If you haven’t started shopping yet, not to worry. This is the first part of our two-part Denver Holiday Gift Guide, which will help you find the best gifts around Denver…without ever setting foot in a shopping mall. Come back next week for the Holiday Gift Guide, Part II: The Best Denver Experiences to Give.
For her: Your wife, your mom, your sister, your best friend…
Lux and Luca Colorado Made Bar Necklace, $45-$52
Denver jewelry company Lux and Luca has a whole line of bar and circle necklaces with fun and sometimes irreverent tributes including Mama Wolf, Loved, Be Epic, and Mountain Mama. But for those who carry the somewhat unusual prestige of being a native, this Colorado Made bar necklace is a perfect choice. Available in gold or sterling silver and various chain lengths.
Eberjey Gisele Pajama Set, $130
Because whoever your favorite “she” is, she deserves to not have to sleep in a ratty old t-shirt. There’s something about slipping into a pair of comfortable yet pretty pajamas and then climbing into bed that makes you feel a little bit spoiled. These Eberjey Gisele pajamas are divine to sleep in…I’d wear them all day long if I could get away with it. SOL carries a number of Eberjey pajamas and intimates, all of which are incredibly soft, so choose your favorite style.
Where to buy: SOL (3010 E. 6th Avenue, Denver)
Custom-Scented Wooly Wax Candles, $135+
Anyone would be thrilled to get one of Wooly Wax’s deliciously scented, small-batch, hand-poured, all-natural soy candles, like Tangerine | Clove or Coriander | Driftwood or even one of their local business collaboration scents like Laws Whiskey House. Or you could really wow your loved one with a custom-created scent that’s just as unique as she is. That’s right…Wooly Wax will work with you to create a signature candle scent personalized just for her. Contact Wooly Wax directly to set up a consultation.
Where to buy: Wooly Wax Candles (Berkeley: 4424 Tennyson Street, Denver)
For him: Your husband, your dad, your brother…
Spinster Sisters Shaving Kit, $49
Get him to ditch the shaving gel in a can for good once he lathers up with Spinsters Sisters all-natural shaving soap, blended with ingredients designed to alleviate redness, moisturize, and soothe skin, with scents like eucalyptus, lavender, sandalwood, or workshop. The shaving kit comes with a genuine boar bristle brush and old-fashioned enameled mug.
Where to buy: Spinster Sisters products are available online or in store at one of 3 Front Range locations: Cherry Creek North (2628 E. Third Avenue, Denver), Boulder (1102 Pearl Street) and the original Golden location (1116 Washington Avenue).
Ratio Clothing Custom Shirt, $98-$165
He doesn’t have to be a sartorialist to appreciate a Ratio Clothing shirt that is custom fit and handcrafted to suit him, or suit him up, perfectly. This Denver clothing store has a philosophy that clothing should not only be well made, but also made just for you. Their custom shirts come in casual, business casual, and dress styles including flannel, seersucker, linen, and traditional cotton oxford. Custom shirts start at $98, and you can purchase a gift certificate in any amount.
Where to buy: Ratio Clothing (LoHi: 2559 16th Street, Denver)
Craft Alley Colorado Brewery Subscription, $39.99/month
Denver’s brewery scene has exploded so much that it’s hard to keep track of all the new breweries that have opened. But now beer snobs can enjoy local craft beer in the comfort of their own home with Craft Alley‘s membership subscription. Here’s how it works…tell Craft Alley about your favorite brews, what you like and don’t like, and they will curate just for you a monthly 4-pack of crowlers, each one 32 ounces and filled fresh from the brewery (and with a longer shelf life than a growler).
Where to buy: Craft Alley (Platte Park: 1455 S. Pearl Street, Denver)
For your favorite outdoorsy Coloradan…
The 14er Summit Register, $59
I admit, I’ve never conquered a 14er. I’ve never even tried. But if I did, you can bet I’d find a way to work it into conversation, or at least remind myself that I had managed such a feat. Which is why I love the concept of WanderWide‘s newly debuted 14er Summit Register, designed and created by a mountain-loving Coloradan to track and display the 14ers you conquer. Because, at some point, we all need a reminder of where we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished.
Where to buy: Wanderwide (online). Armitage and McMillan (Riverfront: 1550 Platte Street, Denver); Feral Mountain Co. (Berkeley: 4320 Tennyson Street, Denver); I Heart Denver (Denver Pavilions: 500 16th Street, Level 2, Denver and Southwest Plaza: 8501 W. Bowles Avenue, Littleton); Studio Colfax (2418 E. Colfax, Denver)
Topo Designs Local Shop Y-Pack, $119
These limited edition Topo Designs backpacks let Coloradans show off your love for your favorite Colorado city (be it Denver, Boulder or Fort Collins) as well as San Fran. Each Local Shop Y-Pack is only available in that city’s store (although you can call the store directly to order it if, say, you’re not up for a drive to FoCo), and features patches of beloved local brands and places. For Denver that includes Stranahan’s Whiskey, RiNo Art District, Illegal Pete’s, Huckleberry Coffee and TypeHike. And these classic, well-designed packs are crafted right here in Colorado.
