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Local Gift Guide 2014 

Picks from Utah's fabulous shops to fulfill every holiday wish

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Oreo Dipr, $3.95
Forget the twist-off method—the milk-dunk is, hands-down, the best way to eat an Oreo. And it's a crying shame to waste any morsel with an overlong dunk that sends half the sandwich cookie to the bottom of the glass to turn into mush, but that's near-impossible to avoid—till now. The Dipr cradles an Oreo by its filling, achieving the perfect milky softness sans sticky fingers or fumbled cookies. Give one to your favorite dunker, but don't be surprised if he fills up on Oreos and ruins his appetite before Christmas dinner.
Bloomingsales, 1358 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-583-9117, ShopBloomingsales.com



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Log Cabin Throw, $130
This appropriately named blanket, made from Australian wool, looks like something that rich college friend of yours would keep in his family's lake house. Well, even not-so-rich friends deserve a big (60 inches by 90 inches) all-purpose blanket that's thick and rugged enough to keep in the trunk of the car for impromptu picnics, and pretty enough to come inside and be on the furniture.
Bohem, 623 S. State, Salt Lake City, 385-202-7517, Bohem.co



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Taxidermy Ring, $140
The staring eye in this arresting copper ring by local House of Tenebris looks as though it was freshly plucked from a terrified, unworthy supplicant, and its wearer is sure to command respect tinged with more than a little fear. The eye is apparently fake—the kind used by taxidermists for bobcats and other ferocious creatures—but her office minions don't need to know that.
Tempest Couture, 1305 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City, 801-486-1188, Facebook.com/TempestCouture



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Key Corkscrew/Bottle Opener, $22.95
As utilitarian as it is pretty, this essential tool is both a corkscrew and a bottle opener that looks like it belongs on the desk of an English country gentleman.
Chalk Garden Co-Op, 74 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-364-4032, ChalkGardenCo-Op.com



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Mighty Purse, $99.99-$140
Heading out into the world with a low phone battery is like heading into battle with a broken sword. At some point, the phone screen turns black and vacant, leaving you defenseless, forced to make dull conversation or stare out a window, alone with your thoughts. It's time to protect your loved ones from such a fate. With room for cash and other necessities, this stylish clutch also conceals a powerful battery capable of fully
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charging a phone twice over before it needs to be recharged itself.
Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery Inc., 3295 S. 2000 East, Salt Lake City, 801-467-8770, EvergreenGallery.com

Rainbow Maker, $32
Know a dreamer who's been searching for the rainbow connection? Well, it turns out the rainbows have been there all along. When suctioned to a window that receives full sunlight, this solar-powered spinning crystal splashes the room with color and magic.
The Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-531-9800, TheLeonardo.org







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Sock It To Me Socks, $12.50
Patterned socks often force one to sacrifice comfort and stretch for style, leaving calves indented and itchy. Portland, Ore.-based Sock It To Me makes its socks extra-stretchy, though, so women and men of all sizes
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and tastes (mustaches, cats, lightning bolts, pugs) can show off their stylish gams all day.
Retro Betty, 2821 S. 2300 East, Salt Lake City, 801-467-2222, Facebook.com/RetroBettySLC

Dog Ornaments, $24
The most unexpected folks have major soft spots in their hearts for their slobbering four-legged companions. Even the most stoic of men won't be able to resist a smile when he spies a glass ornament on the tree that pays tribute to his beloved breed of dog, dressed in a dapper hat or winter scarf.
Tabula Rasa, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-575-5043, TabulaRasaStationers.com





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Antique Educational Posters, $40-$80
At once quirkier and more educational than the Fight Club and The Fast & the Furious posters sold to every freshman who wanders through the student union, these vintage posters, found in government and education buildings in India, will set his dorm room apart from the rest.
CG Sparks, 454 S. 500 West, Salt Lake City, 801-519-6900, CGSparks.com



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Boom Box Fanny Pack, $39.99
What do you call someone who still rollerblades on the weekend? Someone who knows how to live. But it can get even better: The Fydelity "stereobag" fanny pack not only allows for hands-free, worry-free transport of essential items, but also connects to phones or MP3 players to pump those great rollerblading
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classics through its speakers for all to hear.
Blue Boutique, multiple locations, BlueBoutique.com

Knife Earrings, $12
A weapon disguised as an accessory, these tiny pocketknives really snap open and shut for quick-action style changes or street fights.
Natur, 94 W. 7720 South, Salt Lake City, 801-232-4311, NaturShowroom.com









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