Gift Ideas from California Artists and Women Owned Businesses

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Shopping for memorable gifts is not an easy task. Below are unique gifting ideas from makers, fine artists and products from women owned businesses in California. Each business is personally selected by California Designer, Lisa Ramos who has purchased items from each business in this directory.

Handmade Gifts - California Artists & Makers

Shop handmade silk scarves, intricate woodwork, knitted pieces, beautiful resign designs, gemstone rings, fancy hair pins, leather bags, necklaces, one of a kind pillow cases, unique photography art and much more. 

Fine Art Collections - California Artists

Explore the world of fine art from these top California Artists. Choose from fine art paintings, striking photography, metal sculptures, unbelievable detailed pieces, fancy cards and much more.


Gift Ideas  - California Women Owned Businesses

Celebrate women owned business and shop unique gifts - reusable products to help the environment, healing skincare, fun wine charms, creative gifts for women, something for dad, delicious treats, and one one of a kind dresses.


About The Talented California Artists & Makers

Alice Reva Designs - Botanically dyed and intentionally crafted in Bay Area - scarfs, hair accessories, face masks and pillow cases. Each one of a kind dyed piece is handmade by maker Alice Reva in Albany, California. 

Batle Studio
- Each object is are all handmade in San Francisco by artist Agelio Batle. The artist is committed to making art from materials that are part of daily experience. Agelio Batle originated this work by casting his own hand (Drawing Hand No.1) in pencil lead, graphite, each day for the calendar year 1999.  Each object is individually packaged in an elegant black gift box with literature telling a little bit about the artist/studio and the symbolism of the enclosed object.  

BE. HEART. NOW® - Santa Cruz Artist, Amy Wolfe isn't going to wait around for a more Heart-Headed™ world, she is literally creating it and making it happen. Her work is #AdorableActivism at its finest. Customizing Heart-Headed™ wire-worked miniature figures in various handcrafts and then utilizing her perspective photography skills, to show exactly what a more Heart-Headed™ joyful world truly looks like. 

Camille Torres Designs - Artist Camille Torres is a Bay Area metal smith, artist and bug geek. Her incredible designs will immediately captivate you. Her pieces are inspired by the natural cycles in life, intertwining nature and the human interaction within it.

Creekside Turnery - Explore Artist Richard Vierra's beautiful wood work creations - one of a kind bowls, vases, platters, teapots and striking vessels. 

Copper & Ash - Wood burned offerings for Everyday Ritual - spoons, bowls and trays. Each detailed piece is handmade by Yountville, California artist Amy Boulant.  

Eden & Zoe - The women and children’s clothing collection is created using a hand-operated knitting loom or sewing machine, and finished by hand. Many pieces are entirely hand knitted and/or sewn. The collection is made in small quantities to ensure quality and exclusivity by Melissa Wang in San Mateo, California.  

Frank Michael Trozzo - The artist is inspired by something he's seen in a dream or an idea that suddenly appears. Each one of a kind piece of art is made by Frank Michael Trozzo in Northern California.  

Alain Fastre Watercolors are what Alain feels best, with its immediate and spontaneous approach of a moment in time. Water, indispensable to our living, is present in all of his work, continuously flowing, quietly, happily as does our life. Each piece of art is handmade in Mountain View, California.

HolidayPop - Handmade colorful greeting cards - birthdays, nature, proposals, weddings, holidays, kids and sports. The detailed cards are made in Burlingame, California.

I am a Yarner - Beautifully hand knit and crochet hats, scarves and headbands. The collection is handmade by Sacramento Artist Sandi Ragusa.  

Journey Vessels  - Louise McGowan Bezark is a Northern California native and artist with more than a decade of works in private collections throughout the US and overseas. Her inspirations come from colors, textures, and shapes, creatures large and small, from around the globe.

Linda Donohue Fine Art - The California artist paints abstract seascapes and expressionist paintings in acrylics inspired by the San Francisco Bay Area. Each fine art piece is handmade by Linda Donohue. 

Maarit KnitsIs a homegrown knitwear studio located in Northern California. Maarit learned to knit, crochet and weave at an early age growing up in Finland from her seamstress grandmother. She perfected her hand-operated machine knitting skills in a knitwear program at the Art Academy of San Francisco. Her love for color, exquisite yarns from Maine and embellishments of fine leather/suede and fancy crystals are essential elements for her custom-made knitwear collection. 

Melani's Grube Art -The collection includes original fine art paintings, prints and unique cards. The original art is by Melani Grube.

