By Baylie Evans, Writer

November 7, 2018


Shop Wyoming for the Holidays

The Christmas Countdown has begun and there are just seven weekends left before the big day. It’s time to make your lists and start your quests for those perfect gifts.  

But listen, we get it! You want to shop locally; you want to contribute to your community and support your hardworking neighbors. But the season goes by in a blink, and before you know it, you’re scrambling for last-minute things (anything!) at those big-box stores. So, this year, we present a Holiday Shopper’s Guide to Wyoming-made products that make terrific, unique gifts that can even be shipped directly to your loved ones. Easy, thoughtful and way more fun than spending Christmas Eve scrambling under those bright florescent lights. 

Each week of the season, we will be adding a profile on a different Wyoming company that makes unique giftable items to this guide. We could go blue in the face telling you about all the benefits of shopping from Wyoming companies – dollars that stay in our towns pay our residents, keep our prices down, feed our kids, fix our roads, add to our culture and diversify our economy. Instead, we’ll let your neighbors – the artisans and shop owners themselves – tell you what it means to them to have your holiday business, and tell you what makes their products worth that moment of extra effort. Stay tuned. 

 

 For the coffee, beer or wine lover: 

Snowy Coffee   Black Brewery   Table Mtn
Snowy Elk Coffee Company — Cheyenne’s first and only local, high-altitude coffee roastery, made from beans originating from small, sustainable farms all over the world. Flavors such as Vedauwoo Moon, Leave No Trace and Campfire are inspired by the business owners’ love of Wyoming adventures and crafted to represent balance in flavor and life. Natural coffee flavors are highlighted through the craft-roasting process without added flavoring or fillers. The company offers national shipping, free local delivery three days per week and a coffee subscription club with fresh-roasted coffee delivered to your door each month.   Black Tooth Brewing Company — Craft microbrewery opened in 2010 at the base of the Bighorn Mountains in Sheridan and completed a multi-million dollar expansion in 2015. Beer is available regionally, and edgy merchandise such as 64 oz. drink tanks, t-shirts, hats, glassware, stickers and gift cards are available online.   Table Mountain Vineyards — Located near Huntley, Table Mountain Vineyards began on the Zimmerer family farm (which was established in 1926) after a “research project gone wild,” according to the company website. Patrick Zimmerer was finishing a senior thesis project at the University of Wyoming and convinced his family to plant 300 grapevines on the farm as an experiment. The family has since grown the vineyard to nearly 10 acres and 10,000 vines of 12 different varieties. In 2004, the family entered the University of Wyoming College of Business 10K Business Plan Competition, from which they won $10,000 to establish a winery. They have since added a Paint-and-Sip studio. Today, they offer a variety of fruit-forward wines made from 100 percent Wyoming-grown products. Wine can be purchased from their website and shipped – with an adult signature required at delivery – to most states. Call 307-459-0233 for state-specific rules and to order. 

 

 For the Kids: 

Rusty   Everything from Erin   Table Mtn
Rusty the Ranch Horse — Sweet, rhyming children’s books written and illustrated in beautiful watercolor by a mother-daughter team in Evansville. The books focus on Rusty, a real working ranch horse and the lessons he teaches about hard work, courage and cowboy ethics. Books are for sale on the website, Facebook page and Amazon, as well as several retail stores in Wyoming.     Everything by Erin — From her home in Lusk, Erin creates hand-sewn creations with a western flair such as car seat covers, crib blankets and colorful stick horses with tons of personality. Contact her via Facebook or order online.     Teton Craft Works — Unique, challenging, handcrafted wooden puzzles in wildlife shapes made in Jackson. Suitable for both kids and adults. Order online.  

 

 For the Foodie/Sweet Tooth: 

Serendipity   Zaps   Donells
Serendipity Confections —Serendipity Confections’ sweets are handmade in historic downtown Laramie at 7,200 feet. Wrapped caramels may be the most popular, but don't miss them covered in chocolate, or new dessert sauces in flavors like Classic Caramel and Fudge. Ships nationwide with free ground shipping for orders over $50 within the US.     Zap’s Smoke Shack — Authentic cheese cold-smoked in Powell. Packages with elk, venison, buffalo and beef summer sausages and crackers are availableperfect as gifts or for serving at holiday parties. Shipping available nationwide.    Donells Candies —Handcrafting truffles, toffees and candies in Casper since 1956 with a wide variety of delicious gift boxes and products. Nationwide shipping available. Order online.  

 

 For the Art Lover: 

WyldmanWyldman Metal Art – A back injury forced welder Matthew Hickman to look for work away from the pipelines, but he still wanted to put his welding skills to work. He creates metal artwork like flowers, home décor and signage out of his grandfather’s garage in Torrington. He crafts and paints each piece by hand and sells his work online and at craft and art shows across the state. He takes custom orders and ships nationwide.  

 For the Gamer: 

Flying EagleFlying Eagle Gallery – Along with unique clocks, jewelry, art supplies, framing and memorabilia, the Flying Eagle in Thermopolis has a wide selection of roleplaying and table games and accessories like Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering, Catan and WarHammer 40K. Shipping is available nationwide. 

 

 

 

 

 

 For the Golfer: 

Jade puttersWyoming Jade Putters – Custom putters made in Cheyenne from gorgeous Wyoming Nephrite Jade that provides an extremely consistent feel from the ball to your hands. Laser engraving and custom head covers are available. Email sales@jadeputters.com to order. 

 

 

 

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