#Answered: Your San Jose care package picks

Let’s see what you decided to pack your San Jose-themed care package with.

A photo of Greenlee's Bakery bread, a Michelada cup, a taco, a torta, a Peter's Bakery burnt almond cake, and a bottle of Hennessy coming out of a cardboard box.

We would be ecstatic to receive a box like this.

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There’s so much that is quintessentially San Jose. So, when we asked you what you’d put in a San Jose-themed care package, you delivered.

Let’s see what we’re packing with love from the great 408.

🌮 Local snacks

With an overwhelming amount of responses, we had to make an exclusively San Jose snacks package — sent in an insulated box, of course.

You said:

  • Baked goods — Greenlee’s Bakery cinnamon loaves, Peter’s Bakery burnt almond cake + cream puffs, El Rico Pan Bakery conchas, Pink Elephant pan dulces, and Christine’s Cookie Co. cookies.
  • Hot items — Bertucelli’s La Villa raviolis, Falafel Drive-In sandwich, Lee’s Sandwiches banh mis, La Casita Chilanga tortas, Super Taqueria Super burrito, Sourdough Eatery sandwiches, Mexico Bakery tortas, Original Joe’s chicken Parmesan, egg rolls, tacos from every spot in San Jose, and of course, a bacon-wrapped street hot dog.
  • Sweet treats — Thrifty’s ice cream, Christmas in the Park hot chocolate, Sweet Fix Creamery ice cream, anything from Shue Do manju shop, Treat ice cream, Mike & Niki’s local honey, and a churro from an SJ Giants game.
  • Drinks — A mango margarita mix kit from San Carlos Liquor, a Hennessy bottle, coffee from Academic Coffee, a Michelada party starter, and a blinged-out Buzzball.

Honorable mentions: La Victoria’s orange sauce, Eggo waffles, and a Grandview Restaurant gift certificate.

Images of Sharks gear, Nike Cortez shoes, Sago shorts, a Christmas in the Park hoodie, and an East Side SJ hoodie spilling out of a cardboard box.

Dress like a San Josean.

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🧢 City gear

You may be able to take the local out of San Jose, but never take San Jose out of the local.

You’re sending:

  • The local ensemble — Sago shorts, a pair of Nike Cortez’s, something vintage from Black & Brown, and a Bass Pro Shops hat.
  • SJ-branded attire — A “Rebuilding Day” t-shirt, Christmas in the Park hoodie, San Jose State t-shirt, Sharks merch, an east side or west side San Jose hoodie, a Quakes scarf, and a San Jose Foos cap. (Psst... we also recommend checking our our local shop, Six & Main.)
Images of "Secret San Jose" book, Stephen's Meat Products pin, a Nirvana Soul tote, a lowrider car model, and a San Jose Monopoly game coming out of a cardboard box.

All the San Jose goodies in one box.

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🏙️ San Jose souvenirs + experiences

With all these goodies, the receiver of this package may be inclined to return for a visit — and you got them covered.

You’re providing:

  • Mementos — a “Secret San Jose” book by Cassie Kifer, a Sharks tumbler, models of the historic electric light tower + lowrider cars, a San Jose Monopoly board game, Winchester Mystery House merch, a SJSU keychain, Preservation Action Council of San Jose’s enamel pins, art from Le Petit Elephant, Nirvana Soul merch, and a Quakes game giveaway item.
  • Local experiences — A guide to San Jose murals + tickets to the Winchester Mystery House, a Quakes game, Broadway San Jose shows, a local art museum, Happy Hollow, a Sharks game, a SJSU athletic event, and New Ballet shows.

Honorable mentions: A playlist with Traxamillion + Los Tigres Del Norte hits, a Calderon’s Tires gift card, keys to a 64 Impala, directions to the flea market, an E-40 sticker, a FasTrak, and water from Dottie’s pond.
Though it seems you have covered almost everything in this city, is there anything else you’d add to our growing list of ideas? Let us know.

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