We all know that it’s better to give than to receive. But what’s better than just plain “giving” at the holidays? Why, giving gifts that are made in Rancho Mirage—and in the Palm Springs Valley—of course!
One perfect stocking stuffer that I stock up on every year is Brandini Toffee. Locally manufactured right here in Rancho Mirage, it’s available at the Toffee Shop & Factory on Bob Hope Drive just off Highway 111, at the satellite Toffee Shop on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, or at local Costcos. In addition to the original dark chocolate almond toffee, there’s now similarly branded popcorn, brownies, pretzel, and almond bark…not to mention delicious ice cream topper made from bits of broken toffee. Plus, at the Yuletide, many products come in beautiful red seasonal tins. www.brandinitoffee.com.
Local chief meteorologist (and Rancho Mirage resident) Patrick Evans has become known in these parts not only for accurately predicting the time and quality of our sunsets and sunrises but for his sausages. Fulvio’s Sausages, to be exact. Made from a family recipe of his father’s (Fulvio “Tony” Iachetta), varieties include Classic Mild Italian and Fulvio’s Spicy Italian. They’re available at Cello’s Pantry in Rancho Mirage, The Real Italian Deli in Palm Desert, and The Deli in Miles in old town Indio. www.fulviosfoods.com.
At Total Wine & More you’ll find no less than 10 different styles of award-winning craft beer made by the masters (and their elves) at Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse at The River in Rancho Mirage. Have yourself a Blackfin Lager, a Honey Blonde Ale, a Mutual Assured Destruction Russian Imperial Stout, a Drunk’n Monk Belgian Style Dubbel, and more! www.babesbbque.com.
While we’re at The River, lest you think that all Rancho Mirage-themed holiday gifts are edible, think again. You can find all sorts of Palm Springs Valley-branded merchandise (clothing, home décor treasures, furniture, furnishings, textiles, bedding, beauty products, novelties, etc.) at the various pop-up stores inside Raymond | Lawrence, a boutique situated right next to Babe’s. www.raymond-lawrence.com.
And don’t forget to also invest in gift certificates at Rancho Mirage eateries, many of which are part of the Rancho Mirage Restaurant Association (www.dineranchomirage.com). Who wouldn’t be pleased to find that under their tree? ‘Tis the season…so shop away!