Something For Everyone (On Your Nice List)

The perfect presents—at the perfect prices—for everybody from your secret Santa to your soul sister. Bonus: They’re all designed or made right here in Colorado.

December 2015

—Photo courtesy of Shutterstock; All other photography by Paul Miller

Grand Gestures

You can’t put a price on love—but if you could, it would start at $119.99 and go, well, way up from there. These splurges are a great place to start when you need to go far beyond simply checking someone off your list.

For Adventurers

Hala Straight Up inflatable stand-up paddleboard (a repair kit, wheeled backpack, electric car pump, hand pump, and fin are included; three-piece Grafik travel paddles are $259 each), $1,359

For Kids With the Force
Sphero app-controlled Star Wars BB-8 Droid, $149.99

For Watch-Aholics
Vortic Watch Co. timepiece (the Boston model has a repurposed railroad-era pocket watch inside a 3-D printed steel case with a handmade leather band), $1,995

For Fashionistas On the Run
SVN Jackets hand-sewn running jacket made with moisture-wicking polyester-blend fabric, $215

For Road Warriors
Co.alition tech-friendly 22-liter Federal P Smartpack with a built-in power supply (charges your phone and tablet) and rainfly, $299, 4405 W. 43rd Ave., 303-750-6100

For Discerning Palates
Arta Extra Añejo five-year-aged tequila, $119.99, available at Argonaut Wine & Liquor, 760 E. Colfax Ave., 303-831-7788

For Work-From-Homers
DENY Designs 47-by-23-inch desk with Geomaze Grayscale design by Boulder artist Debbie Clapper (aka Gneural), $399

For Downhill Racers
Zeal Optics HD2 camera goggles (which wirelessly transfer photos and videos to your smartphone), $499

Year-Round Deals on Big-Ticket Items

Trip Advisory: Sure, the Denver International Sportsmen’s Exposition in January is a great place to find discounts on fly-fishing rods and four-wheelers (not guns, though; they’re not sold here), but it’s also a surefire scene for travel deals—from fishing trips to Alaska to hot-tub-filled weekends in Vail Valley. January 14–17; Colorado Convention Center

Going Low: The marquee names you see on the back nine on Sunday (Nike, Ping, Callaway) also post low numbers at the Denver Golf Expo in February by offering deals on drivers, irons, and putters. February 19–21; Denver Mart

Labor Day Party: Think of your family over Labor Day weekend—by ditching them and heading to Colorado Ski & Golf’s Ski Rex sale. The company’s six Front Range locations have last year’s skis, snowboards, boots, and clothing marked 30 to 75 percent off. Quick tip: The Aurora location has the best selection, what with the company’s warehouse right next door. September 2–5; multiple locations

Nearly Free Samples: Every September, regular people get golden tickets into the (typically) forbidden realm of high design during Denver Design District’s Sample Sale, when studios like CAI Designs, Grange, and Phoebe Mars cut up to 70 percent off the prices of their floor models—everything from art to rugs to sofas. Traditionally held the week after Labor Day; Denver Design District

What The Etiquette Expert Says About…

Office Gift-Giving: “The best thing offices can do is either the secret Santa or white elephant deal. You create a limit, $20 or less, and then you have a holiday drink or a lunch. But if there’s not some formal structure in your office, don’t give gifts at all. Because if you give someone a gift, they’re obliged to do the same.” —Debra Fine, Denver-based business etiquette expert

Buying Gifts For Your Parents: “There’s nothing worse than when my kids, no matter their financial situations, spend money on me. I have more money than they do, as it should be. What I want is an IOU—I want a gift certificate for dinner out with them or a card that says when I visit their city, they’re going to take me to a special place.” —Fine

Gift Of The Month Clubs “You can do fruit of the month, you can do wine, beer—whatever. If you can afford that for someone really special, then I just think it’s the gift that keeps giving.” —Fine

—Photography by Paul Miller