It's that time of the year...Cheer, familial bickering, freezing temperatures, a left snow boot that has gone rogue, and the mall (noooooooo, anything but that you say). Here we've gathered our favorite Colorado products and fun treats from local businesses to share. Each one would make an exceptional present for someone you love, or at least like a whole lot. Adore your (native or adopted) state? Then shop these gifts for friends, family, and/or yourself and rep' the 303.
1. Ninja Bread Men cookie cutters from Peppercorn.
For years Peppercorn has delighted natives and tourists of Boulder with their amazingly large, yet always well curated, selection of home goods. Peppercorn is a Boulder staple, and one of us actually worked there in college. Not only do they have a plethora of great Colorado products, but their "gadget" section is innovative and a treat to peruse. The Ninja Bread Men cookie cutters add a bit of butt kicking fun to your regular old cookie making, and are sure to delight in any stocking- a gift Mr. Miyagi would approve of.
2. Maple Chocolate Bacon Cake, Tee and Cakes
You tell yourself you're not a sweets person. You swear it. Then you venture into Tee and Cakes, consume no less than four mini cupcakes (c'mon, they're MINI, it's totally cool) and you're a convert. The Maple Chocolate Bacon Cake appeals to both your sweet and savory cravings. Three layers of maple cake are iced with ganache that is filled with salty, crunchy, Applewood bacon. And best of all (yes, it gets better) it's adorable, like every single item at Tee and Cakes. Want to hear adults squeal like five year old girls? Walk into any event with a pink Tee and Cakes box.
3. Colorado Turquoise Ring, Frisk Jewelry.
Anyone who has been into Frisk likely has heard the lure of our vintage turquoise rings. Many moons ago (45 moons to be exact) a Colorado collector curated a selection of turquoise rings- and all those stones were mined in our great state. Fast forward, years later, we purchased all of the rings for our covetable collection of bohemian vintage. Long past are the years when turquoise was readily mined in the Colorado- now most of the materials come from over seas. Take a bit of 80303 with you everywhere you go with some blue bling.
4. Illegal Pete's Gift Certificate
Nothing says you care like... A gift certificate? But wait! This isn't ANY gift certificate. It's to Illegal Pete's. Consistently fresh and delicious, the mexican fare is a Boulder staple and the hill's go to spot for quick comfort food. For us, the classic "burrito bowl" is a lunch/dinner/snack favorite we've been dining on for years. You can load it with fresh veggies, which makes you feel better for all those chips you just consumed. And by the way, will you ask the cashier if it's possible to purchase the queso by the keg and let us know?
5. Mochi Delivery, Smooch
Imagine this: You're sitting on your sofa. In sweats (not cute ones either). You've had a break up/wicked cold/general bad day. You've watched every "Love and Hip Hop" OnDemand. You're spirits are so dour, you're contemplating texting an ex and watching "Say Yes to the Dress." NOOOOOOOO! Suddenly, the door bell rings! Who could it be? Why, it's a special delivery of Mochi from Smooch! Yes you read that correctly. Mochi. To. Your. Door. We love Smooch in the summer during a Pearl Street stroll, but nothing says "holiday season" like a sweet treat delivery on your doorstep.
6. Antique Wooden Skis, Vintage Ski World
One thing we all have as Colorado residents (or Colorado enthusiasts) is an "epic" ski or snowboard tale. The best powder of your life, a fun day with your kids, the first time you nailed a cool trick. Vintage Ski World, located just outside of Aspen, has a vast collection of vintage and antique skis, that pay homage to those beautiful days on the mountain.
7. Vintage Vail Poster, Art Source International
Of course you're going to need a work of art to hang in your den, right near the fireplace and faux bear skin rug (because isn't this what all imaginary dens look like?) Art Source International, a delightful art and poster store on Pearl Street has an incredible array of vintage ski posters. What's best about the store is they not only carry reproductions of vintage posters, but the originals- so you'll find something for every budget. These punchy, pop art- esque posters add some Colorado homeyness to any room.
8. 303 Whiskey, 303 Distillery
Long have we been fans of 303 Vodka, so naturally we also adore their whiskey. We used to view Hot Totties as a cocktail older, classy characters wearing chunky knits and sensible winter boots favored. Then, suddenly, one of two things happened: We either became older and classier, or everyone and their mother adopted an affinity for the cocktail. Regardless, 303 Whiskey is the perfect anchor for any good Tottie recipe. Pick up a bottle (or three) at their distillery, sit and have a chat with Terri or Brandy at the bar, and let them mix you up a cocktail with their infusions of the day.
9. Cinnamon Sticks, The Savory Spice Shop
So now that you're a sophisticated hot tottie consumer, you're going to need to bring your A game. You can't make a fancy cocktail using quality ingredients then dump a crusty, stale cinnamon stick from the regular grocery store in there (no offense, regular grocery store). These classy cinnamon sticks elevate any hot drink- and would make the perfect garnish to a cocktail themed gift. We also adore their vast selection of sea salts. Just a little FYI.
Happy shopping from Boulder with love!