Holiday gift guide, with a Vegas twist

The holiday season is upon us and with that comes shopping for all the people on your list. As you know, I found home in Las Vegas, but my family and in-laws live in other states all over the country. This means I do most of my shopping online. Lucky for me, I can combine my desire to buy local from great shops in Vegas with my online shopping. And I’m sharing a few of my favs with you!

For handmade jewelry & a lot more: Silver Post

This family owned, local business can tick a lot of boxes on your shopping list. Do you want authentic, handmade jewelry by Native American artisans, many of them women? Done. Do you want a smudging kit or chakra crystals for your bestie who’s obsessed with finding her zen? Done. Do you want a custom-ordered knife or belt buckle for your dad? Done. Do you want sterling silver jewelry for your sister with a nickel allergy? Done. The knowledgeable staff at Silver Post’s two local stores — at Town Square and Downtown Summerlin — can hook you up. If you’re shopping online, check out their website for in-stock items and more at

For chocolate lovers: Ethel M

While technically owned by M&M Mars, Ethel M is a delightful gem for Vegas Valley locals. Their factory in Henderson boasts delicious premium chocolates, where you can also watch them being made on a tour. Outside, there is a huge desert botanical garden that is free and open to visitors year-round. At the holidays, all of the hundreds of cacti are laced with lights and Santa visits for photos. If you’re looking for a fun way to keep the chocolate flowing at home, I suggest the Ethel M advent calendar, which you can customize with the candy of your choice. Check it out online at

For sports fans: Vegas Golden Knights

Las Vegas’ first major sports franchise is off to a pretty good inaugural season so far. We are a unique city in that many of our 40+ million annual visitors feel the city is as much theirs as the residents do. If you’ve got a hockey lover on your list, give them a piece of history from the Vegas Golden Knights. How often can you say you have merch from the inaugural season of a brand new team? Check out official merch here

For Las Vegas history fans: The Neon Museum

One of the most iconic parts of this city’s identity is our neon. Now, thanks to the work of historians at the Neon Museum downtown, we have a curated showcase of our neon past and present. You can tour the outdoor museum on your next visit — it’s just up the road from the Las Vegas Strip. And if you want to add a little Vegas bling to your gift giving, why not give a neon-inspired tree ornament? My favorite is the slipper. They also have great vintage Vegas t-shirts and books. Check it out

Vegas Strong

For those who want to donate to help the victims of the #1October shooting, there’s a variety of #VegasStrong stuff being produced, including stickers, shirts, and art. Hometown corporate giant Zappos’ CrowdRise Victims’ Fund is doubling contributions from Vegas Strong items sold through Proceeds are also being matched by local businesses and the art is being produced by local artists. We have a huge heart in this town and you can be a part of it.

As always, these are my personal recommendations. Nothing in this post has been paid for or sponsored.

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Photo credits: Emmily Bristol and courtesy art.

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