Made in Colorado: Get your giving going!
1. Colorado Crafted Boxes
Sarah Welle and Dulcie Wilcox shared a love of good food and cocktails, leading them to launch a company that didn’t offer run-of-the-mill gift baskets, but instead local flair to spare. The result is Colorado Crafted, which they started in early 2013 and now features about 15 local producers ranging from Helliemae’s Caramels to Merfs Hand Grenade Sriracha Sauce. For the holidays, gift-givers need look no further than the Denver Box – chock-full of goodies from Mile High makers – or boxes with bath products or whiskey accouterments from Colorado purveyors. “There’s a really cool scene,” says Welle, “with a lot of artisans making delicious products.” The duo also offers custom corporate gifts for any occasion.
$35 to $250 retail.
Made by Colorado Crafted
2. Downward Facing Dog Collars
Juliet Stillman is a yoga teacher, dog lover, sewer and knitter. With Downward Facing Dog, her combined interests make for some of the prettiest dog collars on either side of the Continental Divide, and the perfect gift for the discriminating Colorado canine. She makes short runs of her silk collars, featuring colorful floral embroidery, as well as a variety of handmade yoga accessories. “I wanted to make something ornate but that also has a positive thought to it,” says Stillman. “They all say ‘Love’ on the inside.” About $35 retail.
Made by Downward Facing Dog
3. Little Colorado Toys and Furniture
Cheryl and Dick Shaw launched Little Colorado in 1987 and have seen things come full circle for the 25-employee company in the past few years. “Our year-to-date sales are up 36 percent,” says Cheryl, citing environmental safety as a catalyst. “This is what young, educated parents are looking for.” But there’s another key: a surge in demand for local goods. “American-made and local are huge right now,” especially considering the “quality gap” between Little Colorado’s handcrafted products and the imported competition, Cheryl says. Top holiday sellers include the toy kitchen center and refrigerator as well as a play table with drawers, perfect for train sets and Legos. About $150 to $225 retail.
Made by Little Colorado
4. R.L. Linden & Co. Eco-Beauty Products
Robin King and Lynn Till shared interests in crafting, cooking and creating, but learned they “were better together,” says King. They launched R.L. Linden & Co. in 2013 – named for their initials and the “calming” trees that dot Denver’s streets. The catalog includes mists, balms and serums made from high-quality herbal and floral ingredients. R.L. Linden also makes beauty teas for drinking and facial steaming. “We like to do versatile products,” explains King, noting that beauty teas are “a budding concept in the green beauty world.” New for November: a line of perfumes inspired by their favorite local businesses, including Ritual Chocolate and Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe. There’s also a travel set with TSA-compliant bottles of the entire lineup, minus teas, in a durable bag by Denver-based Winter Session. $20 to $120 retail.
Made by R.L. Linden & Co.