A Colorado Gift Guide

Unique Colorado-made goods for inside, outside and all around the town

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WHAT A pom-pom winter hat rendered in naturally dyed wool and felt, by Boulder textile artist Maryanne Quinn; $1,600 framed. WHY It’s a smile and a perfect bit of pink and textural joy for your wall. WHERE TO BUY maryannequinn.com

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WHAT Original pen-and-paper illustrations are screen-printed by hand onto everyday items; tea towels, $14. WHY Who doesn’t need a dish towel with holiday panache? WHERE TO BUY counter-couture.com

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WHAT Ceramicist Liz Quan designs vases with simplicity in form, meant to highlight your flower of choice; from $85. WHY Even without blooms, these vessels are stand-alone sculptural objects. WHERE TO BUY lizquan.com

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WHAT Hand-formed, vegetable-tanned leather bowls with hand-drawn ink; $48. WHY So you’ll have an elegant place to leave your keys, or a lovely objet d’art. WHERE TO BUY alexaallenis.com

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WHAT Enstrom Almond Toffee; boxes from $23. WHY Sweet, salty, crunchy perfection in a confection. The Enstrom family has been satiating Colorado’s sweet tooth for 60 years. WHERE TO BUY enstrom.com

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WHAT A tote composed of natural, veg-tanned leather, with a large front-patch pocket for your phone and keys; $275. WHY Because we all need a classic, go-to bag that multitasks with ease. WHERE TO BUY byelke.com

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WHAT Zachary Maytum Custom Saddles combine traditional materials and style with modern ergonomics; from $4,000. WHY Saddling up should be comfortable for both horse and rider. WHERE TO BUY zmaytum@gmail.com

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WHAT From renowned Moxie bread makers, Feed + Seed offers freshly milled grain, sourced from family farms in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and beyond; $9 for 3 pounds. WHY Kneading and fresh-baked bread are their own form of winter therapy. WHERE TO BUY 4593 Broadway, Boulder

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WHAT Resilient and robust Colorado seeds, selected for gardeners in high-altitude regions; $3.75. WHY All seeds have been field-tested. WHERE TO BUY highdesertseed.com

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WHAT Hayden Kessel builds high-quality custom blades to your specifications; from $250. WHY So every home cook can feel like an Iron Chef. WHERE TO BUY haydenknife.com

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WHAT A Palm Tree Ukulele handcrafted by a father and son team in Manitou Springs; prices vary, $2,595 for this one. WHY It’s a beautiful way to make music. WHERE TO BUY palmtreeukuleles.com

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WHAT With a focus on textures, painter/potter Fanta Watson creates pieces meant to be touched; from $68. WHY Functional items can and should be beautiful. WHERE TO BUY Island Farm, 1122 Pearl St., Boulder; fantawatson.com

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WHAT A jigsaw puzzle depicting the things that make the Centennial State great; $29.99. WHY A thousand pieces of distraction when you need some indoor entertainment. WHERE TO BUY etsy.com (search: Lantern Press Colorado Puzzle)

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WHAT Laws Whiskey House Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey; $65. WHY Colorado heirloom varietals are cooked up and stored for three years in charred oak barrels. WHERE TO BUY lawswhiskeyhouse.com

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WHAT Acme Fine Goods paracord bracelets in multiple colors; $12. WHY Owner Eric Reed shills his 12-year-old nephew Tucker Smith’s bracelets, and they add a funky pop to any outfit. WHERE TO BUY Acme Fine Goods, Louisville, Colorado; acmefinegoods.com

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WHAT Lenz Sport ski-bike technology fuses a bicycle and a pair of skis for a whole new kind of downhill magic; from $1,700 to $3,700. WHY Mountain bike fun without the rocks. WHERE TO BUY lenzsport.com

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WHAT A do-it-yourself watercolor project with desert or mountain illustrations, by Carbondale artist Sarah Uhl; $15. WHY For anyone who loved paint-by-numbers kits, this is a creative upgrade. WHERE TO BUY sarahuhl.com

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WHAT Engineered yurts for all Colorado climates in an array of colors and sizes; $10,000 to $30,000. WHY Get close to nature, with room for friends and family to share the experience. WHERE TO BUY coloradoyurt.com

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WHAT Beeswax candles are hand-poured into handmade ceramic pots and scented with a touch of rose or lavender essential oils; $24. WHY The combo of candlelight and scented air can be a mood changer. WHERE TO BUY beeandrose.co

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WHAT Kemo Sabe Grit hats—made of beaver and winter-hare fur—are flat-shaped or curled to your liking; from $595. WHY In the words of singer Lyle Lovett, “You can have my girl, but don’t touch my hat.” WHERE TO BUY kemosabe.com

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WHAT From embossed to beaded, custom collars for your dog; from $40. WHY Because every pooch deserves a classy collar. WHERE TO BUY Mary Manka, Colorado Custom Collars, 303-829-0406

Categories: Furniture & Accessories