2023 holiday gift guide: Shop San Diego brands in the natural space

2023 holiday gift guide: Shop San Diego brands in the natural space

Shop local with this list, curated by Naturally San Diego, a local CPG community.

One of the easiest ways to support your community is by shopping locally. It funds your city, fuels your neighbors’ livelihood, and creates jobs in your area.

In the spirit of local shopping, we’re spotlighting 24 consumer packaged goods brands in our annual holiday gift guide. Like you, these Naturally San Diego members call America’s Finest City home. So take pride in sharing unique, local goods with your community that are sure to be conversation starters at the very least. 

Whether you’re shopping for your family, friends, coworkers, or an upcoming holiday function, you can feel extra good for supporting local businesses this holiday season.

The Whole Family sauce pack | Cien Chiles

This unique line of flavor-FULL sauces will add brightness, tangy goodness, and the perfect amount of heat to any dish this holiday season. Gift it to a foodie or use it in your next holiday party spread.

Heavy Duty Degreaser | Gear Hugger

This water-based, plant-powered, non-toxic solution is easy to use, fast acting, and safe for people, pets, and the planet. With this degreaser, you can eliminate grease, grime, and dirt for a shiny finish with no residue.

Give the gift of gear maintenance and care this holiday season. Your loved ones will appreciate the thoughtfulness and the chance to prolong the life of their favorite equipment.

Patio tree gift package | The Wishing Tree Company

Give the gift that truly keeps on giving. The Giftee’s Choice Patio Tree gift package starts with a deluxe gift basket of tree-care essentials. When your giftee is ready, they can select their favorite premium patio tree from dozens available on The Wishing Tree Company’s website. Once selected, the tree will be carefully delivered in a stylish container for many years of fruit, flowers, fragrance, and beauty.

Laundry Concentrate & Stain Remover Gift Set | Root & Splendor

Give the gift of clean and powerfully effective, locally made laundry soap and stain remover this holiday season. Made with transparent and safe ingredients, the bioactive and enzymatic laundry soap and stain remover leave no stain or odor untouched, and call for only one tablespoon of laundry soap per use. This set is beautifully scented with vibrant botanicals of pure and natural essential oils.

Packaged in an eco-friendly kraft box, this gift set contains five amber glass bottles of laundry soap (for 20 loads of laundry total), stain remover, a bamboo measuring cup, and an information card, surrounded by aspen wood shavings.

Booze-Free Cocktails | !MPROV 

Designed to taste like the real deal, these beverages contain no alcohol. Whether you drink them straight up or spiked, Booze-Free Cocktails are the perfect addition to your holiday parties and get-togethers and an excellent gift for your sober curious loved ones.

Shampoo bars | BRIXY

BRIXY shampoo bars are made for hair care enthusiasts seeking plastic-free alternatives. Once your loved ones discover BRIXY’s luxuriously sudsy experience, they won’t miss their old plastic bottles. Made with coconut oil, argan oil, provitamin B, and gentle cleansers, BRIXY shampoo bars leave hair clean and nourished.

Globally Inspired Starter Sauces | Mesa de Vida

With this mix of Caribbean, Creole, Latin, Mediterranean and Moroccan flavors, you’ll give a gift that will elevate anyone’s cooking game and treat their taste buds to a celebration of flavors from around the globe.

Whether you’re shopping for a busy foodie, someone living a vegan, paleo, or vegetarian lifestyle, or someone simply seeking a healthier lifestyle, these oil-free, non-GMO, and plant-based ingredients — with low calories, low sodium, and no added sugar — make this bundle the perfect addition to easy-to-make soups, stews, slow cooker meals, skillet meals, and more. 

Gift subscription | Edible San Diego

Give the gift of local, seasonal, and regenerative food with a print or digital subscription to Edible San Diego. Subscribers receive premier access to easy recipes, practical guides, and inspiring profiles that showcase Edible San Diego’s interconnectedness. Subscriptions support independent, award-winning, and locally-owned food journalism that employs talented San Diegans.

Authentic Mexican food products | Ketzal Foods 

Help a loved one up their cooking game by choosing from ten types of mole sauce mixes, chiles, spices, cafe de olla, and holiday fruit Ponche. 

Day Starter Bundle | BUBS Naturals

This ultimate morning ritual package features everything your loved one needs for a productive and energizing day. The bundle includes high-quality Collagen Peptides for radiant skin and joint support, MCT Oil Creamer for sustained energy and mental clarity, locally roasted premium organic coffee beans for a flavorful brew, and a convenient mix wand for effortless mixing. With the Day Starter Bundle, your loved one can start every day with a healthy and invigorating boost.

Loli’s Gut Healthy Sauces & Dressings | Loli’s Foods

These plant-based dressings make the perfect topping to any salad, or as a marinade for your favorite proteins. Choose from Loli’s Ranch, Loli’s Caesar, Loli’s Green Goddess, and Loli’s Lemon Garlic.

The Dynamic Duo: Saté Sauce & Peanut Sauce | Wynn’s Kitchen

With this truly dynamic duo, your loved one can experience a powerful fusion of sweet and spicy flavors without doing the hard work of buying a bunch of ingredients to make them.

These authentic, keto-friendly Asian sauces are made with natural ingredients and without sugar, soy, or gluten. Together, the Saté Sauce and Peanut Sauce make the best cooking sauce, dip, and dressing.

