Show Your Colorado Love With These 10 Gift Ideas

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You don’t have to live in Colorado to LOVE Colorado! There is so much to do and enjoy in our amazing state (which we think is the best!). Whether you are an active person who loves the outdoors or someone who would rather enjoy the comforts of a majestic view from a car, RV, or hotel, the draw of the mountains and blue skies leaves a permanent kiss on our souls.

In honor of all those souls who are touched by this land, we offer a few suggestions for gift ideas that show our Colorado-Love.

GRIN BIG MOUNTAIN LIFE TEES
by Gary Blehm

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When life is unfair…GRIN BIG!

Gary, a long-time resident of Colorado Springs, loves to spread his message of positivity in the midst of frustration through his art. He is the originator of Penman, created in his childhood and rose to fame in the 90s. Penman, once relegated to comic strips across the country, has now jumped off the pages of paper and onto a larger stage to spread his optimism and life outdoors.

Grin Big offers tees for men and women, showing Penman in a variety of mountain activity settings. A great way to share your optimism and love of Colorado!

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CAMPER MUGS WITH HOT COCOA
PIKES PEAK LEMONADE

If you live in Colorado Springs, you MUST stop by the lemonade taproom in downtown! Pikes Peak Lemonade is located at 224 N. Tejon Street. While you are shopping for these awesome camping mugs with hot cocoa, try out their Hot Cocoa bar or their lemonade tasting stand.

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EAT LOCAL, DRINK LOCAL POTTERY
CHRIS BURCH

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What a great way to show your love for all things local with this bowl and mug set. Handthrown by Colorado Springs artist, Chris Burch. You can also customize a set to reflect your style!

This particular design was created exclusively for SPARROW HAWK COOKWARE. You can purchase this set, or order it, through Allen at the store in downtown Colorado Springs.

AVAILABLE AT SPARROW HAWK COOKWARE
120 N. Tejon St, Colorado Springs
719-471-3235

Looking for a customized option? Contact Chris Burch directly through his Facebook page.

SNOW SKIING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING REUSABLE BOTTLE
BLU BOTTLE

While browsing through a local boutique, MacKenzie & West, I stumbled upon these fun finds by Blu Bottle! Your ski-bunny friends and family will love the vintage design of the bottle and the matching tea towels. And for the mountain biking enthusiasts, the mountains with bike bottle fits perfectly in the beverage holder. These containers can hold hot or cold beverages (you know, like a hot cocoa for after a run down the slopes, or refreshing lemonade while exploring backcountry trails!)

AVAILABLE AT MACKENZIE & WEST
2530 W. Colorado Ave
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PIKES PEAK CUTTING BOARD
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100% recycled Bamboo cutting boards are so useful. Why not get one with Pikes Peak engraved on it (there are other mountain ranges available as well) plus add a custom message? A good idea for those who love to cook, entertain, or at least make their kitchen look like they do!

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MOUNTAIN RANGE DECAL
ETSY, COOPERBERRY DESIGNS

Coloradoans are proud of their state. Whether you want to show off where you live or your love for the mountains, this is a unique idea. No matter who you are, one look at this decal will bring a smile to your face and recall memories of, or longing for, an adventure in the mountains.

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ILLUSTRATED LIGHT SLATE PICTURES
BY DAVE CLACK, FT. COLLINS

By far the BEST presentation of fine Colorado photography!!  To see these images in person, framed by the slate or oxidized porcelain, is wonderfully moving. The rugged look of the stone sets the natural stage for the amazing images of Colorado landscape come to life! Sizes range from 12 ” x  12″ all the way to very large wall masterpieces suitable for a large wall or office space.

Visit Dave’s Gallery in Old Town, Ft. Collins or shop online here.

MOUNTAIN BIKE SHIRT
YETI TEES

yet tees mountain biking

If you love the outdoors, you can’t have enough t-shirts that show your passion for all your activities. This one is so simple, but tells a very clear message about where your heart belongs!

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ROCKY MOUNTAINS BRACELET SET
BY MOUNTINSPIRE

Handcrafted in Colorado Springs, these are simple but lovely silver bracelets. Several options available, as well as customization. Maybe you want a favorite mountain range or a peak that you have summited? Perhaps a favorite camping spot for your family. Other Colorado-inspired jewelry items available, too!

