Shopping for the holidays is in full swing, and Colorado has tons of amazing artisans whipping out items perfect for giving. Whether you're looking for a special Secret Santa gift, a present for your painting-loving mother in-law or want to get that starving artist in your life a token of inspiration, these ten crafty items are perfect. Just make sure to grab your goodies before the big day.
Canned Goods Jewelry
Earrings made from recycled tin cans.
Recycling can look good. With Thomas and Emily Althaus's clever jewelry line, you will not only give the gift of fashion, but conscious consumerism as well. This husband-and-wife team create each set of earrings and bracelets with recycled tin cans, an idea born from their ten-year anniversary — or tin anniversary. The pieces start at $34 and go up to $42. Choose from 32 items including cuffs, dangling earrings, money clips and more. Get yours at the company website
or local shops including the Perfect Petal Boutique
, 3600 West 32nd Avenue; I Heart Denver Store
, 500 16th Street Mall Suit 264; and Hope Tank
, 64 Broadway.
Crow Jane Jewelry
Cloud earrings by Crow Jane Jewelry.
Crow Jane Jewelry
Let artist Jessica Robin Thomas make your holiday sparkle with bling. Each item is handmade in the foothills. There are feathery bracelets, coiling snake charms and dangling rain-cloud earrings. Thomas uses gold, silver and natural stones to make these items, which range from $48 to $195. Many of the designs are inspired by nature but also have a modern feel thanks to bold shapes, single stones and clean lines. You can peruse the catalogue and purchase online
Down to Earth Pottery's Tiny Dishes
Down to Earth Pottery makes the perfect tiny dishes.
At the Denver Botanic Gardens
, you can find some quality goods in the gift shop that won't break the bank, including these charming dishes by Down to Earth Pottery out of Colorado Springs. Each piece gets hand-thrown and fired with recycled glass to create a work of art unique to the dish. Colors range from blues to purple to beige to gray, and they come round or shaped like a heart. Use the items for tea lights, to hold rings and earrings or for adorable soap samples. At the Gardens' shop they cost $8.95, so stock up and give them to every teacher, mom, sister and neighbor in your life.