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 silverpostusa.com.

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 ethelm.com.

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 shop.nhl.com/Vegas_Golden_Knights_Gear.

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 neonmuseum.org.

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 creativecollabs.co/vegas. 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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