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Gift Guide » We’ve searched through local boutiques and stores to find an eclectic selection of local gifts.



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Tumbleweeds Film Festival tickets

What makes it unique » This film festival — scheduled for March 15-17 — is for kids, and the Utah Film Center does a great job of programming engaging movies. These aren’t just grind-’em-out kids films — and this special offer will save you a lot of cash.

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Seeking local art and artisans?

Here’s a few of our favorite shows.

Holiday jewelry trunk shows » (Dec. 7 and 8) Natural History Museum of Utah showcases the copper jewelry of Fred Wilhelmsen, gems and mineral jewelry of Kim Kendell, and Jessica Bolda’s bead work at the show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Proceeds benefit the museum.) Also save 10 percent on Wednesdays in December from 5-9 p.m. at the gift shop. 331 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City; 801-581-6927.

Art Barn’s holiday craft exhibit and sale » (Through Dec. 19). Salt Lake City Arts Council holds its 29th annual sale at the Art Barn in Reservoir Park, 1340 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City. Work for sale includes letterpress cards, holiday ornaments, scarves, hats, cups, bowls, jewelry and art glass. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and until 9 p.m. on Gallery Stroll on Friday, Dec. 7. Info at 801-596-5000 or www.slcgov.com/arts.

Holiday market at Gallivan Center » (Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22) Focusing on local, hand-made goods and one-of-a-kind items. Free admission; 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City.

Vine St. holiday market » (Saturdays through Dec. 22) More than 25 vendors will offer locally made items, art, jewelry, vintage wares and artisanal food at this market in a 1906-era church, 184 E. Vine St. (5144 South), Murray; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, and Sunday, Dec. 16. Artists seeking information should contact vsholidaymarket@gmail.com. Info at www.vinestmarket.com.

Dickens Festival » (Dec. 7-8 and 10-15)Olde World charm, offering everything from hand-made rocking horses to hand-carved rubber-band guns to an appearance by Santa Claus. At the Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West, Salt Lake City; weekdays 4-9 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; admission $7 adults, $5 seniors (65+) and children (4-12); dickenschristmasfestival.com.

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Where » Online at utahfilmcenter.org or in person at 122 S. Main, Salt Lake City. Purchase by Dec. 14 to have tickets in hand by Christmas. In-person sales end Dec. 20; online sales end Dec. 31.

Price » 10 tickets for $25 (instead of the regular price of $60)

Whom to give to » Parents who are sick of taking their kids to the latest crummy children’s movie out of Hollywood.

Clinton’s Granola

Why I love it » When buying granola, it’s easy to sound like Goldilocks: Some are too chewy, others too sweet, too expensive or too fattening. But this granola from a Woods Cross shop has become just the right topping for my daily blueberries and Greek yogurt breakfast. It’s made with rolled oats, brown sugar, sea salt and a handful of other recognizable and easy-to-pronounce ingredients. It comes in several flavors, but my favorites are vanilla nut and cranberry orange.

Where » Gregory’s Wheat Shop, 930 S. 500 West, Woods Cross; also sold at Associated Food Stores around the state.

Price » Vary by location, from $6 at Gregory’s to $9 at grocery stores.


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Whom to give to » Anyone who likes a mildly sweet, crunchy granola, or just likes to support Utah food producers.

Gift cards redeemable at Graywhale

What makes it unique » Graywhale sells its own gift cards, but the local indie record store also accepts gift cards issued by Target, Wal-Mart and Best Buy. After Christmas, just bring in those big-box retailers’ gift cards you received, and Graywhale will honor them, dollar-for-dollar.

Where to buy it » Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart; redeem them at the six local Graywhale stores (find locations at fatfin.com)

Price » You decide

Whom to give to » People who prefer to shop local — even if their great-aunts gave them a gift card to one of the stores that are stealing business from the indies.

Candace Jean notecard sets

What makes it unique » Jean, a Salt Lake City artist who is entirely self-taught but has a charming aesthetic, creates the kind of greeting card you wish friends and family would send during the holiday. These soothing, graceful and charming original artworks of animals and other holiday-themed miniatures reproduced on milk-white paper have all the impact of a whisper in the ear —to which you listen with just a bit more focus.

Where to buy it » Friends of the Library store, Backyard Birds and Gardens and Tracy Aviary

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