No gifts mentioned have been comped, and no gifts are sponsored. (Though full disclosure, I borrowed The Laws Whiskey Gift set, and now I am probably not going to return it, because I love them, and I need them. #PostHolidayGiftGuideAndNeedSomeBourbon
FAVORITE 4 HOLIDAY PICKS, AT ALL PRICE POINTS
Forget Me Not’s Cocktail of the Month Club
Give the gift of 12 boozy rum-based cocktails, while also looking like you’re hella in-the-know: Forget Me Not, a new craft cocktail bar in Cherry Creek, hasn’t even opened, yet you scored their exclusive Cocktail of the Month gift set (join for one month, or twelve, $75 per month, per box). Nicole Lebedevitch (formerly Yvonne’s Boston, Morin, Ash’Kara) wants you to preview her upcoming bar, while also giving the gift of a future cocktail at Forget Me Not. Comes with all garnishes, accouterments, and a double-sided recipe card. Find it, here.
Wine of The Month Club from Bar Dough
In the last state I lived in, I was part of a Wine of The Month Club… we drank sophisticated, and hard-to-find wines and one of the best parts was it was really accessible and not intimidating at all. That’s how I feel about that Somm at Bar Dough, Chris Boyne. I have always seen Chris at Bar Dough when I visited, but got to talk wine when I treated myself to a Pop Up there. He knows a ton about wine but is super-easy-going and down to earth.
This Bar Dough Wine of the Month club will get you 3 bottles, hand-picked by Chris, per month (you can opt in for one month, or twelve at a discount). You’ll have access to a video where he’ll take you through all the wines, that way we can show all our friends how smart we are 😉
Be A Good Person
You can buy a well-designed gift, or you can buy a well-designed gift that also makes an impact. Be A Good Person is the latter. They’ve raised over $800, 000 for Make a Wish Foundation and have recently made a collaboration t-shirt with Denver’s Snooze in hopes of raising enough money to raise 250,000 meals for No Kid Hungry..
From socks, to beanies, to shirts, sweatshirts, and a collaboration with Lululemon, you can shop any price point at Be A Good Person, and spread positivity and change, with your purchase (Find gifts from Be A Good Person, below, $12 and up)
FaceTime Photo Shoot, And Private Lessons From Jenni Summer Studios
Jenni is my all-time favorite photographer. I’ve never seen someone take so much time, in conceptualizing, designing and editing, to make you feel a photograph… She’s so good, I asked her to give me photography lessons, and from that launched a full-time career. I am now scheduled to take advanced editing lessons with her. The only reason she even has availability is the state of the world. (See her insta here).
She’s offering two things (and one deal only lasts 7 days):
- FaceTime Photo Shoot, $149, all edits and photos included: When Jenni started offering remote photoshoots, I sort of found it hard to believe they would work. But the results are amazing. She’ll talk you through a shoot, posing, everything, and then she’ll edit the photos for you. This is perfect for a holiday photo, pregnancy photo, engagement, family photo, or just a gift to yourself! Check out some she’s directed over FaceTime, here.
2. Private Virtual Photography Lessons, Amateur to Advanced, 90 min coaching session, $149: (Must book this by December 14, though you can schedule the class for a later date) Take a class like I did, and get out of Auto-mode! Or get some more advanced tips from Jenni to take your skills to the next level.
Click through to Jenni’s instagram, to see more of her work, and book her by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
$20 and Under
Huckleberry Roasters Beanies, $20 (pictured above)
Kream Kimchi, $12.99. His vegan and pork kimchi is taking Denver by storm and has lead to Pop Ups and Collabs with the likes of Yuan Wonton., as well as features in 303 Magazine and Westword You can grab these mason jars, for $12.99 at Ruby’s Market, Northside Eatery, Ohana Island Kitchen & the Farmer’s Market in Larimer Square. His merch is awesome, too, find here – I want that new T-shirt.
Order $35 worth of product, and Virgil will deliver for free. Find Kream Kimchi’s website, here. PS Kream Kimchi launched Night Market Denver, a Pop Up of local food, drink (the boozy kind) and a market for Denver Makers. They are so fun and a way to socially distant shop while indulging in some cocktails. Give a follow on insta, so you can know when the next one will be.
