Many of you got your shopping done over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but for we slackers the panic is setting in on making the holidays special. We are already on day 3 of Chanukah and still have shopping to do, and Christmas is lurking around the corner. How do the holidays creep up so slowly and then pounce with claws out to snarl, “we’re here”! The holidays are meant to be a time of celebration of life and family, not a time to accelerate into complete panic mode. But it’s all okay. We still have time. Every year we curate a special Holiday Gift Guide series, and this is the first in the series to get you started. So, retract the fangs, make yourself a hot toddy with whiskey, lemon and honey, cozy into your sheepskin slippers, put the logs on the fire and light a match or switch the switch, and take a stroll down our shopping local guides to find treasures in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. Both Isa Catto (@isacattostudio on insta) and I have shared our ideas, so take a deep breath, let the panic subside and get into the beautifulness of what these holidays are meant to be all about, finding special treasures for our loved ones so that we can see their faces bloom into gorgeous smiles when opening their gifts. Our Holiday Gift Guide is a series that will keep coming out all month long.
Holiday Shopping Ideas From Isa Catto
Small Wonders at the Aspen Chapel
Now in its 13th year, “Small Wonders” is a treasure of an exhibit offering affordable local artwork for purchase. All the pieces are small, no bigger than 12 inches-by-12 inches. Each artist makes at least eight works for the show and most sell out. The show runs through Jan. 6.
The Cup Auction serves as one of the Clay Center’s largest fundraisers and features hundreds of original, handmade ceramic cups for bid via silent auction. This year’s showcase will feature cups that range from quirky mugs to elegant tumblers, from wild shot cups to refined tea bowls, and everything in-between. With artists from around the country represented, there truly is something for everyone.
I always buy something handmade at one of these — usually all of these. The art is not mediocre and some of these artists fly under the radar because they have other jobs, or are not part of the blue chip art scene. These are the places where you can celebrate our talented local arts community, and more importantly, support them.
Why buy handmade? It’s a great way to circumvent the stream of plastic, the trendy one off present and ubiquitous gear and get something affordable. And as an artist I can personally attest that it feels great when someone buys your work of art and you see it sail into the world. These events are also flat out fun and I see welcome faces from the artistic community at each of these venues. Small Wonders is still up, you can make the CMC Ceramics sale next year and don’t miss the Carbondale auction this Friday and Anderson Ranch next week!
Holiday Shopping Ideas from Jillian Livingston
Aspen Brewing Company’s Holiday Bazaar
Tomorrow, December 5th, is Aspen Brewing Company’s Holiday Bazaar at Aspen Tap. Come sample Aspen Tap’s winter menu while shopping the newest items of some of Aspen’s favorite local businesses (ugly sweaters encouraged).
Aspen Education Foundation’s Silent Auction
Missed the live auction? Check out Aspen Education Foundation’s incredible silent auction items including; hotel stays in Aspen and Vail; Fine dining in Aspen’s favorite restaurants; a Caribou Club Membership; A Private Party at Kemo Sabe; Sports marketing internships; Be the first student in Dr.Kathy Klug’s very limited private College Counseling practice; Broncos tickets, diamonds, art and more!
Cast your bid on this incredible auction and give an incredible gift/s all in the name of education. Your spouse or loved one will be proud of you for having the foresight to be such a clever shopper! Auction closed December 15th.
Midland Clothing Company Holiday Open House December 5th, 4-7pm
Aspen Ice Spectacular
Lilybart Cards and Wrapping Paper
Exquisite, hand-designed gifts for the Holiday season from our logo designers, Lily and Elana Royer. These note cards, wrapping paper, journals and notepads are the perfect gift for that special someone who appreciates the art of creating your own story.
You can buy these gifts online but we encourage you to shop local. You can find these beautiful items at; Carl’s Pharmacy, AVH, Aspen Eclectic, Pitkin County Dry Goods, Explore Booksellers, Roxy’s Market, Kitchen Collage, Holly Ann, Bristlecone, Eagle Crest Nursery, Susan’t Flowers, Book Train, Basalt Art Supply, Whole Foods, Elizabeth Dean Boutique, and more. View the catalogue. Order by December 12th to receive by December 24th, 2018.
