Last Minute and Local: Holiday Gift Guide

Tis’ the Season for last minute shopping, but don’t despair, you can still get your friends, loved ones, bosses- the perfect gift. We have a short but excellent list of some fabulous, Salt Lake City local gift ideas gathered from City Weekly’s 2016 Holiday Shopping Guide. Check it out.

For Foodies:

Classes at Caputo’s Market & Deli ($25+)

We all have that one foodie friend that is on some sort of crusade to learn all there is to know about chocolate, cheese or craft spirits. Regardless of that friend’s current culinary obsession, Caputo’s offers several different classes in which experienced professionals like affineuse (your friend should know that word—unless she’s a poser). Antonia Horne guides attendees through the nuances of tasting the local delicacies that Caputo’s is so passionate about.

Multiple locations,

For Foodies who want their children to cook for them:

Junior Chef Classes at the Salt Lake Culinary Center ($77)

If you have a younger sibling, niece or nephew that has all the makings of a bona fide food snob, it’s time to prep that kid for celebrity chefdom so they can buy you a Maserati when you retire. The Salt Lake Culinary Center offers a wide variety of junior chef classes that will serve up an awesome cooking-based educational experience for kids—or at least get them out of their parents’ hair for a whole afternoon.

2233 S. 300 East, Salt Lake City. 801-464-0113,

For the Adventurous:

Speed Skating Lessons for kids and adults. ($55)

After the whirlwind of the sugar-binging holidays is over, get your kids out of the house and into a new hobby with Utah Olympic Oval’s short-track speed skating classes. Kiddos as young as 5 can strap on a pair of specialty skates (no need to buy your own; you can rent them at the facility) and learn essential short-track techniques on the “Fastest Ice on Earth.” Enrollees should already be comfortable with skating basics. Hockey, figure skating and curling classes are also available.

5662 Cougar Lane, Salt Lake City. 801-968-6825,

For the Outdoorsy types:

National Parks Pass ($80)

Utah has five jaw-dropping national parks inside its borders: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef. And the National Parks’ America the Beautiful pass is the perfect way to introduce Utah’s newcomers to the beauty displayed in the Southwestern deserts. Annual passes are $80, but they will get an entire vehicle of guests into each park. And, of course, the pass will allow entry into any of the national parks outside Utah’s borders, which can be reason enough to pack up for a road trip and head toward Grand Teton, Death Valley or Mesa Verde, to name just a few.

For Art Lovers and Crafters:

Kimball Art Center Art Classes ($20+)

Even many lovers of art can be convinced that they themselves are not artists. Park City’s Kimball Art Center provides year-round proof to the contrary. Family classes allow all ages to work together on learning projects like wheel-throwing pottery and creating gingerbread houses. Children and youth can participate in age-appropriate classes to learn sculpture, painting and drawing, while adults have opportunities to dig into the finer points of anatomy for drawing the human figure, screen-printing or portraiture. It’s a chance to give a gift that could lead to the creation of other artistic gifts shared with the world.

1401 Kearns Blvd., Park City. 435-649-8882,

For Lovers of THE CINEMA .

Salt Lake Film Society “Red Carpet Club” Annual Membership ($60+)

While multiplexes seem to offer little more than disappointing variations on franchise themes and reboot/sequel/reboot “imagination,” Salt Lake City’s own nonprofit arthouse theater continues to serve up a variety of independent American narratives, foreign-language features and compelling documentaries. The Salt Lake Film Society’s “Red Carpet Club” offers access to this content at a variety of levels to fit every possible budget for the aspiring Taratino on your list—from $60 for a year (discounted movie tickets and unlimited rentals from the Tower Video collection) to $5,000 (unlimited complimentary movie tickets for member and a guest, private Sundance Film Festival screenings, filmmaker luncheon and much more)—with several tiers in-between.