20 Best Gifts for Someone Moving to California

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Gifts for Someone Moving to California

Anyone that has made the decision to move to California can attest to how rewarding (and how challenging) that move may be. Known for its temperate climates, sunny summers, and streets lined with palm trees, California is a land of opportunity as well as a wonderful place to live.

If you’re looking to find a gift for a friend that is making the big move to California, here’s a list of some potential ideas for you. These can be housewarming gifts, good-luck gifts, or just gifts to wish them well on their journey; some of these gift ideas are native to California and may not exist anywhere else in the US!

Gifts for Someone Moving to California

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      Housewarming Gift: Custom Wine Glass & Coffee Cup Holder
      This is a solid-wood wall-mounted glass and mug holder, and is stained and clear-coated for durability. All installation bits are included for mounting to a wall, and it makes a wonderful addition to be able to showcase a favorite pair of wine glasses, or a unique set of coffee mugs.
    2. Indoor Vegetable Garden DIY Kitchen Grow Starter Kit
      Help your friend make the most of the California sunshine with this indoor garden starter kit. Seeds included are for Early Cherry Tomato, Cherry Belle Radish, Carrot, Bush Bean, and Butterhead Lettuce. Peat pots are compostable, and a growing guide. This garden can be grown on a windowsill, bay window, or countertop.
    3. California State Flag Hoodie
      While some location-specific clothing may seem a bit… well, dorky, this hoodie features a vintage-style print of the timeless California state flag. This hoodie is available in five different colors, is machine washable, and is made from 80% cotton/20% polyester (meaning that it won’t shrink up much in the wash).
    4. Vintage California Bear Hug 16oz Pint Glass
      This frosted pint glass features a design icon that is central to California life: the grizzly bear. These would make a great welcoming gift for your friend to enjoy a cool beverage after settling in to their new home. Glass is dishwasher safe.
    5. California Poppy - Poppy Flower Seed Grow Kit
      Celebrate the California state flower with this kit, which includes about 30,000 seeds – it’s enough to cover an entire field! About 70% of planted seeds will germinate into a healthy California poppy flower, and are easy to grow and maintain in the milder climates found in California.
    6. California State Shaped Cutting Board
      This bamboo cutting board makes a great gift for anyone moving to the state of California. Cutting boards are made from 100% renewable bamboo and can be used as a serving platter, bar board, or simply displayed around the home; there is an option to hang the board using a hanging tie rope. The board features the iconic design of the California state flag overlaid on a board in the shape of the state. They can show off their state pride: the included hanging hole with hang tie make this board a wonderful wall option too.

    1. Annual California State Parks Pass

      Give the gift of access to dozens of California State Parks by gifting an annual parks membership pass. There are options for state-wide access at nearly every state park found in California, and reduced access options that provide regional access in most Northern California parks, and a Tahoe-centric pass option.

    1. “Visit California” Visitor’s Guide

      This guide book will help anyone that is new to California by providing information on annual events, places to visit, and other interesting details and recommendations for where to explore. This is a helpful tool for someone who may not know where to begin when it comes to exploring their region, or for someone that has questions about making travel plans.

    1. “Moving to California” Funny/Humorous Relocation Candle

      Send your friend a funny farewell with this 13.75oz customized candle. This candle has an average burn time of 60 to 80 hours, and is non-toxic. There are three scents to choose from: vanilla bean, sea breeze, and comfort spice. Candle is made from a 100% natural blend of soy wax and the wick is made from 100% cotton.

    1. California Wine Club Membership Gift

      One of the many perks about living in California is the close proximity to so many wineries. The California Wine Club membership is a great opportunity to explore all of the wineries around California; each featured winery is vetted by the creators of the California Wine Club prior to being featured. If you’re not sure a full-fledged membership would be a good idea, you can try a gift set with three bottles of unique wine, and a gift message included.

    2. California Poppies Stemless Wine Glasses – Set of 2
      These wine glasses would make a great accompanying gift to a wine membership or gift box. These stemless glasses are 4.5” tall, and feature a combination of silk-screened and hand-painted red and orange poppy flowers. This would make a great gift for a wine enthusiast that is recently transplanted to the Golden State.

    1. “California Bound” Custom T-Shirt

      This custom-made T-shirt is reasonably priced, and is available in different colors and fabrics to fully customize and tailor the gift. The “California Bound” logo color can be customized to either black or white at checkout, and there is also an option for a specific design color that can be coordinated when placing the order if you desire the logo to be in a specific color.

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      Lightshare 5-Feet Lighted Palm Tree
      For something that’s completely different, treat your friend to a decorative, lighted palm tree that is adorned with 56 LED lights. The tree comes with a 16ft power cord, and is ideal for indoor use, or decorative garden purposes in temperate weather conditions (in other words, don’t leave it out in the rain… not that California gets much rain.)
    3. Hardtail Mountain Bike
      Most areas in California feature a bicycle path or trail network where residents can ride their bicycles, get some exercise, and enjoy the fresh air. This Huffy mountain bike features knobby mountain bike tires that allow for both on-road and off-road use, a micro-twist shifter, a steel frame with a lifetime warranty, a padded adjustable seat, and alloy wheels. There is also the option to purchase a women’s frame which comes in a different color.
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      Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion
      Help your friend prepare for the sunny days with this 3-pack of Coppertone sunblock lotion, which is water-resistant up to 80 minutes and provides both UVA and UVB coverage. This sunblock does not have any dyes, PABA, phthalates, sulfates, dyes, oxybenzone, or fragrances, making it an excellent choice for those with more sensitive skin.

  1. In-n-Out Burger Gift Cards

    The legacy of In-n-Out dates back to 1948 when the first location was opened in Baldwin Park, near Los Angeles. Now, there are locations in every major city in California as well as Arizona, Utah, Oregon, and Texas. Even with all of the growth in neighboring states, visiting a California-based In-n-Out feels like an honored tradition for anyone coming to visit from out of state. Give the gift of a Double-Double and tell your friend to check out the crossed palm trees that have become a feature at most locations.

  2. Historical Map of California 1876
    This custom historical map details what the significant geographical locations were in California, circa 1876. This map is available in a variety of sizes ranging from 8x12” all the way up to 60x90” and is printed on heavy matte art paper; there is also the option to print to canvas, if desired. Custom sizing is also available upon request.
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    Oversized Mesh Beach Bag with 9 Pockets
    If someone is newly living in California, being able to go visit one of the famed beaches is a must. This ripstop mesh beach bag comes in several different colors and options, and the extra-large bag space can hold sunblock, sandals, towels, snacks, and much more. There is also a splash-proof zipper pocket to hold valuable items such as car keys and cellphones, and ensure they stay dry.
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    Sun Hat
    This wide-brim sun hat helps block sunlight from your face and neck, and the adjustable chin strap will hold the hat down securely if it’s worn outside on a windy day. The hat is easy to pack and transport, as it can be folded in half and tucked inside of a bag. There are mesh panels that allow for airflow, and a sweatband to help keep sweat out of the eyes. The hat is adjustable with a rear drawstring design, and is sold in a variety of colors that suits the user.