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COLORADO 14er SUMMIT REGISTER
by WANDER WIDE ART

14er summit register

Many people come to tackle the 14ers in Colorado! There is a special pride for them as each peak is conquered. Give them a gift that keeps track of their accomplishments. As each summit is completed, an included “SUMMITED” stamp is used to mark off the peak. Display quality.

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COLORADO LOVE, COLORADO-SOURCED

I hope this gives you some ideas for your gift-giving needs. While many of these products are produced by Colorado artists, not all of them are. Be sure to check out our last blog post that features all Colorado-sourced gift ideas.

10 Colorado-Sourced Gift Ideas For 2017

Each year we pick ten small businesses to recommend for possible Christmas gift ideas.  It is a privilege to highlight and bring attention to the artists and small businesses based in our state and community. Plus, it is such a fun article to put together!

As more and more people move toward looking for locally-made items, or services owned by those in our local community, the possibilities and choices expand each year. The hunt for Colorado-made gifts always turns up the unusual and unique.

Below are 10 independently-owned small and micro businesses in Colorado representing a variety of interests and industries. Step out and explore something new this year!

Take a look back at what we recommended in 2016, here.

1.  LEATHER AND PINE CO.

leather and pine wall hanging

Leather and Pine was created by Bethany Kicz of Denver. Her household decor items draw inspiration from modern art, photography, design, fashion, and her travels. Most notably, her designs follow a definite minimalistic element. Her simple, yet boho-inspired items range from wall hangings to the popular triangle hanging shelf, and even leather luggage tags. You can find Bethany’s Leather and Pine Co. on Facebook or her etsy shop.

2.  JAY DAVIS BAGS

JAY DAVIS BAGS

 

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I admit I have a weakness for leather bags. I discovered these stone and leather purses on Instagram and immediately fell in love. Her first leather bag was created in an 8th-grade history class after a unit on medicine bags. (It’s amazing where we get our inspiration for life!) All of Jay’s bags are handmade in Denver, Colorado with locally-sourced materials.

Order yours here (psst…check out the Wyatt & Jay series!) 

3.  JANE E ROBERTI (Men’s and Women’s mixed metal accessories)

Jane’s designs are a bit unexpected and lean towards a dark nature. I found myself drawn to how she repurposed vintage pieces, especially the flasks. Jane states, “As a Nature Girl and Literary Geek, I like to say I am inspired equally by both the beautiful and the terrifying things in nature and literature.” I can definitely see her personality in the creations. Well done, Jane! If you are looking for the interesting, and especially something for men, you’ll enjoy this shop.

4.  MAKE MY NOTEBOOK

I love that there is a large surge in people of all ages embracing their creative side. Whether it is lettering, drawing, writing, watercolor…or you just have a knack for organizing your day in a beautiful way, notebooks are everywhere. and for everyone. I’m always on the hunt for a great notebook (literally. I have dozens of notebooks that are full!) When I stumbled on Make My Notebook I’m pretty sure I just condemned myself to spend lots of money! To be able to personalize your notebook sounds like heaven for a writer, artist, or just someone who loves to organize!

Based and manufactured in the Denver area, it is a 100% US sourced product.

5.  GREENLEAF AND BLUEBERRY

Now that you know where to get that perfect notebook for you or anyone else, you can create an entire gift set for your artist family and friends!

Greenleaf and Blueberry is a husband and wife company that handmakes materials and supplies for the traveling artist. I was so impressed with their work. (Check out their hand-carved paint brushes!!) Their best selling items seem to be the travel tins of watercolor palettes.

One important note: Their products sell out quickly. They open their online shop on a regular basis and then all items are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. So get on their email list and keep track on when new supplies are being offered for sale!

6.  THE QUEEN’S TEAPOTHECARY

Coffee isn’t the only hot drink that is a hot item for gift giving! Tea is making a big resurgence (most likely thanks to our friends across the pond). What a joy to find someone who grows her own herbs in Colorado for artisan-crafted tea!

