2022 Holiday Gift Guide

November 10, 2022

Does anyone else panic every year when November hits and you start seeing holiday decorations everywhere and hearing about what deals will be offered during Black Friday? Some years I find that shopping for my loved ones can feel daunting, trying to make sure I find the perfect gift for everyone but not buying something just to buy it. I’ve found that shopping for items from local businesses or artists is more thoughtful while helping the local economy. My other go-to gift is that of an experience or adventure because the last thing I need is another sweatshirt or pack of socks.

Here are some ideas for your holiday shopping this year!

nick getting splashed in Cataract Canyon - Chris Whitaker photoThe Gift of Adventure

Consider booking a trip with Holiday River and give someone special the gift of Adventure! With a variety of adrenaline-packed adventures to choose from, Utah is the ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Trips range from 2 to 12 days and run through the heart of Canyonlands National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, and designated wilderness areas of the San Rafael Swell and BLM land. Experience the Colorado, Green, Yampa, and San Juan rivers in professionally guided oar rafts with delicious healthful meals, inflatable kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. 


Shop Local!Party Shirt Boaters Paradise Up close

Ken Sanders Rare Books is an antiquarian bookstore with used, new, and rare books in downtown Salt Lake City. Open since 1990, they specialize in Western Americana, with emphases on the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River, and various National Parks. Purchase a well-loved pre-owned book or a gift certificate and support one of our favorite bookstores in the city!

Seek Studio focuses on functional movement and training and is based in Sugarhouse, Utah. The studio was Founded by a Salt Lake City couple in 2017 and has been featured in the “Best of Utah” awards for Best Yoga Studio, Best Strength Training, Best Yoga Teacher, and Best Fitness Instructor over the past 4 years! New members can get a 10-day unlimited pass for $45 or a 30-day unlimited pass for $90.

Pick pockets on the gates of lodoreWe are BIG fans of Party Shirt International. So much so, in fact, we asked them to help us design our very own Holiday River “Boaters Paradise” shirt. These shirts are made from stretch tech fabric that is perfect for any adventure and PSI’s mission is simply to make people happy while giving back to a variety of non-profit organizations.

Some of our favorite bands were born in SLC, like Pixie and the Partygrass Boys, and the Pickpockets. Give the gift of music to your friends this year and pick up some gift certificates or tickets from The State Room, a local music venue in downtown Salt Lake City.


Restaurant Favorites!

Rich’s Bagels– Born and raised in SLC, and home to the most delicious asiago bagel!

Root’d Cafe– A Salt Lake local couple opened this restaurant in 2020, and it’s been a true hit in the neighborhood of Cottonwood heights. The food options are unique and all worth a try!

SLC Eatery– Modern American cuisine in the heart of the city, offering brunch, dinner, drinks, and the option for private events.


Community Events

Wild Earth Market is an art market in Salt Lake City that happens twice a year—intentionally created with environmental concerns in mind. Local artists get together A portion of all the artist’s proceeds will be donated to this winter’s non-profit partner, Save Our Great Salt Lake.

The market is being held Saturday, November 12, 2022, at the Evo Campus in downtown SLC.