Holidays

Fourteen Colorado-Made Food and Drink Gift Ideas

Time to stock up on tasty gifts for the holidays.
Time to stock up on tasty gifts for the holidays. Linnea Covington
Whether you're stuffing a stocking, picking up a treat for a Secret Santa exchange, or looking for a tasty present for your food-obsessed honey, there's something Colorado-made and perfect for all your holiday shopping needs. Here are fourteen ideas for unique gifts that will please your friends and family while supporting local businesses.

click to enlarge The unique mug made for Colorado Crafted. - COLORADO CRAFTED
The unique mug made for Colorado Crafted.
Colorado Crafted

Colorado Crafted Après Ski Box


It's easy to get behind the collections at Colorado Crafted, since everything is locally made and picked with care. For example, the $58 Après Ski Box comes with a colorful YoColorado Mountain Beanie, Peteybird's Rocky Mountain Hot Cocoa, and a special enamel camp mug with a modern mountain peak design made just for Colorado Crafted. If you're looking to send a full foodie package, the $37 Denver Box includes spicy sriracha from Merfs Condiments, chocolate from DAR, green chile-spiced potato chips from Morgan Handmade Rations, whiskey peach preserves from Red Camper and a chocolate chip energy bar made by Byte. And if the pre-made gift sets aren't quite right, you can build your own; with so many awesome Colorado goods, you really you can't go wrong. Order a gift box online and check out all the neat stuff.

click to enlarge Stuff your stockings with cottles by Bigsby's Folly. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Stuff your stockings with cottles by Bigsby's Folly.
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Cottles From Bigsby's Folly Craft Winery


Are these portable wine containers cans or bottles? They're cottles! And the aluminum cottles from Bigsby's Folly Craft Winery (3563 Wazee Street) not only make great stocking stuffers, but the Denver urban winery is the only place in Colorado that produces them. The RiNo winemaker uses primarily California grapes to create an array of reds and whites, three of which are available in this lightweight, 500-milliliter container. Choose from 2018 rosé, 2018 sauvignon blanc or 2017 cabernet sauvignon to make someone's holiday merry and bright. The rose and white cost $14.99 while the red is $16.99, and can be ordered online, picked up at the winery or found at various liquor stores, including Argonaut Liquor (at 760 East Colfax Avenue) and Hazel’s Beverage World (at 1955 28th Street in Boulder).

click to enlarge Relax with the CBD-focused goodie box by Cured. - CURED
Relax with the CBD-focused goodie box by Cured.
Cured

CBD Gift Box from Cured


Yes, we know CBD shows up in everything these days, but it's not often you find a nicely packaged gift set with well-made CBD products. The folks at Cured in Boulder know how to put together a spread, and this new offering, the Relax and Restore CBD Box ($159), comes with Cured’s housemade CBD chocolate bark, salty Numb Nuts CBD nuts, a jar of Bjorn’s Colorado hemp honey and a crunchy, superfood-packed Wise Bar. Nibble on these goodies while relaxing in a bath filled with Bee & Rose + Cured Bath Soak and take a swig from Dram's CBD Adaptogenic Seltzer Water. Of course, you can go for a classic meat-and-cheese gift box, too, which Cured sells in a variety of styles at the shop (1825 Pearl Street in Boulder) and online.


click to enlarge Not only will your loved ones enjoy the chocolates, but they can eat the box as well. - TEMPER CHOCOLATES
Not only will your loved ones enjoy the chocolates, but they can eat the box as well.
Temper Chocolates

Edible Gift Box by Temper Chocolates


Inside the Denver Central Market (2669 Larimer Street), you'll find small-batch confectioner Temper Chocolates. This season the company has created an edible chocolate box filled with eight handmade French-style bonbons. Flavors include juniper, peppermint hot chocolate, Black Forest, gingerbread and more. Buy this box in person for $45, and not only will you make some chocolate lover's day, but it's an environmentally sound option, too, since you can eat the container.

click to enlarge HopTea makes a great stocking stuffer or tasty gift for your non-boozing friend. - LINNEA COVINGTON
HopTea makes a great stocking stuffer or tasty gift for your non-boozing friend.
Linnea Covington

HopLark Hop Tea


Not everyone wants a bottle of booze for the holidays, so whet their whistles with HopLark Hop Tea, a sparkling tea beverage that's spiked with the floral, bitter goodness of hops. Developed by founders Dean Eberhardt and Andrew Markley in Boulder, this tasty drink is brewed with hops like beer (but with no alcohol) and the added flavor of black, white and green teas. A cold can of the hoppy black tea makes a good substitute for beer, and you can drink it any time. Fill a stocking with a couple of cans and take it as a hostess gift to your next holiday party or add it to your homemade gift baskets. The beverages are available online, at select stores and at the company's tasting room at 3220 Prairie Avenue in Boulder.

click to enlarge Order Hummingbird Straws from Colorado Crafted on online. - COLORADO CRAFTED
Order Hummingbird Straws from Colorado Crafted on online.
Colorado Crafted

Hummingbird Straws


More and more bars and restaurants have put plastic straws out to pasture, and you can do the same thing at home with locally made, sustainable straws from Hummingbird that not only look pretty, but make an lovely gift. The strong, borosilicate glass straws come in a four-pack in clear or colored glass, straight or bent, for $20 to $22, which includes a cleaning brush. They're kid-safe, can be sent through the dishwasher, and prove durable even when you're on your fourth spiked eggnog.

click to enlarge Bubbles and manicures make a great gift of wellness and pampering. - THE INFINITE MONKEY THEOREM
Bubbles and manicures make a great gift of wellness and pampering.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem

The Infinite Monkey Theorem and Base Coat Nail Salon Gift Box


Pamper someone special in your life by giving this canned wine and manicure set. The Coats x Cans package runs $40 and includes four cans of The Infinite Monkey Theorem's Rosé Bubble Universe, a bottle of non-toxic Base Coat polish and a glass nail file. There's also the Base Coat x Bubbles box for $100, which comes with a bottle of Colorado sparkling wine by IMT, a luxurious salt soak, a bottle of bath and body oil, and a good vibes kit complete with smudge sticks and quartz crystals. Pick up a package at the IMT winery at 3200 Larimer Street.

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Linnea Covington moved back to Denver after spending thirteen years in New York City and couldn't be happier to be home, exploring the Mile High and eating as much as possible, especially when it involves pizza or ice cream.
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