The Local Denver Gift Guide features local treasures, ranging from jewelry from a Kenyan designer to a staycation at a boutique hotel.
With 2020 being a bust, we are more excited than ever to shop for family and friends this holiday season. And yet, as pumped as we are for ugly sweater parties and the ten pounds we plan on gaining, we still have white elephant gift exchanges with Zoom-friendly co-workers and difficult aunts who are expecting something extra special this year.
Stumped on what to get everyone? Don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some of the best of what Denver has to offer to make sure you can check off everyone on your list—naughty and nice alike.
Rose Quartz Skull
Who doesn’t want a pink rose quartz skull? This piece is so exquisitely feminine and highly powerful that it is the energy we all need right now. It is a show-stopping addition to any room in the house and makes the perfect gift for the someone in your life who needs a gentle reminder of the bad-ass they are. Available in three sizes at Bloom by Anuschka, 3170 East 2nd Avenue, Denver. 720-941-2862.
Adele Dejak—Sourced by Koya Nyangi
African fashion advocate and style curator Koya Nyangi has shaken up the Denver fashion scene, and my oh my how we welcome it! Koya represents African designers and helps bring their collections to storefronts around the country. Our current obsession is Kenyan jewelry designer Adele Dejak—purchase a piece now to impress even the most stylish person on your list. For orders, email email@example.com or call 720-412-8703. Also available online at Let Me Show You Different and Adele Dejak.
A Rare Book
Books are our favorite gifts to give (and receive), and what could be better than a first American edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? The American edition—published in 1869 according to the Hermitage Bookshop—will make for perfect reading material while snuggled around a cozy fire. Head over to the Hermitage Bookshop to snag this rare find before anyone else does. The Hermitage Bookshop, 290 Fillmore Street, Denver. 303-388-6811.
Meow Wolf Denver
We love experiencing art, and nothing has been more experiential of late than Denver’s very own Meow Wolf known as Convergence Station. Get ready to have your mind blown and your reality altered. There’s no way to explain this phenomenon, so you may as well just purchase tickets. As an aside, this is also a great activity for out-of-town guests who just might be overstaying their welcome—just sayin’. Meow Wolf Denver, 1338 1st Street, Denver. 720-792-1200.
Stay-Cation at Clayton Members Club and Hotel
Quick! Pack an overnight bag and head over to Clayton Members Club and Hotel for an evening (or two) of pampering, cocktails, and delicious food at Denver’s hottest spot. We love gifting staycations for the most over-worked of those on our holiday list, and nothing is better than room service in our bathrobes. This sixty-three-room boutique hotel is located in the heart of Cherry Creek North where you can continue your holiday shopping or simply unwind at one of the many nearby restaurants. Clayton Members Club and Hotel, 233 Clayton Street, Denver. 303-511-1600.
Art and Décor from CODA Studio
Whether you are still WFH or back in your office, we all want something fresh in our homes for the holidays. CODA Studio offers everything from bespoke furniture to glassware and cutting boards, but our favorite item to gift is this gorgeous photograph from local artist JC Buck. CODA Studio, 248 Detroit Street, Denver. 720-610-7727.