Many Utahns would like to support the local economy and at the same time, seek alternatives from big box stores to find meaningful gifts for their loved ones. Here is a roundup of 13 small businesses in Utah that you might consider shopping with this holiday season. We’re sure you’ll find something on this list for several of the local-loving Utahns in your life.
A local Provo bakery. You can purchase fresh sourdough bread, holiday pies, sourdough starter, flour, and even baking classes offered in-person or online. They claim that their sourdough is suitable for people with gluten sensitivity.
A storefront in the Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake offering traditional hand-dipped chocolates and candies. They also ship homemade ice cream directly to your recipient’s door. They often feature art from local artists in the store as well.
A chocolate option for the health nut in your life. CacaoBreath is a special kind of raw chocolate that’s blended with maya nut for a synergistic positive effect on the body and mind. You can also find their in-person breathwork events held in Utah County (facebook.com/cacaobreath), which combine the powerful effects of pranayama breathing exercises while sipping a silky cup of cacao in a ceremonial setting. Both the cacao and maya nut are wild-harvested in Guatemala.
Featuring locally handmade CBD products including tinctures, capsules, and topical balms for pain relief and soothing inflammation. You might consider bringing your loved one along to an event at their community center like a full moon drum circle, a sound bath, or a balancing breathwork class.
A small-scale yet full production farm located in Salt Lake’s Glendale neighborhood offering CSA (community supported agriculture) shares. For the foodie in your life, consider gifting a whole season of fresh, locally grown organic vegetables. Shares range from $525 to $850, so this is a whopping gift for that special someone.
Keeper of the B
An apiary with backyard hives in the Salt Lake valley and around central Utah, Keeper of the B offers raw honey, honeycomb, beeswax candles, honey candies, and reusable beeswax wraps. Order from their online shop as they’re not vending at many markets during the winter months.
Green Thread Apothecary
A local storefront in the Broadway District in downtown SLC. Dubbed ‘the people’s medicine of SLC’, you can find dry herbs for tea and smoke blends, tinctures, and medicinal mushrooms. It’s also a community center with workshops such as making wreaths, fire cider, and healing with spices.
An SLC local, small-batch drinking vinegar maker with creative flavors like mulberry orange blossom and cherry lemon lavender. Also known as ‘fruit shrub’, these vinegars are delicious as a condiment, in cocktails and mocktails, or added to soda water. Shop online or find them in several local stores including Animalia, Central 9th, and Boozetique.
In business over 70 years this floral shop has beautiful arrangements to celebrate the holidays. They offer centerpieces, wreaths, and poinsettias as well as flowers and arrangements for all occasions.
A made-in-the-USA children’s clothing brand with a storefront in Salt Lake’s trendy 9th and 9th neighborhood. Both online and their play store offer gifts beyond clothing such as toys, puzzles, children’s books — everything the little one in your life could need.
Markets in the Salt Lake Valley to Shop for Local and Handmade Gifts
Urban Arts Gallery
Located in The Gateway, Urban Arts Gallery features art from over 80 local artists. You can get a gift card and let your recipient select the piece of their choosing.
Two shops located under one roof in Sugar House. Commerce & Craft and Lillie Bee Emporium offer gifts, cards, and handmade offerings by local artists.
The Neighborhood Hive
Located in Sugarhouse, The Neighborhood Hive features over 28 local food vendors with everything from challah bread to vegan candy bars to gourmet mushrooms.
With a location at Trolley Square and in Park City, Hive Market features over 35 local artists and vendors for everything from screen-printed hand-dyed bandanas, ceramics, jewelry, genderless perfume, and much more.
Salt and Honey
Three storefront locations including downtown, Fashion Place, and 9th & 9th. With over 50 local vendors and artists, Salt and Honey claims to have curated the best that Utah has to offer. You can find a range of gifts from prints, cards, books, clothing, jewelry, and home decor.