Thu, Nov 25, 2021 (2 a.m.)

Nevada is home to some of the most incredible adventures and experiences in the country. It’s also home to many artists, craftspeople and small-business owners. This year, embrace these local makers by browsing our holiday shopping guide, featuring experiences and goods that will please everyone on your list.

Experience gift: DTLV Art Walk This tour will show you much of the incredible street art that Downtown Las Vegas has to offer, including a variety of mural styles, like graffiti, stencil, wheat paste and more.

  • Happy Ending Chocolate: After a day exploring Downtown, indulge in artisanal chocolate and the best ice cream tacos in the Valley.
  • Linen & Lace: This colorful, dreamy jewelry is handmade in Las Vegas and sure to stand out.
  • Taste Buzz Food Tours: Following the Art Walk, refuel with a Taste Buzz Food Tour. They have one focused on Fremont Street and one focused on the Arts District.
  • Hdizzle Designs: Does all that art make you want to bring home a one-of-a-kind piece? Check out HDizzle Designs for paintings, wood burnings, mosaics and more.
  • Local Oasis: Explore an array of locally made gifts—including home goods, clothing, accessories and more, in this sunny, Arts District boutique.

Experience gift: Clearly Tahoe Kayaking Tours Of all the spectacular ways to experience Lake Tahoe—and there are many—Clearly Tahoe Kayaking Tours may rank among the most memorable. The transparent kayaks give you the opportunity to paddle through Tahoe’s clear-blue waters while watching it unfold beneath you.

  • Battle Born Beekinis: Designed by women with body positivity in mind, these Reno-made swimsuits are ideal for any on-the-water Nevada adventure.
  • Otteson Bros. Turquoise Mine Tours: Mine your own turquoise in the Great Basin Desert—an ideal gift for anyone who appreciates both the experience and the end-product.
  • Sierra Sage Designs: Maybe mining isn’t your style—in that case, check out Sierra Sage Designs instead. This one-of-a-kind jewelry inspired by Nevada’s desert vibes will make you feel even more connected to our landscape.
  • Moment Skis: Love Tahoe and Lee Canyon but prefer them in the winter? Hello, Moment Skis. These skis are produced in Reno in small batches.
  • Bently Heritage Estate Distillery: This Minden-based distillery, just a hop-skip from Lake Tahoe, sustainably grows grain before milling (in a 100-year-old mill) and distilling on-site. The final product is a variety of ultra-premium, Nevada-flavored spirits that any connoisseur will love.

Experience gift: Desert Adventures Kayak Tours, Lake Las Vegas Water Sports, Lake Mead Cruises This isn’t one experience—it’s three different companies and three unique ways to explore Lake Mead. Luckily, you can’t go wrong with any of them.;;

  • Tahoe Timber: Handcrafted, sustainable wooden sunglasses and other accessories are basically made for a day at the lake.
  • Star Village Coffee: Warm up for a day on the lake with Star Village coffee. Paiute-owned and operated, Star Village boasts a variety of different beans from all over the world.
  • Strange Bikinis: More sustainable, woman-owned swimwear from Northern Nevada. Strange Bikinis are hand-sewn and made for all body types.
  • E.T. Fresh Jerky: Made right outside Area 51, this jerky is ideal for any on-the-go activity.
  • Las Vegas Rail Explorers: Passing through Boulder City to get to Lake Mead? Check out the pedal-powered Southwest Roundup Rail Explorer Tour.

Experience gift: Nevada State Parks Pass The ultimate experience-based gift? One that offers endless adventure and infinite possibility? A Nevada State Parks Pass is the gift that keeps on giving.

  • Tranquili-Tea Organic: This mother/daughter-owned business in Las Vegas sells 75-plus varieties of fine teas that will make you feel as tranquil as a day in nature.
  • Home Means Nevada Co.: Wear your state pride in our state parks!
  • Splice Clothing: Specializing in reversible travel clothing, Splice offers high-quality athletic wear, travel gear and more.
  • Travel Nevada Customize-it-Yourself Gift Certificate (Silver State Golden Ticket): Gift someone the ultimate open-ended passport. Print out and wrap up Travel Nevada’s customizable Silver State Golden Ticket, good for a Nevada excursion of your choosing with no expiration date—a great option when you don’t know the specific dates or details.

Other ideas

  • Art by Leela: Las Vegas local artist Leela makes one-of-a-kind resin pieces for the home.
  • Town Cutler: Using handcrafted techniques and premium materials, Town Cutler specializes in high-end culinary knives that will last a lifetime. This is an ideal gift for anyone who loves the kitchen.
  • Jimmy Beans Wool: Get into crafting with Jimmy Beans Wool—they carry a selection of yarn, knitting needles, crochet supplies and more.

Read up on interesting Nevada tales: Two books that make thoughtful gifts are The Complete Nevada Traveler by David W. Toll and Odyssey of a Ghost Town Explorer by Eric Cachinero.

Beyond maps and wraps: The gift of charitable giving encompasses everything important about the holidays. Friends of Gold Butte, Save Red Rock, Protectors of Tule Springs, and Friends of Nevada Wilderness are some Nevada conservation organizations that are deserving of your time and money.

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