ISSUE 49  |  Wild West

Holiday Gift: Gift Boxes from Calico in San Francisco

December 09, 2010 7:30 PM

BY Janet Hall

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Ordinarily, we like to create our own locavore gift boxes. That is, until we stumbled upon these gift boxes from Calico Gifts, a new venture from San Francisco musician Kathryn Anne Davis. Davis assembles boxes of reclaimed wood filled with local products and vintage finds; after you unpack the wares, you can plant a save-the-bees wildflower garden inside with the enclosed seed packet.

"I wanted to create one-of-a-kind assemblages of products from friends and small producers; everything is super local," Davis says. "The boxes are a no-waste situation; each element is savable, usable." Among the local products Davis sources: coffee beans from Sightglass Coffee (owned by siblings and Blue Bottle alums Jerad and Justin Morrison), bath products from Berkeley-based Jane Blankenship of Captain Blankenship, specialty salts from Marin County-based All Star Organics, spirits from Sutton Cellars in Napa, Cocoa Absolute artisan chocolate by San Francisco-based Jewel Zimmer, and more. Go to Calico Gifts to place an order.

Above: All Calico gift collections come in a 15-by-8-inch handmade reclaimed redwood box.

Above: The Good Day Box includes a pound of Sightglass Coffee, a pair of vintage mugs and napkins, Allstar Organics Apple Wood Smoked Salt, and a box of Cocoa Absolute Brulée sea salt and caramel chocolate paves; $98.

Above: The Celebration Box is $140 and includes Sutton Cellars Brown Label Vermouth infused with 17 botanicals, a pair of vintage glasses and napkins, San Francisco's Tartine Bakery cocktail nuts, Cocoa Absolute Collection Brulée sea salt and caramel chocolate paves, and an antique bitters bottle.

Above: The Relaxation Box is $125 and includes Captain Blankenship bath salts, Captain Blankenship hand and rough spot balm, Allstar Organics Herbs and Roses tea, a pair of vintage mugs and napkins, and Allstar Organics Douglas Fir room spray.

Photos by Chris Fallon of Partisan Gallery.