Colorado Gift Guide for Winter

Whether you want to bring some Colorado home with you, or share it with a loved one, there are countless ways to enjoy the Centennial State — and support local in the process.

Upstairs Circus in Denver's LoDo & Tech Center areas
Upstairs Circus in Denver's LoDo & Tech Center areas
Create Cooking School in Aurora
Create Cooking School in Aurora
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For the Creativity Connoisseurs

COLORADO SHOE SCHOOL, BELLVUE

Get your kicks, literally, with one- to five-day custom shoemaking workshops. You’ll use your hands and imagination to construct the sneakers, sandals or boots of your dreams. 

MAKER GENERAL, LONGMONT

This isn’t your granny’s craft shop. Cross-stitch kits here feature icons from across the ages — from Harriet Tubman to Prince — and a percentage of proceeds are donated to rotating nonprofits. 

DONLO MERCANTILE, BRECKENRIDGE

Work with a master jeweler to dream up no-one-else-has-’em rings, earrings and necklaces made from fine metals and gems. You’ll evoke Helen of Troy vibes with DonLo’s unique artisan style. 

UPSTAIRS CIRCUS, DENVER (LODO & TECH CENTER)

Awaken your inner DIY-er with clever projects like concrete coasters, make-your-own butcher boards and supple leather pet collars. Artsy adults can sip citrusy mimosas while they craft. 

More: Artisans of Mancos, Mancos; and Left Hand Wool Company, Niwot

For the Experience Seekers

EPIC OR IKON PASS, ALL OVER COLORADO

Pick your path by choosing a ski pass: Epic or Ikon, or both! You’ll be cruising Colorado’s praise-worthy terrain in no time (and appreciating multi-resort ski/snowboard access as you go). 

COLORADO CROSS COUNTRY SKI ASSOCIATION SEASON PUNCH PASS, ALL OVER COLORADO

Don’t get stuck skiing or snowshoeing one tired spot. The CCCSA punch pass means you’ll be striding in style at cross-country havens like Breckenridge, Crested Butte and Vail. 

HARMONY HEALTH MASSAGE’S HARMONIC SOUND HEALING, BRECKENRIDGE

Book a sound-healing session and you’ll swear those soothing singing bowls are made of angel’s wings. Your wildest worries will melt away with each celestial tone. 

ICE-CLIMBING TRIP WITH PEAK MOUNTAIN GUIDES, OURAY

Channel your inner Sir Edmund Hillary with an adventure in our ice-climbing capital. You’ll conquer a frozen waterfall using crampons (boot spikes), your trusty ice axe and a healthy speckling of fear. 

More: Tennessee Pass Cookhouse yurt dinner & stay, Leadville; and The Wild Animal Sanctuary tour, Keenesburg

For the Libations Lovers

WEEKEND GETAWAY TO CLAREMONT INN & WINERY, STRATTON

Book the “Taste, Dine & Stay” package to delight in house-made vino, chef-made meals and all the relaxation you could ask for on the eastern plains.

SYNTAX SPIRITS, GREELEY

A nip of Syntax’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey feels like you’re sipping on sunshine. Made with Colorado’s own Poudre River whitewater, the liquor boasts notes of caramel, apricot and honey. 

DOS LUCES, DENVER

These amber-hued brews, made from gorgeous malted blue corn and built on a long tradition of Chicha- and Pulque-style beer, are naturally gluten free — and delicious. 

More: Two Rivers Winery wine club, Grand Junction; and Blanco Cellars cocktail collections, Meeker

For the Fearless Foodies

ANIMAS CHOCOLATE COMPANY, DURANGO

Sink your sweet tooth into creamy chocolate bars, hand-dusted truffles and chocolate-lover’s smorgasbords from this gourmet chocolatier. 

MAWA’S GRAINFREENOLA, ASPEN

Fill your morning-time tum (or make a crunchy snack) with gluten-free, vegan and protein-rich granola. You’ll love fruity flavors like Tropical Paradise and Berry Me. 

CREATE COOKING SCHOOL, AURORA

Up the date-night ante with hands-on experiences boasting names like “From Rome, With Love” and “Night in Paris.” Sign up to join classes where chefs cook with you, not for you. 

THE BEST OF BOX AT CURED, BOULDER

This mega gift box will have you donning your stretchy pants as you graze upon peppery salamis, tangy cheeses and perfectly crisped crackers. 

More: Scaff Brothers salsa, La Junta; and Colorado Coffee Company, Loveland

For the Fashion Fanatics

ROYAL STAG CUSTOM HATS, BOULDER

No matter your vibe (Old West, Roaring ’20s or Bob Dylan in a fedora), this custom hatter will craft a crown that’s all for you.

YOCOLORADO, GOLDEN

You’ll feel fly in themed apparel that’s stylish and fun. Wear pom beanies, puffer vests, cool caps and casual tanks to declare your love for Colorado. 

GORSUCH, VAIL, ASPEN & SNOWMASS

Glam up your mountain lewk with a lifestyle brand embodying ski-town chic. You’ll be strutting through the village like it’s your very own runway. 

FALSE EGO, DENVER

Be fashion forward — and Earth friendly — with comfy hoodies, hats and tees made from sustainable materials with Fair Trade Certified™ practices.

More: F.M. Light & Sons, Steamboat Springs; and Rockmount Ranch Wear, Denver

For the Adventure Seekers

FRICTIONLABS’ SECRET STUFF HYGIENIC LIQUID CHALK, DENVER

If you love rock climbing, you’ll adore Friction Labs’ liquid chalk’s extra-grippy formula. Find online and in select CO shops. 

POWDER FACTORY SKIS, SILVER PLUME

These made-in-Colorado skis will make you fly through the pow. Pick from stellar “fat” models like Dream and Deep — or design your very own. Find online or visit the Silver Plume factory. Splurge

BOREALIS FAT BIKES, COLORADO SPRINGS

One of these beefy fat-tire bikes means you can roll your way through anything, even snow and sand. Find online and in select CO shops. 

SHREDLY BIKE SHORTS, CARBONDALE

You’ll love how you look in this ladies-only MTB apparel. These cute shorts do double duty with protective bum padding and flattering shapes. Find online and in select CO shops. 

Pro tip: Be kind to Mother Earth (and your wallet) by getting your gear at secondhand shops like Colorado Springs’ Mountain Equipment Recyclers. Shopping a killer end-of-season sale never hurts, either!

More: Otterbox, Fort Collins; and Weston Backcountry, Minturn & Denver

Want more?

Hunt for Colorado’s treasures and pleasures — and you’ll simultaneously be championing our resident makers and creatives.

Give back (and raise a glass while doing it) with gifts that fund good causes. Consider supporting Denver’s Happy Hour Handbook and the new Colorado Liquid Arts™ Passport. Learn more about Colorado’s thriving wine, craft beer, mead, cider and spirits scene.