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If the abundance of flag-emblazoned T-shirts, hats, bumper stickers, and coffee cups is any indication, Coloradans (native or otherwise) take a lot of pride in their state. This month, smitten Centennial Staters can share their adoration by wrapping holiday gifts in locally designed and printed paper available only at the 16th Street Mall’s Denver Pavilions. Last year, the shopping center commissioned two Denver artists, Sabin Aell and Debbie Clapper, to create red and green gift wrap. This holiday season, the triple-decker mall will hand out rolls of the paper (plus gift bags adorned with a skyline print by Mile High City photographer Norman Dillon) during the on-site Horseshoe Holiday Markets on December 7 and 14.
The catch: Only shoppers who buy something from a Colorado business, such as the I Heart Denver Store, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, or Cali & Mo, can claim the complimentary gift wrap—and there are only 700 rolls to go around. Just one more reason to get your shopping done early.