A local buyer’s gift guide


Horror stories began to unfold as shoppers turned away from shopping online, as the growl of the global supply chain problems caused by the pandemic made e-commerce unpredictable and unreliable. (“Oh, my ugly Christmas sweater is now due January 15th? Whatever, Amazon!”).

With congestion in our nation’s ports and supply chain issues from oceans up to 7,908 feet above sea level, shopping and buying locally puts even more emphasis on this time. festivals.

Fortunately, Aspen is a commercial city. And, despite the glitzy reputation and 6-figure price tags on some local jewelry, there are gift options available at all prices.

Local store owners have been wary of the onslaught of summer and have ordered well in advance for the winter season, and many have plenty of options in stock. So the tangible gift is right at your fingertips and you don’t need to write an IOU and print a photo of the gift that’s “on the way”.

“This summer has been very demanding. We were running out of products but it opened up for us and now we are fully stocked, ”said Lisa LeMay of Aspen T-Shirt Company, who also sits on the board of directors of the Aspen Resort Chamber Association which represents local retailers. “I’ve heard a lot of people come (Thanksgiving weekend) so far that instead of staying at home looking for bargains on the internet, they’d rather come in and have it in hand and know that they are going to have the product instead of ordering it online and it’s delayed and delayed again, and then four days after Christmas they’re scrambling to get a freebie.

After a stroll around town at some of our longtime favorite Aspen stores, we’ve picked out a few things to help you get out and shop locally:

For outdoor enthusiasts

Which is good in our area, we have a lot of great companies to find something for those friends who are more on the outside than the inside. We checked in with our friends from Ute Mountaineer and they had a few suggestions:


$ 80 to $ 400

These deep muscle treatment devices “are flying out of the crowd,” said one employee. The (electric / heat / something about how they work) are great for improving muscle recovery, releasing stress and tension, and soothing discomfort.

Bottle of water ($ 15.99); headlamp ($ 44.95); assorted treats

Right on the edge of a Christmas stocking, who wouldn’t want a chilled water bottle filled with goodies and wrapped in a new headlamp?

For fashion lovers

Yes, high end shopping is a big draw for some visitors to Aspen, but we also have some pretty cool stores out there that know the Colorado look.

“Grit” hat

$ 395 to $ 995

When this Amazon guy took his rocket to space in July, he was wearing a hat with Aspen roots from Kemosabe. For the Jeff Bezos fan in your life, choose a hat from the “Grit” series by Kemo.

“Love” gloves ($ 165); “Love” scarf ($ 145); Ski sweater ($ 434)

Lots to mix and match at the Pitkin County Dry Goods landmark and a way to show some love. How about putting together an outfit to keep that special someone warm and comfortable.

Uno of 50 silver jewels

$ 45 to $ 250

The quaint Misstyx store right next to the Hyman Mall has been around for 25 years, and a few years ago owner Jill Harbor Murphy started carrying a large selection of silver coins (you’re in Silver City, after all) from the affordable “Uno de 50” line.

Everything about Aspen

You can never go wrong with a little Aspen-centric giveaway. Here are some hot moments in town:

Aspen Sweatshirt ($ 34.99): Aspen Photo Frame (34.99); Aspen Mug ($ 15.99)

According to Lisa Lemay, a few flagship products from the Aspen T-Shirt Company include the simple and iconic Aspen Shirt as well as a variety of Aspen-branded frames and mugs.

Aspen’s Cookbook

$ 45

After releasing in 2020 to help local restaurant workers during the pandemic, this collection of over 100 recipes from your favorite local restaurants to try at home has become a flagship item. It’s online at aspencommunitycookbook.com and a few local shops (which are listed on the home page).

The iconic space of Aspen

There are a few businesses in town that have established themselves as great last minute giveaways, starting with Carl’s Pharmacy. Here are some of the staff’s top picks from the thousands of options at one of Aspen’s longtime favorite retail stores:

Aspen leaf ornament

$ 16.99

Nothing says Aspen, more than, well, a gold-plated aspen leaf. The Rocky Mountain Leaf Company manufactures them by electroplating and then coating them in 24 karat gold.

Jack Black Men’s Skin Care

$ 18 to $ 50

They don’t know they need it until they try it, one of Carl’s managers of the men’s skincare line said. With a variety of products (which come in 2 to 3 sizes each), the line ticks the boxes from cruelty-free to organic certification for many of their creams.

Elf on a shelf

$ 7.99

The lore has grown in popularity over the past decade, and this little guy is a fun and different way to start a new lore.

The Woodcraft

The selection of fun, unusual and local things at the famous Aspen Emporium and Flying Circus is breathtaking. We focused on a few options from nature (and all Colorado artists):

3d mountain models

$ 95

Jeff Hankens has found a way to create wood-carved 3D models of some of his favorite wild places.

Flower vase in fir, bamboo, walnut

$ 99

Fairweather Woodshop’s offerings at the Emporium have grown over the past year, and the variety of woods and colors intertwined in Tom Verry’s works continues to impress.

Wine barrel, bike chain hanger

$ 85

The Alpine Wine Design collection has a number of great options, but its blend of some of Aspen’s favorite items is a unique piece for the wine-drinking cyclist in your world.

For the art lover

You certainly have your choice of art in Aspen, as international galleries have opened here at 7,908 feet. Stroll through these, but here are a few other options.

Red brick residents

A large sculpture installation is on display on the lawn of the Red Brick Center for the Arts on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 (Kelsey Brunner / The Aspen Times)

Exhibition of resident artists in red brick. There are 12 resident artists, and the annual exhibit, which opened on November 11, is a great way to meet them and find unique gifts. This year, the holiday season open to the public is December 9 (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and the artists will be in attendance.

Warhol inspiration from the Aspen Art Museum


For Andy Warhol fans in your world, the Aspen Art Museum Gift Shop will have a new Warhol-inspired boutique starting December 3, when the “Andy Warhol: Lifetimes” exhibit opens. doors. “Possession Obsession” will bring together “the dear with the cheap, playfully engaging the associations between collecting and mass culture, and cultural definitions of taste and kitsch,” said the folks at AAM.

Little wonders

Small Wonders exhibition and sale at the Aspen Chapel Gallery (Kelsey Brunner / The Aspen Times)

Another art offering unique to Aspen is the 16th edition of Aspen Chapel Gallery’s “Small Wonders” exhibition, which features affordable pieces not all larger than 12 inches by 12 inches. The exhibition runs until January 3 and includes more than 30 artists.

For bookworms with a passion for history

Our friends at Explorer Booksellers on Main Street have a Colorado, Western US and Skiing Book Room, perfect for someone new to the area and wanting to learn more about this beautiful place to be. connect with sport. Here are some suggestions:

“Aspen: Rocky Mountain Paradise”

40 $

Longtime local writer and historical wizard Paul Andersen’s text with hundreds of images by local photographers will make you forget time and immerse you in local history and mountain culture.

“Aspen: mind, body and spirit”

$ 45

Another offering Aspen from Andersen, who for more than three decades wrote a weekly column for The Aspen Times before retiring earlier this year. His take on the Aspen philosophy articulated by the Paepcke family – “Mind, Body, Spirit” – is a good reminder for longtime locals and a roadmap for local aspirants.

“Vintage skiing”

$ 20

This collection of “Nostalgic Images of the Golden Age of Skiing” is some of the best work of landscape photographer Ray Atkeson, who worked on the West Coast from the 1940s to the 1970s.


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