There’s snow on the way, the Village is decorated for the holidays, and it’s finally starting to feel like winter in Tahoe! As we all head into the busiest shopping season, we wanted to highlight some of the amazing local businesses in our community, and encourage you to shop local and support the mountain town you know and love this season. Read on for some of our favorite spots to find gifts for everyone on your list this season!

Tahoe City


Jewelry – Lala Jewelry

Created by Tahoe local Lauren Bobowski-Salm, Lala Jewelry is the reality of a dream and a passion becoming a career. This Tahoe City shop offers beautifully handcrafted jewelry inspired by Lake Tahoe. One of her most famous pieces features a sparkly Lake Tahoe charm that has a small heart in the middle – the perfect gift for any Tahoe lover on your list. Check out her creations at Tahoe City’s Trunk Show, Love & Lupines in Truckee, and her website.

Bakery – Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet

Even the most skilled shopper needs a pick-me-up now and then, and that’s where Tahoe House comes in. With incredible coffees and baked goods ranging from fresh baked breads, pastries, and cookies, to European style tortes, deli style lunch, and chicken pot pies, this local eatery also has a gourmet market filled with cheeses, meats, wine, and a variety of bottled sauces and dressings.  Come in for breakfast or lunch, and leave with all the fixings for an ultimate charcuterie spread – perfect for holiday gatherings or the foodie on your list!

Outdoor – Alpenglow Sports

The pros at Alpenglow Sports know Tahoe outdoors. They live, work, and play in the mountains we love, and have the best advice on whatever gear you need to get out on your next adventure. Whether you’re shopping for a powder hound or a climbing junkie, you can find the gear, clothing, and accessories guaranteed to make their day this Christmas. Stuck on what to get the outdoor pro who has it all? The knowledgeable staff can help you figure out the perfect gift sure to surprise even the best-equipped gear-head on your list.

Boutique – Tipsy Gypsy

If you’re shopping for a gal who loves the mountain life, you can find the perfect outfit and accessories at Tipsy Gypsy. Featuring cozy and chic sweaters, booties, and hats, this boutique always has the best current styles –  from lounge wear and intimates to beach days and date night and everything in between, they offer affordable, fun fashions made to be lived in. If you need help picking out the perfect gift, their friendly sales staff can always assist with popular styles and suggestions.


Old Town Truckee Winter Sierra Business

Photo: Sue’s Wanderings

Kids – The Tree House

Your one-stop kids shop in Truckee is The Tree House. Full of fun and interesting toys, books, and cute outfits, this local shop has been serving downtown Truckee since 1979. Their friendly staff know just what the kids want this year, and are happy to suggest creative toys to keep kids engaged and entertainted all winter long.

Books – Word After Word Books

Who doesn’t love cozying up with a good book by the fire? If you’re in need of some reading recommendations, Word After Word Books is the spot to look. Their Holiday Gift Guide has reads for everyone from the outdoor enthusiast to the foodie, and they feature numerous local authors as well as regional and history books about the area. The kid’s room is full of stories sure to delight young readers, and their knowledgebale staff always have a new favorite recommendation on hand. They also have audiobook memberships and ebook titles available. Spend some time with a good book this holiday season, courtesy of Word After Word Books.

Gifts – Bespoke

Featuring the finest locally handcrafted items you could imagine, Bespoke carries gifts ranging from jewelry to decor to home wares. Every item in the store is designed and created by local artists and craftsman, and they focus on sustainable products and one-of-a-kind items. Their selection of goods is always changing, so be sure to stop in often and see what’s new!

Outdoor – Tahoe Sports Hub

The local’s shop for any and all outdoor pursuits is Tahoe Sports Hub. They carry and impressive selection of gear, outdoor clothing, and accessories, and their staff really know their stuff when it comes to outdoor adventures. Whether you need a new ski setup, boot fitting, ski mounting, or just a great puffy, Tahoe Sports Hub has the gear on everyone’s wish list. They also have a used gear selection where you can find great deals on gently used equipment and more. Feel prepared for anything the mountain throws at you after a visit to the Sports Hub this season.



Photo: Brian Bosché