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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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Price » $8

Whom to give to » Anyone tired of packaged greeting cards with a penchant for animal figures and small-scale holiday scenes.

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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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Trent Call T-shirts

What makes it unique » Call needs no introduction among Salt Lake City’s art cognoscenti. And while the artist’s commissioned work doesn’t come at budget prices these days, his unique style of combining cartoon humor with street graffiti flair can be had for a song on T-shirts and other apparel at Blonde Grizzly. T-shirts are available in multiple colors and sizes, and even under a parka or jeans jacket they sport a mischievous look. If you don’t care for Call’s art, you can always spring for shirts by the "Panda Propaganda" instead.

Where to buy it » Blonde Grizzly art gallery and retail space, 213 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City; 801-355-9075 or www.blondegrizzly.com.

Price » $20 and up

Whom to give to » The tweens, teens or 20-somethings in your life who want something — anything! — different from what their friends already bought at Hot Topic.




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