Shopping local for the holidays has (at least) two very positive outcomes:
1) The giver has satisfaction of knowing they are supporting their community
2) The receiver is aware of the extra thought and patience put into finding the perfect gift
Below I have curated my favorite finds from local stores, artisans, and brands.
1. Firebirds Chile Co. Bloody Mary Mix
Edgier than their farmers market friends, the father and son duo behind Firebirds Chile Co. now offers cocktail mixes. Available in Bloody Maria and Verde Maria (in red and green, respectively… and festively), the mix is to be combined with vodka, tequila or your favorite cerveza to make Christmas morning even more magical.
2. Beehive Bitters Company Seasonal Bitters from the Boozetique
The Boozetique specializes in Wine & Cocktail accessories for both enthusiasts and professionals. This time of year they also offer the hugely popular Bourbon Barrel Aged Caramelized Orange bitters by Beehive Bitters Company. Pick one up for yourself while you’re at it.
3. The Sergeant Apron from Saint Anthony Industries
The Sergeant Apron is well suited for baristas, mechanics, machinists, chefs, bartenders, and anyone serious about taking their craft to the next level while (just as importantly) looking the part. Carefully riveted and leather worked by hand in their SLC workshop, the apron is a testament to Saint Anthony Industries standard of quality.
4. Amour Spreads Jam & Marmalade
A jar of Apricot Rose jam paired with an Amour Cafe gift card is my go-to – especially for holiday parties with a festive gift swap game.
5. The Wylder “ShortStack” Adventure Mug
Local Company, Wylder, dedicates itself to finding and supplying products of the highest quality with the lowest negative environmental impact. In their latest collaboration with Stanley, they offer a well-sized mug perfect for coffee, oatmeal, and even sea salt drinking chocolate.
6. Camp Chef Stove
We make it a goal to eat even better in the woods than at home. Many a Greek omelet and garlic burger have been crafted on our Camp Chef. Although you can find the trusty stove offered by many national distributors, they are headquartered in Hyde Park, Utah.
7 & 8. Barebones Living Camping Accessories
The only entertainment you need is a deck of cards and this set is quite sharp. For games that go into the night, take advantage the Beacon light‘s dimming feature to create some ambiance.
9. An Orchid from Orchid Dynasty
No need to wrap (which is great considering my adversity to the craft) an orchid from Salt Lake’s Orchid Dynasty. It is a great time of year for the Oncidium (featured) which blooms with tall spikes in an array of colors and exotic patterns. While you can order online, I recommend visiting their store in the 9th & 9th area to see the full selection of plants and pots.
10. A Previously Loved Book from Weller Book Works
I have this theory that the best gifts find the giver at the right time. Weller Book Works must work in tandem with the universe to read my tea-leaves and fuel this fanciful notion. I always have success here. My best find: a vintage (1957) Architectural Digest magazine for my sister. When gifting, I prefer large coffee table books – the more obscure the better.
11. An Amethyst Heart from Turiya’s
A stone of contentment, Amethyst encourages flexibility in decisions and helps temperament. After receiving one for our wedding, we practically decorated our entire living room around it, which, as you would suspect, was a smooth process. If you’re looking for a gift with meaning, Turiya’s offers many beautiful options.
12. An Artisan Keepsake from Atelier
Atelier is a store + studio that features the work of four very talented ladies. Owners Malinda Fisher (of Desert Rose Jewelry) and Olivia Henrie (of Innerspacism) run the space as a Co-Op with artists Chloe Monson and Amanda Maer. Visit their store on Pierpont Avenue to be reminded of how inspiring and personal local art can feel. Featured: cowgirl embroidery by Chloe Monson.