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Shop and Support Local This Holiday Season

Shop and Support Local This Holiday Season

Flour Sack Kitchen Towels
our favorite
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Mary Lake-Thompson

Once featured as one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things,” Mary Lake-Thompson’s line of kitchen and home goods are a must-have. We particularly love her holiday tea towel sets, which add the perfect touch of whimsy to any kitchen and are almost too cute to use.

Merry Wreaths Boxed Note Cards
our favorite
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Wild Ink Press

Whenever the occasion calls for a card, we head over to Wild Ink Press! Better than the box stores, these cards are hand-crafted right in Chico and perfect for adding that little something extra. We know that friends and family will love the Christmas wreaths cards that we’re including with their gifts this season.

Box Logo Beanie
our favorite
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Upper Park Clothing Co.

We have Chico natives, long-time Butte County residents, and the newly relocated team members at Explore Butte County—and we all agree that we love sporting Upper Park Clothing gear! Their beanies are perfect for those early morning explorations, and our friends love taking them home as mementos of the great times had in Bidwell Park.

Trio of Mini Winter Candles
our favorite
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Poppy Rose Candle. Co.

With scents like “Peppermint Bark” and “Cuddle Weather,” the holiday candles from Poppy Rose Candle Co. are our must-haves for cozy winter nights at home and making a good gift an even better one.

La Patrona Blend Coffee & TLC Coffee Mug
our favorite
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Tender Loving Coffee

It’s impossible not to love Tender Loving Coffee’s ethically sourced and locally roasted coffee. When we can’t make it to the cafe, we love brewing a cup of La Patrona Blend at home, made and savored with a little extra TLC.

Luna Red Wine, 2017
our favorite
ITEM 6
Almendra Winery & Distillery

Almendra Winery & Distillery is one of our favorite places to spend an afternoon wine tasting—and a bottle of their Luna red wine is the perfect blend for tasting at home while preparing a holiday meal or as a gift to a favorite friend.

Organic Rectangle Textured Earrings
our favorite
ITEM 7
Amy Waltz Designs

Bold and statement-making yet delicate enough for anytime wear, we’re in love with these earrings from Amy Waltz Designs. Don’t be surprised if you catch us wearing them to all our (virtual) holiday parties this season.

10" Carved Bears
our favorite
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Dan Forschler at Treasures from Paradise

We have been waiting and watching as businesses reopen after the Camp Fire of 2018. When we learned about the wooden bears, carved from fallen trees from the fire to serve as a symbol for rebirth, we knew we wanted to share. Perfect for the yard or the hearth, no matter where you live, you’ll have a little piece of Paradise.

Holiday Farm Fresh Foodie Box
our favorite
ITEM 9
Sierra Oro Farm Trail

Visiting local Butte County producers to buy nuts, honey, and wine for our friends and family is an annual tradition—so we’re thrilled that Sierra Oro Farm Trail is doing all the hard work for us this year! Their holiday tasting box is so good, we’re buying at least three for gifts this year (and of course, one for ourselves)!

Exclusive Explore Butte County Gift Crate
our favorite
ITEM 10
Milk & Honery 1860

It’s hard to overstate how much we love the soaps, lotions, and wool from Milk & Honey 1860, each made by hand by the whole family, using milk and wool from sheeps and goats living on the property. It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite, so we’re excited to give away an Explore Butte County exclusive gift crate, featuring a bottle of lotion, a lip balm, a large goat milk soap, 3 small sheep soap, and a skein of yarn.

Oroville Prints
our favorite
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Ben North at Brushstrokes Art Studio & Gallery

We love how the Oroville-based photographer perfectly captures the beauty of the city, and Butte County in general, in vivid detail. The emotion Ben captures in every photo makes you just feel something, and his landscapes would look great in any living room.

Hand-blown Art Glass
our favorite
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Orient & Flume Art Glass

After the year that has been 2020, we think this holiday season should be the “Treat Yo’ Self” season—and Orient & Flume is our first stop. World-renowned and celebrated, the beautiful hand-blown glass from the Chico gallery is an elegant gift for yourself (or a loved one) and perfect for any collection.

FAQ
How do I enter the social media giveaways?

Follow Explore Butte County on Instagram (@explorebuttecountyca) and Facebook (@ExploreButteCA) and follow the instructions on the giveaways. Sign ups for giveaways will begin Mon. 11/23. We will give away a total of 24 items over a 23 day period. Giveaways will end on Wed. 12/16. It is free to enter for each giveaway.

How old do I have to be to win?

Winners of the social media daily winners can be of any age (except for the winner of the wine giveaway, who must be 21 or older and will be required to provide valid age verification).

The grand prize winner must be 18 or older, and the wine will be substituted with a gift card to Almendra Winery & Distillery.

If I don't live locally, can I still win the social media giveaways?

Yes! All items can be mailed to you directly. If you are the winner of the Luna wine from Almendra Winery & Distillery and are unable to pick up the wine, you will be mailed a gift certificate for the value of the wine.

If I win the grand prize, how will I get the prize gift basket?

The grand prize winner will receive gift basket with the 12 favorite things when they redeem their one-night hotel stay. Explore Butte County will arrange to have the basket in their hotel room upon their arrival.