In a bind, and a bit behind on Christmas gifts? We’ve got you covered, Aspen-style |

In a bind, and a bit behind on Christmas gifts? We’ve got you covered, Aspen-style

by Shannon Asher
Emporium Circus, Highland's Bowl and Aspen Cutting Boards
Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times |

Christmas in Aspen boasts a new-found love for all things merry and bright. The town has a unique ability to turn any humbug Scrooge into a joyful George Bailey.

With Christmas being less than a week away, the countdown for Christmas gifts is on! Designer boutiques and fine art galleries consume a majority of the downtown core, which can make it challenging to find a gift that is both affordable and unique.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most charming treasures to be sold and discovered in Aspen. Whilst wandering the cobblestone paths that are swimming in seasonal cheer, waltz into one of Aspen’s lovely local shops and claim a special gift that your loved ones are sure to appreciate.

Pitkin County Dry Goods: Warm and Cozy

With many cold winter days upon us, a cozy candle, some fuzzy socks and a warm thermal is sometimes all you need to embrace the winter days and relish in the snowy storybook-like setting. Aspen Himalayan Sugar Candle ($34.50); Cloud 9 Socks ($21.50); Aspen Thermal Long-sleeve Shirt ($58.50)

Chequers: Casual Cocktails

Estee Lauder’s granddaughter Aerin Lauder recently published Aspen Style ($85), a collection of quotes and images that represent our majestic little mountain town. Sit down with this nostalgic novel and indulge in a drink with Chequer’s brilliant whiskey glasses that are the perfect gift for any cocktail enthusiast. Tipsy Cocktail Glasses ($120 for set of two)

Amen Wardy: Girly Gifts

For a unique clutch that can double as an over-the-shoulder bag, check out the options at Amen Wardy. Clutch purses come in various colors ($45). A blanket shrug/scarf is fashionable, yet super comfortable and warm ($35-$45). SWISS cheese board and tools set is a great hostess gift for your next seasonal party ($40). Overstuffed stockings ($15) make a great white elephant or gift exchange present. Top it off with a delectable chocolate goodie box ($35) for all the sweet-tooth lovers on your list.

Paris Underground:

Kiku Handmade brings handcrafted screen-printed glass creations to the Roaring Fork Valley. Her specialty coasters include images of divas, musicians, writers and actors. To really show off the Aspen way, we recommend buying the writers set that includes Kurt Vonnegut, Truman Capote, Alfred Hitchcock and Aspen icon Hunter S. Thompson (set of 4 for $70).

L’Occitane: Soothing Relaxation

Rose treasure box ($59) includes shower gel, body milk, extra-gentle soap, perfume and hand-and-nail cream and all include rose essential oil fragrances from the south of France. Other treasure sets are available in fragrances such as cherry blossom, neroli and orchid, and verbena. Stop by L’Occitane for elegant treasures brought to Aspen from the south of France.

Kemo Sabe: Western Watering Hole

For all the cowboys on your list, be sure to stop in Kemo Sabe to mingle with the western wear experts of Aspen. Leather gloves (ranging from $75-$85), Kemo Sabe Grit Moscow mules ($55), children’s booties ($55 including branding). Did you know that Kemo Sabe will brand anything you want with inclusion of purchase? Personalize the gloves or boots by branding someone’s initials to make the gift super special.

Emporium Circus: Locally Made

Alpine Wine Design is a family-run business that shares a profound love for two things: woodworking and wine. They essentially transform retired wine barrels into useful home decor. This coat rack dazzled with bike chains for hooks is just one of their many unique creations ($125). Wild Feather and Stone Bracelets are created by local artist Emily Gustafson. These bracelets are inspired by her love for natural organic beauty and her eye for things that shine (ranging from $55-$75). Highlands Bowl and Aspen cheese cutting boards (ranging from $45-$55) are a great gift for the chef on your list.

Gorsuch Elements inside The Little Nell: Sophisticated and Unique

These detailed ski scene leggings ($225) showcase a bevy of winter wonder that makes the perfect gift for any snow bunny. Currently trending in the fashion world, these fuzzy fingerless hand gloves ($70) make quite the gift this winter season.

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