Monday, December 3, 2012

Sacramento Holiday Gift Giving Guide...are you giving back to our local economy and small businesses?

For the last few years in December, I have written blog posts about gift ideas from local Sacramento businesses to give to your favorite resident for Christmas, Channukah, or whatever else this holiday season. If your holiday festivities involve gift giving, there are many local Sacramento gifts you can give! Here are my top 12 gifts that will make any Sacramentan's holiday, at any age or budget:
  • A 5k Run Training Program at Fleet Feet; the gift of fitness is a gift that keeps on giving! This super cool running store has a few locations in the Sacramento area (Downtown, Fair Oaks, Roseville, Davis) and offers several training programs for different levels (5k, half marathon, marathon, triathlon, etc). Their store locations offer a huge variety of fitness apparel too like shoes, synthetic socks, nutrition, etc. Estimated cost: $89+
  • A membership to with the American River Parkway Foundation; another gift that keeps on giving! The parkway is one of the jewels of our Sacramento area, and the Foundation keeps it beautiful. A great cause! Estimated cost: $35/"Seed" annual membership.
  • A new bike from Carmichael Cycles; they have everything from road bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers, and all the gear to make you a great rider! The staff is knowledgeable and they do on-site repairs too. Estimated cost: $500+.
  • A subscription to Freeplay Magazine; it's the only Sacramento endurance sport magazine! They profile local athletes and give great fitness tips. Estimated cost: $3.50/month
  • A California State University, Sacramento sweatshirt; My alma mater! Stay warm this winter while supporting our local CSUS Hornets! My CSUS sweatshirt was a Christmas gift from my mother during my freshman year...I still wear that thing even though it is totally faded and worn out...Estimated cost: $36 - $75.
  • A new or used camera from Action Camera; This boutique camera store offers everything from new and refurbished camera, lenses, and more! They also do cool swap-meets for folks to sell their gear, photo contests, and "meet-up" events for photographers to take photos of neat stuff! Estimated cost: varies.
  • Dinner at Mulvaney's; one of my favorite Midtown Sacramento restaurants! Neat setting, great ambiance, and amazing food. The menu is constantly evolving, so call ahead or check their website. Estimated cost per person: $50.
  • A Growler of beer from Track 7 Brewing Co;  If you like craft brewed beer, and haven't discovered this place -- you need to go. Tucked away in an industrial warehouse space just south of Curtis Park at Sutterville Road and West Pacific Avenue, they brew their beer on-site...and have a tap room open to the public. They don't serve food, but there is almost always a mobile food truck in the parking lot. My personal favorite is the "Soulman Stout." Estimated cost per pint: $6.
  • Massage from Elite Massage Therapy; Katie at Elite Massage Therapy in East Sacramento whips me back into shape after a long run, and she gives one heck of a theraputic massage too. Estimated cost/treatment: $75/ one hour.
  • A copy of the book "NKOTB and Us", the authorized biography of the New Kids on the Block by Sacramento author Nikki Van Noy. Oh c'mon - someone you know was a New Kids on the Block fan in the 80's!? Estimated cost: $20.
  • Tickets to a Sacramento Rivercats game; See the Oakland A's affiliate play at Raley Field. I'm a SF Giants fan, but I do really enjoy these games (especially when they play the SF Giant's affiliate team, the Fresno Grizzlies)...many of these players are a phone call away from the major leagues! Estimated cost/ticket: $6-30.
  • A new home; Sure, I saved the best for last. Nothing says happy holidays like closing escrow on a Sacramento home...sorry if that was a little cheesy! Estimated cost: Priceless. =)
Check out my posts from previous years too -- there some great ideas there as well!
Post from 2011; Holiday Gift Ideas -- for your most beloved Sacramento Resident...
Post from 2010; Holiday Gift Ideas for your Favorite Sacramento Resident...
Post from 2009; Sacramento Holiday Gift Idea Guide
Post from 2008; Best Sacramento Christmas Gifts

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