Dr. Czarnik and I are big on unique, thoughtful gifts. And while homemade is great, if you don’t have the time or inclination, you can spread holiday cheer just as easily with something special from a local maker. Thankfully, we live in a state full of creative people and small businesses.
Not sure where to start? I put together this Colorado gift guide to help with your holiday shopping:
A Jar of L’il Hotties™ Salsa
We’re starting off our round-up of local Colorado gifts with L’il Hotties Salsa. Made in small batches here in Denver, the street salsa is crafted with high quality, authentic ingredients from a family recipe dating back generations. Swing by one of these retailers to pick up a few jars.
A Box from Colorado Crafted
Send someone love with a Colorado gift basket or box filled with locally made, artisan goodies from Colorado Crafted. The Taste of Colorado Tote includes a keepsake mug and treats from all over the state. Or, for a holiday-themed gift, the Winter Warmer Box is as festive as it is delicious.
A Soy Candle From Old Pine Candle Co.
Handmade in a little studio in Evergreen, CO, Old Pine candles have natural scents and burn for up to 50 hours. Bonus: they come in pretty, eco-friendly packaging. Shop the holiday collection for gift-worthy seasonal scents and sets.
Local Art from the I Heart Denver Store
This really cool Denver gift shop showcases over 200 Colorado-based artists, designers and creatives. You’ll find all sorts of Colorado-themed home goods and souvenirs, as well as artwork, which always makes for a memorable gift.
A Ceramic Chime from Fettle & Fire
Fettle & Fire sells gorgeous, colorful ceramic wind chimes that are made in the owner’s Longmont pottery studio. The whimsical pieces are crafted from stoneware clay that has been tinted with pigments before firing. The best part? Every chime is unique!
A Gift Set From Spinster Sisters Co.
Spinster Sisters is another source of artisan gifts from Colorado. Headquartered in Golden, the company makes consciously crafted bath, body, hair and skincare products at their 100% wind- and solar-powered microsoapery. You’ll find gift sets for everyone on your list.
A Tee From Coloradical
Show off that state pride and make someone’s holiday with a locally designed and dyed tee from Coloradical. The independently owned brand has styles for men, women and kids.
A Custom Hat from Royal Stag
A custom hat from Royal Stag is a gift that will last a lifetime. The family owned, small business creates high quality, handcrafted hats. From pork pie to derby hats, each piece is tailored to the recipient’s style.
Snowboarding Gear From Never Summer
Never Summer has been designing and building high-performance snowboards in Denver since 1991. For a big-ticket item, a snowboard would certainly be the ultimate gift from Colorado, but for most people on your list, Never Summer also has clothes, hats, eyewear and stickers any snowboarder would be into.
A Knit Hat From Smeeny Beanie Knits
Smeeny Beanie Knits is a woman-owned, sustainable small business in Steamboat Springs that makes handmade knit hats for outdoor adventures. Not only is a portion of every sale donated to environmental causes, the hats are also really, really cute!
A Gift Box From Curate Mercantile
Curate Mercantile is a Denver area gift shop and boutique featuring items from over 100 local vendors. Stop by the store in Centennial to browse the selection. Or, opt for a popular Curate Gift Box and let them do the shopping for you. You pick your price point, pass on some details about your recipient and Curate fills the box with handpicked, Colorado-made gift.
A T-Shirt or Art Print From Zio Kids
Zio Kids is a Colorado small biz that makes fanciful art and clothing for kids. Gift the littles in your life colorful t-shirts or give them art prints to add fun to their bedroom walls. Shop online or visit a local children’s boutique that carries the line.
Treat Yourself to a Healthy, Beautiful Smile
I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!
If in between shopping for Colorado gifts, you also want to perfect your smile, schedule a complimentary consultation at Cronin & Czarnik Orthodontics in Westminster. At our independently owned practice, we offer high-tech, expert care in a bright, joyful atmosphere.