6 suggestions for local last-minute gifts

6 suggestions for local last-minute gifts


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SALT LAKE CITY — Are you still stuck on what to get those last people on your list?

To help take some of the stress out of squeezing in the rest of your shopping on the day before Christmas Eve, we’ve made a list of local products or shops.

Provo Christmas Concerts album

Give this $10 album of Christmas music to a friend and Provo City will give the proceeds from your purchase to the United Way’s Sub for Santa program.

The album was a collaboration between the city, downtown businesses and local musicians. It is available for purchase at Provo’s 311 desk at 351 West Center, Utah Valley Chamber Office, Velour, Block 100 Antiques, Unhinged, Foxglove, Sodalicious, and Los Hermanos. It can also be purchased online and picked up at the United Way’s office before 5 p.m. Tuesday and between 8:30 a.m. and noon.


This locally owned store recently opened a second location in Provo, convenient for both Salt Lake and Utah county residents. The stores are open until 9 p.m.

While the store fuses new and vintage pieces, its local offerings is where this store shines.

Employees recommended the silverware jewelry — made by local artists Steve and Joni Bateman — for an eclectic gift.

Purring Buddha’s soaps and body scrubs make an excellent gift for a host or hostess after a long evening of entertaining. Mieke Okamura makes her products with natural, organic, fair trade, sustainable, eco-friendly and locally sourced ingredients.

Products like Unhinged’s selection of socks, gloves and beanies make good (and cozy!) stocking stuffers, as well.

The shop’s favorites, however, are those with a cause. The Sugar House store stocks Sugar Hoodies, which came out of a Westminster College design contest. Portion of proceeds from the sweatshirts go to the school’s student scholarship fund. The Provo store carries the city’s Provo Rocks T-shirts and the proceeds of the purchase go to Sub for Santa.

Sugar House: 2165 S. Highland Drive Provo: 16 W. Center Street, Provo


Local foodstuffs — Harmons or Whole Foods

Christmas brings a lot of sweet treats, but your friends or family may appreciate a savory, creamy and filling snack instead. Enter: cheese baskets.

Buy a basket and fill it with creamy Beehive cheeses, Wanship-based PepperLane jalapeno jelly and freshly made breads from the bakery.

Both Harmons and Whole Foods carry both products and have bakeries that make artisan breads.

Rowley’s Red Barn

Rowley’s Red Barn has been a familiar fixture in Utah County for several decades. The business offers a variety of fruit products that are all locally grown on its South Ridge Farms and several surrounding orchards.

During the holiday season, Rowley’s Red Barn offers customizable gift baskets with their made-from-scratch foods. The gift baskets (or gift boxes, depending on how big you want it) can include fruit syrups, jam, candied popcorn, fruit butters, muffin or pancake mixes and fudge made right on the premises.

People can call, visit the website or walk in to order any products. Red Rawley’s Barn will be open until 8 p.m. Tuesday for any last-minute shoppers.

Santaquin: 901 S. 300 West Washington City: 25 N. 300 West

Thanksgiving Point Emporium ===========================

A wide selection of locally-made products are sold at the Thanksgiving Point Emporium. Currently, the Emporium has fresh fudge made at Thanksgiving Point and patrons receive a quarter pound free after purchasing a pound. Locally produced salt water taffy and delicious Utah Truffles are also sold at the Emporium.

If you would rather gift something salty, Woods Cross-based Manuel Fine Food’s chips are available along with salsa from Probst Farms in Heber.

If you have friends or family with babies or toddlers, the locally-made SweetnSwag leather moccasins and accessories make a trendy present. If you can’t make it to the Thanksgiving Point Emporium, the SweetnSwag products can also be bought online.

The Thanksgiving Point Emporium will be open until 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Big Cartel pop-up shop

For the art lover on your list, check out the Big Cartel pop-up shop in downtown SLC. They've curated unique prints and gifts from their favorite local artists. The talent on display is incredible and all the sales go back to the independent artists.

Open until 7 p.m. Christmas Eve at 163 S. Main, Salt Lake City.


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