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Holiday Gift Guide 2021 

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Illustration by Dave Brown

Time to spread some joy. Grab your list — don't forget your mask — and prepare to once again peruse Humboldt County's bevy of shops. The windows are decorated and the lights are up. You're bound to see some familiar folks in the aisles and over the counters while you browse, and that's half the fun.

Turns out we don't have to go bleary-eyed online or fund a zillionaire's next rocket to find the perfect gifts, either. Our county's shops and makers have indulgent skin treatments and bath bombs, dreamy cashmere, books from local authors, gorgeous locally made jewelry and pottery, and fair-trade gifts from afar. There are sweet trinkets, practical outerwear and splurges for everyone. For the kids, there are nature books, cookie cutters and even stuffed animals that benefit real animals. And if you haven't gotten one already, might we suggest an all-ages NCJ Coloring Book, proceeds from which go back to contributing local artists?

Psst ... we've got stuff in the back just for the grown-ups, too. There's a selection of goodies and glassware for the cannabis connoisseur in your life or just for unwinding from holiday stress. There are a few adult toys for unwinding, too. (Maybe hold onto that page — you know, for the sake of the children.)

Treat your loved ones, yourself and your community by doing our holiday hunting and gathering right here in Humboldt.

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