Unique Made-in-Colorado Gift Ideas | 2022 Gift Guide

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Durango

Made in Colorado has a nice ring to it. This holiday season, give your friends, family, and even yourself a unique gift from the Centennial State. There are products of every kind from backpacks to baby diapers, so you’ll be able to find a good fit for everyone.

Colorado-headquartered companies produce everything including hi-tech snowboards and ski jackets, to sweet and savory candies. There are a myriad of products in every type of category. These local Colorado companies have a well-earned reputation for quality. So you can be assured your item will last as long as it’s supposed to.

Even if you live out of state, it’s easy to get a taste of Colorado delivered to your door. Browse all the wonderful offerings from our personal favorites below. Someone on our staff has owned, used, or tasted something from each company mentioned.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory DurangoRocky Mountain Chocolate. Photo by: Al_HikesAZ

It’s always great to support small companies and in colorful Colorado, there is no shortage of unique locally owned businesses to choose from. From locally sourced handcrafted goods and products to experiences at some of the state’s museums, you won’t be pressed to find great gifts for anyone on your list.

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Colorado Body Care Gifts

BEE-OCH Organic ColoradoTake care of your body with BEE-OCH.

Take care of your body. Treat it to something made with locally sourced, high-quality ingredients. Colorado produces plenty of body care products from facial wash to lip balm, many without the harmful chemicals and additives that come in their name-brand counterparts.

BEE-OCH – organic body care products from Fort Lupton

When it comes to finding organic body essentials, Colorado has a hidden gem. BEE-OCH Organics brings awareness to the “toxicity hiding in your everyday-use products.” With their soaps and body care merchandise, you can take care of your skin without having to compromise on the quality of the product. BEE-OCH is 100% chemical-free and USDA organic certified.

Brooke founded the business about six years ago when she was still an undergraduate in Biology/Chemistry and pregnant with her first child. Being a “science nerd,” she began reading the labels on the products she used at home and for her baby. She had a “mom moment” that threw her off because she discovered how a majority of the mainstream products we use include chemicals; yes, even the ones that claim to be “natural” and “non-toxic”.

Because of this, Brooke created BEE-OCH, where all the products are organic and fully certified. This means that all products, like the Queen Bee Organic Under Eye Cream, have a “traceback system” that allows you to track every single ingredient used back to the exact date and time of harvesting. Interesting, right? What’s even better is that by purchasing BEE-OCH, you are supporting local businesses and bee farmers as well!

BEE-OCH Bestsellers:

Mountain Time Soap

We are all looking for ways to remove harmful chemicals from our everyday life, and what better way than with the soap you use daily? Show those on your list that you care by shopping the natural soaps, balms, and body butter from Mountain Time Soap. Mountain Time Soap uses ingredients “made from nature” to create its soaps and other products without using fillers, hardening agents, fragrances, or dyes.

image of mountain time soapA colorful row of Mountain Time soaps. Photo by: facebook.com/mountaintimesoap

Even their packaging uses a minimalist approach that is environmentally friendly. Feel good about your purchase with 1% of their profits going to non-profit organizations in Colorado. Shop their online store at mountaintimesoap.com.

Base Coat Nail Salon

On a mission to bring the first non-toxic nail salon to Denver’s market and one of only a few in the entire country, the founder of Base Coat Nail Salon did just that. They carefully formulate each of their products to be as clean as possible, removing toxins and using plant-based ingredients whenever possible.

image of base coat nail salonProduct wall at Base Coat Nail Salon. Photo by: facebook.com/basecoatnailsalon

The demand for their product grew upon opening their first store in 2013. In response, you can now buy their non-toxic polishes, body, and nail care products not only at their salons but at retailers such as Nordstrom, across all 50 states.

#treatyourself and your loved ones to a manicure and pedicure at one of their fashionable salons. Not your typical nail place, Base Coast brings a next-level experience with a modern yet bohemian southwest décor and style that is uniquely theirs. Find several locations in Colorado, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Texas, and Washington. It’s a true treat whether you go in just for the products or book one of their services.

