It might be an understatement to say that 2020 has been a little strange, but we still love a good tradition. And even though the holidays might look a little bit different this year, we know that when it comes to looking for gifts, there’s nothing better than locally-made goods and experiences. From uniquely handcrafted items created by local makers to passes and discounts for some of Casper’s best things to do, we’ve rounded up some local gift ideas that will make you more popular than Santa Claus this holiday season. Check out last year’s guide for even more Casper-loving gifts
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.
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.
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. Wyoming Sellers Market
Can’t find what you’re looking for or you’re determined to find the absolute perfect gift? With over 16,000 square feet of space, the Wyoming Sellers Market provides the Casper community a place to sell their craft goods, antiques and collectables. If you’re on the search for a hidden treasure, there is a good chance you’ll find it here. Click here to visit their Facebook page for hours and more information.