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Projects Watches Carve Watch
A watch is a luxe gift, but that doesn’t mean the price has to bust your budget. That’s why we like the Carve Watch by Projects Watches. Designed by Italian industrial and product designer Alessio Romano, it’s a clean, modern timepiece in matte stainless steel, but with a primitive, stone-like face. It also showcases three white tipped hands to display the time and is accented with a leather strap. The best part? It’s under $200. $140, Balefire Goods, 7417 Grandview Ave., Arvada
Independent menswear stores are still few and far between in Denver, but thankfully there’s Canoe Club in Boulder. This hipster haven of fashion-forward brands like Visvim, Engineered Garments, and Levi’s Made & Crafted gives guys a place to shop that caters to modern tastes and high quality. For the stylish man in your life, get him a stocking stuffer that features the beautiful craftsmanship of Japanese folk embroidery with one of Kapital’s Flannel Sashiko Dye x Boa Fleece Kesa Scarf in lambswool. It’s a piece he can wear with everything from a casual blazer to a tailored work shirt. $167, 777 Pearl St., Boulder
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One of Colorado’s favorite homegrown brands is Topo Designs. This fall, they’ve launched a limited edition collection in collaboration with Alternative x Topo Designs, known for their modern wardrobe staples that combine simple style with excellent fit and eco-friendly materials and manufacturing. The color block medium accessory bag can hold every kind of essential, from writing journals to power cables, and is easy to stash inside a travel backpack or leave in a desk drawer at the office. $19, alternativeapparel.com
Speaking of backpacks, although it may not fit into your average stocking, the Adventurist Classic is the feel good gift of the season. Designed by Denver couple Kelly Belknap and Matilda Sandstrom, who were frustrated by the price tag of a decent travel pack, the duo launched their own high quality, stylish version for less. The result is a streamlined, Scandinavian-inspired backpack in durable, water-resistant polyester. Plus, for every pack sold, Adventurist provides 25 meals to families through Feeding America (which includes the Food Bank of the Rockies). $65, adventuristbackpacks.com
Formulary 55 Soaps
Having made the move from Seattle, Washington, to Pueblo in 2014, Formulary 55 is now a Colorado-based brand creating 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free bath, body, and home products. Their lushly scented shea butter soaps come in a range of fragrances, including special seasonal ones like Sugared Plum & Fig (yum!) or the cool, sharp notes of Winter Solstice. Plus, each bar of soap is packaged in a beautiful black and white botanical vintage illustration, which makes any additional wrapping unnecessary. And if your loved one is soap obsessed, you can even get them a monthly soap subscription. Shea Butter Soap in Sugared Plum & Fig, available in Guest Bar, $5, and Bath Bar, $10; the Seasons Soap in Winter Solstice, $22; or $79 for an annual subscription; formulary55.com
Know a frequent traveler who needs some packing assistance? Timbuk2’s packing cubes are the expert way to go. They’re lightweight so they won’t add a lot of bulk to luggage, and the water-resistant fabric will keep things dry. Best of all? These cubes nest inside one another for compact, easy storage. $49, 1411 Larimer St., 720-259-3261
Linné’s Smooth Body Balm
The best way to give rough winter skin a little TLC is with a luxe moisturizer like Linné’s Smooth Body Balm. This intensive potion promotes healthy skin pH, reduces inflammation, and improves skin texture with a combination of organic and wild-harvested ingredients including avocado oil, meadowfoam, and shiso seed oil (a great source of omega-3 fatty acids). And the citrus-based scent isn’t overtly feminine, so even men can use it on rough spots like elbows, hands, and feet. $68, Cedar & Hyde Mercantile, 2015 10th St., Boulder, 720-287-3900