Visit their website to purchase gifts and book appointments at any location.

Colorado Clothing & Apparel Gifts

Kemo Sabe Grit Cowboy Hat ColoradoKemo Sabe Grit cowboy hat made in Colorado.

Show off your state pride with a Colorado-themed gift. From themed clothing to coffee mugs, you’ll find plenty to support the Centennial State. Ditch the masses and wear something local. Colorado clothing companies produce exceptional, quality products and will have your friends asking about what brand you’re wearing. Meanwhile, if you’re shopping for baby-friendly goodies, check out Thirsties.

Coloradical – shirts designed in Denver

It’s safe to say that those who love this state are fanatical about it. So why not shop for them at Coloradical? Find Colorado-themed apparel, hats, and other fashion items that scream “I Love Colorado!” Shop tanks, long-sleeve, short-sleeve T-shirts, hats, baby onesies, sweatshirts, and colorful iconic patches that you can stitch to anything, so they can proudly show off the state everywhere they go!

Coloradical T-Shirt Denver SkylineThis apparel company is all about representing CO. With tasteful designs featuring the flag, mountains, and wilderness across all of their products Coloradical’s popularity is rising fast. They are based in Denver on East Colfax.

You can find Coloradical apparel at select retailers around the state. I found the brand in a small bicycle shop in a sleepy mountain town. T-shirts and hats are their best sellers. They also sell more unique items like snowcaps and sunglasses.

Coloradical’s bestsellers:

image of long sleeve t-shirt, coloradicalLong-sleeve branded shirt from Coloradical. Photo by: facebook.com/coloradicalshirts.

Shop their online collection at coloradical.com or visit them at their store on Colfax between St. Paul and Milwaukee Street. Their website also features some cool virtual ‘field trips’ to notable attractions around the state, a great way to show out-of-state friends and family the beauty of Colorado.

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Melanzana – outdoor apparel made in Leadville at a very high elevation

The highly coveted Melanzana makes unique, rugged apparel for the outdoor Colorado life. From jackets to hats, they make everything in the store, cutting and sewing like wild in downtown Leadville. If you’d rather sport a fuzzy local fleece than a Patagonia jacket, this company is for you.

Due to high demand and low supply, phone and web orders are currently unavailable until further notice. If you want to get your hands on Melanzana’s popular gear, your only bet is to head out to Leadville and book an appointment to shop.

Phoenix Fiber Mill

Located in southeastern Colorado, a family of 14, yes 14, started the Phoenix Fiber Mill with one alpaca. As the alpaca farm grew, they began raising them specifically for their fibers. They have grown their business into a beautiful collection of unique socks created with comfort and style in mind. Using only natural, high-quality fibers, these socks are durable, moisture-wicking, and super soft.

image of socks from pheonix fiber millColorful socks from Phoenix Fiber Mill’s latest collection. Photo by: facebook.com/phoenixfibermill

Named after mountain peaks in Colorado, such as Mount Lincoln and Mount Evans, each sock design offers its own unique pattern and colors. Socks can be purchased at their online store or at local retailers around Colorado.

Topo Designs

Inspired by the traveler in all of us, Topo Designs has created a lifestyle brand that is made for anywhere “on the map’ you might find yourself. Whether you walk through forests or concrete jungles, Topo Designs offers apparel, packs, and accessories to aid in your adventures. You can shop them online at topodesigns.com, or for a fun outing visit their flagship store in Denver’s RiNo district.

image of topo designs backpackThe Rover Pack from Topo Designs. Photo by: facebook.com/TopoDesigns

The company started with a sewing machine in a Fort Collins basement, and the rest is history. Today, Topo is committed to creating durable, long-lasting products while maintaining a sustainable production process. You can feel good about gifting these products, knowing the business is actively making strides towards limiting its footprint on the environment.

Sport Obermeyer – outdoor apparel company headquartered in Aspen

Started in Aspen, Obermeyer outdoor clothing will keep you comfortable on the ski slopes and beyond. Just like the town it’s based in, Obermeyer designs outstanding apparel. Production happens overseas, however.

