10Best Christmas Shopping in Lake Tahoe and Truckee

Christmas shopping in the Lake Tahoe and Truckee area is made special with the views of the mountains and the snow, but gets even better when you visit any of these 10Best boutiques, shops and stores in various locations around the lake. Many stores in the Tahoe area feature items created by local artists and those make some of the best gifts.

Check out the handmade items at the Riverside Studios or La Galleria in Truckee. Each of these stores feature beautifully handmade jewelry, scarves, paintings, ceramics and photography for reasonable prices. Other great places to go Christmas shopping in the Tahoe area include Bespoke, where you can find unique clothing items and the fabulous Cooking Gallery which has everything you need for the amateur or professional chef.

If you are shopping for the kids, take them with you to Barrels O' Candy in Virginia City or to Ruffles and Ruffnecks in Tahoe City for some funky clothing. If you are shopping for yourself, visit the clothing stores at the Shops at Heavenly or the Tahoe Hemp Company in South Lake Tahoe offers some unusual and memorable clothing items, statues and other home decor. If you want to treat someone to an experience instead of an item, gift them a class at the North Tahoe Arts Center.

Olympic Valley


Spruced Gift & Home is located in the Village at Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley. This cute shop reflects the Lake Tahoe and mountain lifestyle with gift ideas, home items, toys and handmade items from local artists. The store also offers a...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


The Tahoe Hemp Company is South Lake Tahoe is not your average counter-culture shop. The emphasis of this business is to emphasize the importance of hemp as a sustainable crop and design material. The THC (a play on words, of course) sells...  Read More

North Tahoe Arts Center
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This cute gallery on the shore of Lake Tahoe offers the visitor everything from fine paintings and sculpture to handmade textiles and items for the home. The exhibits change on a monthly basis and include mixed media collage, photography, and...  Read More



The Riverside Studios artists shop in Downtown Truckee (in the Brickletown shopping district) is a cute and funky loft-style shop featuring items from various local artists. Here you can find handmade jewelry, clothing, purses and other...  Read More



The Shops at Heavenly are located just below the Heavenly ski area in South Lake Tahoe. The village includes an eclectic mix of shops from fashionable lifestyle apparel, accessories and art. The shops include the Pacific Crest art gallery,...  Read More



Ruffles and Ruffnecks has been selling adorable clothing for children and infants in Tahoe City for the last 40 years. They not only have every day and special occasion outfits for kids, but also sell unique toys and games. Another great area is...  Read More



La Galleria in historic downtown Truckee is an exquisite gallery that is dedicated to beautiful works of art from Asia and South America, jewelry and other accessories, statues and fountains and local arts from the Truckee area. They specialize...  Read More



This small, but sweet boutique in the Cobblestone Shopping Center in Tahoe City has made a name for itself for selling only handmade items from over 30 different artists in the Reno, Tahoe and Truckee area. The store is full of unique items like...  Read More



This independent shop for both amateur and professional cooks is nothing short of a culinary lovers dream come true. The shop is two stories of beautiful cooking equipment, cookbooks, spices, cutlery, pots, pans and anything you can think of for...  Read More



Owned by a high fashion designer turned mountain girl, Bespoke is a fun and unique shop in historic downtown Truckee that celebrates everything vintage, kitschy and natural. When you first step into the small shop, you will first be drawn to the...  Read More


Meet Christina Nellemann

Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina