The best gifts in town for the Las Vegas woman
By Laura Coronado
For the ardent Las Vegas supporter, the popular town motto “shop locally” is more than a cheer for the city; it’s a lifestyle rule.
Whether you’re shopping within the walls of a locally owned business or purchasing a brand created and owned by a Las Vegas entrepreneur, shopping locally helps to fuel our community spirit and our economy.
As our town expands and grows, and more and more new companies open their doors, it’s important to not forget about our local small businesses when shopping for gifts this holiday season. But don’t save your thoughtfulness for Small Business Saturday (Nov. 30) only. In fact, our top six holiday gift picks are not only available throughout the season, but also year-round.
Ready to shop locally? Check out our top local picks below and give a gift that supports Las Vegas.
One-of-a-Kind Feathered Accessories
Inspired by Claire Jane
Where to buy: Coterie, 515 E. Fremont St.
Don’t let her British accent fool you. Apparel and accessories designer Claire Jane Vranian calls Las Vegas home, melding her U.K. roots with neon flash to create stunning pieces unlike anything else. “Each one is unique, making them charming and a conversation piece,” the designer says. Handbags range in price from $150-$300 and hair fascinators range from $99-$150.
Photo Credit: Emma Cohan
Leather Couture by Jessica Galindo
Where to buy: Container Park (opening in November), 707 E. Fremont St., Ste. E2b
Does it get any better than handcrafted, hand-cut leather elegantly draped around your neck? No. It doesn’t. “Not only can my scarves be worn as an individual statement piece, but they are also fantastically functional because they are warm,” Jessica Galindo explains her design concept. Prices vary, but the general range is between $159-$295.
Where to buy: Container Park, 707 E. Fremont St., Ste. E2a
New Yorker Winky Wu is already achieving great success with her designs being featured in a multitude of retail outlets across the U.S. as well as in 19 other countries. But when it came time to relocate her business, Wu brought it to Vegas. Vibrant, fun and affordably priced, Wu’s Sweet Dreams Collection showcases watches that are adorned with layers of leather and semi-precious stones for $120 each. “My inspiration comes mainly from every day, happy and simple pleasures like fresh fruits, fun ice creams flavors and cooling cocktails,” she states.
Holiday Cocktail Collection
Ethel M. Chocolates
Where to buy: Any of the six Ethel M. Chocolates locations in Southern Nevada
Nothing stuffs a stocking better than chocolate, but when you add cocktail-inspired flavor on top of that, then it’s a gift that is sure to make Santa himself jealous. For the holidays, Henderson’s own Ethel M. Chocolates is offering a 16-piece Cocktail Collection ($28), featuring concoctions such as champagne cocktail and lemon drop.
Where to buy: Katie August Shoeware, 420 S. Rampart Blvd. (MarketLV at Tivoli Village)
At the end of a long Vegas night, there is nothing stylish about a woman walking barefoot carrying her shoes. That’s why every lady needs a pair of Konvine Foldable Flats tucked away in her bag. “They’re cute, affordable and your feet will love them,” explains Konvine owner and Las Vegas resident, Kamille Schioldan. Available in a variety of designs, patterns and colors, these easy-to-roll-up flats cost only $34.95.
Luxury Bottle Carriers and Wine Bags
Where to buy: 1549 W. Oakey
You could tote your wine to the next holiday soiree in one of those run-of-the-mill paper bags, or you could make a statement and steal the scene by walking in with a Tipsy Tote. Handcrafted and decadent in design, Tipsy Totes come in all kinds of fun shapes, like a stiletto boot, bustier or lipstick. Prices range from $34 for a simple tote to over $200 for an intricate design. “Our products are a perfect holiday gift because we allow individuals to customize each item,” say the mother-daughter team behind the brand, Sonja and Ursula Bettendorf.