Now more than ever is the time to support small, local companies, and in Colorado, there is no shortage of unique locally owned businesses to choose from. From locally sourced handcrafted goods and products to well-known made-in-Colorado brands, Colorado showcases a wide variety of locally made products that would be great for anyone on your list.
Here is your 2020 Colorado gift guide:
Wanderwide is new to the scene with handcrafted travel register prints that speak to the wanderer inside all of us. Inspired by the founders’ simple desire to track their climbing adventures, the Denver-based design team created beautiful artful prints to allow travelers a unique way to track their travel memories and start to dream of where they want to go next.
Prints come in a variety of options including, The National Parks, Colorado 14er summits, the Fifty States, and the Ski Register Print. Each high-quality print is $59 and comes with a stamp to mark off the places you’ve visited. But the best part is $1 from every print purchased is donated to a charity partner to help preserve the world’s most treasured places. Purchase your print online at wanderwide.co.
Base Coat Nail Salon
On a mission to bring the first non-toxic nail salon to Denver’s market and one of only a few in the entire country, the founder of Base Coat Nail Salon did just that. They carefully formulate each of their products to be as clean as possible, removing toxins and using plant-based ingredients whenever possible.
Upon opening their first store in 2013, the demand for their product grew, and now you can buy their non-toxic polishes, body, and nail care products at not only their salons but at retailers, such as Nordstrom, across all 50 states.
#treatyourself to a manicure and pedicure at one of their fashionable salons. Not your typical nail salon, Base Coast brings a next-level experience with a modern yet bohemian southwest décor and style that is uniquely theirs. Find several locations in Colorado, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Texas, and Washington. It’s a true treat whether you go in just for the products or book one of their services.
Visit their website to purchase and to book appointments at any location.
It’s safe to say that those are who love Colorado are fanatical about it. So why not shop for them at Coloradical? Find Colorado-themed apparel, hats, and other fashion items that scream, “I Love Colorado!” Shop tanks, long-sleeve, short-sleeve T-shirts, hats, baby onesies, sweatshirts, and colorful iconic patches that you can stitch to anything, showing Colorado love everywhere they go!
Shop their online collection at coloradical.com or visit them at their store on Colfax, between St. Paul and Milwaukee Street.
What began as a snowboard company in 1983 has now grown into a highly reputable lifestyle brand within the outdoor community. Never Summer has been designing and building snowboards since 1983 in their Denver factory. Beyond the boards, shop their outdoor apparel collection of beanies, goggles, hoodies, and T-shirts.
Be a Good Person
If there is one thing 2020 has shown us, is that we should all strive to be a good person. Well, a local Denver company agrees and has created an entire brand around that exact phrase, “Be a Good Person.” The brand was developed based on a passion for positivity and a brighter future the founders of the brand envisioned for our society.
Shop their collection of stylish beanies, t-shirts, long-sleeves, socks, and hats online at Beagoodperson.com, and show the world what it looks like to be a good person.
Inspired by the traveler in all of us, Topo Designs has created a lifestyle brand that is made for anywhere “on the map’ you might find yourself. Whether you walk through forests or walk through concrete jungles, Topo Designs offers apparel, packs, and accessories to aid in your adventures. You can shop them online at topodesigns.com, or for a fun outing, visit their flagship store in Denver’s RINO district.
The Fort Collins company made a big buzz after selling out of their HAZE collection, benefiting the Colorado State Firefighters Association. Inspired by the devastating wildfires that hit the Centennial State in 2020, Callahan Ceramics felt compelled to create a collection in remembrance of this time in our state’s history.
The first collection sold out within hours, so act fast! They have re-released the collection for sale on their website at callahanceramics.com.
Smeeny Beanie Knits
Inspired by the life lived outside, Smeeny Beanie Knits, based in Steamboat Springs, creates cozy beanies for women who love the outdoors. Both functional and stylish, each beanie is handcrafted using 100% ethically and sustainably sourced wool.
You can even feel good about the packaging using 100% recycled materials; this is a good product all around. Plus, a portion of the sales is donated to the National Park Foundation and Intersectional Environmentalist. Shop the collection online at smeenybeanieknits.com.
