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Vail Daily gift guide: Stuff the stockings

Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final gift guide the Vail Daily is running this week. Visit www.vaildaily.com to see the previous installments, including one with ideas for the gardener, one featuring handmade gifts by Eagle County artisans and one with gift ideas for the home chef.

Strolling through favorite local retailers all gussied up for the holidays will make shopping for your naughty and nice list full of mirth. As every fashion connoisseur knows, a little shimmer of holiday spirit makes the season bright and we are crushing on presents to give, and, of course, to also get.

If you’re the hostess

You simply cannot entertain your friends and family if your pup is not mani’d, pedi’d and smelling like a holiday flower. Pamper your furry friend with the Holly Berry Holiday Groom ($25-$85) at Doggie Style in Edwards (970-331-9888). The bath and blow-dry features Holly Berry shampoo, with a finishing touch of a holiday-themed bandana or make Fido feel like numero uno with a Plush Puppies Santa Hat ($5.99, Doggie Style).

The beaus

Shopping for your main squeeze is easy when you tap into his alpine passions. For the snowboarder, Rides Snow Boards Rainier Jacket ($279.95, Christy Sports) in aqua twill features the ACT2 lining system to keep him warm and dry, and the water repelling technology of Aquapel will ensure that it lasts wash after wash. Pair with Rides Snow Boards Belltown Pant ($219.95-$239.95, Christy Sports) in golden twill.

Make sure your steady arrives at the first family holiday dinner on time! TW Steel Watches’ men’s collection features some pretty swanky styles including The Pilot Watch ($395, J. Scott Jewelers), The Canteen Watch ($725, J. Scott Jewelers) and The CEO Goliath Watch ($725, J. Scott Jewelers).

The troller in your life deserves a fly rod under the tree this year. Delight him with the Redington Butter Stick ($249.95, Minturn Anglers), a buttery-smooth casting fiberglass fly rod. And, don’t forget, just like skis need to be tuned often to work more efficiently, a fly rod needs to be squeaky clean for each first cast. The RIO AgentX Fly Line Cleaning Kit ($10.95, Minturn Anglers) is packed with all your man needs to keep his fly rod in tip-top shape. The cleaning kit includes RIO’s Wonder Cloth and a bottle of AgentX Line Dressing.

A perfectly coiffed BF is a must during the holidays, however, mountain chic doesn’t necessarily translate into boasting his Duck Dynasty year-of-beards. The unfussy, style of the Horny Toad Chambertin Overshirt ($125, Vail Racquet Club Pro Shop) can easily combat the indoor winter chill. When your man needs a few degrees more on the thermometer, give him the Horny Toad Brewster Jacket ($145, Vail Racquet Club Pro Shop).

The ladies

All is bright when you embrace the fashionista gift-giving philosophy of “one for you, one for me.” You and your sistah can wrap up a day on the slopes in matching SKEA Moyo skirts ($174, SOLS, Pepi Sports) in “bubbles” 3D, pearlized nylon or recycled wool. Lightly insulated, this après ski skirt looks über-sweet when worn with leggings. Or, nestle into the SKEA Cuddle Loop ($84, SOLS, Pepi Sports) in faux rabbit fur. This snuggly infinity scarf is luxurious without the guilty conscience and is available in brown/beige or black/grey.

The holiday season doesn’t have to be all party, party, party. For those gift recipients who appreciate a tranquil night on the sofa watching Love Actually for the hundredth time, a cozy pair of Peace Love World I Am Dreamy Peace Pants ($88, PE 101) with matching I Am Dreamy Peace Top ($78, PE 101) or PJ Salvage thermal or flannel pajama set ($62-$98, Roxy Beaver Creek) will be the picture-perfect gift. And, when you’re running out for the forgotten cranberry sauce, quickly throw on the Peace Love World Viscose Scarf ($60, PE 101) in adorable shades of Candy Apple, Gables Green, Purple Magic, Black and White. Deciding how to wrap these fabulous gifts? Feed Bags ($45, Roxy Beaver Creek) are triple-purpose gifts: 1. Cute for toting around town; 2. Great for gift-wrapping; and 3. Each Feed Bag purchase is the opportunity to give back this holiday season, as the large Feed Bag supplies two children with school meals for an entire year.

There is nothing lovelier than the indulgence of something shiny and pretty. Baubles for your bestie are a must! Our picks include: Gillian Julius Bracelet ($285, Perch), Bloom Limited Edition Holiday Drusy Black Tie bracelet ($34, Perch), Dogeared Jewelry Light As A Feather Necklace ($58, Arriesago), Dogeared Jewelry Elephant Stud Earrings ($36, Arriesago) and Dogeared Jewelry Charmed Elephants Cuffed Bracelet ($70, Arriesago).

If your BFF has everything or needs some R&R, pamper her with a SpaFinder gift certificate, which can be used at Aria Spa at the Vail Cascade Resort, Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Spa Anjali at Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa and The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.

Party hopping gifts

Showing up at a holiday party empty-handed is an Emily Post faux pas. Come bearing gifts that can be shared. Blue Nectar Tequila ($41.99, Spike’s Liquor and Joe’s Liquors) is a cult favorite in tequila circles across Colorado with tasting notes of vanilla, nutmeg and other spices. Bring a little celeb trivia to the soiree with Dave Matthews’ new collection, The Dreaming Tree Wines ($15, Village Warehouse Wines). A collection of California-based wines from world-renowned musician Dave Matthews and award-winning winemaker Steve Reeder, The Dreaming Tree Wines are food-friendly and best savored with close friends and family around the holiday dinner table. Toast the upcoming new year with VOVETI Prosecco ($17, West Vail Liquor Mart), an artisan prosecco made by a winery in Northeast Italy. VOVETI smells of honeysuckle and has crisp flavors of green apple, melon and ripe peach that endure on the palate.

For your hostess, a little gesture of thanks goes a long way. Small gifts such as ROYAL APOTHIC Parfum ($18-$40, Cashmere & Coco), Baron Candles (small: $10 large: $14, Rouge) or Honey House Naturals Bee Bar Lotion & Lip Balm (small: $8; large: $12; lip balm: $5, Rouge) will bring a smile to her face.

With an eye for uncovering the most sought-after trends, Eagle County resident Jennifer Geisman is a self-professed product junky. Geisman fuses her expertise in PR and the beauty and fashion worlds to deliver quintessentially modern hot spots, styles and trends. Email comments to cschnell@vaildaily.com.


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