Rocky Mountain Chocolate. Photo: Al_HikesAZ
Made in Colorado has a nice ring to it. This holiday season, give your friends and family, and yourself, a gift from the Centennial State.
Colorado-headquartered companies produce everything from hi-tech snowboards and ski jackets, to sweet and savory candies. Products made here have a well-earned reputation for quality. So you can be assured your item will last as long it’s supposed to.
Even if you live out of state, it’s easy to get a taste of Colorado delivered to your door. Find a unique gift from our personal favorites below. I’ve personally own, used or eaten something from every company listed. This article contains affiliate links, mostly for Amazon, which help fund our website and the free content flowing.
Colorado Themed Gifts
Show off your state pride with a Colorado-themed gift. From Colorado clothing to coffee mugs, you’ll find plenty to support the Centennial State.
This apparel company is all about representing for Colorado. With images of the flag, mountains and wilderness tastefully tattered across its clothing label, Coloradical is rising fast. They are based in Denver on East Colfax.
You can find Coloradical apparel at select retailers around the state. I found the brand in a small bicycle shop in a sleepy mountain town. T-shirts and hats are their best sellers. They also sell everything from snowcaps and sunglasses, to Colorado patches and baby onesies.
Coloradical’s best sellers:
Colorado Food Gifts
The quickest way to someone’s heart is through their stomaach. Indulge in these Colorado made treats.
Celestial Seasonings Tea
One of the largest tea companies in the U.S., Celestial Seasonings makes a perfect gift for the tea-drinker in your life. If you’ll be in the Boulder area, you can visit the Mint Room, while on a free tour of this working factory. Sleepytime is probably Celestial’s most well known tea, with the sleeping bear on the box.
Founded in 1969, Celestial Seasonings reach is world wide. They have an extensive line of herbal teas, in the wildest flavor combinations, like Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride.
Celestial Seasonings’ best sellers:
Tour this classic candy maker year round in Denver. Since 1920, Hammond’s Candies has been hand-making candy canes and other exquisite sugary creations. They’re also known for their line of creative chocolate bars, like PB&J and More S’mores, and infamous Sour Balls.
From start to finish, the whole candy making process at Hammond’s is hand-made. If you get a chance to go on a tour of this working factory, you’ll witness the passion and creativity in each product. Send something sweet from Colorado with a unique gift from Hammond’s.
Hammond’s best sellers:
- Vanilla caramels – handmade in small batches
- Chocolate bar set – pb&j, more s’mores, red velvet cake, pig n taters
- Candy canes – classic handmade peppermint
- Sour Balls – suckable candy, also try the peach, root beer and licorice drops
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Southwest Colorado is home to one of the best chocolatiers around. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is known for their sweet treats, with chains all across the state, all marked by a giant stuffed bear out front. Stop by for a classic, caramel-dipped apple, or keep it classic with some milk chocolate.
Founded as a small confectionery maker in historic Durango in 1981, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is now an international franchisor, with hundreds of locations in the United States, Canada, Japan, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates. From its 53,000 square foot factory in Colorado, they produce over 300 varieties of sweets, using its proprietary recipes. Stop by a local store to sample the sweets or order something exquisite online.
RMCF best sellers:
- Large Signature Assortment Gift Tower, 32 ounce
- Nut and Caramel Chocolates Gift Box, 31 ounce
- Sugar Free Assorted Gift Box
- RMCF Gift Card $20
Colorado Outdoor Apparel Gifts
Ditch the masses and the North Face, and wear something local. Colorado clothing companies produce exceptional quality products and will have your friends asking about what brand that is.
Leadville-based, Melanzana makes unique, rugged apparel for the outdoor Colorado life. From jackets to hats, they make everything in store, cutting and sewing like wild in downtown Leadville. If you’d rather sport a fuzzy local fleece than a Patagonia jacket, this company is for you.
Due to high demand and low supply, phone and web orders are currently down until the spring of 2018. If you want to get your hands on Melanzana’s sky-rocketing gear, your only bet is to head out to Leadville. They are currently in the midst of a 2,000 square food expansion, to increase production from 2800 garments per month.
Just like the town its headquartered in, Sport Obermeyer makes first-class apparel. Situated in Aspen, they keep you comfortable on the ski slopes and beyond.
Colorado Home Gifts
Enhance your home’s feng shui, with these made in Colorado gifts for the house. From handmade beeswax candles…
Since 1991, Bluecorn Beeswax has been handcrafting candles on the Western Slope in Ridgway. Their candles are paraffin-free, lead-free, non-toxic and hypoallergenic. They even trademarked that their beeswax candles have “ridiculously long burn times”. What’s best about burning beeswax is that it emits negative ions, which cleanse the air.
Bluecorn’s best sellers:
- Beeswax Pillar: 3×6″
- Beeswax Pillar: 3×4″, Holiday Cinnamon Zest
- Beeswax Tea Lights: 24 case
- Beeswax Taper: 8 candles, 12″
Colorado Sports Gifts
Play on an epic level, with world-class sporting goods designed here in the Centennial State. From snowboards to…
If you’ve been to any ski resorts in the last few houses, in any state, you’ve no doubly come across a Never Summer product. They make some of the best snowboards in the world, with a proprietary blend of technology. Boards combine traditional double camber flex on the tips, with a rockered center, you get the best of both worlds for a superior ride.
If you need a reliable backpack for any occasion, look no further than Osprey. All the engineering and design are done in the DOLORES headquarters. While their backpacks are actually produced in Vietnam, everything is carefully maintained from their Colorado home.
Colorado Pet Gifts
Get something local for your pooch. From handmade collars to leashes, this gear is designed to withstand Colorado dogs’ go-getter lifestyle.
Headquartered in Durango, Zukes sends their pet products nationwide. You’ve probably seen Zukes dog treats in your local pet store.
Please let us know in the comments if we missed any of your favorite companies. Thanks!
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