They are most known for their breathable, warm, waterproof outerwear. They also have a range of base layers, kids’ clothing, and innovative products including extendable clothing for the little ones as they grow, high-altitude sunscreens, and flow-fit ski boot models.

Obermeyer’s best sellers:

Thirsties – cloth baby diapers from Loveland

Thirsties is a 100% sustainable brand through and through. From the sourcing of local materials to production and warehousing (which is completely powered by wind energy), this company is the type of brand you feel good supporting.

They specialize in producing cloth diapers and accessories for babies. Hand-picking the highest quality materials, Thirsties diapers offer supreme comfort, fit, and performance. They are also leak-proof so parents don’t need to stress.

Check out their adorable best-sellers below:

Be a Good Person

If there is one thing the past few years have shown us, it’s that we should all strive to be a good person. Well, a local Denver company agrees and has created an entire brand around that exact phrase, “Be a Good Person”. The brand was inspired by a passion for positivity and a brighter future that the founders envision for our society.

image of be a good personThe latest apparel from Be a Good Person. Photo by: facebook.com/beagoodpersonbrand

Shop their collection of stylish beanies, t-shirts, long-sleeves, socks, and hats online at beagoodperson.com, and show the world what it looks like to be a good person. If you’re passing through the Denver airport, they have a booth right in the middle of the B concourse that’s perfect for snagging a gift on the way to your holiday celebrations.

Smeeny Beanie Knits

Inspired by a life lived outside, Smeeny Beanie Knits is based in Steamboat Springs and creates cozy beanies for women who love the outdoors. Both functional and stylish, each beanie is handcrafted using 100% ethically and sustainably sourced wool.

They also offer beautiful neck cowls to stay warm in the cold, as well as head wraps and a variety of outdoorsy sticker packs and notebooks. With their wide range of offerings, it’ll be easy to find a present for any of your loved ones.

image of beanies from smeeny beanieColorful beanies from Smeeny Beanie Collection. Photo by: facebook.com/smeenybeanieknits

You can even feel good about the packaging using all recycled materials; this is a good product all around. Plus, a portion of the sales is donated to the National Park Foundation, Protect our Winters, and the Intersectional Environmentalists. Shop the collection online at smeenybeanieknits.com.

Other Colorado Apparel Brands

Statement tees are not the only pride of Colorado. There are a lot of local artisans who make world-class apparel from home. See the other brands we’re proud to feature here on Uncover Colorado.

Experience Colorado Gifts

Memories last longer than material goods, so sometimes it’s better to gift a unique experience for the holidays. What better way to support the endless outdoor and indoor attractions our beautiful state has to offer than giving someone a gift certificate to experience them firsthand?

Children’s Museum of Denver

A membership to the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is a gift that keeps on giving! Members enjoy free admission all year long, plus exclusive access to members-only events, discounts on workshops, free passes for friends and so much more. Gifting a membership is tax-deductible and packages are available to fit families of all sizes. Check out gift certificate options at mychildsmuseum.org.

Huge outdoor play space at a children's museumAdventure Forest at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marisco Campus. Photo by: facebook.com/childrensmuseumdenver

Denver Art Museum

Give the gift of beauty and connection with a membership to the Denver Art Museum. When you purchase an annual membership to give to someone else, they get 2 extra months for free. Perks include free general admission, invites to Member Preview events, discounted gift shop items and class fees, and so much more.

Three people standing in front of nature-inspired artwork at a museumVisitors admiring the artwork at Denver Art Museum. Photo by: facebook.com/denverartmuseum

Founded in 1893, the museum features over 70,000 pieces of art representing numerous cultures. In addition to African, Asian, ancient Americas, and Oceanic art, the exhibits also showcase work from the Rocky Mountain region and local artists. Their membership gifting options are available for purchase on their website.

Royal Gorge Railroad

Snag a gift certificate to the Royal Gorge Railroad so your loved ones can experience the beauty of the Arkansas River deep within the canyon. With up to 4 departures a day and multiple train car class options to choose from, there is something exciting for any type of person.

