The holiday season is upon us! As the popular song proclaims, “it’s the most wonderful time of year” for those of us who love that time between November 1 and New Year’s. The holiday shopping season is starting earlier than ever this year, but we’ve got you covered.
We completely understand the motivation to take advantage of the sales from major retailers, especially with inflation tightening everyone’s budgets. But each year we hope to encourage our readers to support small business by curating a wonderful list of Colorado Christmas gift ideas. We start our research in October so you have plenty of time to get your holiday shopping done!
Check out our previous year’s Christmas gift idea guides:
Gift Guide Giveaway
As an extra treat this year, we are giving away 7 items from this list valued at over $150. Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@yourcoshouse) so you can participate and possibly snag some gifts for friends and family on your list!
Courtney and Kirsten are the sisters behind the punny cheese boards and gifts at Whittle Birches. They started this business during the pandemic by creating funny, themed designs and carving them onto boards intended for charcuterie spreads. They accept custom orders to personalize boards with a last name or a specific design, and they also create boards for just about every occasion and holiday. These would make great gifts for anyone on your list for the winter holidays and beyond. How cute would custom boards be for wedding gifts?
Want something a little extra? They can create a customized gift basket for you centered around one of their board. Whittle Birches also partners with another local business, Snack Board Co, so you can opt to receive your Whittle Birches board covered with a gorgeous and delicious snack spread of your choice (extra fees apply). To order, DM Whittle Birches on Facebook or Instagram: @whittle.birches. Hurry: order deadline for holiday gifts is December 5 based on availability.
Owner Daron Short has summited every 14er (peaks above 14,000 feet) in Colorado. That’s 58 summits! Daron started CO14k to help “other hikers who desire to document their experiences in the mountains by providing products that promote their own story.” Products include apparel with 14er peaks graphically represented, hats, stickers for each peak, and posters to track summit dates. These items would be a unique Christmas gift idea for the adventure enthusiast in your life. You can purchase items directly from their website or find their merchandise at Eclectic CO in Colorado Springs.
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Wine Punts launched as college project in 2006. They upcycle wine and liquor bottles to create beautifully repurposed glassware including drinking glasses, candles, carafes, and cannisters. Their products are hyperlocal: their workshop is right here in Colorado Springs and they source the majority of the wine bottles utilized for their products from local businesses here in town.
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We love the subtle mountain design on this handmade ceramic planter offered at Heartshake Studios in Old Colorado City. This would be perfect for the plant lover in your life to display a favorite plant up high. By the way, Heartshake Studios is one of the best places in town to find gifts, art, and handmade goods. They even offer $5 flat rate shipping on orders over $20 and free shipping on orders over $75.
The Queen’s TEApothecary is another Old Colorado City favorite. They carry everything one might need for a little selfcare: organic tea and all necessary accessories, coffee, home accents like candles and tea towels, and bath and body products for extra pampering. Owner Mandalyn King’s attention to detail shines in their gift samplers and kits. Their tea “products are artisan handcrafted in small batches and handmade to order.” We even worked with Mandalyn to create charming custom client gifts this fall and absolutely loved what she came up with! You can shop online at their website to order directly or stop into their store at 1704 W Colorado Ave.
Have you heard about this new unique bookstore right here in Colorado Springs? Owner Joni McCoy has self-published dozens of books and started selling them at local farmers markets. She eventually expanded into the Young Bookworms storefront that exclusively carries self-published books for children through young adults. The store is also set up a little differently from a traditional bookstore. All of the books offered are displayed with the covers facing out so it’s easy for children to select books.
You can order directly through their website (orders over $60 ship free) or visit their store in the Woodmen Plaza shopping center in Colorado Springs. Young Bookworms even offers monthly subscription boxes. For $49.99 the recipient receives a monthly package with books and assorted goodies from the store. Have little ones? Santa will visit Young Bookworms starting November 25 and you can schedule a photo with him on their website.
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You’ll love the handcrafted jewelry that owner Kit calls “wearable art.” You can order Jewelry Vagabond directly from her website, or find her items in stores and galleries like Sweetwater Flower Market, Heartshake Studio, The Living Room, Eclectic CO and more. Side note: Eclectic CO is another fantastic store in Colorado Springs that carries Christmas gift ideas sourced from local businesses and makers.
Pikes Peak lemonade is a favorite among locals for gift options or just a refreshing treat. But they don’t just sell their signature lemonade with organic sugar. They offer hot cocoa products, subscription boxes, and cocktail mixes. Did someone say wine slushie?! You can stop into their store in east Colorado Springs or their location on N Tejon. You can also order online to ship nationwide or opt for their local delivery. Need a last minute gift option? Purchase an e-gift card.
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The Colorado Springs husband and wife team behind the soy candles at Roam + Wander try to capture the adventure from their travels in the candle scents they offer. Their candles are a delightful Christmas gift idea for anyone on your list. Scents include fun names like Adventure, Colorado Springs, Telluride, and Wilderness. Have someone on your list that loves California? Their California collection features scents like Redwoods and Big Sur. You can find their candles at Eclectic CO or order directly from their website. Bonus: Roam + Wander always offers free shipping!
Owner Victoria handcrafts meaningful jewelry right here in Colorado Springs. She incorporates messages utilizing Morse Code and uses high quality materials like sterling silver and silk cord. You can select messages from her Favorites shop like I Love You, Mama Bear, Be Still and Know, and Enjoy the Journey. Or you can personalize a piece of jewelry with a name or meaningful message.