MONOLISA - Premium leather handbags, jewelry and custom pieces designed with gemstones and lavish crystals. Handmade in Clayton, California by Artist Lisa Ramos.  

Rose Hill Art - Rose Hill received national recognition in fall of 1999 after appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show and later her work was featured in "O" Magazine. Rose has long collected retro African American artifacts and inspired by her collection, began sketching designs for her won label, she soon found herself hooked on painting the nostalgic images. 

Rusty Noodle - An accomplished artist, Rob Nehring's sculptures are in galleries and part of private collections throughout the US. The characters featured in Rusty Noodle Studios are created overall from 99% recycled materials. Through found scrap materials, Rob lets the materials dictate what they will become. 

Saadia Art - Eye catching 3D resin designs - trays, jewelry holders, clocks and much more. Pieces from the collection have been featured in Each design is created by maker Saadia Kamal from San Ramon, California. 

Story Spark - Southern California founders Alex and Sun created STORY SPARK as a reminder that our time together should be fun and memorable. After having consulted for a number of corporations as digital interface designers, they decided to apply their experience and design principles into the creation of something personal - something with the potential to empower people at an individual level. 

Tek Photography - Each sweeping panoramic landscapes and night scape photography piece is captured by Humboldt Artist, Evan Kovasi.

The Weekend Store - was born from a deep desire to provide not just a good gift, but the perfect gift. The Weekend Store offers a progressively designed, hand-made collection of exceptional home goods, clothing, and accessories for people who celebrate individuality, champion social justice, and appreciate wit. Each piece is  handmade with incomparable craftsmanship by Bay Area Maker,  Adjowah. 

Vlad's Lab llc - Each intricate hand-crafted wood design is created by maker,  Vlad Stanojevikj in Pescadero, California. All of the wood is sourced locally from Big Creek Lumber.


About California Women Owned Businesses

3D Candies Since 2010, 3D Candies has taken pride in creating the highest quality products for chocolate lovers in San Francisco and beyond. They use the finest natural ingredients available, sourced sustainably from their partnering cocoa bean farms.

Blingy Sips - These shimmering magnetic wine and cocktail charms are great for gifting. Choose from over 20 fun shapes, sizes and styles. The business was founded by Renee Rathbun.

- Bra Straps Reinvented. Your solution to unattractive bra straps! As seen in GLAMOUR and on Netflix. 
A passionate, energetic and visionary mom-preneur, Tammi Relyea started the company. 

Caryl B
 - Is a luxury personal care company specializing in natural products with no detergents, petroleum or paraben ingredients. Made in small batches, their ingredients are plant based with no animal testing. Their products are designed to be ultra-hydrating and will leave your skin feeling refreshed and pampered. All products are made in the USA.

Dripped BabeHandcrafted body care for anyone who wants to feel pampered and luxurious - handmade soaps, essential oils and body soufflés. The company was founded by Aleshia Humphrey in San Diego, California.

Erickson Ranch - Blenheim Apricot, Amaretto Cherry, Cal Red Peach, Bartlett Pear are just a few of Erickson Ranch jams. The jams are hand made by the small batch method in Fairfield, California. The fruit is picked ripe and therefore less sugar is added bringing out the full flavor of the fruit. Victoria and Ray are currently continuing the traditions their family has cultivated for generations and are always looking for ways to improve their decisions so the family farm may be preserved. 

Malaya Botanicals - Premium CBD Products to support your healing. Their vision is to advocate and support for the empowerment of women’s health and wellness by providing CBD infused products. The company was founded by Pia T. Barton

The Source Zero - Visit the shop for a soap refill bar and other daily essentials that are earth conscious, locally made, and well crafted for longevity at 60 N San Pedro Street in San Jose CA. The Source Zero exists to provide a resource for people who are working towards limiting their plastic footprint. The company was founded by Ashley Merz.

Tomo Toffee - If you love toffee try these delicious delights. Choose from a variety of flavors - classic milk, dark chocolate, s'mores, Hawaiian and more. The business was found by Gina Tomoko Chen and received the 2021 Top Artisan Toffee Award. 

1001 Collections - Explore designer samples at or near wholesale prices. Shop one of kind dresses, pants, shirts, fancy scarves, unique jackets and much more. Purchase online or schedule an appointment with owner and stylist Mia Medikan. 



California Handbag & Jewelry Designer, Lisa Ramos
This blog post is written by California Designer, Lisa Ramos. "I have personally purchased pieces from all of the artists, makers and businesses in this article - Love the quality and uniqueness of each piece. As an artist I love supporting the arts and California women owned businesses."

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