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No need to break the bank this holiday season because with these gifts, a little goes a long way. From handcrafted soaps and candles to fresh-squeezed cocktail shakers and Colorado-proud wall decor, we’re sure there’s something on your list for everyone. After all, it’s the thought that counts, right?
Of course, we can’t mention fat heads without going into detail. From Tim Osbourn, a Westminster resident and Etsy shop owner, comes the signage you didn’t know you needed: your pal’s face on a stick. Exactly what it sounds like, Osbourn’s custom creation is perfect for graduations, performances, sports competitions and everyday decoration. Just send in a photo and Osbourn will print it your size with 1/4″ foam backing and embroidery. Prices start at $21 depending on size. Available online
There’s no question about it: mountain air also has its disadvantages, including dry and chapped skin. The folks at Colorado Real Soap in Crested Butte have set to work to solve this problem, creating their Bliss Salve ($18-$23), a completely edible and preservative-free solution that contains seed butters, oils, and natural waxes used to hydrate and restore skin. And the best? It also works on dog paws. 318 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte; 970-209-6732
It’s a rarity to find a single t-shirt that embodies the Denver locals so well, so please embrace this $1 over limit gift idea from Fort Collins-based Akinz. The super-soft tri-blend cotton shirt ($26) comes in six sizes and a few colors, is printed in-store, and is available for shipping. But really, we’re here for the message. Biking, beer and cuddling? Count us among them. 15 Old Town Square, Ste. 132, FortCollins; 970-682-1750
Everyone needs a good water bottle, but the beautiful design of these Nalgene sets them apart from the rest. Created by local artist Sarah Dielle Anderson, the intricate wraparound art features an array of constellations alongside mountains, forests and even a little wildlife. Plus, it’s printed on a Nalgene Sustain bottle, an eco-friendly alternative made from recycled single-use bottles, so you can feel good about gifting too. Find the bottle ($25) online or wherever Fort Collins-based Alpinecho products are sold. Available online
Give the gift of nature with this newly published guide to camping in the Centennial State. Written by Monica Stockbridge, Best tent camping ($16.95) details 50 great auto campgrounds in national parks, state parks and more. It ranks all websites based on criteria such as beauty, privacy, security, and even cleanliness. And of course, the book includes color photos so you know exactly what to expect on your evening under the stars. Available online
Help your favorite skier go green with some eco-friendly hot wax from Carbondale’s Mountainflow. Historically, ski wax has been filled with toxic chemicals that end up on the snow and eventually into our water. Not so with mountainflow eco-wax, which is completely vegetable and without any petroleum products. The Hot Wax ($19.95) is fully biodegradable and non-toxic, making it a great gift for skiers — and the planet. Available online and from various retailers
Special holiday drinks always taste better with artisanal ingredients. At least, that’s the idea behind Cocktail Caravan’s freshly squeezed mixers ($16), which are made with love in their Boulder kitchen. They offer a range of options from desert sage to poco picante and even a coin-style margarita, but plan ahead. The kitchen is only open at certain times and collection is only possible by appointment. 2825 Wilderness Course, Boulder; 720-598-2997
It doesn’t matter if you are giving a gift to someone who has lived here for a month, a year or their whole life. Help them feel welcome — or fuel their longstanding pride — with a memorable drawing by Denver artist Emily Burrows. She describes iconic buildings like Casa Bonita, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Herb’s Hideout, and Church Nightclub ($18 each), so you’re sure to find something special in her Etsy shop, but she’s also up for personal commissions. Available online
Candles are always a good idea. Crafted by the folks at Bluecorn in Montrose, these ethereal pillars use 100 percent pure beeswax, which is better for the environment and contains no chemical compounds. The candles are available in a range of colors and sizes (starting at $10); no scent options, but never mind because the sweet smell of honey is the absolute best. 1842 S. Townsend Avenue, Montrose; 888-350-4929
We’re not sure when it happened, but patches are definitely cool again. Help your gift recipient represent the Centennial State with this iron-on depiction of our majesty’s mountains and the colors of the flag. The patch ($5) is two inches wide, so it’ll fit on everything from a backpack to a pair of jeans or a sweatshirt, but there are no rules when it comes to Mile High flair. Available online