Bright orange train on trestles in canyon next to a riverThe popular Royal Gorge Route Railroad chugging along the Arkansas River. Photo by: facebook.com/royalgorgerouterailroad

Experience panoramic views in the Vista Dome car, or treat your loved one to a first-class dinner train. Certificates can be used on anything the railroad offers including train tickets, gift shop items, and food or beverage. They can be purchased online and include a train-themed print-out to present as a gift.

Denver Zoo

If you have a family or animal lover in your life, give them a Denver Zoo membership! Any level of membership is available to purchase as a gift certificate, from individual up to family.

Crowd of people at zoo watching as zookeeper feeds and elephantElephant feeding show at the Denver Zoo. Photo by: facebook.com/denverzoo

Visit over 3,500 animals and 60 species at the massive zoo located in City Park in downtown Denver. Members gain access to train vouchers, exclusive members-only hours and Zoo Lights privileges, and up to 12 Bring-a-Friend passes. Head to their website to explore all of your options for gifting.

Hot Springs Resorts

Two people in hot spring soaking tubRelaxing in one of the many pools at Durango Hot Springs. Photo by: facebook.com/durangohotspringsresortandspa

Colorado is filled with naturally occurring hot springs that are not only a great way to warm up in the winter months but also filled with health benefits. Whether you want to gift a private cabin with its own soaking tub or a trip to one of the larger resorts with multiple developed pools, most hot springs offer gift card options.

Colorado Food & Beverage Gifts

Hammond's Candies Gift Shop DenverHammond’s candy shop. Photo by: Aranami

The quickest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Indulge in some of these Colorado-made treats. There is a treat for every taste bud here, from grass-fed beef jerky to coconut-oil potato chips.

Celestial Seasonings Tea – international herbs and teas bagged in Boulder

Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice TeaOne of the largest tea companies in the U.S., Celestial Seasonings makes a perfect gift for the tea drinker in your life. If you are in the Boulder area you can visit the Mint Room while on a free tour of this working factory. Sleepytime is probably Celestial’s most famous tea, with a sleeping bear on the box.

Founded in 1969, Celestial Seasonings has become a worldwide staple. They have an extensive line of herbal teas in all sorts of flavor combinations like Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride or Bengal Spice.

Celestial Seasonings’ bestsellers:

Rowdy Mermaid

Give the gift of health with Boulder-based Rowdy Mermaid. This flavorful Kombucha has taken over the shelves of grocery stores with its adorable packaging. This aesthetically packaged stocking stuffer is perfect for those who need a little immunity boost for the holidays or just love a good booch. Shop their website at rowdymermaid.com.

rowdy mermaid kombuchaThe colorful cans of Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha. Photo by: facebook.com/drinkrowdymermaid

Hammond’s Candies – fine candy made in Denver – tour anytime

Hammond's Chewy Caramel Chocolate DenverTour this classic candy maker year-round in Denver. Since 1920, Hammond’s Candies has been hand-making candy canes and other exquisite sugary creations. They’re also known for their line of creative chocolate bars with flavors like PB&J and More S’mores, as well as their famous Sour Balls.

From start to finish, the whole candy-making process at Hammond’s is hand-made. If you get a chance to go on a tour of this working factory, you’ll witness the passion and creativity in each product. Send something sweet from Colorado with a unique gift from Hammond’s.

Hammond’s best sellers:

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory – chocolate and candy made locally

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Gift SetSouthwest Colorado is home to one of the best chocolatiers around. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is known for its sweet treats with chains all across the state and country. All locations are marked by a giant stuffed bear out front. Stop by for a classic caramel-dipped apple or make a personalized box of chocolates.

Founded by a small confectionery maker in historic Durango in 1981, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is now an international franchisor, with hundreds of locations in the United States, Canada, Japan, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates. From its 53,000 square foot factory in Colorado, they produce over 300 varieties of sweets using its proprietary recipes. Stop by a local store to sample the desserts or order something exquisite online for a great gift.

