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Small Wonders

The Stuff Stockings Are Made Of.
PUBLISHED ON
November 15, 2023

SHINE ON

"A scented candle from Valley Botanicals is my go-to local gift," says artist Maria Schoettler. We love this woody, holiday-ready version—cypress, palo santo, tobacco—hand-poured into blown-glass vessels sourced from Morocco. Made exclusively for Tancredi & Morgen. $58; 7174 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel-by-the-Sea, 831.625.4477; tancrediandmorgen.com.

ORNAMENTAL

These hand-blown globe ornaments from Carmel Valley glass artist Nick Leonoff create an elegant optical effect in the light of a Christmas tree. A gorgeous way to dress up your decorations. $34; Leonoff Art Glass, 13766 Center St. #G3, Carmel Valley, 831.251.0276; leonoffartglass.com.

TRUE GEMS 

Pacific Grove-based Salted Stones’s recently debuted fine jewelry collection is a must for everyday elegance. Available in yellow, white or rose gold, these natural diamond bezel-set hoop earrings are starry standouts. $1,115; Use code SALTY for 15% off your purchase at saltedstones.com.

DESIGN DUO 

A collaboration between celebrity interior designers Pierce & Ward and Carmel-based stationer Alissa Bell, this art deco-inspired set features 16 notes and envelopes, Alissa Bell’s signature Memo Box, and an Ohto Liberty Ceramic Pen. Send it ‘write’ away to the design lovers in your life. $350; Use code CC15 for 15% off your purchase at alissabell.com.

LEAVE SOME FOR SANTA

A seasonal favorite, the festive “Son of a Nutcracker” coffee blend from Monterey’s Captain + Stoker features nostalgic notes of “sugar cookies, yule logs, crescent rolls, and warm hugs,” of course. $20; Captain + Stoker, 398 E Franklin St, Monterey, 831.901.3776; captainandstoker.com.

SPICE IT UP 

Form meets function with Swedish-made spice grinder from Santa Cruz's Cameron Marks. In cast iron and walnut, it's perfect for prepping pepper and dry herbs this holiday, too. $78; Cameron Marks, 402 Ingalls Street #21, Santa Cruz, 831.458.3080; cameronmarks.com.

SWEET & SALTY 

Chocolate connoisseurs will delight in these unique white chocolate bars studded with black sesame seeds, activated charcoal and Black Cone Salt from Big Sur Salts. Handmade by Aubergine’s award-winning pastry chef, Yulanda Santos, exclusively for Lilify in Monterey. $12; Lilify, 281 Lighthouse Avenue, Monterey, 831.207.1380; lilify.com.

DRAW THE LINE

Give holiday greetings an edge with cheeky hand-drawn cards by artist Christine Nardone of Black Line Rainbows (a Pebble Beach native). "She is hilarious and the cards are incredible!" says Somewhere In Carmel co-founder Annie Freeman. $6; Somewhere in Carmel, San Carlos between Ocean & 7th, Carmel-by-the-Sea, 831.238.3045. Use code CONCEPTCARMEL for 10% off at somewhereincarmel.com.

LAST MINUTE LOVES

Time’s no barrier with these easy, email-able experiences. Last minute gifts never looked so thoughtful.

ART EXPLORATION

Let budding artists (of any age) explore their creativity through private or group classes at this community-driven art studio in Carmel Valley. Gift cards $20 and up; email mia@ooze.studio for custom options. 831-298-0720, ooze.studio.

WINE CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Give food and wine fans the delicious perks of a Folktale wine club membership—complimentary wine tastings, discounts on food and gifts, exclusive access to winery events. Plus, discounts at Folktale Group’s Seventh & Dolores Steakhouse and The Annex at 7D. $125-$400 per quarter; two quarter minimum. Gift cards available in any amount. 831.293.7500; Folktalewinery.com

WEAVING WORKSHOPS

Start some pattern play with a one-on-one weaving workshop from Carmel Valley textile artist, Jessica Bovert. Or, for a group dynamic, snag tickets to Bovert’s Jan. 27 workshop at the Monterey Museum of Art. $70 and up. Email jessica@jbovert.com for more info.  

*All products selected without undue influence. Offers valid Nov. 2023 — Jan. 2024, subject to change.

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