Everyone loves to shop locally, in theory, but in practice it can be easy to succumb to the dark side of Internet purchasing. That’s not shopping! Shopping means getting out and meeting local shop owners and artisans who will be much more thankful for your purchase than some mega corporation. Keep the local force strong this holiday season with these picks, all made by locals and/or sold locally, and all perfect for the folks on your shopping list.

Ornamental Glass Globes. Longtime artisan glassmakers Spiro Lyon custom blow these luminescent spheres, which look especially lovely as a table centerpiece with a string of holiday lights inside.

Get it: from $40, 


Aspen Art Museum Snow Globe. Designed with snow-globe-artist-to-the-stars Leah Andrews, this limited-edition scene features a handcrafted, to-scale version of the museum, with Aspen Mountain in the background.

Get it: $75, Aspen Art Museum 

Kate Flynn stacking bracelets. Flynn handcrafts her beautiful – and affordable – pieces at her studio in the Red Brick, including these bracelets made with semiprecious gemstones, freshwater pearls, sterling silver and 14K gold fill.

Get it: $36–$48, Red Brick Center for the Arts and The Collective Snowmass Pop-Up Winter Market, Base Village, kflynndesigns.com

Lingua Franca Sweater. Created exclusively for Anderson Ranch Arts Center, this hand-stitched cashmere sweater broadcasts a quote from Ai Weiwei, recipient of the Ranch’s 2018 International Artist Award; sale proceeds benefit the Ranch.

Get it: $380,

Anderson Ranch Artworks Store

Evoke Women Baguette Clutch. Zia Hucks and Heiki Burns hand make one-of-a-kind leather bags, apparel and accessories, including this new clutch design with a detachable chain, magnetic clasp and distinctive agate accent. 

Get it: $330, evokewomen.com

Basalt Vista Engraved Brick. Want to do something good with your money this holiday season and give a gift that will last a lifetime? The Basalt Vista Affordable Housing Community, designated for local teachers, is going up right now in Basalt. These stylish bricks, engraved with the name of your friend and loved one and built into the project forever, will help Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley keep the 27 homes affordable.

Get it: $100, 


ALEX Insulated Traveler. 

A new addition to snowboarding champ Gretchen Bleiler and husband Chris Hotell’s ALEX line – which launched with easy-clean, twist-apart water bottles – this 20-ounce, stainless-steel and silicon mug keeps drinks hot or cold and separates for thorough cleaning. 

Get it: $35,

Aspen Art Museum

The Art of the Garden: Landscapes, Interiors, Arrangements, and Recipes Inspired by Horticultural Splendors. The gardens at the Little Nell, including the always-captivating living wall, are one of just 15 gorgeous Relais and Chateaux landscapes highlighted in this elegant portfolio.

Get it: $55, Boutique at The Little Nell

Marble Distillery Fire and Ice Vodkas. Released just in time for the holidays, these limited-edition vodkas – one flavored with hot peppers, the other straight – help support the Zach Burn Foundation. Two fundraisers – Dec. 14 in Carbondale and Dec. 22 in Aspen – include local firefighters, special gift sets for purchase and a drawing for jewelry.

Get it: $20, 

Marble Distilling Co. and Marble Bar Aspen


A History of Aspen Highlands: Where Have all the Characters Gone? Longtime Highlands instructor John Moore captures the maverick personalities, irreverent nature and siren-song allure of the ski area, which celebrates 60 years this winter.

Get it: $30, Carl’s Pharmacy

Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks: The Story of Knapp Ranch. Aspen writer Sarah Chase Shaw details the gorgeous living spaces, thoughtful land stewardship and fruitful high-altitude farming at the dream property conserved by former Architectural Digest and Bon Appetit owners Betsy and Bud Knapp.

Get it: $70, 

Explore Booksellers   

The Grand Canyon: Between River and Rim. Through stunning images and a raw account of his 750-mile trek through the canyon, nationally acclaimed photographer and writer Pete McBride of Basalt showcases the landscape’s unique beauty, as well as the imminent environmental threats it faces.

Get it: $50, 

Explore Booksellers

Zaza and Her Sea Friends. Aspen artist and marine conservationist Celia Gregory Dupps wrote and illustrated this whimsical tale, in which a mermaid and pals help young readers learn about ocean creatures and the challenges they face. 

Get it: $15, 


Roaring Fork Watershed Map. Donate to the Roaring Fork Conservancy and receive this colorful, illustrated map (ready for framing) of our intricate watershed, created by local artist and environmentalist Sarah Uhl.

Get it: $35/$55, Roaring Fork Conservancy, Basalt

Todd Hartley is the special sections editor for Aspen Daily News. He can be reached at todd@aspendailynews.com.