Her flowers and herbs are organically homegrown in Colorado Springs, hand-picked and oven-dried at the peak of flavor and freshness. They create their blends in small batches to preserve freshness.

They also offer bath items and other tea accessories. Click here to browse their site.

7.  DESERT MOUNTAIN STITCHING

Last year I featured another leather shoe/slipper maker from Buena Vista. There’s something about handmade leather shoes, bags, and accessories. In this case, Caity and Marcus have a unique heritage suitable for hand-stitching their adorable booties, mocassins, and backpacks with local Yak leather. (Marcus was taught to make moccasins by a native man when he was a child.) Tough, adorable, and perfect for that person who loves nature and being in the outdoors.

8.  COLE AND DAINER, MODERN STITCHES

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Winter and flannel love! Super cozy and gorgeous throws for toddlers to adults, as well as, crib sheets, burp cloths, and hair bows! Flannel and faux fur in colorful designs. While cute for kids, what adult doesn’t love a blanket to snuggle in too?! (You can never have too many!)

Shop here for adults and kids!

9.  POLISHED AT HOME

polished at home colorado springs

  1. Polished At Home is the only non-product suggestion on my list, but it is definitely something I want in my stocking this year (hint, hint)! Many ladies would love to have manicures more often than they do, but are usually so busy that when they get home, that the thought of getting childcare or jumping in the car to get a manicure just isn’t always a priority. As a result, Amber Turner founded a mobile beauty service, making beauty convenient and easy for everyone. Polished At Home serves northern Colorado Springs and Monument. (I think it’s a great idea!) Find out more about her beauty service and their safety and quality assurances here.

    10.  VAPOR DISTILLERY HANDCRAFTED SPIRITS

And certainly not to forget host/hostess gift ideas, the largest and most well-known of the companies featured on my list this year is Vapor Distillery. Craft distilling at its finest. They’ve won many awards and have several popular products that make great gifts, including their Rhok 114 Gin, and Pumpkin King. Based in Boulder, however, you can order your bottles online and have them in time for all your holiday parties.

We hope you enjoyed this year’s list and take the time to familiarize yourself with these wonderful Colorado small businesses. Let’s support our neighbors and community!

 

Bang Bang Euro Boutique

When Athan Loukakis, a teenage boy from Greece, arrived in Manitou Springs as a foreign exchange student many years ago, it never occurred to him that he would become a long-time resident of Colorado, leaving behind the beloved culture and extravagant beauty of the Mediterranean. While in Colorado, Athan met his wife, Paula, a native to the state, who grew up with her family in Pueblo. Her grandfather was a local grocery store owner. Athan’s family was also in business for themselves, proprietors of a restaurant back in Greece. As a result, both Athan and Paula were used to the lifestyle and unique stresses of a family-run venture. So when they both became frustrated with the dangers and disappointments of their jobs, they walked away from the drudgery of  working for someone else and entered into the adventure of entrepreneurship. Continue reading “Bang Bang Euro Boutique”

10 Colorado-Sourced Gift Ideas

This the season for gift-giving and shopping! Being that I love Colorado and am passionate about my community, I gathered a broad range of products ideal for gift-giving that are Colorado-sourced. The majority of these products are made here in Southern Colorado and support individual artisans in their entrepreneurial efforts. They range in price points from a few dollars to several thousand for Fine Art. I hope this gives you some ideas that you haven’t considered before and encourages you to shop locally as well. This way we are giving on both ends: to the ones we love and to our local small businesses!

I hope you find this helpful and here is to a joyous holiday season. Continue reading “10 Colorado-Sourced Gift Ideas”

Great Patios on the Westside

patios on the westside

The best part about living in Colorado Springs is the weather. In comparison, it really is not too hot or too cold, which makes it perfect patio weather. Your home and the local restaurants/cafes need to capitalize on the best attributes of Colorado – the view and the weather!

With that in mind, I set out to find some great places to enjoy a meal or a drink with friends or with a book. Luckily there are so many in our area that you would have to try to miss one. Everywhere you turn is a wonderful patio to take full advantage of the Colorado Springs life. For today, I narrowed my focus to the Westside of Colorado Springs. Continue reading “Great Patios on the Westside”