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2020 Colorado Springs Gift Guide

Posted by Sarah Steen on November 20, 2020
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Each year we organize a list of Colorado sourced gifts as the holiday season approaches. This year has been incredibly challenging to local businesses. We’ve expanded our gift guide efforts this year: we curated a list of gift suggestions like usual, but also reached out to our friends at About The Springs for a list of great local businesses to support. Remember: shop local AND shop early. Our Colorado Springs small businesses need us now more than ever. You can also check out our previous gift guides for additional ideas:

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2020 Gift Guide

GIFT CARDS TO LOCAL RESTAURANTS

Increasing Covid cases and restrictions are significantly reducing restaurant capacity limits. Consider buying gift cards for your friends and family from your favorite local eateries. They can use them when conditions improve or enjoy a takeout night. 

BLACK FOREST HONEY Local Colorado Springs Honey

What says “I love you” in the time of Covid more than local honey produced by bees right here in El Paso County (natural cough syrup, anyone?). Their honey is raw and unfiltered which means that it will retain all of it’s unique health benefits. Want bonus points? Use this local honey to make immune system boosting elderberry syrup for your loved ones this winter. 

THE LIVING ROOM Plants

This is a great idea for the plant lady (or man) in your life. Really anyone in the current circumstances could use a little bright spot in their home. What better way to literally liven things up than with a few houseplants? You can shop online and get curbside pickup, but make a point to check out their dreamy store when you feel comfortable. eGift Cards are available as well.

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photo courtesy of The Living Room

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BUTTER + MILK Holiday Cupcake Flight

To be honest, Butter + Milk had us at the words “cupcake flight.” Self-taught baker and owner, Meagan, decorates these cupcakes to perfection. Each flight includes 6 cupcakes and you can choose 2 of their holiday themed flavors: mint chocolate marshmallow, brown butter spiced chai, or white chocolate eggnog.  Special note: Butter + Milk will join 10+ other local businesses on December 9 from 9am -noon  for The Holiday Pop Up Market at Clay Venues (10 N Wahsatch Ave, Colorado Springs 80903).

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photo courtesy of Butter + Milk

ALMAGRE Charcuterie Boards and Cocktails (Delivered!)

Delivery is back from The Bar at Almagre! They’ll deliver cocktails, charcuterie boards, and more straight to your door. We utilized their delivery service when they were offering it back in the April and May, and their boards and cocktails were always a hit with our clients! Be sure to check out the Holiday Essentials Package: cheese and charcuterie board for 4, chocolate from Bonbon Bombardier, and your choice of a cocktail kit or wine duo. Free delivery for orders over $50.

PLATED PICNICS Luxury Picnic

Make a loved one feel extra special with a luxury picnic from Plated Picnics. You choose the location: local park, your backyard or even your living room. Plated Picnic will set up everything including their special “grazing boards” and lemonade, rugs, pillows, decorations and place settings. This is a great idea if you’re considering a holiday proposal!

picture of Plated Picnic luxury picnic set up near Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs

photo courtesy of Plated Picnic

BURNT BRIDGES Custom Candles

This brand new company repurposes craft beer cans and bottles to create custom candles. A perfect gift for the beer lover in your life.

THE UNIVERSE CONSPIRES Custom Necklace

Artist Bri McGrew designs and crafts each piece of jewelry in her Colorado Springs studio. Her made to order Bezel-Set Necklace allows you to choose your stone colors for a beautiful, custom creation.

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photo courtesy of The Universe Conspires

R. RIVETER Handbag

This business is *technically* based in North Carolina, but it employs military spouses around the country–including one right here in Colorado Springs. Each bag is made of parts constructed by several different military spouses. Military spouses have a difficult time finding meaningful work during normal times, but have been especially hit by the pandemic’s economic challenges

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photo courtesy of R.Riveter

WINE PUNTS Wine Glasses

Another company upcycling materials to create something beautiful and new! Wine Punts started out as a college project in 2006 and they use wine and liquor bottles to create wine glasses, vases, cannisters and more. Custom etching is available. Perfect for anyone who loves wine (we’re lookin’ at you parents-of-young-children-during-a-pandemic).

BERRY BERRY GOODS Oh my Gourd! Tea Towel

How cute is this tea towel? If you have someone on your list who loves puns, be sure to check out Berry Berry Goods’ mugs, candles, greeting cards and more.

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photo courtesy of Berry Berry Goods

Local Business Love

As promised, here’s a list of favorite local businesses (thanks for the input About The Springs!):

Curated Gift Boxes & Deliveries

Plated Picnics – Picnic Boxes and Grazing Boards 

Bramble and Brie – Charcuterie Boxes

Front Porch Gift Co -Locally Sourced Gift Boxes

Hello Sunshine Creatives – Luxury Balloons 

Cosette’s – Custom Florist 

The Bar at Almagre – Craft Cocktails and Regional Food Boards

 

Local Shops & Boutiques

Local Honey Co – Local Clothing Boutique 

Eclectic Co – Homemade Local Goods 

Novis Mortem Collective – Unique Local Art, Gifts & Jewelry 

Terra Verde – Local and Women Owned Clothing & Gifts 

Rocky Mountain Soap – Palmer Lake Based Homemade Bath and Body 

Living Room Plants – Cutest Plant Store in the World 

 

Jewelry & Crafts

Morse & Mantra – Custom Made Morse Code Jewelry 

Berry Good Goods – Unique Gifts for Fruit & Veggie Lovers 

G44 Gallery – Local Jewelry & Art 

Wilder Bag Co – Handmade Jewelry 

Universe Conspires – Handcrafted Jewelry

Wine Punts – Wine Glasses made from Upcycled Wine Bottles

Burnt Bridges Candles – Repurposed Craft Beer Bottles and Canes used to create Custom Candles

 

Experiences (Gift Cards)

Ephemera Dinners – High-End Immersion Dining Experience 

Red Earth Knots – Macrame Workshops 

Blush Dry Bar – Hair Styling Salon

Blo Colorado Springs – Hair Styling Salon 

Painting with a Twist – Painting & Wine Classes 

Brush and Board – DIY Wood Craft Classes 

3ESComedy – New Downtown Comedy Club 

The French Kitchen – Cooking Classes 

 

Sweets & Treats

BonBon Bombardier – Vegan Craft Candy 

Minnie’s Macarons – Amazing Homemade French Macarons 

Butter and Milk by Meg – Cookie Boxes & Cake Flights 

Mark’s Pretzels – Soft Pretzel Delivery 

Loyal Coffee – Best Local Coffee Gifts for Caffeine Lovers 

Pikes Peak Lemonade – Gourmet Lemonades (delivery available) 

Sasquatch Cookies – Local, Fresh Cookies (delivery available)

 

Non-Profits

Support The Springs – Helping Local Cos Businesses 

Cottonwood Center for The Arts 

Springs Rescue Mission 

Special Kids Special Families 

CASA Pikes Peak 

Project Angel Heart – Meal Delivery for People with Illnesses 

All Breed Dog Rescue 

Inside Out Youth Services 

Colorado Springs Conservatory

Special Olympics of Colorado Springs

Care and Share

Special Forces Foundation

Partners in Housing

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