Mountain Time Soap
We are all looking for ways to remove harmful chemicals from our everyday life, and what better way than with the soap you use daily? Show those on your list that you care and shop the natural soaps, balms, and butter from Mountain Time Soap. Using natural ingredients, Mountain Time Soap uses ingredients “made from nature” to create their soaps and other products without using fillers, hardening agents, fragrances, or dyes.
Even their packaging uses a minimalist approach that is environmentally friendly. Feel good about your purchase with 1% of their profits goes to non-profit organizations in Colorado. Shop their online store at mountaintimesoap.com.
Old Pine Candle Company
Candles are always a good gift for everyone on your list, from your kids’ teacher to your hairstylist, that always makes you feel like a million bucks. Don’t just get them any candle, get them a candle from the Old Pine Candle Company. Made with 100% American soy wax, and no additives or dyes, their candles burn up to 50 hours!
Offered in a variety of natural scents such as eucalyptus, jasmine, evergreen, and pine. Make it easy this holiday season with their holiday gift set, which includes a 9-ounce candle, wick trimmer, wooden coaster, and an old pine matchbox. The gift set is $35 and can be purchased online at oldpinecandleco.com.
Make them laugh out loud with a unique gift from Craft Boner. A one-woman show, the owner of Craft Boner, tells it like it is with her crafty creations such as “2020 Sucked” Happy Holiday gift cards and ornaments, “Don’t be a Dick” mugs, and “Bitches get stuff done” art print.
Find everything from greeting cards and stationery to mugs and phone cases. Shop the online gift store at craftboner.com.
I Heart Denver Store
Not just for those who love Denver, but for all those who love Colorado, the I Heart Denver Store showcases 200+ Colorado-based artists and designers. Shop glassware, jewelry, pottery, artwork, locally designed furniture, clothing, and so much more. It’s the perfect one-stop-shop to find Colorado creatives and support local businesses.
Located in the heart of downtown Denver, the store is located at the Pavilions at the 16th Street Mall. Or you can shop them online at iheartdenverstore.com.
Phoenix Fiber Mill
Located in southeastern Colorado, a family of 14, yes 14, started the Phoenix Fiber Mill with one alpaca. As the alpaca farm grew, they began raising them for their fibers. They have grown their business into a beautiful collection of unique socks created with comfort and style in mind. Using only natural, high-quality fibers, these socks are durable, wicking, and super soft.
Named after mountain peaks in Colorado, such as Mount Lincoln and Mount Evans, each sock design offers its own unique pattern and colors. Socks can be purchase at their online store, phoenixfibermill.com, or at local retailers in Colorado.
Colorado Life Magazine
Give the gift of Colorado with a subscription to the Colorado Life Magazine. The bi-monthly publication features local writers, photographers, and those who make our state so special for a true one-of-a-kind peek inside our beautiful state.
Help support the local print magazine and gift yourself and someone you love a subscription, a gift that will keep on giving all year long. Subscriptions can be purchased on their website at coloradolifemagazine.com.
David Rasmussen Furniture Design
Find a unique handmade gift from David Rasmussen Furniture Design. Designed and customized by the artist himself at their full production woodshop in Carbondale, the company makes beautifully handcrafted wood pieces that will last for years to come.
Selling more than just furniture, gift something for the entertainer in your life and purchase a set of the Blasphemy wooden wine or cocktail glasses, or one of the charcuterie boards. Purchase your gift online at davidrasmussendesign.com.
Give the gift of travel
Give them the gift they won’t return and help support local businesses in Colorado all at the same time. Below are a few of your favorite Colorado towns offering gift cards to local restaurants, hotels, shops, and more.
- Give the gift of travel with a gift card from the town of Frisco. The town of Frisco, Co is offering an e-gift card to participating businesses in the area including hotels, motels, restaurants, shops, and more. Purchase the gift card and the town of Frisco will add a 33% bonus gift card to the purchase. The cards will be available for purchase between November 15t, 2020, and December 31st, 2020. Valid through March 30th, 2021. You can purchase your gift card at LoveFriscoCO.com.
- Give the gift of downtown for downtown Fort Collins. Accepted at over 150 businesses in Old Town including retail, restaurants, entertainment, and more. You can purchase the gift card online at downtownfortcollins.com.
Be sure to shop these other made-in-Colorado companies this holiday season and help support small businesses!