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Gift Guide 2012 Page 3

100 gift ideas from over 60 local shops

By Rachel Piper
Posted // November 21,2012 -

Gazelle Head Coat Hook $28

Get the regal look of a wild-game trophy in your home without the uneasy knowledge that there’s a dead animal on your wall. It also doubles as a coat/purse hook.
Squack Doodle,, and at Craft Sabbath Holiday Boutique, Dec. 2 & Dec. 9, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City

Fasta Pasta Microwave Cooker $9.99
Now your favorite carb-loader can have perfectly cooked pasta anywhere—at the office, in a dorm, even on a boat (if there’s a microwave on that boat). The lid includes holes for measuring spaghetti servings and straining. It really works!
Smith & Edwards, 3936 N. 2000 West, Ogden, 801-731-1120,

The Avenues of Salt Lake City $29.95

Originally published in 1980 when the Avenues was established as a historic district, this new edition includes 600 new photos, along with history and architectural information about the homes. Organized by street, it’s the perfect book for Avenues residents and fans to pore over.
Weller Book Works, 607 E. 600 South, Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, 801-328-2586,

License Plate Sign $99

Ditch the oppressive clock and simplify your day with this rustic sign, made from authentic recycled license plates.
Right at Home, 1745 Bonanza Drive, Park City, 435-658-2111,

Illumination Stakes $26

Crystals inside a hand-blown glass globe capture light during the day and emit an eerie glow for hours once darkness falls. These stakes are great for illuminating a path to the garden or enhancing a house’s spooky reputation among the meddling neighborhood kids.
Red Butte Garden Gift Shop, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, 801-581-4747,

Dammit Doll $13.95

It’s no longer socially acceptable to throw a glass ashtray at the wall (barely missing your incompetent assistant/philandering husband/innocent bystander) when angry. Nor is it cost-efficient to install a punching bag inside your office. So what’s a rage-filled person to do? Here enters the Dammit Doll, an ugly little creature that’ll happily take a proxy beating: Just grasp by the legs and slam it down while you shout “dammit” or your curse word of preference.
Hip & Humble, Multiple locations,

Embroidered Utah Pillow $155
No tacky shot glass or thimble, this hand-embroidered pillow makes the perfect souvenir for an out-of-town visitor or relocated Utahn.
The Queen Bee, 270 25th St., Ogden, 801-791-0241

Orion Skyquest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope $299.95

For less than the price of a new laptop, you can bring the galaxies home with this telescope, perfect for backyard astronomers and the whole family. See the moon and planets in breathtaking, up-close detail, as well as sparkling star clusters, cloudy nebulas and galaxies far, far away.
Clark Planetarium Gift Shop, 110 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City, 801-456-7827,

Peck’s Vanilla $6-$10

Know someone with a super-human sweet tooth? These handcrafted, vanilla-infused sugars (powdered, granulated and raw) and vanilla extract (with 33 percent more vanilla beans than required by the FDA) will add an extra kick to cookies, pastries, breakfast, coffee—anything you can think of, really.
Peck’s Vanilla,, and at Craft Sabbath Holiday Boutique, Dec. 2 & Dec. 9, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City

Urban Mixed Media $50

Beth Fischer (as Patiri Photography) has a well-honed skill for capturing the elements of urban life in Salt Lake City. At once gritty and beautiful, her work brings new dimension to the walls of studio apartments, condos and suburban homes.
The Hive Gallery, Layton Hills Mall, 1201 N. Hill Field Road, Layton

Steady Sticks $14-$18

Protect the booze at all costs! These stakes will hold wine bottles and glasses firmly in the ground, even if you might be a little unsteady while picnicking or enjoying an outdoor concert. Now, if only there were a way to permanently attach a glass of wine to one’s arm …
Red Butte Garden Gift Shop, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, 801-581-4747,

Retro Composition Books $5

Before hip-hop, sex ed and the guvment started messin’ everything up, kids was just kids, and they all had a few of these. Modeled after vintage American composition books, these notebooks are just 20 pages each, so they’re perfect for bringing personality to even short-term work projects.
The Library Store, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 801-524-8238

Tarot Card Soap Dish $14
Clean hands are in the cards for your giftee this Christmas. Add a sense of mysticism and destiny to his bathroom with a colorful soap dish printed with a classic tarot-card design. Just remember that for centuries, painted tarot cards were reserved for the upper class, so make sure the recipient is worthy.
Tabula Rasa, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-575-5043,

Yarn Mosaic $10

Psychedelic and recycled—recylcodelic? Rachelle Smith saves the scraps of yarn left over from her crocheting projects, then glues them to the pane of glass in a frame so you can enjoy the swirls of colors with your fingers as well as your eyes.
Hook’d,, and at Craft Sabbath Holiday Boutique, Dec. 2 & Dec. 9, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City

Earthly Body Miracle Oil $11.99
It’s magic in a bottle. This combination of hemp seed, tea tree and vitamin E oils soothes razor burn, calms sunburns and even vanquishes more serious problems like scars, insect bites, athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. Give it to a calamity-prone friend to stash in a desk or purse.
Got Beauty, 900 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-474-2090,

Pro-Con Journal $12.95
Give the habitual worrier in your life some peace of mind this holiday season. This handy notebook provides space to jot down up to 20 each of pros and cons for dilemmas ranging in urgency from low to high. Once the decision has been made, he can check the "problem solved" box and feel a brief sense of satisfaction before moving on to the next problem.
Cabin Fever, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-363-0828,

Sake Set $33
Even if he dismisses sake as tasting like warmed-up cough syrup, he probably still enjoys comical smiling cats—and if he doesn’t, why is he even in your life? This set features the traditional Japanese lucky cat in all shapes, colors and sizes and will bring good fortune (and maybe good taste) to his table.
Dancing Crane Imports, 673 Simpson Ave. (2240 South), Salt Lake City, 801-486-1129,

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