Ume Shiso Furikake | Daybreak Seaweed

Made in collaboration with Kei Akabori, Daybreak Seaweed’s Ume Shiso Furikake is bursting with bright umami. Daybreak Seaweed pairs sweet-yet-tangy Japanese plum (umeboshi) and roasted sesame with their Organic West Coast seaweed flakes. This vegan furikake is the perfect topping for rice, poke, veggie bowls, soft-boiled eggs, or onigiri — and it makes a great gift for the foodies in your life.

8-pack of soup pouches | I EAT MY GREENS 

Help your loved ones eat their greens with this pack of convenient soup pouches, totalling 20 servings.

This variety pack includes Carrot, Sweet Potato & Turmeric Soup; Zucchini, Cilantro & Cauliflower Soup; Tomato, Basil & Coconut Soup; Broccoli & Sunflower Seeds Soup; and Black Bean, Chipotle & Cacao Soup.

Use code SOUPFIESTA to receive a personalized card and 15% off.

Fruit leather gift boxes | Juice Jerky

Juice Jerky’s farmers-market-quality fruit leather is chewy like jerky but unmistakably 100% real fruit. Give the gift of Juice Jerky to a friend, loved one, or a coworker with these gift boxes, which come already wrapped with a box and ribbon. 

Conscious Energy Gummy Snacks | ōku

ōku gummy snacks embody the essence of Conscious Energy, making them an ideal companion for the upcoming holiday season. Each five-gummy serving contains just 70 calories and delivers about one espresso’s worth of natural caffeine for a revitalizing and mindful energy boost. 

Crafted from a plant-based formula, these better-for-you treats offer vitality without the typical jitters or crash associated with caffeinated products. Available in four insanely delicious flavors, these gummies are more than just a treat; they’re a mindful way to energize and focus on the joy and togetherness that define the holiday season.

Fermented Habanero Chili Salt | Alive Ferments 

These fermented seasonings are sure to be a true culinary delight for any foodie in your life. Made from Alive Ferments’s dehydrated sauces, these seasonings boast rich flavors and the perfect amount of heat. With Fermented Habanero Chili Salt, anyone can enhance their culinary creations and experience newly delicious flavors. Receive free shipping through 2023.

4-Flavor Variety Pack | Date Better Snacks

These nut-butter-stuffed medjool dates, dipped in 85% organic chocolate, come in four flavor varieties sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. This eight-pack gift features two boxes of each flavor: Cashew Lime Crisp, Peanut Butter Crunch, Almond Java Crunch, and limited-edition Hazelnut Praline.

Naturally San Diego members can get free shipping with code: NSDFREE 

Regenerative Organic Hydration Drink with Ginger: Variety Pack | Recoup Beverage

This variety pack is the perfect gift for a yoga enthusiast, cyclist, runner, mom-to-be or anyone in need of a daily dose of wellness. 

Recoup is an organic hydration and health beverage with a clinically proven dose of organic ginger to support muscle recovery, gut health, and overall wellness, along with key electrolytes, magnesium and potassium, for rapid rehydration. Gifting Recoup supports a brand that’s mission driven, certified minority-owned, and female co-founded. 

Almond-based dips | Bitchin’ Sauce

Made from raw, California almonds, Bitchin’ Sauce is gluten-free, vegan, kosher, Non-GMO Project verified, and totally Bitchin’. Your loved ones can try these creamy dips on their favorite savory foods — from fish tacos to Bitchin’ burgers! 

First introduced in San Diego farmers markets, Bitchin’ Sauce has single-handedly pioneered the nut-based dip category. Their award-winning dips are available in major retailers nationwide, including Costco, Sprouts, Target, Walmart, and Whole Foods Market.

100% Pure Avocado Oil | Chosen Foods

Offering versatility and a high smoke point, this is the perfect cooking oil to gift the foodie in your life. Nothing short of a kitchen workhorse, Chosen Foods’ avocado oil is naturally refined, meaning they extract the maximum amount of high-quality oil from the avocado without applying excess heat or chemicals. The result? A nutritious, real avocado oil that’s full of good fats from avocados. Every bottle of Chosen Foods Avocado Oil is 100% pure, naturally-refined, non-GMO, and glyphosate residue free.

Premium Junmai Sake | Sake High!

Brewed in Kyoto, Japan, this easy drinking sake is light and fruity with an umami finish. Sake High! is the perfect way to switch things up and try new food pairings at holiday parties. It’s also a post-party game changer, leaving you feeling better the next day thanks to the absence of residual sugar, sulfites, and gluten ingredients. By gifting Sake High! or taking it to your next holiday get-together, you’re supporting a female-owned brand.

Indian spices | Koshna

This women-owned business partners directly with small-scale farmers in India to bring single-farm, same-season spices that are native to that region. Koshna spices are sourced at the peak of harvest season, allowing you to experience the fragrance and flavors just as they were intended. They pay their partner farmers up to three times the market rate for spices mindfully grown to rebuild and restore the earth and allow them to prosper. Koshna’s reverence for the process is what distinguishes their spices.

The Holiday Gift Box | Sipwell Wine Co.

This custom Sipwell gift pack is the perfect holiday gift for your wine-loving friend. It’s easy to send to friends & family members, and also makes a great Secret Santa gift, co-worker or hostess gift. Select a sampling of either 6 or 12 cans, featuring their award-winning wines.

We hope this list sparked some serious holiday-shopping inspiration and helped you discover emerging brands to support.

Always remember to shop local, think global, and act with kindness 💚

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