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When it comes to wedding favors and gift bag items, one trend that's here to stay is showcasing a bit of where you live, a city you love, or the destination where the wedding is taking place. In San Francisco, that means showing off the bounty of the Bay Area with products made from local companies.
Nod to San Francisco's northern neighbors, the wine countries of Napa and Sonoma, with the gift of wine. Choose a bottle of your favorite vino, or go the personalized route with a bottle from Windsor Vineyards. The Healdsburg-based winery offers several varieties of white and red wine (including all the standards like cabernet, merlot, pinot noir, chardonnay, and sauvignon blanc) and will customize it with a personalized label. Read real brides' reviews here!
The City by the Bay offers multiple options for artisanal chocolate favors. Go classic with favors from Ghirardelli, which has been a San Francisco staple since 1849 and offers custom options in a range of colors with four to eight squares of chocolate in each one. Ferry Building favorite Recchuiti also offers a collection of inventive quality chocolates in flavors such as lavender, caramel sea salt, and lemon verbena. Favors are available in 2-, 4-, or 9-piece boxes and custom images can be added to the chocolates. Read real brides' reviews here!
Golden Gate Fortune Cookies
Contrary to popular belief, modern fortune cookies did not originate in China, but in California — San Francisco, to be exact. One of the city's most famous places to get them is Golden Gate Fortune Cookies, which has been serving them since 1962. You can buy a large bag of cookies for $5, and you can even order custom messages placed inside.
Olive Oil Source
The Bay Area's Mediterranean climate means it's a great place to grow not only grapes, but also olives. Customize your own olive oil favors from the Olive Oil Source and choose your oil (virgin olive oil, flavored oil, or vinegar), choose your bottle style and size (ranging from 60ml to 375ml), and personalize your label or upload your own design for a gourmet gift your foodie friends will treasure. Read real brides' reviews here!
Create a custom SF gift bag
For a more personalized welcome bag, pick and choose from your favorite San Francisco companies to create a custom bag that showcases the city you love. Start with a city map and a Muni pass or Clipper card for public transport; add your favorite wine and some 21st Amendment or Anchor Brewing beer to get the party started; throw in some Boudin sourdough bread and Cowgirl Creamery Cheese for a taste of the city; and round out the package with some cold-pressed juice, perfect for the morning-after hangover.