You don’t have to live in Colorado to LOVE Colorado! There is so much to do and enjoy in our amazing state (which we think is the best!). Whether you are an active person who loves the outdoors or someone who would rather enjoy the comforts of a majestic view from a car, RV, or hotel, the draw of the mountains and blue skies leaves a permanent kiss on our souls.
In honor of all those souls who are touched by this land, we offer a few suggestions for gift ideas that show our Colorado-Love. (Also, be sure to read our last blog post for gift ideas from Colorado-based businesses).
GRIN BIG MOUNTAIN LIFE TEES
When life is unfair…GRIN BIG!
Gary, a long-time resident of Colorado Springs, loves to spread his message of positivity in the midst of frustration through his art. He is the originator of Penman, created in his childhood and rose to fame in the 90s. Penman, once relegated to comic strips across the country, has now jumped off the pages of paper and onto a larger stage to spread his optimism and life outdoors.
Grin Big offers tees for men and women, showing Penman in a variety of mountain activity settings. A great way to share your optimism and love of Colorado!
BY GARY BLEHM
CAMPER MUGS WITH HOT COCOA
If you live in Colorado Springs, you MUST stop by the lemonade taproom in downtown! Pikes Peak Lemonade is located in downtown Colorado Springs, across from Acacia Park. While shopping for these awesome camping mugs with hot cocoa, try out their Hot Cocoa bar or their Lemonade Tasting Stand.
AVAILABLE AT PIKES PEAK LEMONADE
224 N. Tejon st.
EAT LOCAL, DRINK LOCAL POTTERY
What a great way to show your love for all things local with this bowl and mug set. Handthrown by Colorado Springs artist, Chris Burch. You can also customize a set to reflect your style!
AVAILABLE THROUGH SPARROW HAWK COOKWARE
120 N. Tejon St, Colorado Springs
Looking for a customized option? Contact Chris Burch directly through his Facebook page.
SKIING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING REUSABLE BOTTLE
While browsing through a local boutique, MacKenzie & West, I stumbled upon these fun finds by Blu Bottle! Your ski-bunny friends and family will love the vintage design of the bottle and the matching tea towels. And for the mountain biking enthusiasts, the mountains with bike bottle fits perfectly in the beverage holder. These containers can hold hot or cold beverages (you know, like a hot cocoa for after a run down the slopes, or refreshing lemonade while exploring backcountry trails!)
PIKES PEAK CUTTING BOARD
100% recycled Bamboo cutting boards are so useful. Why not get one with Pikes Peak engraved on it (there are other mountain ranges available as well) plus add a custom message? A good idea for those who love to cook, entertain, or at least make their kitchen look like they do!
HANDCRAFTED BY BUNGALOWBOO
MOUNTAIN RANGE DECAL
Coloradoans are proud of their state. Whether you want to show off where you live or your love for the mountains, this is a unique idea. No matter who you are, one look at this decal will bring a smile to your face and recall memories of, or longing for, an adventure in the mountains.
CREATED BY COOPERBERRY DESIGNS
ILLUSTRATED LIGHT SLATE PICTURES
By far the BEST presentation of fine Colorado photography!! To see these images in person, framed by the slate or oxidized porcelain, is wonderfully moving. The rugged look of the stone sets the natural stage for the amazing images of Colorado landscape come to life! Sizes range from 12 ” x 12″ all the way to very large wall masterpieces suitable for a large wall or office space.
BY COLORADO ARTIST, DAVE CLACK
Visit Dave’s Gallery in Old Town, Ft. Collins or shop online here.
MOUNTAIN BIKE SHIRT
If you love the outdoors, you can’t have enough t-shirts that show your passion for all your activities. This one is so simple, but tells a very clear message about where your heart belongs!
DESIGNED BY YETI TEES
ROCKY MOUNTAINS BRACELET SET
Handcrafted in Colorado Springs, these are simple but lovely silver bracelets. Several options available, as well as customization. Maybe you want a favorite mountain range or a peak that you have summited? Perhaps a favorite camping spot for your family. Other Colorado-inspired jewelry items available, too!
HANDMADE BY MOUNTINSPIRE
COLORADO 14er SUMMIT REGISTER
Many people come to tackle the 14ers in Colorado! There is a special pride for them as each peak is conquered. Give them a gift that keeps track of their accomplishments. As each summit is completed, an included “SUMMITED” stamp is used to mark off the peak. Display quality.
BY WANDER WIDE ART
COLORADO LOVE, COLORADO-SOURCED
I hope this gives you some ideas for your gift-giving needs. While many of these products are produced by Colorado artists, not all of them are. Be sure to check out our last blog post that features all Colorado-sourced gift ideas.