6. Fireside Vanilla Spice Tea by Celestial Seasonings
Although Celestial Seasonings has gone mainstream, it's still a Boulder-based company cherished by many tea lovers. In fact, fans like the products so much, they begged to get the whimsical old-school packaging back on the shelves — hence Fireside Vanilla Spice's cozy image of a cat curled by the fire while a steaming mug of tea awaits its owner in the foreground. While this picture is charming, that's not the only reason you should stuff your darling's stocking with this herbal tea. With cinnamon, vanilla, ginger and cardamom, the mixture proves perfect for cold nights when you yourself might be snuggled by the fireplace. Each box retails for about $3.40, and you can either order the tea online at celestialseasonings.com
or visit your local grocery store.
7. Madrone Burl Pepper Mill by Colorado Kitchen Heirlooms
While the piece of Madrone wood used to make this stunning pepper mill came from Oregon, Pat Scott, the creator, handcrafts all of his goods in a Lakewood workshop. This particular beauty stands ten inches tall and runs $185. Though it might be on the more expensive end for a stocking stuffer, it's a gift that will be loved and passed down for generations. The only way to get Scott's products is to order from the Colorado Kitchen Heirlooms online shop
. You can also call Scott's shop at 303-988-7584 to find out which local markets are carrying his unique pieces.
8. Rocky Mountain Hot Sauce by Motherlode Provisions
It's Colorado, and Santa would never get away with skipping hot sauce for the holidays. Luckily for you, Motherlode Provisions in Gold Hill makes a tasty and local tongue-scorcher, with a tomato and vegetable base and four moderately spicy peppers. While that might not sound like much, each $4 mini-flask of Rocky Mountain hot sauce packs a savory, smoky and rich flavor that really helps to round out morning eggs, a burger, roasted potatoes or pulled pork. As a bonus, the sauce is vegan and gluten-free. Order from the Motherlode Provisions website
or seek it out at Sprouts grocery stores and other specialty retailers.
9. Toni's 10 Bean Soup from the Women's Bean Project
Anything you buy from the Women's Bean Project will not only be appreciated by the recipient, but will also contribute to the women involved in the company's transitional job-training program. One great item is Toni's 10 Bean Soup, a dried mix of lentils, split peas, pearl barley, black-eyed peas, navy beans, black beans, red lentils, garlic and spices. It fits perfectly into a stocking and cooks up into a delicious stew that might even benefit you — if your loved one decides to share. Find the goods at all King Soopers and City Market stores, as well as Marczyk Fine Foods, Great Harvest Bread Company, Made in Colorado and the Women's Bean Project shop, 3201 Curtis Street.
10. Waxed Canvas Knife Roll by Valentich Bags
Though this $100 knife roll is on the more extravagant stocking-stuffer end, it's a gift that's sure to be appreciated by any chef, cooking enthusiast or knife lover. Each piece is handmade by Ryan Valentich and comes in either leather or waxed canvas. The latter proves excellent in the kitchen, as it develops a patina over time and the wax protects from stains and spills. It features leather tie closures, a zippered spoon pocket on the side, and three large, four medium and three small slots for your blades. Purchase one from the Valentich website
or find one at the brand-new Carbon Knife Co.
, 3264 Larimer Street in RiNo, where you can fill the rest of your kitchen-related holiday shopping needs.