Sequoia Gifts and Souvenirs is small and intimate. The owner, Scott, was very helpful in helping me select a unique gift for my sister's upcoming birthday. She loved it by the way! I originally went looking for souvenirs at a couple of the stores in the park but nothing really caught my eye. I travel a lot and like to get unique items that will remind me of the area. I found a beautiful wind chime at Sequoia Gifts as well as some very unique journals and cards.
I also found some great puppets for my nephews. All in all I ended up doing all my souvenir shopping at Scott's store because the prices were reasonable and I was able to find some wonderful items that I have not even seen in the "big city"! It's definitely worth a visit! Better than any store in the park....and friendlier service too!! I was happy to hear that they also pack and ship the items right there so I sent the puppets to my nephews...awesome!!
What to buy: Any bear-related items, and of course T-shirts that show the Giant Sequoias. Sequoia Gifts and Souvenirs in Three Rivers, CA just outside the park has the best selection in my opinion. They also have some beautiful wooden boxes with local scenery as well as paintings and photos of local sites.
What to pay: I bought a high-quality Sequoia National Park T Shirt for $20 but ended up spending a lot more on gifts for relatives and ended up spending over $130--well worth it! If I would have checked out some of the unique jewelry I probably would have spent twice as much...at least! (darn budgets) I'll have to come back for another shopping spree--he, he.
I am not sure why Minkler, CA isn't on my map, but it is worth stopping at the road side fruit market. (Highway 180 and Reed Ave.) It is on the way to Sequoia National Park, right before the foothills.
My wife and I stopped to see what they had to sell. I was surrounded by groves of fruit. Quite scenic to say the least.
We enjoyed sampling apricots, nuts, all kinds of fruits etc.
What to buy: It's a fresh fruit and nut eaters paradise
What to pay: Inexpensive
Make sure to make a stop in the town of Three Rivers, just south of the Sequoia National Park. And look for Reimer's Candy and Ice Cream Store. The Reimer's family originally comes from Northern Germany but has been living in the US for years. They built up a fantastic shop with a huge choice of sweets. Don't miss their ice cream!! And take some candies for the car ride through the national park.
Yes, even the national parks have souvenier stands usually located near their visitor centers. Items related to the US National Park systems and in particular the Sequoia National Park can be bought here. We usually buy iron on patches or our backpacks which indicate the different parks we've visited.
What to buy: National Park backpack patches, hiking sticks, t-shirts, etc.
What to pay: Set prices