Where to buy: Topo Designs (RiNo: 2500 Larimer Street, Denver). The Boulder (935 Pearl Street, Boulder) and Fort Collins (130B S. College Avenue, Fort Collins). Local Shop Y-Packs need to be purchased directly from those area stores.
For your favorite foodie…
Helliemae’s Salted Caramels, $10-$26
For anyone who appreciates a little savory with their sweet, Helliemae’s salted caramels will be the perfect indulgence. I’ve personally, and somewhat sheepishly, downed a couple bags of the Sea Salt Caramels and Whiskey Love Bombs in a way-too-short period of time. And I only regretted it when my husband asked who ate all the caramels.
Where to buy: Helliemae’s (online), Post Oak Hall, (Wheat Ridge: 6195 W. 44th Avenue); Cheese + Provisions (Sunnyside: 2432 W. 44th Avenue, Denver); Jolly Goods (Berkeley: 4020 Tennyson Street, Denver); The Perfect Petal (Highland Square: 3600 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver)
Denver City Bamboo Board, $35.99
This laser-etched bamboo cutting board featuring all of the Denver neighborhoods will become a favorite of any local food-lover. Once you pick this up at EcoMountain Home Store, pop around the corner into Cheese + Provisions and top it off with a couple of yummy cheeses.
Where to buy: EcoMountain Home Store (Sunnyside: 4350 Alcott Street, Denver)
For the littles…
Mile High Urban Farming Dinosaur Terrarium Planter, $20
Any little one who loves dinosaurs will be tickled by these unique gifts from Mile High Urban Farming. I bought one of the dinosaur terrariums for my then 3-year-old (which he loved!) and was reminded how awesome these were when I saw an entire display of them at the recent Holiday Flea pop-up market. And the customer service…when I told the owner that we loved ours but, because of my blackest of thumbs, the plant had died, she offered to replace the plant at cost. And, she even hand-delivered my first order when it wasn’t going to arrive in time to surprise my little guy (for Valentine’s Day).
KEVA Planks, $25.99
My boys love to build. We have way too many Legos, we have the Tegu wooden magnetic blocks (which I swear by for enjoyable meals out), and we even have my dad’s original hand-cut wooden block set from when he was a kid. But, I think these KEVA Planks are the next level for my 5-year-old builder, and I love that they come in natural or fun pops of color. Like other building sets, you can start small (KEVA Brain Builders are $15.95) or grow your collection with various levels and pieces (larger sets come in 200, 400, and 1000 pieces and range from $89.95 to $399.95).
Where to buy: Second Star to the Right (Berkeley: 4353 Tennyson Street, Denver); Timbuk Toys (University Hills: 2526 S. Colorado Boulevard, Denver; Lowry: 200 Quebec Center, Denver; Highlands Ranch: 9315 Dorchester Street; Lakewood: 7830 W. Alameda)
Penni Olive Kids’ Apron, $34
For arts and crafts and helping in the kitchen, this Penni Olive children’s apron is both functional and adorable. And, is there anything sweeter than a kiddo in his own perfectly sized small apron? I just picked up one of these for my youngest, who didn’t yet have his own, and now I’m thinking I need to get another for big brother…who already has his own, but not nearly as cute as these are. Handcrafted by a Denver local, these aprons come in so many fun, brightly colored prints you will have trouble choosing! The Etsy website doesn’t display the full inventory (although these Colorado aprons are definitely cute), but if you catch this maker at one of the upcoming shows (one is this weekend), she’ll have quite a selection on display.
Chasing Windmills Thermal Long Johns, $69+
These temperature-regulating, breathable, quick-drying long johns are perfect for the outdoor chill on the mountains, but are also so cozy and cuddly that they make the sweetest pajamas for your favorite kiddos. Made with merino wool, they come in sizes 3 months to size 10. Chasing Windmills is a Denver company that can be found at some of the pop-up markets, but your best bet may be to order online from their website.
Where to buy: Chasing Windmills (online)
Oh, how my active kids will love this NinjaLine…and how I will love having an easy way to burn off all that youthful energy! It’s not just because of the cool ninja name (although my 5-year-old will be totally sold on the name alone), but also because there are just so many add-on challenges available in this line that their imaginations will get as much of a workout as their bodies. And, it’s even created and made by Colorado company b4Adventure.
Where to buy: b4Adventure (online); Timbuk Toys (University Hills: 2526 S. Colorado Boulevard, Denver; Lowry: 200 Quebec Center, Denver; Highlands Ranch: 9315 Dorchester Street; Lakewood: 7830 W. Alameda)
For more ideas, stop by next week for the Denver Holiday Gift Guide Part II: The Best Denver Experiences to Give. And, check out last year’s gift guides: Lazy Shopper’s Holiday Gift Guides: 1 Hour on South Broadway, 1 Hour on Tennyson Street, and Even Lazier Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Local Colorado Gifts to Order Online. Also, take a peek at all of our Shop Local posts for more shopping inspiration.