Truckee Holiday Gift Guide
Part of what makes Truckee a unique mountain town destination is the variety of products made and sold locally. This holiday season, give the gift that really says “Truckee” or "Lake Tahoe." From beer that is brewed right in town, to Truckee Love hats, we have just the gift for that family member or friend who loves the mountains.
Eko Kreation's Napkins from Bespoke Truckee
Who: The Home Maker
Why: Bespoke in Truckee is filled with gifts for almost everyone in your life, from men's grooming kits to handmade kid's toys. But we especially love all the eco-friendly embroidered textiles inspired by nature and created by hand from Eko Kreations. How could we resist these napkins, tea towels and pillows, which showcase our favorite John Muir quote "The mountains are calling and I must go..."
Gift Certificate for Dinner and Drinks at Truckee Tavern
Who: Those Who Love to Dine
Why: Truckee Tavern is one of our favorite restaurants in Historic Downtown Truckee. Their wine selection is filled with small producers who specialize in organic, biodynamic and sustainable growing techniques. The ever evolving cocktail list contains deliciously unique creations from owner/bartender Ryan Dierks. On their winter list, we suggest trying The Cubism, a Glenmorangie based cocktail paired with housemade gummies. The dinner menu is based around the restaurant's wood-fired grill and features housemade pasta, rib eye, and seasonal salads. Pick up a gift card online or stop by the restaurant after 4 PM.
Classes from Yoga Studio Tahoe and The Bar Effect
Who: The Fitness Junkie
Why: Being a lover of fitness, there is nothing better than another excuse to hit a workout class. There is no shortage of studios in Truckee but two favorites include Yoga Studio Tahoe for all our yoga classes and The Bar Effect to really get our sweat on. Both studios offer punch cards that you can put in your gift recipient's name.
Pioneer Textiles from West Shore Market
Who: The Home Cook
Why: Pioneer Textiles are handmade in Tahoe City by local private chef, Amanda Adams. Amanda started Pioneer Textiles as a side project to explore her love for art, crafts and cooking. The shibori dyed napkins and tea towels are made with natural dyes and organic cotton. Pick up a couple packs for the home cook in your life. Pioneer Textiles can be found exclusively at West Shore Market in Tahoe City. You can contact Amanda directly via her instagram at @pioneertextiles.
Wine Club Subscription from Uncorked Wine Bars
Who: The Wine Connoisseur
Why: Located in Truckee, Squaw Valley, Tahoe City and at Petra in Northstar, Uncorked Wine Bars are stocked with wines from all over California and the world. This holiday season Uncorked is putting together holiday gift packages that include a wooden wine box, 2 bottles of wine, specialty cheese and salami. For the serious wine connoisseur, sign up your wine lover for Uncorked's monthly wine club. Includes 2 bottles of hand-selected wine per month, 1 free tasting and 10% off all purchases for $40 per month.
Artistic Creations from Knack
Who: The Art Lover
Why: Knack is a collaboration of Photographer Nancy Holliday and jeweler Lorien Powers, located "where the sidewalk ends" in Downtown Truckee (around the corner from Moody's Bistro). For the art lover in your life, check out their beautiful mix of custom fine jewelry and fine art photography framed in recycled barn wood frames. In addition to Knack, view our post on our 6 favorite galleries in Truckee.
Locally Roasted Beans from Drink Coffee Do Stuff
Who: The Coffee Lover
Why: 5 years ago a snowboard photoshoot on the Saas-Fee Glacier in the Swiss Alps changed Truckee local, Nick Visconti's future. Fascinated with how coffee was so embedded into the outdoor active lifestyle, he became determined to recreate his Swiss experience in Truckee and North Tahoe. The recently launched coffee brand, Drink Coffee Do Stuff, sells their locally roasted beans online and offers free local delivery. Follow their adventures on the company's instagram @drinkcoffee_dostuff.
Truckee/Tahoe Clothing from Truckee Love and Tahoe University
Who: The Millennial
Why: Truckee Love and Tahoe University are both female-run, family-owned lifestyle brands based in Truckee. Truckee Love recently opened its doors in Donner Lake and Tahoe University is located in Historic Downtown Truckee on West River Street. Both boutiques offer Truckee and Lake Tahoe branded shirts, hats and sweatshirts with a distinct style that embodies life in the mountains. Check out their brick and mortar retail shops or shop online at www.truckeelove.com and tahoe-university.com.
