At Equator we have a clear answer when asked what to give loved ones for the holiday season: Coffee. We’re firm believers that there’s a coffee out there for everyone, but we know that there’s more to life than coffee, so we’ve gathered some of our favorite things to round out your holiday gift-giving.
Gift Ideas for Coffee Lovers
Packed with festive flavors including shortbread and raspberry jam, our Holiday Blend this year features the mesmerizing custom artwork of Bay Area-artist Ayca Kilicoglu of Mūr by Ayca, making this 12oz. coffee bag the perfect freshly-roasted coffee gift during the Holiday Season. Ayca is a San Francisco-based designer, illustrator, and educator who is inspired by the complexity of the human experience. Her intricate and vibrant illustration brought to life our belief that people, like the components of our Holiday Blend coffee, are better together.
Your coffee loving friends will appreciate a stylish way to drink their new brew, as in our brand new Better Together 16 oz. Tumbler with our friends at Fellow, as well as our new Drinking Good Coffee and Holiday Mugs.
For friends and family that want to improve their coffee brewing game at home, check out the Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle or Fellow Stagg Pour-Over Kettle. We've also created some easy discounted brewing bundles based around two of our favorite brewing methods: a Brew Together Bundle with Chemex® and a Brew Joy Bundle with the Kalita Wave®.
Gift Ideas for Foodies
For the true foodie on your list we recommend putting together a gift basket featuring one of our incredible Chef Collection Coffees; collaborations with some of our favorite chefs, meant to be paired with your favorite meal. Thomas Keller’s French Laundry Blend or Chef Brandon Jew’s Double Happiness are a couple of favorites. Add a few cans of women-owned Maker Wine to support new diverse faces in the wine industry, or share the craft cocktail Golden Rule Spirits Espresso Martini made with our Tigerwalk Espresso.
For tea lovers - check out the artisan teas from Silk Road Teas. Not only are they purveyors of incredible small lot, single origin, and handmade teas, but their tea boxes and sachets are packaged by adults with disabilities and a portion of their sales support a local community project serving meals to families in need.
Cozy Gift Ideas
During these chilly fall and winter days, there’s nothing better than a steaming mug of coffee to keep you warm, but our Drinking Good Coffee Hoodie and Better Together Crewneck are great alternatives on the rare occasion that you don’t have coffee in hand. Both sweatshirts are made by our partners at Known Supply - a B-Corp certified apparel brand that partners with Fair Trade Certified™ producers and creates direct trade relationships to ensure we are bringing you only the best, most ethical wears. They believe ethical apparel should be accessible to all.
Gift Experience Ideas
For some, the best gift is the experience of trying something new or learning a skill. Chelsea Andersson of ChelseaMakes - a member of our Tiger Collective and NBC’s Making It Season 3 offers an online course to learn step-by-step how to make your own miniatures just like her. Don’t worry - if the gift recipient is less of a DIY type, you can also purchase some of Chelsea’s goods on her Etsy. Or, for the active person on your list, Tiger Collective member and Yoga Instructor Peter Walters offers classes on-demand and live online.
Of course, one of the most valuable yet simplest gifts you can give is quality time. Invite your friend or loved one over for coffee, or send them an Equator Coffees Cafe Gift Card with a “meet me at the café!”
Non-Profit Gift Ideas
If there is someone on your list who truly has everything, and would be warmed by a donation or gift in their name, consider supporting a few of our community’s non-profits. The Guardsmen Tree lot in San Francisco has a wide selection of beautiful trees and all their proceeds go towards supporting underserved youth. This tree lot is conveniently located at Fort Mason, so you can grab a peppermint hot cocoa from our Fort Mason cafe to enjoy while you shop.
Adopt a Family of Marin works to prevent homelessness year-round for families with kids in their homes, you can directly donate or support their holiday gifting program by bringing a new coat to any of our Bay Area cafes through December 12th. For this holiday season, we are also proud to partner with Adopt A Family of Marin to donate $1 from every pour-over coffee purchased at our cafes throughout the month of December.
The International Women's Coffee Alliance works to empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry. As a company founded by women in a male-dominated industry, we are proud to support IWCA’s critical mission with this year’s holiday giveback. 5% of sales from the Holiday Blend coffee & merchandise collection will directly benefit the IWCA throughout the holiday season.