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Next Great American Novelist Starter Kit $596
There’s something about writing with a fountain pen that lets the creativity flow as smooth as scented ink on silk-laid paper. Nurture their inner Hemingway with a Graf Von Faber-Castell fountain pen, made from finely textured pernambuco wood (used in making violins), J. Herbin ink and a smyth-sewn, lie-flat notebook imported from Japan.
Tabula Rasa, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-575-5043,TabulaRasaStationers.com
Bike Cell Phone Holder $25
Texting and driving is unsafe, but when you’re cycling, it’s totally kosher, right? This mount attaches to the handlebars and fits every kind of smartphone (not just Apple), so she doesn’t lose track of what’s important (Words With Friends) in the bike lane, on the sidewalk or coasting down the HPER Highway at the University of Utah.
Bingham Cyclery, Multiple locations, BinghamCyclery.com
Art Boxes $25+
It’s not always bad to think inside the box, especially when that box features the iconic art of Leia Bell. Even if he’s run out of space on the walls, he’ll have room for local art with one of these handcrafted wood boxes, perfect for … well, whatever he wants to put in it. It’s none of our business.
Signed & Numbered Frame Shop & Gallery, 2320 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-596-2093, Signed-Numbered.com
Day of the Week Clips $5
Send a hint to a messy co-worker and help her get a handle on her paperwork with these clothespins, which can be used to prioritize and keep tabs on tasks for the week ahead.
Maison Confiserie & Boutique, 1291 S. 1100 East, 801-953-0334, BoutiqueDeMaison.com
Mugging Cake in a Cup $2.29
Show your appreciation to the cute neighbor who lent you that cup of sugar with a tasty gift—no slaving over the oven necessary. With locally made Shirley J mixes, all you’ll need to make a single serving of chocolate brownie or yellow cake is water and a mug.
For Your Kitchen, 772 E. 700 South, Clearfield, 801-866-1111, FYKitchen.com
Raven Platter $450
Poe called the raven a “grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore.” Suzanne Storer’s fluid brushwork brings the haunting “Nevermore” bird to life, with vibrant red splotches adding a sense of violent beauty.
Utah Artist Hands, 61 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-355-0206, UtaHands.com
F Bomb Paperweight $45
This subtle paperweight can help the boss express what needs to be said without breaking workplace conduct rules.
Sugarpost, 80 W. Truman Ave., Salt Lake City, 801-832-9235, Sugarpost.com
TV Dinner Tray $9.99
Growing up doesn’t mean leaving picky eating behind. This microwave-, oven- and dishwasher-safe dish keeps the gravy from contaminating the peas and brings lighthearted nostalgia to any meal, whether served in front of the tube or in your stately dining room.
Spoons ‘n Spice, 4700 S. 900 East, No. 45, Salt Lake City, 801-263-1898, SpoonsNSpice.com
Yankz Laces $8.99
Getting to the gym or trail is hard enough without adding the stress and time it takes to tie and untie those pesky shoelaces. The simple plastic cordlock lace system keeps laces tight and ensures untied laces won’t cause a clumsy fall.
Salt Lake Running Company, Multiple locations, SaltLakeRunningCo.com
Kiler Grove Wine & Gift Basket, $12-$26 & $30-$100
Everyone packs on some pounds during the holidays—they may as well be local pounds. First, buy a gift basket from Kiler Grove Winegrowers packed with Utah offerings like Butcher’s Bunches Preserves, Millcreek Cacao Chocolate, Beehive Cheese, Samak Smoke House Jerky, Grandma Sandino Garlic and a couple of Kiler Grove wine glasses. Then (in a separate transaction, thanks to Utah liquor laws), buy a bottle or two of Kiler Grove wine and let the folks at Kiler arrange it into one enviable package.
Kiler Grove Winegrowers, 53 W. Truman Ave., Salt Lake City, 801-746-0977, KilerGroveWines.com
Wasatch/Squatters Beer Growler $12.29
Cousin Larry thinks he’s so cool for picking up a 12-pack of domestic beer on the way over—make sure you show him up with growlers from the Beer Store. Each holds 64 ounces, and you can fill up with Wasatch and Squatters varieties that you can’t get at the liquor store, like the spicy Jalepeño Cream Ale.
The Beer Store, 1763 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 801-466-8855, UtahBeers.com/beer-store.html
Building Stories $50
Chris Ware’s “graphic novel” is actually a box filled to the brim with pamphlets, comic strips, books, fold-out boards, and even a newspaper, all telling the decades-long, interconnected stories of four ordinary people living in the same Chicago apartment complex. The cartoon format allows the tiny jumbled details of a life to take center stage as the reader puzzles over the nonlinear stories. No two people will experience Building Stories the same way.
The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, 801-484-9100, KingsEnglish.com
Hatch Family Chocolates $9-$75
A box of chocolates might seem like a foolproof gift. It is—especially if you get it from the right place. Step away from the grocery store and head to Hatch Family Chocolates, where the chocolates are hand-dipped in a multitude of decadent, addicting varieties, like the peanut-butter truffles, topped with Mediterranean sea salt. Bring a box to the Christmas party and watch them disappear, with nary a half-eaten chocolate to be seen.
Hatch Family Chocolates, 376 Eighth Ave., Salt Lake City, 801-532-4912, HatchFamilyChocolates.com
Even your sister-in-law’s stainless-steel appliances won’t be able to resist these playful magnets—mustaches, gingerbread men, cookies and more.
JoJo’s Creations, JenOnFire.com, and at Craft Sabbath Holiday Boutique, Dec. 2 & Dec. 9, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City
Vintage Accordion Boxes $20+
The compulsive organizer in your life will love these vintage boxes, a vast improvement on generic plastic storage. Unsightly or little-used items can be tucked away out of sight, while the stylish boxes serve as decorative accents, to boot.
The Old Flamingo, 3474 S. 2300 East, Salt Lake City, 801-274-3474, TheOldFlamingo.com
Birch Gift Boxes $3.75-$12.95
These lightweight birch boxes are the gift that keep on giving. Tuck presents large (a bottle of wine) or small (jewelry, cookies) into one of these ingenious round boxes, which can later be used for storage or decoration.
Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery Inc., 3295 S. 2000 East, Salt Lake City, 801-467-8770, EvergreenGallery.com