By Julie Malkin-Manning | Tuesday, December 14, 2021
IVCBA, This Holiday Season is All About Shopping Local

By: Kayla Anderson

In years past, Black Friday - the day after Thanksgiving - was always the biggest shopping day of the year, but now with supply chain issues, shipping delays, and bare shelves at box stores, Black Friday may be history. Now it’s about shopping small, shopping local, and getting quality unique products that last a while and have some style to them. 

Fortunately, Incline Village/Crystal Bay has a plethora of places that encourage you to visit them by providing seasonal specials and joy during Small Business Saturday and the entire holiday season … and giving you peace of mind by getting your holiday shopping done well before the last-minute shopping panic sets in. Here are a few options for finding gifts close to your holiday home:

For the fashionista in your life:

Panache (930 Tahoe Blvd. Ste 204, Incline Village) next to Raley’s in Incline Village carries home décor items such as nice-smelling candles, Tahoe-centric coffee table books, and warm women’s clothing, everything from stylish activewear to Emu boots and slippers. 

You can also scoop up comfortable, warm second-hand clothing at the Village Christian Thrift Shop (799 Southwood Blvd., Incline Village), Pet Network Thrift Store (760 Mays Blvd. Ste 9, Incline Village), and Tahoe Family Solutions(774 Mays Blvd. #13, Incline Village) all in and around Mays Boulevard. All these thrift stores have kitchen appliances, furniture, sports equipment, greeting cards, and an abundance of other good finds, so you can really stock up on gifts while saving money and supporting worthy causes. 

Karma Tahoe (868 Tahoe Blvd. Ste. 12, Incline Village) in Christmas Tree Village started out as a women’s clothing boutique but expanded to include children's and men’s clothing. Find gently-used boots, shoes, purses, and jewelry too. 

Speaking of jewelry…if you’re thinking of taking your relationship to the next level, consider checking out specially sourced turquoise, stone, and metallic necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings at family generational business The Potlatch (930 Tahoe Blvd. Ste 401, Incline Village), or the glimmering Forever Rox jewelry store (930 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village) to find priceless diamonds, also located in the Raley’s Shopping Center. 

For the foodie in your life:

Raley’s (930 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village) and Happy Tiers Bakery has you covered, with sweets, specialty breakfasts, and more. Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe’s Tahoe Provisions (111 Country Club Dr., Incline Village) also has Tahoe made snacks and to-go treats that are made right here at the lake, and you may get to catch a glimpse of its impressive holiday gingerbread display.

Alcohol makes a good gift for those ages 21 and older, and there’s no better place to find it than at Incline Spirits & Cigars (120 Country Club Dr. Unit 25, Incline Village). If you’re looking for more of a laidback wine night, head over to Glasses Wine Bar (760 Mays Blvd. Ste. 8, Incline Village) to grab a bottle to share with friends or pour your own glass our of one of its many wine dispensers. 

A great idea for hostess and holiday gifts with a Tahoe flair, the thoughtfully curated Tahoe Welcome Basket are chock full of unique locally crafted food and artisan products.  

For the kids:

If you are shopping for young ones, The Potlatch has an entire kids books and games section. And while you’re so close, it’s worth meandering across the parking lot about two hundred yards away to cuddle up with the soft plush toys at Panache. To find a whole shop dedicated to kids, venture over to Village Toys (899 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village) that’s now located next to Starbucks on the corner of Highway 28 and Village Boulevard. 

For the gardener in your life:

If you have that special person who takes pride in their yard and home, check out High Sierra Gardens (866 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village) for a lovely variety of plants and their holders, or put together a nice fresh flower bouquet to bring to your party host. For a gift that lasts a bit longer, head over to ACE Hardware (910 Tahoe Blvd. Unit 103, Incline Village) for tools, hoses, paint, appliances, barbeques, and other garden equipment. 

For more interior decorating, Village Interiors (868 Tahoe Blvd. Ste. 9, Incline Village) sells furniture, art, and will even design your space for you, while Handmade at the Lake (866 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village) carries quilt art, decorative/functional pottery, lap quilts, and more to help keep you and your loved ones warm and cozy in any environment or season. 

Check out these Sip & Shop events:

Fortunately, Incline Village/Crystal Bay is one of the most festive places to be leading up to Christmas, so don’t worry if you can’t make Small Business Saturday. Here are some specific Sip & Shop events coming up at our favorite IV/CB events that allow you to meet your neighbors, be merry, and pick up some gifts:

December 16: Sip & Shop Thursday at Village Plaza (State Farm, Susie Scoops, Village Toys, Clearly Tahoe, Sage Leaf Tahoe, Starbucks)

December 18: Sip & Shop Saturday at Country Club Centre (Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, Fumo’s, Austin’s, Cool Mess, Incline Spirits & Cigars/72 Mile Distillers, Happy Tiers Bakery)