Spruce jewelry is very obviously inspired by the landscape, especially with pieces named Maple and River. You can see it in the irregular, flowing pieces that seem so intricately effortless. We adore these earrings that are both feminine, delicate and funky.
Spruce Jewelry: sprucejewelry.com
Where to buy: Encore, 439 Main St., and Suburban Hill, 2015 Ionosphere St., in Longmont
Cheese: it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Cured, Boulder’s new cheese and unique food shop, is offering gift boxes that include cheese, meats, breads, olive oil, pickles, sweets and more. Baskets range from the “day trip” to the “vacation,” which includes cheese knives and custom-made cheese board. We love the “Colorado road trip” basket with local cheese and cured meats from Il Mondo Vecchio, local pickled beets and Ritual Chocolate, among other items. It’s the perfect gift for the foodie in your life. Prices range from $75 to $250.
Where to buy: Cured, 1825 B Pearl St., Boulder
A Fobbie sounds like it could be some newfangled toy or a new character on Sesame Street. Really, it’s a concept developed by a Colorado inventor: a gift tag with a patented “slot system” for weaving ribbon through and securing it to your gift. Fobbie simplifies the gift wrapping-process and makes the holidays just a little easier. $1.49 each
It can be tough to find gifts for your favorite environmentalist…You never even thought about presents’ carbon footprints. Well, RuMe could just be your saving grace. RuMe offers multi-functional, design-driven reusable bags and totes. Not only are they über green but the bags have a sleek style perfect for anyone with eco-tendencies.
Where to buy: McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder
Nicole Linton is like many Boulderites: Her business values combine sustainability, cultural diversity and global awareness. And alpacas. Linton’s é bella uses alpaca fur fibers from Peru to create bold, beautiful rugs and pillows. Abstract patterns and bright colors create a modern aesthetic that seems to bring comfort, warmth and a funky style into
é bella: ebelladesigns.com
Where to buy: é bella, 2304 Pine St., Boulder (call for studio hours: 303.442.6226); holiday pop-up store at studio from Nov. 23–Dec. 23
Everyone needs storage, but there is no need to sacrifice aesthetics for practicality. The bright, modern storage modules from Denver’s Housefish are contemporary beauties that can be stacked or used as a console for your entertainment system. All Housefish furniture is made with sustainably harvested wood in Denver.
Where to buy: I Heart Denver, 500 16th St., Denver
You often think your kids resemble monkeys, and now, you can make it legit. Created by a CU grad and single mom, Monkey Toes are adorable sneakers and Mary Janes for tots adorned with hand-painted monkeys and other animals.
Monkey Toes: monkey-toes.com
Where to buy: Fruehaufs, 1665 33rd St., Boulder