The clock is ticking toward the holidays and you have yet to wrap a gift for that one person on your list. How about giving the gift of a Wyoming winter experience? It checks all the boxes: An experience is thoughtful, gives time together with loved ones (or a much-needed break), supports local business, and can arrive in an inbox before the stroke of midnight on the eve of the holidays. What are these magical gifts, you ask? Read below for 17 unique ideas.
1. A Wyoming Winter Cabin Staycation
Whether you rough it in the woods or go for the all-inclusive amenities, there is a cabin getaway with your name on it here in southeastern Wyoming. Get cozy and prop up your feet with a deck of cards and the ones who matter most.
2. A Snowmobile Guide Trip or Day Rental
Whether it's your first time sledding or you are a seasoned mountain expert, nothing beats scheduling an outing blasting through the snow on a bluebird Wyoming day. Our outfitters have everything you need to get you started, warm, and up on the mountain.
3. Ski or Snowshoe Rentals for a day or weekend
Try a new hobby or introduce your loved ones to one of your favorites, with nordic skis, snowshoes, snowboards, downhill skis, and skate skis at Laramie's Fast Haus Ski & Bike, Laramie's Basecamp, or Westgate Sports.
4. Holiday lift tickets to Snowy Range Ski Area
Book a weekend of lift tickets and make it a getaway experience up at Snowy Range Ski. With lessons, free parking, and easy access, it's no wonder people are skipping the lines and skyrocketing prices to the south.
5. Laramie Spa Day with a Manicure and Pedicure
Treat yourself! Gift cards to a local spa are always a win, or schedule the activity ahead to remove the guesswork.
6. Movie night
7. Gift certificates to your favorite Laramie restaurants
Our tasty eats are Guy Fieri Approved and can warm you on any winter day. Give the gift of an excuse to splurge on dessert and appetizers too!
8. Artsy Classes
Laramie is full of talented artists running art studios offering up activities and classes, like Science Loves Art, Art & Soul Pottery, and Pop-Up Paint Party. For a longer experience, look at classes from Siren Studios at the Laramie Plains Civic Center, where you can learn to throw clay pottery.
9. A Museum Date
There are a number of museums in Laramie ranging from free to inexpensive, for everything from a wild west experience or a deep dive into the prehistoric. The museums are one of our favorite things about living in a western University town.
10. An entry for the annual Hattie Fishing Derby from West Laramie Fly Store
This is a gift that can pay off for your favorite ice-fishing aficionado, in the form of fantastic cash grand prizes! Join them in their ice hut with a heater and brews for the full weekend experience this January.
11. A yoga class or membership from Hot Power Yoga or Seek Yoga Studio
Heat up those joints in winter with hot yoga or relax with traditional yoga flow classes at Seek.
12. An annual day use or camping permit to Wyoming State Parks or the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest
These are the gifts that keep giving year-round! Print someone their pass and they'll have free parking for a weekend activity outdoors at any time. Plus they offer up early bird discounts on your pass this time of year!
13. Family Fun Activities
You can fill a full day with family-friendly fun here in Laramie! A night of bowling at Laramie Lanes is fun for the whole crew. Book an escape room at All Points West or time at LEAP Ninja Warrior Fitness to round out a full day of activities.
14. Crafty Classes
15. Event tickets
16. Ice skating at Laramie Ice & Event Center
Skate rentals, hockey, and public ice time are a family favorite, as well as the perfect winter date.
17. Gift Certificates from their favorite shops
Take the guesswork out of the gift and give a gift certificate! As a bonus, Downtown Laramie offers gift certificates to any shop in downtown, so you don't even have to choose the store.
Make the most of the holidays when you give the gift of winter memories full of Wyoming experiences.