Books, jerky, pottery and other ideas for Wyoming-oriented Christmas gifts


Retiring Secretary of State Max Maxfield thinks copies of the new Wyoming commemorative coin would make a great Christmas gift.

Wyoming celebrates its 125th anniversary next year and the coin will be a wonderful keepsake. Go to the Internet to find out how to order it.

Books by CJ Box, Craig Johnson and Alexandra Fuller are some favorite authors. Their books are available all over the state.

In Worland, Debbie Hammons suggested gifts from Rocky Mountain Framing & Gallery.  “Terry Cook, the owner, is such an artist — she etches glass with the Wyoming bucking bronc.  She does all kinds of glasses — wine, beer, shots and mugs.  She said she just did a glass top table.  Her website is A great Christmas or wedding present for those with their hearts in Wyoming!” says Debbie. 

In Sheridan, Pat Henderson recommends Legerski’s Sausage Co. “It is absolutely the best!  Their product would convince a vegan to go back to meat!  Three generations of making sausage in Sheridan! They sell Holiday Sausage and Cheese Gift Boxes including Polish Sausage, Yakwurst (my favorite), Summer Sausage, Beer Sticks & Demock Colby Jack Cheese. Check out their Facebook page. Kings Ropes also has great products here in Sheridan,” he recommends.

When it comes to personal bias, the next two suggestions are offered. Outfitter Jim Allen of Lander says “the gift of a classic Wyoming dude ranch family vacation or wilderness pack trip. The whole family can be accommodated and will cherish those memories forever. No electronic distractions is a big plus, forcing the family to actually engage and talk to each other! Where better to vacation than in Wyoming’s world class wilderness areas?”

Also, Newcastle publisher Tom Mullen suggests a gift subscription to the local newspaper, which I totally think is a wonderful idea. Kati Hime of Laramie recommends a subscription to her Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine. It is a great read.

In Casper, Leslie Blythe suggests a local potter who makes wonderful gifts and can tailor them to your needs: “ plus Wyoming Wind Women chimes, beautiful hand crafted gifts by Kathy Patceg in Glenrock, the Box Elder Company.

Steff Kessler in Lander suggests sage wreaths. “Many different folks make them, and they are so fragrant and last for quite some time. I send them to family out of state for a touch of the west.”    

Bookstore owner Robby Smith in Sheridan suggests Johnson and Box are Wyoming authors “that sell well for us.”

Johnson’s newest is “Wait for Signs,” a short story collection, the newest Walt Longmire novel is “Any Other Name.”  Box’s newest is “Shots Fired,” a short story collection, and newest Joe Pickett novel is “Stone Cold.”  

“I always sell Wyoming Trivia, “I Didn’t Know That About Wyoming,” “Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains,” and our best selling book “Where the Rivers Run North” by Sam Morton. Anything with local history sells well,” she concludes.

My friend Garve Chapman likes to give Wyoming Whiskey and Koltiska liquor products.

Dave Simpson says, “My secret weapon for great gifts is the shop at the Wyoming State Archives/Museum here in Cheyenne. Last year I got a framed map titled “Map of the History and Romance of Wyoming,” and my wife loved it. They have a ton of Wyoming-oriented gifts, posters and prints, books and other items there.”

Jack States in Lander promotes his wife, Diantha, who has an Etsy web site to sell her Wyoming handmade art products. Her site is CanyonAppleArt. Her handbags with original floral paintings transferred to them are illustrated on the site. Also in her inventory are teddy bears made out of faux fur (very realistic appearing), original full and miniature sized oil paintings, greeting cards with original artwork, and pure beeswax candles painted with selected Wyoming wildflowers.

Nancy Guthrie in Jackson is promoting Wyoming Gourmet Beef of Cody. 

“The beef sticks and jerky are amazing.  You should order and try some. Here is the website”

She says Dave Fales is a Wyoming kid who “has done good and then came back home to the Big Horn Basin to establish this most successful business.”

As for myself I plan to buy some knives from Mike Jones’ and hopefully some Maven binoculars from my friends at, both here in Lander.

Cannot end this column without mentioning my new coffee table book MY WYOMING 101 Special Places. It is on sale at fine bookstores and on the Internet at

What are your favorite Wyoming-oriented Christmas gifts?


Check out Bill Sniffin’s columns at  He is a longtime Wyoming journalist from Lander who has written five books. His most recent book is “MY WYOMING 101 Special Places,” is now available for purchase.


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