17 Gifts for People Obsessed With California

California © Downtowngal/Wikipedia
California © Downtowngal/Wikipedia
Photo of Courtney Holcomb
9 February 2017

We’ve got the beach and the best avocados, and now, we’ve even legalized weed. Can you blame your loved ones for their obsession with California? Give them what they want with one of our gift suggestions for the California-obsessed this holiday season.

Beach Boys Christmas Album

Nothing represents California stereotypes better than the Beach Boys, so celebrate the holiday season with the Beach Boys Christmas Album. This album has been a classic since its release in 1964.

Beach Boys | © Capitol Records/Wikipedia

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

For the literature lover in your life, order a copy of Steinbeck’s East of Eden. The novel weaves through California’s Salinas Valley, giving readers a great opportunity to reminisce on the beauty of central California.

The Graduate DVD

The Graduate is a classic film set in Southern California’s Pasadena that has been selected for preservation by the US National Film Registry. Give the film buff in your life a taste of nostalgia by buying them a copy of the DVD. Buy the movie on Amazon for $7.50.

Avocado Print

We know Californians can’t get enough of their avocados, especially during this season’s avocado shortage. For the avocado connoisseur in your life, order this poster print on Etsy for $6.73. Plus, it’s cheap enough that you can use the leftover dough to splurge for guac in your next burrito.

Sunset Boulevard DVD

Another legendary film that takes place in southern California, Sunset Boulevard is a film noir that will remain a classic for decades to come. Nominated for 11 academy awards, this is a perfect gift for the film lover in your life. Buy the DVD on Amazon for $8.79.

Sunset Boulevard | © Paramount Studios/Wikipedia

Scents of San Francisco Candle

Fill a home with the scents of their favorite San Francisco neighborhood by purchasing a candle from Scents of San Francisco. The candles combine various fragrances to create a scent that is reminiscent of a specific neighborhood, covering everything from the Castro to Golden Gate Park. The candles can be found at a variety of locations throughout the city.

Surfboard Lamp

You can’t find a more typical California stereotype than that of the surfer bro. Whether your loved one is actually a surfer or will just enjoy some tacky decorations, this surfboard lamp will bring the sunshine of the beach to their living room. Buy the lamp on Amazon for $42.99.

Disneyland Annual Pass

Another classic California experience? Disneyland. If you know someone who is as obsessed with Disney as most of California is, consider splurging on the incredible gift of a Disneyland annual pass. Buy the annual pass here for $599.

Disneyland | © Tuxyso/Wikipedia

Clueless DVD

Clueless is a cult favorite film that epitomizes the stereotype of the Beverly Hills spoiled lifestyle, with lovable characters and epic outfits to boot. This comedy has gained an incredible amount of popularity over the years. Buy the DVD on Amazon for $4.99.

Full House Box Set

We spent years watching the Full House crew grow up in our favorite city, and even enjoyed the start of Fuller House this year. Buy the whole series box set for someone you love, because nothing beats bingeing your favorite television shows during the holidays. Find the box set on Amazon for $44.96.

Lonely Planet California’s Best Trips Guidebook

For the adventurer in your life, order a copy of Lonely Planet California’s Best Trips. The book will take you through 35 road trip options, giving you the chance to explore the incredible nature this state has to offer. Buy the book on Google Play for $13.79.

Vertigo DVD

An iconic piece of San Francisco pop culture, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo is always a great gift for locals. Set on the familiar city streets, Californians will love watching this classic thriller. Order the DVD on Amazon for $10.19.

Vertigo | © Public Domain

TMZ Celebrity Tour

If you know someone who is celebrity-obsessed, buy them a ticket to the TMZ Celebrity Tour. This tour will take you through the streets of Los Angeles, seeing iconic spots in Hollywood while hunting for celebrities along the way. Buy tour tickets here for $54.

The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook

It’s an exciting time for Californians now that the state just passed the legislation to legalize marijuana. Embrace the change by ordering The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook, which provides a wide selection of ways to prepare and enjoy cannabis in the kitchen. Buy the book on Amazon for $16.99.


If there’s anything Californians are used to, it’s drought. That’s why succulents have become the trendiest plants around, boasting eco-friendliness with their ability to survive on very little water.

Succulent | © Daniel Hartwig/Flickr

Wave Light Projector

If they can’t make it to the beach themselves, bring the ocean to them! This light projector casts waves all around the room, giving you the chance to sleep in a bedroom that feels like the ocean.

Where I Was From by Joan Didion

For a reflection on California, read a collection of essays by one of the most influential American writers of today – Joan Didion. Where I Was From is a collection that creates an eclectic history of California that is quite poetic to read. Buy the book on Amazon for $12.57.

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