Whether for the holidays or for occasions throughout the year, gift baskets can be a perfect way to celebrate while sharing something unique that was created right here in the Sacramento area.
The Underground Tasting Room
900 2nd St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-2349

Underground is an Old Sacramento tasting room for three local wineries, Placerville’s Twisted Twig Winery and Fenton Herriott Vineyards and the Rendez-vous Winery in Clarksburg. Gift baskets can be custom made with fine wines, gourmet foods, chocolates, exquisite crystal wine glasses from Germany and other wine-related home accessories. The shop carries gorgeous Tigmi reed baskets from Morocco, which make excellent gifts with or without extras. In addition to area wines, Underground gift baskets can include jams, preserves and dressings from Earth & Vine Provisions, located in nearby Lincoln.

Kelli’s Cookies
605 Douglas Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 782-8010

The best part of picking up a gift basket or two from Kelli’s is the opportunity to get some extra cookies to take home for yourself. The shop also does delivery, making it convenient for busy gift givers. In addition to the more traditional flavors, tempting cookie varieties include luscious chocolate Glacier Mint, Lemon Coconut, Ginger Snap and the rich Chocolate Rainbow topped with mini M&Ms. Sugar-free and gluten-free flavors are also available, as are Pumpkin Pecan White Chocolate, White Chocolate Mocha and a protein- and fiber-rich breakfast cookie. The Bountiful Wicker Basket includes 24 huge, individually wrapped cookies, and the Elite has 12 cookies, gourmet coffee and Ghirardelli cocoa.

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Corti Brothers
5810 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 736-3800

Corti Brothers may be the ultimate destination for gift baskets that reflect the wonders of the Sacramento region. Locally sourced pecans and walnuts, Corti’s own Capital Vintage Marmalade, California Wine Wafers, fine regional wines and even the large, yummy Sacramento Cookie. Custom gift baskets can be created throughout the year; outside of the holidays, allow a lead-time of four to eight hours. Additional staff members are brought in from Thanksgiving through Christmas specifically to make custom baskets, so the lead-time may be less. During the holiday season, there are also a number of premade gift baskets available. Prices vary, but an average basket containing items like wine, crackers, cookies, cheese and salami typically runs from $55 to $75.

Taylor’s Market
2900 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 443-6881

After more than 50 years in Sacramento, the folks at Taylor’s Market know how to tantalize the palate of local shoppers. The shop has fresh seasonal produce, high-quality meats and seafood and an array of gourmet cheeses, charcuterie, sauces, vinegars, pantry staples, housewares and more. Gift baskets include the “Ultimate Trunk,” a pricey but unquestionably delicious collection of rich spices and herbs, pâté, sauces and gourmet coffee and tea. The breakfast gift basket, created by Waffle Lady Jeanne Scott, includes organic waffle and pancake mixes, Jumbleberry syrup and a bottle of Prosecco with which to make mimosas. It comes in a mixing bowl and even has a whisk, potholder and measuring cups and spoons.

Capital Confections
2605 El Paseo Lane
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 973-0249

This fine chocolatier makes everything needed for holiday gifts, including caramel, toffee, nuts, mints and other treats for your custom gift baskets. It can be hard to choose which hand-rolled truffles to include. The lengthy, delectable selection includes bittersweet chocolate with espresso, white chocolate apricot, dark chocolate ganache with chili oil and others made with heavenly liqueurs. Seasonal truffles include hot buttered rum and brandied eggnog. More than 800 molded chocolate shapes are available, including holiday figures like Santa, and any of the molds can be made with sugar-free chocolate if desired.

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