The holidays are fast approaching and while you may already be thinking about the perfect gift for everyone on your list, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite Colorado locally owned businesses.
In choosing to shop with small businesses you are supporting your local community--the artisans and makers who lovingly design, create and intentionally craft their products.
I would encourage you, if possible to consider supporting small businesses this holiday season, and purchasing a portion of your gifts from local makers and artisans. In shopping small, you truly have the power to impact someone's life and support their dreams.
This Zafu Floor Cushion makes the perfect holiday gift for anyone who loves mediation, is into yoga or is just a floor sitter (like me!) Handmade with so much love in Denver, Colorado, this cushion is a blend of super soft cotton and linen and filled with millet and buckwheat. The design and structure helps to support your hip and spine alignment during use. I love the stylish design, bold colors and that the cover is easily removable for washing. Olive & Oldes is a woman-owned business on a mission "to leave the world a little better than we found it."
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If you are looking for beautiful artisanal goods for your home, look no further. So Very Lovely is a Colorado based company offering intentionally designed laser engraved goods. From wooden cards for every occasion, to beautiful drinking jars and air plant holders, So Very Lovely is sure to have an elevated and unique gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
Founders Jenna and RJ started their laser journey when they designed their own wedding invitations, and have been following their love of aesthetic and design since. At their core, they are artists and use laser engraving as their medium of expression.
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Cardamom Designs implores the ancient technique of hand block printing using modern designs to created the most beautiful and elegant textiles. The prints and patterns are designed in Denver, Colorado, by Founder and Artist Kate Kellogg, and hand printed by artisans in Jaipur, Indian. Cardamom Designs offers kitchen towels, quilts, table linens and holiday gift sets. I love my Cardamom Designs napkins, and always pack one in my lunch box!
This holiday season, Kate has curated a beautiful gift set featuring Cardamom Design textiles and goods from local Colorado businesses. These boxes make the perfect hostess gift, or way to send a little Colorado love to anyone on your list.
Sheena Marshall is a Denver based metalsmith specializing in high quality and hypoallergenic jewelry in solid gold, 14k gold fill and sterling silver. Her pieces are elevated, minimalist and perfect for everyday wear.
Sheena started her jewelry design journey in high school making polymer clay earrings and selling them to customers at her waitressing job. Fast forward 20 years and many metalsithing classes, and Sheena is now an accomplish artisan and bestseller at Madewell.
Sheena Marshall Jewelry is my personal pick for delicate, everyday dainty pieces. I absolutely love the Margo Studs and have been wearing the Nora Link Necklace almost everyday--it makes the perfect layering piece.
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MadZinnia offers beautiful and insanely comfortable intimate and loungewear pieces that make women feel beautiful and empowered.
Madeline, the founder and maker behind MadZinnia infuses all of her pieces with love and color. She hand sews every piece using organic fabrics and plant dyes or low impact/fiber reactive dyes. Her focus is on slow fashion, sustainability and inclusive sizing.
I own quite a few pairs of MadZinna intimates and my favorite are the high waisted undies. They are the perfect lounge-around-the-house piece and I love wearing them under my overalls and dresses! They are super comfortable, wash well, nontoxic and breathable.
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Slow fashion makes for beautiful, timeless pieces for your capsule wardrobe.
Golden Colorado based Designer/Maker Amanda Carestio started making her own dresses in high school. After venturing out into different mediums she returned to sewing in 2015 taking a position as editor at two sewing magazines and working as a sewist for a small slow fashion brand. While sewing her own wardrobe she found her love of interesting basics and silhouettes featuring unique textiles. All of her pieces are made by hand in her studio featuring natural fibers, hand-dyed fabrics, imported handwoven ikats, and unique upcycled textiles. Her pieces are elegant, timeless and intentionally crafted.
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I love the minimalist style and functional design of Adventurist Backpacks! I use my Summit Sling Bag almost every day as it is functional and versatile. Whether I am walking my dogs, running errands or out for a hike, my little sling is always with me.
Husband and Wife Co-founders, Matilda and Kelly have a beautiful origin story (which made me shed a few tears) for their minimalist backpack company. When they were traveling around the world, they encountered families struggling with food insecurity and hunger. They began filling their backpacks with food to share with families that they met along the way. They started Adventurist Backpack Co when they returned to the US and learned about the struggles with food insecurity affecting many families in their own community.
During their travels they each could fit 25 meals into the backpacks that they carried each day. Today, for every backpack sold, they donate 25 meals to help families and people in need.
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Immerse in a meaningful skincare ritual, utilizing a handcrafted ceramic bowl, wooden spoon, and the precision of a traditional hake brush, steeped in Japanese artistry. Personalize this moment of pause by selecting from our range of 12 exquisite powdered face masks to tailor the bundle to your skincare desires. Transition this mindfulness into your daily routine with our Revive and Restore Cleansing Oil, designed for everyday use, ensuring your skin is consistently embraced with care and intention.
This collection is not just a fleeting moment of pampering; it's a gift of sustained beauty and intentional self-care, from special rituals to daily routines.
If you are anything like me and love to indulge in a long bath then Vital You bath bombs are an absolute must. Hand crafted with love and intention, these bombs are sure to help you melt away the winter blues. These bombs are infused with herbal synergy, all natural ingredients for the relaxing and self care tub time that you deserve. Vital You offers CBD bath bombs as well as CBD free options.
Founded by Jenna in 2018 as a way to sooth her own chronic conditions, Vital You is a woman-owned and operated business run by herbalists, estheticians and healers dedicated to helping you invest in yourself care.
Founded in 2016, Yummy Lotus offer locally crafted vegan and gluten-free pepper jams made from only the finest ingredients. Owner & Chef Alexa curates all of the jam flavors by pairing her culinary knowledge with her eagerness to create unique and multilayer flavor experiences.
Yummy Lotus Jams make a fabulous gift for all of the foodies on your list. The sample pack features eight 1.5oz jams and is the perfect way to find what will be your favorite Yummy Lotus Jam.
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Calling all foodies, this one is for you!
I am so in love with the cinnamon almond butter from PB Love Company. Made from roasted, stone-ground almonds this nut butter melts in your mouth. It is slightly sweet with a little kick of cinnamon, and is sure to become a staple in your pantry. I prefer it straight out of the jar, but it is fantastic on apples, pancakes and bagels.
Made with whole, real food ingredient, this nut butter makes a great gift for all of those food lovers in your life, and don't forget to snag a jar (or two) for yourself. You can even gift one of their monthly subscription boxes.
Call me biased, but I do think that my nontoxic candles make the perfect holiday gift. Hand poured in small batches using 100% USA grown soybean wax and nontoxic fragrance oils infused with natural essential oils, Wax Crescent offers a long lasting and clean burning sensory experience.
My personal favorite candle is the tobacco & teakwood which is complex, subtle, warm and earthy. I love the white tea & ginger as an all around crowd pleaser and great giftable candle.
Wax Crescent even offers monthly candle subscriptions and astrology candles for all the zodiac signs.
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