Ironton Distillery's Mountain Manhattan Kit
Fans of the Manhattan cocktail will be enamored with this clever Colorado-themed kit from Ironton Distillery (3636 Chestnut Place). The set includes a six-drink booze blend that's bottled and packed into a pretty box along with a tumbler, tin of housemade cherries, drink stirrer and shot glass, all for $50. Find the kit at the distillery and pick up a bottle of Ironton Aquavit, a great winter sipper, for yourself.
Knives by Heather Haas
Denver artisan Heather Haas has been working on her knife-forging skills for years, but it was just this past season that she started making waves with her craftsmanship. Now you can give the gift of honed steel (or keep one for yourself). Top picks include a petty/utility knife with a mango wood and stainless steel handle ($400), a nakiri blade with an African blackwood and copper handle ($550), or a chef's knife with a nickel-silver and dyed black maple burl handle (starts at $700). Each blade is one of a kind, making it a work of art as well as a useful kitchen tool, but they also sell out fast. Find them all listed on Haas's website, where you can also make a purchase.
Gift Certificates from Local Table ToursNot every present needs to be tangible; build a lasting memory for your friend or family member by presenting them with a gift certificate to Local Table Tours. Started by Megan Bucholz in 2010, this company hosts group restaurant tours in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins. Themes include a Denver coffee and doughnut tour, a taste of Old Town Fort Collins, and a Boulder brews, booze and bites romp. Order the gift certificate online and share the joy of Colorado food with a healthy excursion around your favorite restaurant neighborhoods.
A Bottle Set from Mythology Distillery
Give some Christmas cheer this season in the form of a two-bottle set from LoHi's Mythology Distillery, at 3622 Tejon Street. Choose from Needle Pig Gin, Chatter Wolf Rye Vodka, Feather Jester Rum or any of the distillery's other small-batch spirits, many made with Colorado ingredients. You can also substitute a bottle with a Mythology-branded hat, T-shirt or cocktail shaker. The prices vary based on your selections, and you'll probably want to budget a little extra time and money when you visit the tasting room to sample something you may want under your own tree.
No Gluten, No Problem Pizza Cookbook
Your gluten-free friends need food-based presents, too, and No Gluten, No Problem Pizza, by Peter and Kelli Bronski (with photos by Jennifer Olson), is a great option. The Colorado couple is known for their food blog, No Gluten, No Problem, and this gorgeous tome is filled with 75 pizza recipes that include Sicilian-style dough, Detroit-style pies and even a classic pepperoni pizza. Pick it up at your favorite book store for around $24.95.
A Gift Pack from River Bear American Meats
Make Christmas morning really shine with chef Justin Brunson's River Bear American Meats Breakfast Pack, which comes with bacon and breakfast sausage, as well as a package of Queen City Collective Coffee beans. Pick up the set at the newly opened Leevers Locavore (2630 West 38th Avenue) for $45 to turn someone's morning into a special event filled with Colorado flavor.
Spice Guys Gift Pack
Spice up the holidays with a four-pack of seasonings from The Spice Guys for $29. The gift box includes four-ounce jars of Summit County Steak & Veg, Oh Hush Chili, Roasted Garlic Blend and Barbicant, the perfect rub for all your barbecuing needs. Purchase the set on the Spice Guys website or at the Holiday Fetch Market on December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 at the Denver Sports Castle (1000 Broadway).