RMCF bestsellers:

Zukes – pet products made in Durango

This one’s for your four-legged friends! Grab something that’s healthy and fresh for your pooch. Headquartered in Durango, Zuke’s sends its pet products nationwide. You’ve probably seen Zuke’s dog treats in your local pet store, so why not pick up an extra bag for a holiday gift?

Zuke’s best sellers:

Colorado Housewarming Gifts

Bluecorn Beeswax Candles RidgwayBeeswax hearts from Bluecorn.

Home is where you make it. There are a number of Colorado makers that craft items for your home ranging from kid’s furniture to beeswax candles. Give the gift of a cozy, personalized home with these high-quality housewarming gifts.

Bluecorn Beeswax – candles made in Ridgway

Candles are a perfect gift for the home. They create an instant ambiance, providing subtle lighting and a great aroma for any mood.

Since 1991, Bluecorn Beeswax has been handcrafting candles on the Western Slope in Ridgway. Their candles are paraffin-free, lead-free, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic. They even trademarked their beeswax candles’ “ridiculously long burn times”. The best part about burning beeswax is that it emits negative ions that cleanse the air.

Bluecorn’s bestsellers:

Callahan Ceramics – handmade ceramic mugs and dinnerware from Fort Collins

The Fort Collins company made a big buzz after selling out of its HAZE collection, benefiting the Colorado State Firefighters Association. Inspired by the devastating wildfires that hit the Centennial State in 2020, Callahan Ceramics felt compelled to create a collection in remembrance of this time in our state’s history.

image of callahan ceramics mugsRecent designs from the HAZE collection at Callahan Ceramics. Photo by: facebook.com/callahanceramics

The first collection sold out within hours, so act fast! They have re-released the collection for sale on their website at callahanceramics.com. You’ll also find a variety of beautifully crafted dinnerware in earthy tones.

Wanderwide – travel register prints from Denver

Wanderwide is new to the scene with handcrafted travel register prints that speak to the wanderer inside all of us. Inspired by the founders’ desire to track their climbing adventures, the Denver-based design team created beautiful artful prints for a unique way to track where you’ve been and where you’re going.

image of wanderwide printNational Parks print tracker from Wanderwide. Photo by: Wanderwide.co

Prints come in a variety of options including The National Parks, Colorado 14er summits, the Fifty States, and the Ski Register Print. Each high-quality print comes with a stamp to mark off the places you’ve visited. The best part is that $1 from every print purchased is donated to a charity partner to help preserve the world’s most treasured places. Purchase your print online at wanderwide.co.

Old Pine Candle Company

Candles are always a good gift for everyone on your list, from your kids’ teacher to your hairstylist, which always makes you feel like a million bucks. But don’t just get them any candle, get them one from the Old Pine Candle Company. Made with 100% American soy wax, and no additives or dyes, their candles burn for up to 50 hours!

image of gift set from old pine candle companyGift set with the candle of the month club. Photo by: facebook.com/oldpinecandleco

Offered in a variety of natural scents such as eucalyptus, jasmine, evergreen, and pine, Old Pine also collaborates with local businesses for special scents. Make it easy this gifting season with their holiday gift set, which includes a 9-ounce candle, wick trimmer, wooden coaster, and an old pine matchbox. The gift set can be purchased online at oldpinecandleco.com.

Artwork by DenverSky

A local artist in Denver creates colorful illustrations of various Colorado scenes and landmarks. Her Etsy shop sells one-of-a-kind prints for starting under $20. It’s the perfect way to give a little bit of Colorado to those you love.

Hanging print of the Denver skyline with a rainbowDenverSky artwork of Sloans Lake. Artist: Kaitlyn Stewart

Each print is available in sizes from 8×10 all the way up to 24×36. Some are even customizable, with the option to change the background or font color depending on your preference. Each purchase includes the print only, so be sure to grab a frame before you gift it.

