We've had our Black Friday (which began on Thankful Thursday and lasted for days), our Cyber Monday (extended to Cyber Week) and our Small Business Saturdays.
How about Napa Valley Now?
On Facebook, I swiped an idea from our friends at Novato Patch and asked readers for local gift-giving suggestions. Here's what folks have been saying:
"I'd suggest going to downtown Napa for unique gifts," writes Cathy Gumina Odom, naming:
- Betty's Boutique for ladies,
- Craig Williamson for men,
- and the toy store on First for kids.
- Cigar shop for purses and poker chips,
- gelato shop for gift certificates.
- Coffee shops for caffeine and sugar to keep you going.
Leilani Musgrave Slack, , boosted her downtown neighbors along with the businesses she runs with her husband Paul:
- Gift certificates for Traditions, Bloom, Oxbow.
- Candy baskets and stocking stuffers at Boom!
- Gift certificates at any of the restaurants, Bui Bistro, Cole's, Cielito Lindo, Azzurro, Allegria, Sabor, Small World, Mini Mango, Grace's Table, Oenotri...
- Wild Cat, Slack Collective and Grand Hand Galleries have great art for under $200,
- Miyamo, Inti, Beaded Nomad for handmade gifts...
- Fleur et Beaute for eyelash extension gift certificates! ... Shop Local!
Gregory Edwards shared a Napa dad's list:
- Skateboard for kids at Boardgarden.
- Jewelry for wife at Creations By You.
- Wife to buy husband cut and shave at The Executive Room.
- Gift cards at the Running Co.
- Gift cert at Napa Roasting.
Other readers had food on their minds. Diana Orfanides Moore:
- Paupaiz Coffees for sure. That stuff is AMAZING!
- A box of organic truffles from Whole Foods! Yes, chocolate!
- Gift baskets from The Fatted Calf!
For a more durable gift, Nancy Brown suggests jewelry:
- Playful Garden, they have really cool necklaces!
From Calistoga to American Canyon: What Napa Valley holiday gift ideas do you recommend? We're in need of Upvalley suggestions especially, but all are welcomed in our comments section.
To make shopping more fun for locals and visitors alike, more than two dozen downtown Napa merchants are joining forces Saturday for a holiday event called the Jingle Bell Trot, from 3 to 7 p.m., with special deals and $5 horse-drawn carriage rides to benefit Cope Family Center.
For more about Christmas and the holidays, please see:
- Lighted Boat Parade Returns to Napa River: Photos
- Where's Santa in the Napa Valley?
- Where to Buy Christmas Trees in the Napa Valley
- Fresh Christmas Tree Safety Tips
- Holiday TV Schedules 2012: When and Where to Watch Christmas Movies and Specials
- Does 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer' Condone Bullying?
- Beating the Holiday Blues
- Watch: Musical Moments Highlight Napa Christmas Parade
- Watch: Lights and Sirens at the Napa Christmas Parade
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