You’ve decided to spend your holidays up at Lake Tahoe. After you’ve enjoyed a bit of skiing or boarding, some ice skating and some great views of the lake and the mountains, you will want to bring home a bit of the lake to your family and friends. Anyone can pick up a Lake Tahoe t-shirt or sweatshirt or one of the ubiquitous wooden bears that are found in shops around the South Shore, but what if you want something a little bit different – without emptying your wallet?
First of all, stay away from the typical, overpriced shops on the main streets in Stateline or South Lake Tahoe. In most of these places you will find the typical magnets, mugs, clothing, calendars and overpriced alpaca fur rugs. You can get these anywhere, so get off the beaten path and grab a few inexpensive Christmas or Chanukah gifts that really capture the Lake Tahoe spirit:
- To get your family and friends in the mood to visit the lake for their next vacation, pick up a Darin Talbot CD. This laid back snowboarder has been called the “Voice of Tahoe” and his surf-style blues and rock songs will have you dancing. You can also buy and download the Around Tahoe Driving Tour or Skiing Tour MP3s.
- There are numerous talented craftspeople in the Tahoe area. You can visit the North Tahoe Art Center where you can pick up handmade walking sticks made from local wood for around $30, small watercolors of the local area or pottery.
- Be eco-friendly and get a gift from Gaia-Licious Global Gifts. Here you will find handmade soaps, candles and yoga gear.
- If you are visiting Truckee, stop by Cabona’s Jackass Ridge for some fun cowboy gear, horshoe art and horse blankets or the Sweets Handmade Candies shop for homemade fudge, truffles and other candy.
- For wine lovers, check out the Pour House or the Truckee Winery. While you do some tasting, you can pick up a bottle of wine for under $20.
- If you are visiting Virginia City, check out the shops that sell barrel candy and unusual sodas. These are cheap, but fun gifts. For anyone who is interested in geology, several rock shops in town sell beautiful polished stones and jewelry.
- Now, you know you want a gift for yourself too! Come to the free Valhalla Holiday Faire. This Dickens inspired craft fair, held at the Valhalla Grand Hall features crafts, music, food, cookies and holiday decorations.
Photo courtesy of [Rennett Stowe]