Boulder's inventors, creators, makers and guides have you covered this holiday season. Come enjoy a weekend of shopping for Boulder gifts, with plenty of stops for great meals and maybe even a hike in there, too.
This year, we're including lots of made-in-Boulder gifts and some awesome, hands-on experiences — the best gifts of all, according to Forbes. Get ideas for everyone on your list, and find charming Boulder boutiques, shops and businesses where you can spend time shopping, playing and supporting local businesses.
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If you made it out for a mountain hike or even a scenic drive this year, you probably experienced the sense of peace and joy nature can bring. When your loved one wears this necklace engraved with two petite peaks, she'll have a reminder of our mountain sanctuaries to keep close to her heart.
Where to Buy It: Angie Star
Get some fresh air and fresh view on a small-group or private tour with Beyond Boulder Bike Adventures, which operates year-round, thanks to a nubby-tire, fat-bike options if the paths are snowy. Choose from Panorama Bike-n-Hike, Bike-n-Brews Bruise or a Boulder Highlights tours.
Where to Buy It: Beyond Boulder Bike Adventures
Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse teas are available in pretty tins with a motif that mimics the teahouse’s colorful and intricate hand-carved ceiling. Our picks are the Boulder Breakfast black tea and Lady Grey’s Garden, with rose petals that will remind you of the rose bushes that surround the teahouse patio.
Where to Buy It: Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
This plush, premium hoodie with the serape buffalo appliqué will help your family member or friend work from home in total comfort this winter, while showing some Boulder love (Go Buffs!).
Where to Buy It: Savvy
Your pup probably didn't get as many head pats and pets from strangers this year due to COVID-19. Make up for it with one of these Colorado bandanas (great for humans, too). They feature the landscape photography taken by the owners of Farfel's Farm & Rescue, a local pet supply store right on Pearl Street.
Where to Buy It: Farfel's Farm & Rescue
Mountain Standard has the most touchable outerwear around, and it's all designed in Boulder. This sherpa zip fleece jacket will keep your dad, brother or any guy in your life toasty warm for all the patio-sitting or campfire cooking you'll be doing this year.
Where to Buy It: Mountain Standard
Experience the hush of the winter landscape and amazing Colorado scenery at Rocky Mountain National Park on snowshoes, then enjoy chocolate and cheese fondue with hot apple cider in the forest, prepared by your guide. The price includes a half-day outing for two people.
Where to Buy It: ApexEx Colorado Adventure Trips
Ku Cha House of Tea is the real deal when it comes to tea purveyors. They've scoured the world for the best teas and can tell you the flavor profiles and benefits of each one. Stepping inside their tea shop is a warming, fragrant experience. Their custom Boulder blend is designed to boost energy, with guayusa, green rooibos, vanilla black tea, tulsi, rose petals, cinnamon, ginger, fennel and allspice.
Where to Buy It: Ku Cha House of Tea
Encourage the little ones in your life to play outside for hours on end this winter in these snuggly warm caps with fun pom poms on top. Be warned, Bliss, the shop that sells these, is packed to the rafters with charming and whimsical gifts that will tug at your heartstrings to take them all home.
Where to Buy It: Bliss
This soothing blend is handmade at Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary, Boulder's go-to source for wisdom and wellness. This gentle yet effective hand sanitizer is the perfect 2020 stocking stuffer. Also look for their specially blended and delicious Happy Tea, sold in mason jars and great for gift-giving, too.
Where to Buy It: Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary
If 2020 has made anything clear, it's that you only live once. Seize the day with a scenic glider ride above Boulder's stunning geography for a once-in-a-lifetime thrill. Once up in the air, your recipient will be awed at how peaceful this motorless flight is. The video above gives you a taste.
Where to Buy It: Mile High Gliding
OZO Coffee is one of Boulder's most beloved local gourmet coffee roasters. Their eagerly anticipated, seasonal Cozy Cabin coffee is a roast-y, toasty blend that will energize even the darkest of winter mornings, especially when paired with the Kleen Kanteen mug bearing the Cozy Cabin logo.
303 Boards on The Hill is a tiny shop neatly packed with skateboards, wheels, decals, sneakers and so many cool, colorful items that, if you're not a skater when you came in, you might want to be by the time you leave. For the burgeoning or experienced skateboarder in your life, this house-designed "I 303 CO" board (303 is our local area code) will be the hit of the holidays.
Where to Buy It: 303 Boards on The Hill
Handmade in Boulder by Fierce and Free Jewelry, these earrings are simple classics that pair well with everything. They happen to be for sale at a fabulous shoe shop that also stocks chic jewelry, winter hats, scarves, handbags and more.
Where to Buy It: Two Sole Sisters
The following emporiums, markets and gift shops are great places to find several Boulder artisans (and amazing gifts) in one spot:
Above: Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery