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Local Gift Guide 2014 

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

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Skulls, $70-$475
It's the next-best thing to having an actual human skull in the house! Hamlet wannabes will appreciate the largest skull, carved from a solid block of wood and fitted with teeth carved from domestic water-buffalo bone. And smaller skulls (the smallest is carved from a deer antler) still provide plenty of delight for fans of the macabre.
Natur, 94 W. 7720 South, Salt Lake City, 801-232-4311, NaturShowroom.com

Bath Tub, $14
You've taken the plunge and moved in together. Everything is going great! It's made you closer! No complaints! Except ... her baffling inability to close lids. You can barely stand to look at your formerly pristine sink now that it's constantly covered with a mysterious goo formed of an unholy combo of lotion, toothpaste and ... hair stuff? Before you throw her and her legions of oozing tubes to the curb, diplomatically gift her this handy little bathtub, which she'll see as a cute accessory and you'll appreciate as the savior of your sink—and your last nerve.
Tabula Rasa, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-575-5043, TabulaRasaStationers.com

Wax Seals, $11
A person who still handwrites letters in this day and age is a person who knows the value of a personal touch. And whether he's writing a note to thank the dentist for his latest cleaning or a coded message to be hand-delivered to a secret lover, it doesn't get more personal than closing the letter with a wax seal in his signature color and mark.
The Library Store, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 801-524-8238, SLCPL.org

Personalized Notepads, $15+
Devotees of the to-do list know the deep pleasure of checking off a list of tasks one by one. Heighten that sense of satisfaction by personalizing a pad of high-quality paper with the name or initials of your favorite anal-retentive list-maker, printed in a beautiful font and color.
The Write Image, 2205 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-485-1909, Twio.com

Speakeasy Barware, $10
Your pal got you and your friends addicted to craft cocktails, but it's tough to scrape up the cash to hit the newest neighborhood speakeasy every night. Replicate that experience even in a friend's dank basement apartment by dimming the lights and getting him a few quirky old-fashioned glasses featuring dapper gentlemen bears, cats or humans, made in Los Angeles by Spitfire Girl.
Unhinged, 2165 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-467-6588; 16 W. Center St., Provo, 385-312-1268, UnhingedSLC.com

Art Glass Nightlight, $35
It might not be the most mature thing to be afraid of the dark, but there's nothing wrong with an adult being afraid of tripping over something in the dar—what was that noise?! Ahem. Anyway, these nightlights cast a sophisticated glow that'll light one's way safely to the bathroom without stubbed toes, or allow for a safe drift into dreamland.
Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery Inc., 3295 S. 2000 East, Salt Lake City, 801-467-8770, EvergreenGallery.com

Hollywood Cats, $45
You can't shake a stick these days without hitting a cat accessory or cat meme—and someone who rolls her eyes at "lame cat people." Remind folks that cats aren't just cartoonish fluffballs beloved by Internet commenters with this gorgeous coffee-table book, featuring photographs of Hollywood stars alongside their no-less-glamorous feline companions and co-stars.
Tabula Rasa, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-575-5043, TabulaRasaStationers.com

Inkling Scents, $15+
A scent can define a person—become part of them, an essential characteristic as recognizable as their features. Inkling Scents crafts a wide range of perfumes and colognes that range from spunky to sophisticated, and the fragrances are locally made with oil, not alcohol, so that they sink into the skin instead of evaporating. And just as there's sure to be a scent that delights your beloved, so is there a style of packaging that will do the same—Inkling Scents are available in roller-ball bottles, stainless-steel flasks and inkwell & quill sets.
Q Clothing, 215 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-474-2000, Facebook.com/QClothing

Mix & Match Tea Sets, $6+
Whether she needs a tea service for a village-wide garden party or a single cup and saucer, you'll find the perfect pattern in the back room of Booze"tea"que, which is crammed with stacks of pretty teacups, sugar bowls and creamers ready to be mixed and matched.
The Booze"tea"que at E3 Modern, 315 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-363-3939

Caml Reversible Beanies, $20
There's nothing cozier than a soft sweatshirt—and now heads can also experience that bliss. These locally made beanies, upcycled from sweatshirts, are reversible, meaning the wearer can wear it day after day without arousing scorn.
Unhinged, 2165 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-467-6588; 16 W. Center St., Provo, 385-312-1268, UnhingedSLC.com

Airzooka, $19.95
Your wife has lost her voice, but not her need for unwavering fealty and obedience from her employees. Thanks to the Airzooka, just because she can't shout doesn't mean she can't command their attention. When the Airzooka is fired at the required flunky from up to 20 feet away, it sends a harmless blast of air that'll ruffle his hair and disturb papers on his desk, letting him know silently but effectively that he's been summoned.
Planet Fun, Clark Planetarium, 110 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City, 801-456-7827, ClarkPlanetarium.org

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