The Lilybart Foundation provides opportunities for all children and young adults with CF to work with artists & make something beautiful, to receive access to integrative medical care and to help find a cure.
Sopris Health & Wellness Highest Quality CBD on the Market
Do you know someone who suffers from muscle, joint or nerve pain, anxiety, insomnia, depression, cramps and/or inflammation? Sopris Health & Wellness is a natural producer in Colorado making a line of Full-Spectrum Hemp products using a patented lipid-infusion extraction method with organic coconut oil for its Hemp MCT oil, salve, and gelcaps with shipping to all 50 states.
Partnered with trusted Colorado farms, their CBD comes from top quality hemp that is grown organically. They then use a patented extraction process in order to preserve the fullest spectrum of secondary plant nutrients possible. Rather than using CO2 or butane, they extract CBD using an all-natural low-temperature lipid infusion process. This process preserves the fullest spectrum of secondary cannabinoids, terpenes and other nutrient compounds from the plant providing the most effective CBD on the market. Research shows that the inclusion of these additional cannabinoids and nutrients multiplies the benefits and improves overall effectiveness in CBD. 5% of proceeds goes to charity. SHOP NOW.
The Fix Aspen
Our go to place to rid ourselves of pain without medicine. Purchase a certificate for their wide range of therapies to reduce inflammation and speed healing. Therapies include; Cryotherapy, CryoSkin, IV Vitamin Therapy and Booster Shots, NovoTHOR, Laser, Massage, Skin Care and more. They also have a wonderful selection of products that are difficult to find in this valley.
The Fix Recovery Therapy
501 Rio Grande Place, Suite 105
Aspen, Colorado 81611
Scout & Cellar Clean Crafted Wines From Paula Eaton
Order a case of Scout & Cellar clean crafted wines that will leave your loved one feeling headache and hangover free. Order NOW and get it delivered right to your door: Paulacleanwines.com or call Paula: 970.948.3197. Email with questions: [email protected] Tell her AspenRealLife Sent you!
Wine is a tricky business, because when it comes to their growth cycle, grapes tend to march to the beat of their own drum. Their natural flavor, color and growing cycle is driven by nature. To capture sameness and establish predictability, producers rely on pesticides, chemical additives and sugars, which yields a product that tastes the same, bottle after bottle, year after year. Pesticides, chemical additives and sweetener also make it possible to maximize yields and hide flaws that may exist in those bottles, like bacteria and other unpleasant elements. Unfortunately, this processed wine is chemically-altered and completely unnatural, and you can taste it. Scout & Cellar Clean Wines offer a more natural, altogether better-tasting wine experience to everyone.
Blow Your Own Glass Ornament
Visit the Spiro Lyon Glass Studio and design and literally “BLOW” your own glass ornament with the help of their studio glass artists. All ages over 7 years welcome. They will be blowing on Sunday December 9th, and 16th. Call to reserve your spot… 970-274-1192. If you have a group that wants to make at least 8 ornaments, call and set up a day and time that works for your group. Ornaments cost $50/ea.
Spiro Lyon Glass was founded by Jacqueline Spiro-Balderson and Lee Lyon, glass artists who have been working with hot cast glass since 1990. In 1993, Dylan Balderson joined the team with experience in glassblowing and an expertise in woodworking. For the past 23 years, the three of them have been exploring the many aspects of glass for use in design, sculpture, craft, and architecture.
Spiro Lyon Glass discovered a unique mold making process that allows them to create thick panels of glass that are limitless in shape and design. Each of their molds is hand carved which renders a raised motif on the surface of the glass panel. They are the only artists in the world using this technique.
Their large scale work employs panels of glass which interact with adjacent panels through shape, color, and design. These sections become expressive when viewed together as a whole. It is these subtle revealing connections that are consistent throughout their sculptural work and architectural installations.
Also, check out the Food Lover’s Guide by our partners over at Edible Aspen.