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November 29, 2012
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BUY LOCAL: Four gift options for Christmas

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Finding those perfect gifts for loved ones is no easy feat, especially when you want to buy local. Here's four gift ideas guaranteed to give back to Grand Valley businesses.

Honey Skateboards - known for its classic longboards and accessories - is unique to Grand Junction, and its products are purchased all over the world. One new product - Nuts and Honey - is a great stocking stuffer, owner Mike Mahoney said. It's just under $20, and it includes longboard essentials (66 pieces, including screws, nuts and spacers). Use this discount code - fish2012 - on Honey's website for 15 percent off purchases through the holidays.Visit: Traz Snow & Skate to purchase a Honey Skateboard product at 2466 Highway 6 & 50 , Suite 3, Grand Junction;

There's so many choices when it comes to Grand Valley wines, and gift options galore for a variety of tastes. All you need to do is drive through Palisade and check out its numerous tasting rooms to find your match.Here's one tip: Palisade's own Talon Wine Brands - including St. Kathryn Cellars, Talon Winery and Meadery of the Rockies - recently won 21 medals at the 2012 Denver International Wine Competition in Denver.Two Rivers Winery, located in the Redlands, is another top pick. Try the Port!Visit: Talon Wine Brands, 3701 G Road, Palisade; Or call 877-858-6330.Visit: Two Rivers Winery & Chateau, 2087 Broadway, Grand Junction; Or call 970-255-1471.

Spirits are always a popular gift during the holiday season. Why not give locally with Palisade's award-winning Peach Street Distillers Artisan Goat Vodka. Other options include: Colorado Straight Bourbon, Jackalope Gin, both Jack & Jenny Peach and Pear & Plum Brandy, as well as the distiller's various Grappas."Our products are available in both the tasting room and liquor stores throughout the valley," owner Rory Donovan said.Visit: Peach Street Distillers, 144 South Kluge Ave., building #2, Palisade; Or call 970-464-1128.

The "Loki Morf" pull-over or zip-up hoodies are "a nice gift for anyone from the XXL werkin' hoss, to sexy-mamas, down to itty-bitty toddlers," Loki Gear owner Seth Anderson said. "Morf Hoodies are a great intro to Loki jacket technology with hand-warming mitts for walking the dog, yard-work, commuting to town on the cruiser, or climbing Denali with our full-on Loki Jackets."Hoodies range from $59-$89.Or try the Loki Peruvian hat ($30) - they're a lighter-weight fleece this year and available in cool colors. "Like Loki the Norse shape-shifter, they change from an earflap hat with a venerable top opening to a full adjustable mask or neck-gaiter that can be worn under helmets," Anderson said.Visit: 2249 Broadway, Suite 8, Grand Junction; Or call 970-248-9693.Stay tuned for more "buy local" items in the Dec. 7 issue.

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The Post Independent Updated Nov 30, 2012 01:15PM Published Nov 29, 2012 04:21PM Copyright 2012 The Post Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.