The holidays are one of our favorite times of the year. In Wyoming, we believe that one of the best parts of the holiday season is picking the perfect gift for the ones you love. Our best advice? Forgo the big box stores and support local Wyoming businesses by shopping some of our favorite locally-crafted products.
Take a look at this Wyoming holiday gift guide featuring goods crafted in the Cowboy State. For the safety and convenience of shoppers, businesses on this list all have online ordering options.
1. Big Lost Meadery
The craft brewing and distilling scene has been booming in the West for a while now, but the guys at Big Lost Meadery are doing things a little differently. Located in historic downtown Gillette, Big Lost creates a honey-based liquor that is sure to keep you warm on a brisk Wyoming evening. The first and only meadery in Wyoming, Big Lost calls to your inner viking. Plus, they make some great mead. Their honey concoctions are meant to be consumed from a horn, but no matter how you drink it we recommend that you buy an extra bottle for yourself.
2. Surf Wyoming & Go Slo
Fun fact: the first river surfing ever recorded in America took place on the Snake River right here in Wyoming. Surf Wyoming is a fun and visually pleasing apparel brand that sits at the base of the Bighorn Mountains in one of Wyoming’s most charming western towns—Sheridan.
Recently, Surf Wyoming & Go Slo partnered together to open a store front in Cheyenne, too. At this location, Go Slo Wyo represents Wyoming’s wild, windy and free spirit. Their love for celebrating Wyoming can be seen in their artful graphic apparel, jewelry, prints and iconic bison hats, all of which are certain to delight any Wyoming-loving friend on your gift list.
3. Queen Bee Honey
This family-run business has been gathering honey from bees for over 40 years in Lovell, Wyoming. This honey is used to make soaps, candles, lotions and, most famously, candy. Queen Bee Honey is best known for its honey caramels, but you can also find truffels, toffee and more for the sweet tooth on your list. While candies are only available in-store, you can find other products, including honey, online.
4. Centennial Woods
There’s truly nothing quite like a quality handmade wood piece of furniture or art. Not only are the products from Centennial Woods beautiful, but they’re also made from recycled Wyoming snow fences. In case you’re not familiar, snow fences (ranging in lengths of 6 to 12 feet) line many of Wyoming’s highways to prevent snow from piling on the roads. Turns out, Wyoming’s weather is the perfect aging process for the fences and the folks at Centennial Woods create furniture, decor and stunning wood paneling with the upcycled wood.
5. Cowtown Candy Company
Located in Cody, Cowtown Candy Company will make you feel like a kid in a candy store… even if you are an adult on your couch. This shop is best known for its Cody Crunch, which is melt-in-your-mouth corn puffs covered in white chocolate. You can also find fudge, popcorn and other decadent treats to help fill stockings with Wyoming-made sweets.
6. Meeteetse Chocolatier
If you don’t think artisan chocolates and cowboys go hand in hand, then we’ve got news for you: They do. Tim Kellogg originally made truffles to sell at the Cody Stampede to raise money for a new bronc saddle, and to put it simply, the rest is history. The Meeteetse Chocolatier uses only the best ingredients and each item is made fresh by Tim every single day in his shop in Meeteetsee. These chocolates aren’t meant to be frozen or stored, so we recommend planning accordingly if you order online. Our advice: Order an extra box for yourself.
7. The Bent & Rusty
This Laramie store was founded by a woman, Billie Eckhardt, who had a passion for creating furnishings from reclaimed materials. She started a booth at a local flea market with two other women, one specializing in jewelry and one specializing in quilts. The three went on to open a store that continues to sell those types of products plus antiques, glassware, soap and more. While a majority of their products can only be found in-store, you can shop a small selection of what they sell online.
8. Mountain Meadow Wool
We’re here to let you in on a secret: Mountain Meadow Wool is one of Wyoming’s treasures. Located in Buffalo, Meadow Mountain Wool is a family-operated mill that creates high-quality wool goods in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains, with a mission to not only revitalize the American wool industry but to also support local ranches. Shop their collection of yarns, apparel and home goods to find something to keep all of your loved ones nice and cozy this winter.
Find apparel, hats, mugs, glassware and more at this shop located in Casper. Many products feature the iconic Wyoming bison, and an entire lineup of goodies are donned with “Myoming” for those who proudly call the Cowboy State home. With a robust online selection, you’ll be sure to find something for the Wyoming-obsessed, no matter where you live.
10. Range Leather Company
Proudly handcrafted at an elevation of 7,220 feet, Range Leather Company creates stunning, detailed leather goods that are reminiscent of all things Wyoming. Ranges Leather Company products include wallets, dopp kits, journals, leather jewlery and bags, all crafted in the shadow of Snowy Range Mountains in Laramie. Their line is almost guaranteed to have something for someone (or everyone) on your Christmas list.
Didn’t quite find what you were looking for? Many Wyoming locals have set up shop on Etsy. Find the perfect gift for that special someone by shopping jewelry, apparel, art and more created by someone living in the Cowboy State. You can find even more Wyoming-made products here.