas products like "Oliver Lemon Twist" with green tea and ginger and lemongrass, and "War and Peach" with a white tea with chamomile and peach. The latter come in tins for $15 and larger containers that look like a book for $29.
The Gallery in Mount Shasta is at 201 N. Mount Shasta Blvd. Ste. A. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 530-926-2334.
Shoppe Serendipity Gallery
"(Local toymakers) are having a hard time keeping up with demand," said Kris Taylor, owner of Shoppe Serendipity Gallery in Yreka. Their work often sells out at craft fairs before they get to store shelves.
Other hot products this year include handmade greeting cards, wood items and jewelry.
Big sellers at Shoppe Serendipity Gallery are ceramics, cookies with artwork scanned onto their surfaces, pre-ordered gift baskets with themes like spa and family game night, Pyroclastic Chocolates made in Yreka and certificates for art classes, Taylor said. To order a basket, call in advance at 530-598-0075.
Shoppe Serendipity Gallery is at 320 West Miner St. in Yreka. Holiday hours start Wednesday Dec.8 and are from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 530-598-0075.
Turtle Bay Museum shop
Not all products are made locally, but this Redding shop inside Turtle Bay Exploration Park carries North State artists' work year-round.
The shop's holiday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.
UPDATE: Marble Rim Gallery
This gallery — located at 11835 Main St. in Fort Jones — carries jewelry, woodwork, metal work, paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography, soaps, hand-dyed textiles, felting and handmade greeting cards.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 530-468-5442, or go to www.marblerimgallery.org.
Artists, chefs who take orders
Some shops are connected to artist's studios or chef's kitchens.
To find an artist who specializes in a particular medium — glassblowers, painters who work on commission, etc. — contact Shasta County Arts Council, North Valley Art League or the Siskiyou County Arts Council. These organizations have directories of member artists, many of whom sell out of their studios.
Know of any North State shops that specialize in selling locally-made gift items? Email email@example.com with the name and address of the shop.
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