Beer from Local Breweries: FiftyFifty, Alibi Ale Works, & Tahoe Mountain Brewing
Mugs from Alanna Hughes Pottery
Who: The Tea Lover
Why: Alanna Hughes' pottery is handcrafted in her mountain home in Truckee. With inspiration drawn from nature and the Sierra Nevada landscape, her mugs are the perfect gift for the tea or coffee lover in your life. You can find Alanna Hughes' pottery on her website or at Downtown Truckee shops, like Riverside Studios.
Jewelry from Lorien Powers Studio Jewelry
Who: Any Woman in Your life
Why: Lorien Powers Studio Jewelry is for the person in your life who holds Truckee near and dear to their heart. Her Truckee shop, located in the Truckee Hotel, features a mix of necklaces, rings, bracelets and gifts all made by hand at her Downtown Truckee studio. If you are looking for something extra special, contact Lorien about her custom pieces and engagement rings.
A Truckee or Lake Tahoe Book from Word After Word Books
Who: Anyone who loves Lake Tahoe
Why: Place a unique Lake Tahoe book under the tree this holiday season. Truckee's newest bookshop, Word After Word Books, offers a huge selection of books for the person in your life that loves Truckee and Lake Tahoe.
The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny from Michael Wallis
Tahoe: A Visual History from Anne M. Wolfe
Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique Cookbook from Wolfdale's Restaurant Chef, Douglas Dale
Shrubs from Zander's Spirits
Who: The Home Bartender
Why: What's old is new again. Dating back to Colonial days, shrubs are traditionally a combination of fresh fruit, vinegar and sugar, and Shrub & Co. modernizes the method using all organic, California-grown fruit, organic white wine vinegar and organic cane sugar. The results are bright and zingy mixer perfect for adding to seltzer water or in your favorite cocktail. Zander's Spirits in Truckee carries a magnitude of flavors including Shrub & Co.'s Yucatan Organic Honey, Apple, Cranberry Douglas fir, and Strawberry.
Letterpress Cards and Workshops from Atelier
Who: The Creative
Why: It is most definitely workshop season! Atelier in Downtown Truckee offers our community weekly classes in everything from knitting and modern calligraphy to botanical painting and mixed media nature drawing. Call or stop by the shop to pick up a gift card and while you're there, don't forget to stock up on hand-printed holiday cards.
Handmade Gifts from Riverside Studios
Who: The Art Lover
Why: Riverside studios is a collaboration of five local artists who focus on handmade goods, including Alanna Hughes Pottery, Buchan Jewelry, leather goods from Kahlil Johnson, Sondrea Larsen Jewelry and railroad spike sculptures from Pat Blide's Wild Hair Welding. In addition to their art, the group also features the work of other local artists. Look for the Lake Tahoe inspired paintings by local artist Lauren Chorey.
Stocking Stuffers from ela chapman
Who: The Girlfriend Sister, Wife, Mother, or Daughter
Why: ela chapman is a women's retail boutique located in Downtown Truckee and owned by Truckee local, Lisa Haley. From home goods to mittens, the boutique sells gifts for any woman in your life. Great stocking stuffers include necklaces, mittens, beanies, head wraps and sunglasses.
Kitchen Supplies from The Cooking Gallery
Who: The Gourmand
Why: Truckee's Cooking Gallery has everything a home cook could ever dream of. For the beginning cook we suggest these olive wood spoons as stocking stuffers or splurge on a Le Creuset French Oven. For the cook that has it all, look for the Corkcicle canteens which keeps drinks ice cold for up to 25 hours and holds an entire bottle of wine.
Treats from Sweets Handmade Candies
Who: The Chocolate Lover
Why: Choose from an array of classic Truckee sweet treats, especially with their famous caramel apples. Gift the rich chocolate peanut butter fudge or classic truffles to the cacao lover on your list. You really can’t go wrong!
Spa Treatment at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Who: The workaholic
Why: For the person on your holiday gift list that deserves some rest and relaxation – treat them to a day at the spa. Choose a unique treatment from The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe's award-winning spa.
And... If You Are Looking for Holiday Decor!
In addition to all the incredible gift ideas, Hemmings & Jarrett in Tahoe City is our go-to location for all our holiday home decor items. The Boatworks mall shop has everything you need for your home and tree; from lights, blub and ornaments, to silk flower wreaths and mantel pieces. Even if you don't need anything we suggest stopping by to look.