The holiday season always seems to sneak up on us. Once day you’re eating turkey and watching football, and the next day it’s Christmas Eve and you’re trying to handcraft all your gifts because the mall is closed and still have shopping to do. But don’t stress, we’re here to help. Check out our holiday gift guide highlighting local shops and artisans in Casper to get a head start on your shopping!
1. Wyoming Mountain Song Soaps & Lotions
Wyoming Mountain Song Soaps are handmade right here in Casper and are uniquely carved to represent the mountainous landscape of Wyoming. Becky Barker and Mary Campbell started their journey over 10 years ago to help a friend who was going through chemotherapy and radiation treatment at the time and needed products for their chemically sensitive skin. Since then the duo has successfully created a line of products that are popular among skin care fanatics. Click here to visit their online store.
2. 307 Metal Works
Located in the heart of downtown Casper, 307 Metal Works provides customers with one-of-a-kind metal art, furniture or even custom business signs. If you want to be the best secret Santa this season, visit their store and meet with their design and welding professionals to plan the perfect custom piece. Click here for a full gallery of current and past designs they have created.
Photo: 307 Metal Works
3. Pure Impressions
With over 6,500 reviews and a five-star rating on Etsy, Pure Impressions is local to Casper and specializes in stunning handmade jewelry. Their unique collection ranges from rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces with a wide variety of designs that would make a perfect gift for a mother, daughter or even a friend. Click here to visit their online shop and browse through the entire list of items.
Photo: Pure Impressions Design
4. Season Pass to Hogadon Basin Ski Area
We are spending more time outside than ever, and a season pass to Hogadon Basin Ski Area will be every winter enthusiast’s dream gift this holiday season. Along with unlimited access to an amazing trail system, the season pass gives users a number of perks, such as discounts to other ski resorts in the area. Click here to visit their website for pricing and for an update on their safe reopening plan.
5. Nordic Trails Pass
If you don’t have any downhill junkies on your Christmas list, a season pass to the Nordic skiing trails on Casper Mountain is another experience that any outdoor adventurer would love. With miles of trails to explore on cross country skis, snowshoes or a fat bike, whoever receives this gift could be spending their entire winter up on Casper Mountain. Click here for information on pricing and where to rent equipment.
6. Cocktails, Coffee or Craft Beer
You may have heard us brag before about the amazing craft beverage scene in Casper. Whether the person on your list loves a great cocktail, locally brewed beer or a perfect cup of coffee, you can put it under the tree this year. Many of Casper’s most beloved breweries offer epic merch and gift boxes. Check out Gruner Brother’s Brewing t-shirts that feature the artwork from their locally named beers or Frontier Brewing Company's shirts, hats and pint glasses.
For the cocktail connoisseur on your list, you can’t go wrong with many of the gift options at Casper’s Backwards Distilling Company. With cocktail kits with everything you need to make boozy hot chocolate, old fashioned and sampler sets of their top spirits, you can find something for anyone who loves a craft cocktail. Their shop also includes hats, shirts and jackets so your favorite Backwards fan can sport their brand anytime.
With several iconic coffee shops throughout the heart of downtown Casper, it’s common for people to have their own favorite, and a gift card for their morning brew is always a great treat for someone you care about. Pair a gift card with a ceramic mug or bag of coffee beans from their favorite local spot.
7. Annual Pass to the Casper Aquatic Center
For the person who loves to swim, relax in a hot tub or has a kid who never stops asking to go to the waterpark, a season pass to the Casper Aquatics Center will solve all of their problems. As well as being a perfect place to get away from the cold, the indoor water park will occupy the kiddos all day long and will be a family activity to look forward to every weekend. Click here to visit their website for information on prices, hours and their safety guidelines.
8. WyoMade Apparel
For anyone that loves the state of Wyoming, WyoMade is a great place to start your shopping. Bighorn Design Studio is filled with apparel such as short and long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, hats and beanies along with accessories like stickers, blankets and cups- WyoMade almost guarantees you’ll find something for even the most difficult person to shop for. Shop their online store and be the first to snag your favorites before they sell out!
9. James Bardgett Designs on Etsy
Casper certainly has no shortage of talented people and James Bardgett is just another example of this unquestionable fact. James creates visually stunning landscapes using authentic Wyoming weathered barnwood and different color pigments mixed in with Epoxy Resin. He recreates some of Wyoming’s breathtaking scenery, such as the Grand Tetons, as well as other unique pieces like Christmas trees, American flags and Christian crosses that can easily hang on any wall. Follow his Instagram to view his amazing work or visit his online store.
10. Burgundy Blooms
For all the art lovers in your life, Burgundy Blooms has your back! Creating specialty pieces such as watercolor prints, hand engraved tumblers, apparel, murals, logos, and so much more! Choose from her pre-made beautiful selection of art on her website or completely customize anything to your liking.
Hopefully these ideas helped you cross off a few Casper-loving friends from your list.
Still looking for more? Check out another blog, 10 Small Businesses That Deserve a Spot Under Your Tree or other local shopping spots for even more gifts from Casper.