Your Gal Kiwi

Make them laugh out loud with a unique gift from Your Gal Kiwi. A one-woman show based in Arvada, the owner tells it like it is with her crafty creations such as “Seasons Greetings or Whatever” Holiday greeting cards and ornaments, “Don’t be a Dick” mugs, and “Bitches get stuff done” art prints.

Holiday card with a family picture and "2022 was Okay-ish"2022 was Okay-ish greeting card. Photo by: facebook.com/yourgalkiwi

Find everything from greeting cards and stationery to mugs and phone cases. The holiday cards also come in sets of 8 if you want to spread the laughter. Shop the online gift store at yourgalkiwi.com.

I Heart Denver Store

Not just for those who love Denver, but for all those who love Colorado, the I Heart Denver Store showcases 200+ Colorado-based artists and designers. Shop glassware, jewelry, pottery, artwork, locally designed furniture, clothing, and so much more. It’s the perfect one-stop shop to find Colorado creatives and support local businesses.

image of the i heart denver storeThe I Heart Denver storefront. Photo by facebook.com/iheartdenverstore.

Located in the heart of Downtown Denver, the store is at the Pavilions at the 16th Street Mall. You can also shop them online at iheartdenverstore.com.

Colorado Life Magazine

Give the gift of all things Centennial State with a subscription to the Colorado Life magazine. The bi-monthly publication features local writers, photographers, and those who make our state so special.

colorado life magazinePrevious covers of the Colorado Life Magazine. Photo by: facebook.com/coloradolifemag

Help support a local print magazine and gift yourself or someone you love a subscription, a gift that will keep on giving all year long. Subscriptions can be purchased on their website at coloradolifemagazine.com.

David Rasmussen Furniture Design

Find a unique handmade gift from David Rasmussen Furniture Design. Designed and customized by the artist himself at his full-production woodshop in Carbondale, the company makes beautifully handcrafted wood pieces that will last for years to come.

image of wooden wine glassesWooden wine glasses from David Rassmussen Designs. Photo by: facebook.com/David-Rasmussen-Design

Selling more than just furniture, gift something for the entertainer in your life and purchase a set of the Blasphemy wooden wine or cocktail glasses, or one of the beautiful charcuterie boards. Purchase your gift online at davidrasmussendesign.com.

Colorado Sports Gear Gifts

Colorado Sports Gifts Never Summer SnowboardNever Summer on Berthoud Pass. Photo by: Zach Dischner

Play at an epic level with world-class sporting goods designed here in the Centennial State. From snowboards to backpacks and weatherproof gear, there is something that would benefit any adventure lover.

Never Summer – snowboards made in Denver

If you’ve been to any ski resort in the last few years you’ve undoubtedly come across a Never Summer product. They make some of the best snowboards in the world with their patented hybrid camber technology. Boards combine traditional double camber flex on the tips and a rockered center, so you get the best of both worlds for a superior ride.

What began as a snowboard company in 1983 has now grown into a highly reputable lifestyle brand within the outdoor community. Never Summer has been designing and building snowboards since 1983 in their Denver factory. Beyond the boards, shop their outdoor apparel collection of beanies, goggles, hoodies, and T-shirts. Discover their snowboard and apparel lineup at neversummer.com.

Never Summer’s best sellers:

image of never summer snowboardsNever Summer snowboard display at Outdoor Retailer show. Photo by: facebook.com/NeverSummerIndustries

Osprey – durable backpacks designed in Dolores

If you need a reliable backpack for any occasion, look no further than Osprey. All the engineering and design are done in the Dolores headquarters. While their bags are produced in Vietnam, everything is carefully maintained from their Colorado home.

Their products are durable and cleverly created for ease when traveling or backpacking. You’ll have plenty of choice when picking out a gift from their large travel duffles and roller cases to smaller daypacks and packing cubes.

Osprey’s best sellers:

Those are just a few of the fine products from local companies. While some are produced outside of the state, most are handcrafted and designed right here in Colorado. Either way, the companies started here and make quality products for all to enjoy.

Be sure to shop these and other made-in-Colorado companies this holiday season to help support small businesses! Thanks for reading and happy holidays!

Author: Jack Smith