Two great gift ideas for exploring local businesses: The Denver Passport Program’s Winter Warmer and The Local Deck are both now on sale.
I was surprised to realize just this week that holiday decorations are already up in stores and the holiday music is starting to play. I’ve been so distracted by the 70-degree weather that I didn’t even notice that we’re more than halfway through November. And I have yet to buy a single Christmas gift.
Fortunately, I do keep a running list of unique gifts I can snag, especially for those hard-to-buy-for types. And, this year, there are two such gifts on my radar. I love both of these because not only do they give me a chance to show my local businesses a little love, but also because whenever possible I like to give experience gifts…a bag of my favorite caramels, a museum membership, drinks all over town. If that last one piqued your interest, keep reading.
Let Me Buy You a Drink or Two…
The Denver Passport Program’s Winter Warmer Is Back
Wouldn’t you like to be that friend that takes the rest of your friends on vacation for the holidays? What, you don’t have a friend like that? Okay, me neither. But, you could be the friend who gifts your favorite people with what is essentially a Denver bar-hopping staycation this winter. And, that’s a pretty close second, right?
And lest you think your favorite places couldn’t possibly be part of this, let me just share this pretty incredible line-up of participating Denver restaurants: Bacon Social House, Bear Creek Distillery, Blackbird Public House, Blue Island Oyster Bar, Brazen, Call to Arms Brewing Company, Colt & Gray, Curio, Dio Mio, FIRE at the ART, a Hotel, Fort Greene, Hudson Hill, Humble Pie Store, Humboldt : Fish Farm Wine, The Infinite Monkey Theorem, Jax Fish House Lodo, Lola Coastal Mexican, Luca, Lucky Cat, The Nickel, Nocturne, Our Mutual Friend Brewing, The Overland, Port Side, Postino, Punch Bowl Social, Ratio Beerworks, Rebel Restaurant, Sarto’s, Satchel’s on 6th, Ste. Ellie, Steuben’s Uptown, SugarMill, Telegraph Bistro and Bar, TRVE Brewing Co., Union Lodge No.1, Vesta, and The Way Back. Yep, it’s pretty much a Who’s Who (Where’s Where?) of where the cool kids like to drink.
The Winter Warmer Denver Passport ($20) went on sale yesterday, and there are a limited number available, so go ahead and tick a few people off your shopping list. (Or maybe just keep it for yourself.)
It even comes cutely packaged as a passport. Just don’t make the mistake of taking it to the airport with you. (Awkward.)
Drinks + Food + Outdoor Living:
The Local Deck Is The Colorado Experience That Keeps on Giving
But perhaps, as a Coloradan, you are not merely interested in drinking. Sure, you appreciate a well-made cocktail, but you also enjoy good food and a little outdoor fun. Well, friends, someone thought of that, too. The Local Deck is a gift package of 26 uniquely designed coasters, each with a special offer to a local restaurant, brewery or distillery, or outdoor company.
Again, this is one pretty phenomenal list of participating local businesses: Angelo’s Taverna, Biju’s Little Curry Shop, Bones, Call to Arms, Cuba Cuba, Denver B-Cycle, Feral, Homegrown Tap & Dough, Interstate Kitchen & Bar, Kota, Laws Whiskey House, Meier Skis, Palenque Mezcaleria, Park Burger, Platt Park Brewing Company, Renegade Brewing Company, Rising Sun Distillery, River North Brewery, Royal Rooster, Sarto’s, Satchel’s on 6th, Sweet Action Ice Cream, Telegraph, Trouts Fly Fishing, and Turin Bicycles.
You can order The Local Deck ($30) online, or drop into one of these local shops: Bookbar (4280 Tennyson Street, Denver), Cry Baby Ranch (1419 Larimer Street, Denver), The Lark (1219 E. 4th Avenue, Denver), Revampt (2601 E 3rd Avenue, Denver), Swoozie’s (589 Fillmore Street, Denver), The Paper Lady (1018 S. Gaylord, Denver) or Wish Gifts (750 S University Boulevard, Denver)
And just a reminder that Small Business Saturday is coming up on November 26! It’s the perfect excuse to spend a little time shopping at our many fantastic local businesses. And, don’t worry that you’ll forget…I’ll be sure to mention it again!
Looking for more unusual gifts for the hard-to-shop-for? Check out my post on Colorado Crafted, the local company that creates gift boxes packed with fantastic Colorado-made goodies.