Looking for the inside scoop on all the holiday shopping ideas right here in Sierra County? Find one-of-a-kind gifts that will WOW family and friends at businesses close to home! Here’s your easy and quick guide to finding amazing holiday gifts and supporting local business owners and artisans in our community. For those who want to support our rural communities from afar, many of our merchants have online shopping and mail order options. And don't forget gift cards! Those can often be emailed and mailed very quickly.
Gifts for Active Adventurers
Big Boulder Adventures – Shuttles, shuttles, and more shuttles!
Downieville Outfitters – Stylish clothing and gear, bikes, and of course shuttles!
Lost Sierra Clothing - Apparel that enhances the post adventure chill, with comfort, utility, and style. Get your adventure wear at Empire Creek Provisions, Downieville
North Yuba Guide Service - Give the gift of catching the big one to your fisherperson!
Sierra Hardware and Sporting Goods - From a well stocked selection of flies and tackle, to hunting and fishing licenses, this historic hardware store in Downieville has your adventure lovers covered!
Yuba Expeditions - Hats, clothing, and more - available inside Empire Creek Provisions, Downieville
Gifts For The Treasure Hunters
Vintage Gal Antiques, Downieville – Vintage jewelry and other items to wrap up and put under the tree - now located inside the Yuba Gallery
Yuba Gallery, Downieville - Fine local art and gifts, perfect to support not only your local art community, but also the nonprofit, Sierra County Arts Council
Lombardi Mercantile - Featuring an extensive collection of art and antiques for everyone on your list
Gifts to Show Your Sierra County Pride
Sierra County branded merchandise, T-Shirts available at Empire Creek Provisions, Downieville
Gifts for Home, Décor, Soap, Candles, and More
Lombardi Mercantile – Featuring a collection of art and antiques
Sierra City Mercantile – Gallery and gifts- local artists and photographers
Sierra Country Store - Sierra City's spot for a wide selection of gifts and snacks
Downieville Soap Co. - Locally made soaps, now with seasonal scents such as Candy Cane, and more. Available in Empire Creek Provisions
Empire Creek Provisions – Seasonal and everyday items, clothing, gifts, and food in the heart of Downieville, CA
Gifts for Families
Girl & Goose Boutique – A tiny boutique for tiny people with a curated selection of handmade, unique, and specialty items for boys and girls
Cold Rush Cafe – 12 flavors of ice cream, 3 kinds of floats, 6 unique toppings, and countless smiles
Downieville Day Spa – Selection of brushes, hair supplies, and more for boys and girls
Sierra Hardware and Sporting Goods – Toys, games, and more for kids and the young at heart - in Downieville, CA.
Gifts for Beer, Wine, Spirits & Coffee Enthusiasts
Boomtown Lounge – Craft beer and wines for everyone on your list
Cold Rush Cafe – Organic Fair Trade coffee by the pound or as gift certificates
Downieville Grocery – Great selection of beer, wine and spirits
Gifts for Dapper Dudes and Dazzling Dames
Downieville Day Spa – Full service salon with hair care, skin care, nail care services for adults and children
Gifts for a Staycation or to Entice Family to Visit
How about gift certificate to one of these fine lodging options?
Bassets Station, Sierra City
Buttes Resort, Sierra City
Carriage House Inn, Downieville
Carriage House Lofts, Downieville
Constellation Creek, Sierraville
Downieville River Inn, Downieville
Gilded Drifter Inn, Loyalton
My Sisters Cottage Vacation Rental, Sierra City
Riverside Mountain Lodge, Downieville
Sierra Hot Springs, Sierraville
Sierra Pines Resort, Sierra City
Sierra Chalet, Sierra City
Sierra Shangri La Resort, Downieville
Gifts for The Foodie
How about gift certificate to one of these delicious eateries?
Autumn's Butter Me Up Bakery - Home Bakery where everything is made from scratch and love in Downieville, CA.
Bread Money Bakery - Music, wind chimes, bread samples too! Rain or shine, Bread Money has gifts ready in Downieville to put under the tree or on your table!
Boomtown Lounge - brunch, cocktails, dinners, and of course the famous trivia nights
Cold Rush Cafe - Local coffee and ice cream shop featuring delicious paninis and breakfast sandwiches
Dedrick's Cheese Shop – Over 50 types of cheese from over 15 countries and all the other charcuterie board fillers - inside Empire Creek Provisions, Downieville, CA
Drifters Table - Loyalton, California, creative menu, friendly staff, a happy place to dine
Farmhouse Cafe - Sierraville' s family owned Café on the corner with delicious food and an even better atmosphere!
Golden West Dining - Restaurant, Saloon and Hotel, located in Loyalton, CA, the heart of Sierra Valley. It is a hidden treasure and is only 45 minutes from Reno.
La Cocina De Oro Taqueria - A Downieville favorite - farm to table Mexican food served with love and community building kindness
Los Dos Hermanos - A Sierraville staple, great margaritas and full bar
Red Moose Cafe and Inn - Loads of small town charm, serving breakfast and lunch made to order
Sabrina's At The Forks - Dining right on the river in Downieville, CA
Sierra Pines Restaurant - Fine dining with a stunning view of the Sierra Buttes
Sierra Valley Yaks - Small, family-owned ranch in the Sierra Nevada offering domesticated yak meat and fiber.
Smithneck Farms - Coffee, pies, baked goods, sandwiches, art and music in Sierraville, CA
Two Rivers Cafe - A year-round mountain town pizza and burger spot with loads of charm and good vibes
Gifts for The Reader & News Junky
The Mountain Messenger – This author has given a gift subscription to the Mountain Messenger to her family in both Colorado and SoCal. It truly is the gift that keeps giving, year-round!
Local Library - Why not give a homemade gift certificate for a trip to your local library? Allegany, Downieville, Loyalton, and Sierra City all offer a unique experience, and you first library card is free! Replacements are $1.00.
Gifts that Give Back
Downieville Lions Club – Participate in the Wishes Tree to raise urgently needed toys for little ones and teens this holiday season
Sierra County Visitors Bureau – Support the calendar fundraiser and local merchants selling them at the same time!
Sierra County Chamber of Commerce - Give the gift of a Chamber Membership to a local business
Downieville Fire Department - They have a huge selection of t-shirts and hot sauce - both which make great gifts
Sierra City Fire Department - T-shirts and hats, and they make good stocking stuffers
Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship - T-shirts, hats, and more! And feel good knowing your purchases help support the robust trail system and the up coming Lost Sierra Route, available at Empire Creek Provisions, Downieville
This holiday season, why not make it a season of buying locally? For some of the best gifts – make sure you shop small! Plus, every purchase you make supports local employees and families – just another reason to love shopping locally. Supporting the community where we all live, work, and play is one of the best gifts you can give. Tag our Instagram (@visitsierracountyca) or Facebook Sierra County Visitors Bureau Account to share the gifts you found shopping locally!
Note: Local businesses were asked to participate in this guide by submitting entries. If we missed one, please reach out asap to be added for this year, or next!
Sonya Ziegler Meline
President, Sierra County Visitors Bureau