SOURCE: Nevada Commission on Tourism

Nevada Commission on Tourism

November 26, 2014 06:00 ET

Nevada Holiday Gift Guide

CARSON CITY, NV--(Marketwired - Nov 26, 2014) - Whether you're visiting Nevada this winter or simply want to soak up some Nevada goodness wherever you are, TravelNevada has a cheat sheet of local products available online and throughout the Silver State. These make great stocking stuffers and teachers' gifts, and are a way to share some Nevada love with friends and family.

Natural Goodness

If you're looking for a tasty way to warm up this winter, Davidson's Organics in Sparks is just your cup of tea. This tea company has been on the block since 1976, building momentum each year. Owner Kunall Patel is a third-generation tea grower, working with family in India to compassionately grow the tea, which is then imported to Sparks, blended, and distributed to tea enthusiasts all over the world. This makes Davidson's Organics the only operation of its kind in the United States.

Aside from roasting chestnuts on an open fire, nothing sounds better than a lavishly piping-hot bubble bath on a cold winter night. And while you're combating Jack Frost, you might as well seal the deal with some of the finest lavender products imaginable. Just east of Carson City, Campie's Lavender Patch explodes with robustly fragrant essence and is sure to have your friends and family in a zen-induced catatonic state in minutes.

Decked Out

If you aren't into decking the halls, at least settle for decking yourself out in the snazziest swag in Northern Nevada with a trip to Reno eNVy. In the heart of the Biggest Little City, this eccentric little shop has single-handedly rebranded the way lots of young chaps view the 775 with its contagious icon: the airstream trailer, Reno style.

Delicious Delicacies

Follow your nose to Chocolate Shoppe this winter, where savory sweets will have you going into sensory overload in no time. Here, you can observe the chocolate-making process and pick up a couple of sweet treats to leave out for Santa. You can score some of the best (and largest!) peppermint patties you've ever seen, send some sweet and salted caramels off to granny or hoard the shop's signature holiday item, peppermint bark. Because we all know everything is better with peppermint bark. Release your inner 5-year-old and go bonkers in Chocolate Shoppe, and slip into that deep, dark chocolate coma. We all know you want to. 

Imbibe

Maybe you want to go the safe route and gift someone the always-welcome bottle of holiday booze, or you've got a major bourbon fanatic in the family you want to impress. Either way, at Las Vegas Distillery you're going to walk away with an ultra-unique gift. As the Silver State's largest distillery, this shop will keep your head spinning with the incredible range of supreme spirits. From rum to gin, and whiskey to vodka, Las Vegas Distillery is sure to please any crowd, but the real crown jewel is the limited-edition NV 150 Bourbon. As the first official bourbon released in the Battle Born State, this exclusive liquor commemorates Nevada's 150th birthday and is a clear-cut way to get one heck of a refined party off the ground this holiday season.

We all know that the desert is not exactly wine country, but a handful of family-run wineries are setting out to prove different. Churchill Vineyards in Fallon produces Nevada's only estate white wines, and most recently has built a distillery and is producing estate spirits as well. Visit the ranch to sample and buy everything it produces, from riesling to bourbon, and check out the website for info on where to purchase it in person. 

Experience

What do you gift someone who has everything? An experience. And that is Exotics Racing in Las Vegas. Give the gift of slinking into a perfectly molded leather seat, dropping the hammer and ripping around a private track at more than 100 mph. Or, if your recipient can't quite handle all that horsepower, hook him or her up with a Ride-Along Experience in a Corvette Z06 with a professional drifter. While Exotics Racing already lures its guests with seductive, brightly colored cars, they've added several new finely tuned autos to the fleet, including the Porsche 991 GT3, the Porsche 991 Turbo and the Lamborghini Huracan.

Instead of spending hours assembling that toy train set, how about gifting a real train experience at the Nevada Northern Railway? Let's just get serious for a minute: age doesn't matter when it comes to riding one of the oldest, continually operating steam engine trains in the nation. If that's not enough, sign Timmy up to jump behind the throttle and conduct this megaton beast for hours. And if you really want to kick it up a notch, immerse yourself in a night of adventure in the original 1906 Bunkhouse. Give the most legendary gift with a Polar Express-themed jaunt, a once-in-a-lifetime conducting experience, or a night at the museum that will be hard to forget.

For more information on Nevada-made products, visit www.BuyNevada.org. And to visit Nevada and shop in person, check out www.TravelNevada.com.

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