There’s nothing quite like the feeling of finding the perfect gift or a special trinket for yourself. Whether it’s a souvenir, piece of art, or a sweet treat, the shops and boutiques in Tuolumne County are full of wonderful surprises for holiday or anytime shopping. And, you get that extra shot of gratification knowing you’ve supported small businesses.
Everyone needs a souvenir or two as a memento of a wonderful trip. Local Collective and Mountain Home Gifts in Downtown Sonora have home-made and beautifully crafted souvenirs that add a special quality to your memories that aren't mass-produced. If you are like many visitors to Tuolumne County, the town of Twain Harte may be a favorite of yours, and if it is, The Walk-In Closet features locally-designed Twain Harte-specific souvenirs.
Need something for your adventure? Or how about a cozy new sweater or pair of shoes?
Sierra Nevada Adventure Company in Downtown Sonora is a smaller but mighty shop supplying what you need from boots to hats and everything in between to be comfortable on your hike, fishing excursion, or other adventure. The Walk-In Closet in Twain Harte is a sustainably minded store that sources beautiful clothing and accessories. With thousands of new pieces coming in monthly, there is always something new to discover! For western flair, Ebler's Leather and Saddlery, in the heart of Columbia State Historic Park, offers fine leather works in the way of boots, accessories, and more.
For your littlest friends and family, Tiny Birds Tiny Bees in Jamestown is one of the cutest stores around, specializing in clothing and toys for small children and mothers, many of which are designed in-house and made with sustainable materials. For some “good for your feet” brands of shoes, Downtown Shoes in Sonora is the city’s only full-service shoe store, carrying quality, comfortable and stylish shoes, boots, and sandals for both men and women along with a fun selection of socks and hand-bags.
There isn’t a kitchen necessity or cooking gadget for the chefs or aspiring chefs in your life that you won’t find at The Harte of the Kitchen in Twain Harte. Then, once you have the right tools for the job in the kitchen, you’ll need some spice…Woods Creek Spice and Herb in Sonora offers bulk dry spices and herbs, herbal teas, loose-leaf teas, and more. Bring your own jars or reusable bags; they strive for a zero-waste lifestyle.
Pick up something that will make you feel good physically at Nature’s Whole Food Depot in East Sonora where the owners are committed to natural living, which is reflected in their well-appointed grocery store, juice bar, and gift shop. Take care of your sweet craving at Nelson’s Columbia Candy Kitchen, a fifth-generation family owned and operated candy shop in the heart of Columbia State Historic Park or in Sonora's Junction Shopping Center. Most of their candy is made on-site with tradition, pride and love.
Ranch Revived in Groveland is where to find gifts for you or the people in your life who love rustic and ranch designs. From stunning home décor to jewelry, bring a tasteful piece of the Wild West home. Reflect the season in your home or just surround yourself with your favorite scent with candles from Seven Sisters Soap and Candle Company in Columbia State Historic Park. Their colorful and aromatic selection will brighten any day. Nest and Nook in Sonora features a diverse selection of farmhouse, boho, and vintage housewares, décor, and textiles for every nook in your home plus refreshing body care products.
Adorn your living or office space with a piece of art from a local, Tuolumne County artist. There are many arts and crafts shows to enjoy throughout the year, but a go-to spot for paintings, photos, ceramics, jewelry, and more is Aloft Art Gallery in Sonora. You can spend hours perusing in the bright and airy gallery. Beautiful works can be found in some not-so-obvious places as well such as Mountain Sage Café and Nursery in Groveland, the gift shop at Indigeny Reserve in Sonora, the general store at Rush Creek Lodge and Spa near Yosemite.
Shopping is therapy for some, so shopping for wellness is a good fit. There are distinctive shops to pick up something to help you or someone you love feel their best. Amala Detox and Tea Lounge in Sonora offers soothing items such as loose-leaf teas, candles, essential oils, bath salts, and more that will make any woes disappear. Healing with Jenia and Mountain Wellness in Jamestown provide crystals, sage, incense, stones, jewelry, and candles to create a balanced atmosphere in any home. Perhaps pick up a gift certificate from these locations, and give a gift of their relaxation, rejuvenation, and healing services.
With these and so many more distinctive locally-owned shops in Tuolumne County, you’ll find a trove of treasures. Happy shopping!