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Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Outfit his, her, and their winter closets with these ribbon-ready gift ideas from Colorado companies.


Bonus: Get more local gift ideas with our 12 Days of Giving series at 5280.com/12days, updated daily December 1-12.

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For Him

1. Your morning bike commute just got a whole lot more comfortable with Fly Pedals’ clipless pedal platform adapters. The aircraft-grade aluminum platforms attach to your clipless pedals, so you can still ride your technical road bike while sporting your office kicks. $39; flypedals.com

2. Gift your new-to-Colorado buddy BivySak’s quarterly gear box deliveries. Sign him up for one—or a whole year—and he’ll receive a seasonally appropriate mix of clothing and gear, perfect for the outdoors newbie, from the Colorado Springs company. $24.99 per month or $75 for a one-time box; bivysak.com


3. The fashion world calls this “urban lumberjack.” We call Topo Designs’ Puffer vest and work shirt everyday Colorado. $149 and $129, respectively; Topo Designs, 2500 Larimer St., 303-954-8420, topodesigns.com

4. Somewhere between the ski jacket and pea coat lives Ninox’s Bennett jacket, which blends Swiss-made wool and fleece for a technical (it’s water-repellent and wind-proof) but sleek look that easily moves from the city to the high country. $579; ninox.cc

5. Because aerodynamics apply as much to your pockets as they do to your helmet: Upright Cyclist’s Traveler billfold is sleek, thin, and ideal for carrying just the essentials. $49; The Bespoke Pedaler, 1550 Platte St., 303-237-7653, thebespokepedaler.cc

For Her

1. With its faux-leather elbow patches (and real wood toggles), the Bergans of Norway Bergfrue jacket is a contemporary must-have. $259; Neptune Mountaineering, 633 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303-499-8866, neptunemountaineering.com and bergans.com


2. Beyond the funky hand-beaded designs and the hand-stitched leather, we love Astis’ mittens for the sheer number of options: The Denver-based company has more than 50 different hand warmers, including the Mallory (pictured). $195; astis.com

3. Shop and do good by buying from FITS’ Vintage National Park Sock Collection: A portion of each sale benefits the National Park Foundation. (We suggest the gray Rocky Mountain edition.) $18.99–$19.99; Dardano’s, 1550 S. Colorado Blvd., 303-692-9355, dardanos.com and fitssock.com

4. It’s a Pendleton blanket that fits in your hand. JMFT Industries’ Native Colorado zip pouch is locally crafted from the classic wool blankets. $62; Svper Ordinary (in the Source), 3350 Brighton Blvd., 303-802-7044, svperordinary.com and jmftindustries.com

5. Stay warm in style courtesy of Steamboat Springs–based Chaos’ LUX infinity scarf and Flame hat. Both pieces incorporate a mix of high-quality merino, mohair, paillette, cashmere, and fine lamb’s wool for a cozy but chic winter look. $99.99 and $39.99, respectively; chaoshats.com


For Kids

1. Display your state pride on the slopes with Windsor’s BR Helmets’ Colorado ski helmet. $114.99; brhelmets.com

2. Kids are hard on, well, everything. Which is why Obermeyer’s Thumbs Up mittens come with reinforced thumbs, palms, and, uh, an “integrated nose wipe.” From $20; Christy Sports, multiple locations, christysports.com and obermeyer.com

3. Carved from birch (bottom) and willow (sides) and with powder-coated steel runners, Palmer Lake’s Mountain Boy Sledworks Bambino Classico pull sled will last for generations. From $180; mountainboysleds.com

4. Duck, duck, GOOSE! With 625-fill duck down, Canada Goose’s Bobcat hoodie is sure to keep your little one warm when Jack Frost comes nipping at her nose. $295; canada-goose.com

5. An iconic brand, Boulder-based Madden has been producing some version of the Madden Dan’s pack since 1974, when founder Dan Madden started making durable packs for Outward Bound students. From $100; maddenequipment.com


6. Swaddle your bundle of joy in a super-soft BoCo-Baby Minky blanket. The special touch: Add his or her name in any font and design you choose. From $36; boco-baby.com

For Pets

1. A Martha Stewart American Made Awards 2014 competition finalist, Aurora-based Bold Lead Designs’ 8-Way lead is made with hand-cut leather and not a single stitch, so there’s nothing for Fido to snap if he gets excited about a squirrel. $56.99; boldleaddesigns.com

2. For the Peyton Manning fan with four legs: Colorado Springs’ MeekByDesign’s dog sweater in orange and blue. $48; etsy.com/shop/meekbydesign

3. We’re almost tempted to steal a few of Englewood’s Pawsitively Gourmet’s ugly sweater cookies for dogs—made with whole-wheat flour, sweet potato, and a carob and yogurt coating—for ourselves. $2.10 each pawsitivelygourmet.com


4. Mountainsmith’s K9 dog pack’s adjustable harness and padded chest mean you won’t feel too bad about asking your pooch to carry his own water on a hike. His reward: a snooze on his cushy K9 bed. $64.95 and $60, respectively; REI, 1416 Platte St., 303-756-3100, rei.com and mountainsmith.com

5. Give your kitty something to snuggle when you’re not around with Golden-based Kong’s Softies lamb for cats. From $5.99; PetSmart, multiple locations, petsmart.com and kongcompany.com

This article appeared in the December 2014 issue of .

Daliah Singer, 5280 Contributor

Daliah Singer is an award-winning writer and editor based in Denver. You can find more of her work at daliahsinger.com.

Kasey Cordell, Features Editor

Kasey Cordell is 5280's features editor.

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