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Your artsy friend is sure to appreciate Ed Fairburn's limited-edition “Denver I” print. (Image courtesy of Mike Wright Gallery)

Great Gifts for Cultured Coloradans

Eight picks for your artsy, crafty, or otherwise culture-minded friends and family members. 

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Have a friend who’s constantly doodling in a notebook? Or a significant other who’s been talking about the new Star Wars since last December? We’ve got the perfect gift for that artsy, culture-minded special someone—no matter your budget.


For The Museum Regular: UK artist Ed Fairburn incorporated Denver in his latest collection of original drawings on found maps. Scoop up a limited-edition print of “Denver I” ($600, 30-by-40 inches; pictured, above) or “Denver 2” ($400, 27-by-22 inches) before they’re gone. Only 50 of each are available. Plus: See Fairburn’s work in person at LoDo’s Mike Wright Gallery through December 19.

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Available at Mike Wright Gallery, 1412 Wazee St., 303-590-9800, or mikewrightgallery.com (prices on the website include shipping)


For The Game Night Fanatic: Uncalled Four‘s “unofficial” 108-card extension pack—otherwise known as “The Worst Card Game”—adds some Colorado flair to Cards Against Humanity with such prompts as, “What did you see last time you were on Colfax?” You can thank the team of local comedians behind this Kickstarter-funded project for making Christmas morning with the grandparents that much more awkward.

$19.99–$27.99, available at worstpersonshirt.com


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For The Person Who’s Always On Pinterest: Don’t worry about trying to choose between Fancy Tiger Crafts‘s dozens of craft kits. Go with a staff favorite: the Pendleton Clutch Kits. Each one contains instructions, a lining fabric, Pendleton wool fabric, and two bone buttons or one horn toggle (depending on the pattern). This is a gift that will leave your gal pal with a sense of accomplishment and a super cute winter accessory.

$28, available at Fancy Tiger Crafts, 59 Broadway, 303-733-3855, fancytigercrafts.com


For The One Who Feels The Force: Surprise someone with tickets to Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens—and then surprise him or her again by purchasing a special-edition pint glass at the theater.

$10 (glass), available at Alamo Drafthouse, 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Unit 850, Littleton, 720-588-4107, drafthouse.com

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For The One Who’s Still A Kid At Heart: Adult coloring books (as in, for grown-ups, not X-rated) are having a moment. Be an on-trend gift giver with this under-the-sea option, a lighthearted look at everyday life with an octopus. (Expert tip: Pair the book with some fun markers and pens so the giftee can get straight to the fun.)

$12, available at Lowbrow, 38 Broadway St., 303-722-1797, lowbrowdenver.com


—Photo by Bell & Whistle

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For The Instagram Wiz: Lizzie Greco’s handcrafted picture frames make lovely homes for holiday memories. Each wooden frame is wrapped with paper that was screen-printed with Greco’s original designs. All the materials are sourced from the United States, and each frame includes an easel back and hanging hardware so you can display that perfect shot however you choose.

$36–$54 (custom sizes are also an option), available at craftbelly.com


For The Bookworm: Two recent books with local ties will make great gifts this holiday season. Girl In The Woods is Wild for teenagers. After being raped by a fellow student at Colorado College (a subject the author covers with delicacy and integrity), Aspen Matis sets off on a 2,650-mile walk from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. Her adventure is readable, relatable, and sure to spark a conversation with your teen. In The Lonesome Trials of Johnny Riles, Colorado Book Award winner Gregory Hill turns his pen to the Eastern Plains in a peculiar but enjoyable Western that focuses on two brothers.

Girl In The Woods,$24.99, available at Tattered Cover Book Store, multiple locations, and BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St., 720-443-2227; The Lonesome Trials of Johnny Riles, $16.95, available at Tattered Cover Book Store, and BookBar

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