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Your Denver holiday gift guide

Happy Friday!

Today I pose to you a question: Why, oh why, stress over shipping fees and delivery delays when the very streets of our city are filled with talented artists, bakers, musicians, writers, and producers offering unique and incredible wares? When you purchase locally you’re giving two gifts: 1) the intended present and 2) neighborly support. It’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? Today I’m sharing just a handful of personal recommendations to keep the love local this year ❤️

— Peyton Garcia, City Cast Writer and Expert Gift Giver


🎁 Something to Gift

🏙️ For the proud Denverite: Bag of Colfax
Courtesy of the Colfax Ave Business Improvement District, a “Bag of Colfax” ($60) will be filled with exclusive products found only from shops and businesses located along (arguably) the most beloved street in Denver.
One of our favorites: We love these Big Ass Maps illustrations of iconic Denver locations. 

📚 For the bookworm: Tattered Cover
I think I speak for fellow book-lovers out there when I say there is no such thing as too many new books. Tattered Cover has this year’s bestsellers meticulously categorized by genre. And don’t sleep on local authors like Peter Heller and Manuel Ramos — two of my recent favorites!
Bonus: Check out our interview with Tattered Cover staff for their personal recommendations from 2021.

🖌️ For the lover of local art: Femme Salée
Femme Salée is an online platform for feminist, queer, BIPOC, and disability narratives in the local art world. You can sample and support their mission by gifting the just-released fall edition of their bi-annual zine, available for free digitally (with an accompanying soundscape!) or in print ($15). And while you’re at it, shop Femme Salée’s other edgy merch.

👗 For the fashion guru: Judith & Joe
Subscription-based apparel boxes aren’t exactly new, but Denver-based Judith & Joe take it one step further by working exclusively with brands that source ethically, sustainably, and charitably.
Or pick it out yourself: Be A Good Person offers really stylish apparel pieces, while promoting positivity and giving back directly to nonprofits in our local community, as well as on a larger scale, by working with organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

For the coffee fiends: Wagon Coffee
Wagon Coffee Roasters makes artisanal coffee blends for individual purchase, wholesale orders, or subscription service, but perhaps most impressively, the company exclusively employs women recovering from addiction with a mission to help them “stay on the wagon.” I’m particularly considering the Coffee Tasting World Tour Sampler ($40) for the coffee-lovers in my life.
Want to know more? Check out the full-length City Cast Denver episode with Wagon Coffee founder Tami Canaday.

🎶 For the music-lovers: Sold Out Posters
Nab limited-edition tour posters from some of Denver’s most notable concerts — Norah Jones at Red Rocks in 2019, Pearl Jam at Pepsi Center in 2020, String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks in 2010, Widespread Panic at 1st Bank Center in 2014, Mumford & Sons at Fiddler’s Green in 2016, and sooo many more.

🧀 For the foodies and party hosters: Cheese and Provisions
What’s a classy party without a classy charcuterie board? Cheese and Provisions not only offers artisan salumi and cheese, but also cheese subscription services and classes to become a professional-caliber cheesemonger and charcuterie creator.
Also consider: Adding some fresh finds to a cherished recipe collection. Here’s seven Colorado cookbooks to choose from.

🛍️ More local holiday markets to shop: This list is just the humble tip of a massive small business iceberg. For more locally-crafted gift ideas, I’d recommend shopping at the Cherry Creek Holiday Market or the Denver Christkindlmarket

🔎 Something To Keep An Eye On 

  • Selling build-at-home gun kits is not illegal under federal law. But local lawmakers want to make it harder to get away with here in Denver. 
  • The mountains are getting blanketed with much-needed snow right now. Will Denver get some of the love? Probably not.  
  • The new express lanes, part of the I-25 “South Gap” project to alleviate bottleneck traffic, officially opened this morning. Talk about a holiday miracle!

🎙️ Something You May Have Missed

A look back at our shows of the week

  • THU: What is La Posada? And how can we celebrate it here in Denver?
  • WED: Valentes Corleons: Nightclub kingpin? Mobster? Or both?

👉 Find all our shows at