My Favorite Denver Coffee for $20 & Under
Middle State is the first coffee I bought in Denver. It’s always been serious coffee, and you have tons of bags under $20, for gift giving. Care to splurge at $50, get a sampler box. I also love this 5 panel hat… and lots of other Middle State branded items.
Yippe Cafe, Berkeley Supply Blend, $18. Berkeley Supply (pictured above) doesn’t lend his name to much, so if he does, it’s top quality. Get at this pound of coffee, which is “a blend of a micro-lot from Finca Chalunados in Guatemala and a gorgeous pink bourbon from Palestina, Colombia. It’s got a really firm structure of chocolate with juicy red delicious apple notes.”
The branding is simple & charming and has a hand-drawn pic of Eli’s dad, who helped with so much of the woodwork in the store.
$25 and under
You’re stuck at home, with your fave plus one, get the party started with a lil’ porron fun, from Barcelona Wine Bar. For $25, take one of these babies home. You can also stop in, as Barcelona Wine Bar also has bottles of hand-selected wines for 10% under retail, as well as a market place with salts, paella seasonings, cookbooks, and more (check out the paella pan, with everything you need, downthread.
While you’re in there, get one of the best charcuterie boards, for under $20… very generous portions and thoughtfully made.
Available at Berkeley Supply, Strongarm BBQ Sauce, $22 – I don’t know about you, but grilling has 4 seasons. The carnivore in your life needs this Denver-made BBQ sauce, that comes in easy and mellow before creeping in with some tang and heat.
Buy A Denver Restaurant Gift Card (and Check Out Their Merch Too!)
Consider spreading some joy, as well as supporting some awesome restaurants, with a Holiday Gift Card. Here are my faves (and scroll down to $50 & Under for some Holiday Gift! Cards that give YOU back $10 when you buy them!)
1, Dio Mio
2. Hop Alley
3. Pony Up – one of the best French dips you’ll ever have
4. Fortune Wok To Table – when I can’t snag Yuan Wonton (and sometimes even when I can)
5. Smith and Canon – ice cream (some of the best in Denver) and coffee, and sometimes together
6. The Free Bake – get the bread, get the pastries, get it all
7. Hudson Hill – they have a big heated area in the back
8. Lady Jane
10. Fort Greene Bar – if I was told I could only choose one Denver bar
11. Joy Hill Denver – because we like rooftops and pizza
12. Whirly Bird (a micro batch ice cream shop)
13. Rock n Lobster Roll – because we want lobster rolls that make us cry real “I miss the East Coast” tears, while sitting on a rooftop, with a view
14. Sputnik – For vegan and vegetarian comfort food
15. Annette Scratch To Table – because you like your chefs with a James Beard nom
16. Barcelona Wine Bar – because the person you are gifting needs the best charcuterie in town, and some Spanish wine
$30 & Under
Catch And Release Creative
From Fort Collins with all items printed in the USA, all other items ethically sourced, is Catch and Release Creative.
Shop All Catch And Release Creative (which includes camping mugs, like the one pictured)
I stepped into Rachel’s store, Wooly Wax, when it was being used as a pickup location for The Free Bake (amazing bread, and more!), and thought, since I’ve heard how great her candles were, I should buy one. That’s when I fell in love with Wooly Wax’s Baja California Sur Desert Candle, $26. It smells incredible (to the point, I have not strayed from this particular scent… well, ever), and has been long lasting…
And you won’t just find candles at Wooly Wax, but Bath Salts, Self-Care Kits, and more. Visit her, here, online, or check out her location in Berkeley.
$35 and Under
Stop by Mister Oso, for this 200 ml of Madre Mezcal and they will gift you a Madre branded bandana, $35 (scroll down for a Mister Oso Margarita Kit (serves 8 drinks), for $40.
Judith & Joe
You’ll find an array of $35 and under gifts at Judith & Joe, and I highly suggest giving this store a visit in person. For those gifting a jewelry lover, find this Moon + Stars bracelet, these Hexagon earrings, and this Serpent necklace (ok, I cheated, it’s $36, but the necklace version is $29), for under $35.
Be A Good Person
Spread some positivity this holiday season, while also supporting a local brand, Be A Good Person. Bonus: Be A Good Person has raised _____ Visit them, in person, at their shop behind Denver Central Market, or browse all their goods, from hats, tshirts, hoodies and more, here.
Be A Good Person’s line of reversible beanies, $32, are one of my favorite items in this guide. Being able to have a solid color, and move to stripes, is really fun. Scarlet is my fave, but you can check all colors, as well as additional beanies and hats, here.
- Berkeley Supply T-shirt, $32 These tshirts are American made, with the screen printing designed and made, here in Denver. Check out Berkeley Supply’s whole roster of t-shirts and sweatshirts, here.
$40 and Under
Lawrence & Larimer
Beat All Odds Baseball t-shirt, $36 Is there a more 2020 t-shirt than this? Shop the whole store, for men, women and kids, here.
Lawrence & Larimer is a Denver-born online boutique, producing high-quality basic-style staples: Polo’s, Sweatshirts, T-shirts, All items are designed in-house,; allowing owners John and Keyonna Chapman to provide a limited edition of new and original items, each season, at an affordable cost.
I love, not only their designs, the quality but the amount they give back to the community. Give Lawrence & Larimer a follow on Instagram, because once it’s safe to go back to in-sore events, you’ll want to go. They know how to put on a party.
At Home Tasting with Laws Whiskey House
For under $40, this is an impressive gift: a four-pack of minis from Laws Whiskey House which includes Laws Whiskey Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey, San Luis Valley Straight Rye Whiskey, Centennial Straight Wheat Whiskey, and Henry Road Straight Malt Whiskey. Their Instagram is packed with recipes, too, why not print a few up and include them with your gift? (Oooh, there’s this, too).
I’m choosing Laws Whiskey because it’s the number one whiskey recommended to me by bartenders when I am out and about. It’s also the first distillery tasting I went to, in Colorado, and I was really impressed by the work and passion that goes into making it. (Okay, and it’s hella cute and I love the variety).
Lux and Luca Money Clip, $38. Your man needs a money clip, stamped “Whiskey Dough.” Good thing local Denver jeweler Lux and Luca makes them. Need more money clip choices? They’re right here. Maybe you need some jewelry for yourself, as all this shopping is exhausting. It’s called self-care and it’s right here.
Huckleberry sweatshirt, $40. This might be the most comfortable sweatshirt I have ever owned… it’s lined with fleece. It sells out fast, so scoop it up, if available. Also comes in camo.
$65 and under
I love a gift of experience, and Barcelona WIne Bar has that for you, with their paella pan, (paella imeans “frying pan” in Valencian), filled with rice, seasonings, and directions as well, $65. Make a memory by cooking up this global dish, or knowing you’re gifting someone a gift they can use over and over again. A thoughtful gift, especially in times of this pandemic, when so many are enjoying cooking at home.
LUSTS… DENVER GIFTS $100 AND UP
You need a place to put your drugs, so your Mom doesn’t find them (who am I kidding none of us are seeing our Moms this holiday season). And you need it local and handmade and dope as hell. Clever Luck has that for you, here. Maybe you want a handmade bi-fold leather wallet, starting at $95, or want to gift a really cool experience, like a belt making class by these gentlemen, find that here..
Or maybe I should stop jabbering on, and just let you shop Clever Luck.
The day I bought this piece (pictured above), I understood how I am supposed to feel when I’m contemplating buying a piece of art: I have to feel so emotionally moved by a piece, and simultaneously want to pull it off the wall so no one can have it but me. This piece, did that, I bought in memory of someone I love and miss, and I’m so happy every day to see it.
Bonus for the newbie art buyer: You can also buy prints, starting at $100, and Jack Ludlam has some beautifully framed-and-ready-to-go pieces as well. You can order online or see when he is holding studio hours. Find Jack on Instagram, here.
Hope you enjoyed this Denver gift guide, and thank you for supporting local. Feel free to share on Facebook or any social channels you like! xo Kayla