‘Tis the season to throw down a surplus of cash or test the limits of your credit card to buy gifts for your family, friends, co-workers, bosses, frenemies, neighbors, car mechanic, yoga instructor, bartender, or anyone else you want to shower with recognition and appreciation.
We get it – the holidays are stressful, expensive, and you just want them to be over. Finding gifts easily tops the most grueling part of the holiday’s list, and finding something that won’t just be another box under the tree, but truly bring joy and delight to its recipient, seems like an impossible task.
We thought instead of recap the work we did this year (which was a lot) or the places we traveled (another big list) or the top trends for 2019 (there are journalists for that), we would build a mostly local gift guide with suggestions from our diverse and super cool staff to hopefully make your last minute shopping as pleasant as it can.
Mind, Body, and Soul
As Ashley and Jessica would both agree, most working women and men don’t take enough time for self-care and preservation. That’s why they recommend purchasing your overworked and under-pampered loved ones a Spa Life Membership at Dolce Vita!
For $75/mo you can choose between a 60-min massage or a 60-min facial. It’s a six-month commitment, but who doesn’t want a gift that keeps on giving?! They have other packages and perks – check them out here.
If you’ve ever seen Abbi’s Instagram, you know she’s a hot springer. It’s more than just a hobby—she and Ty have built a lifestyle around it. Therefore, her contribution to the gift guide is to take a little bit of that soul and culture with you through Black Rock Mud. Direct from the source, Black Rock Mud has plenty of great stocking stuffers you can order online.
If you love beer as much as we do – and believe us, we have everything from the causal appreciator to the deep connoisseur – then look no further than two of our favorite brew makers, Imbib and Brewer’s Cabinet.
Brewer’s Cabinet offers the benefit of beer, food, and amazing swag—imagine what a hit you’d be by getting your out-of-town relatives a Tahoe Beer shirt—and Imbib not only makes some of the best beer in town but also has killer swag to pair with it.
Buy Brewer’s Cabinet gift cards and merch online. For the beer at both places, you gotta head down to 475 S Arlington Ave. or 785 E 2nd St. Good to note these are also great places to take your holiday visitors for food and drinks!
If you ask AJ, he will tell you that his favorite stocking stuffer is the best of two worlds, and that’s why he would add the Cannabrew Coffee to the gift list for adults over the age of 21. Available at the Greenleaf Wellness dispensary, AJ says it’s perfect for a weekend of deep cleaning or creative tinkering.
Fashion! Turn to the local (but still to the left, too!)
Lauren doesn’t get to come to town often, but when she does, makes sure to hit up her favorite local boutique for trendy outerwear. Chic and affordable boots, jackets, and, of course, accessories, abound at Sierra Belle, and they even offer a $5 gift wrapping service for in-store and online orders! Visit their website for fashion inspiration galore and stop by their store located at 726 South Virginia Street.
For small batch outerwear locally based and regionally made, Caroline looks no further than Deso Supply Co. Authentic, functional, and darn cool looking, check out their online store for holiday specials!
Creative Gifts for Creative Minds
In need of a unique and funky gift for the unique and funky person in your life? We can’t think of a better option than Natural Selection. As they perfectly put it, the odd and beautiful deserve a place in our lives. For those who appreciate taxidermy, natural specimens/art, fine and odd plant specimens, and scientific collections of bones and skulls, get down to their storefront at 39 Saint Lawrence Avenue or order online at their website. And if you don’t believe us, Constance will introduce you to her little friend for a further recommendation.
For the bookworm in your life, Dylan suggets a trip to Sundance Books and Music, located on California Avenue in midtown. From mystery thrillers to juicy thrillers to engaging nonfiction, this local independent bookstore has everything for that person who always seems to have their nose in a book. Or if music is what drives their inspiration, Sundance also features a great mix of classic and contemporary records on vinyl, perfect for igniting that creative spark in our favorite music lovers.
Tattoo shops aren’t just for tattoos – they’re home to artists that create amazing works for home and office display. Caroline suggests you check out TwoFold Tattoo for their art, swag, and the Waxmoth ceramics.
There you have it. And if you’re shopping is already done, you can always consider donating to one of the awesome nonprofit organizations in town and give a gift to the community. Here are a few suggestions from the staff:
- Holland Project
- SPCA of Northern Nevada
- Our Center
- Soulful Seeds
- Sierra Nevada Journeys
- Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows
- Volunteers of America Northern Nevada
Have a great break and we’ll see you in 2019. Cheers!
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