We’re entering the season of intense gift giving, with holiday gift exchange opportunities around every corner. While we love giving and receiving gifts, it can be stressful to decide what to give people — especially if you don’t have a wish list to refer to!
To spark some ideas, we put together a few holiday gift ideas, all from local Fort Collins businesses and talented makers. That way, your purchase can support a local small business — and check something off your shopping list. From jewelry to kitchenware and coffee accessories to dog treats, we have a variety of gift options for everyone on your list!
Photo Courtesy of Alaya Ayala via Callahan Ceramics
Callahan Ceramics specializes in nature- and outer space-inspired ceramics, creating one-of-a-kind pieces of art for the everyday. From the bowls to the mugs, their ceramics are as functional as they are beautiful. Pick out the perfect mug to gift this holiday season, each made carefully and thoughtfully by hand — but don’t wait! Callahan Ceramics pieces sell out quickly.
NOTE: The pieces in the above photo may not be available at this time. The best way to keep up with the latest available items from Callan Ceramics is by following them on Instagram or signing up for their email list on their website.
We like to talk about Makerfolk a lot on here — but for good reason. This local-focused shop is filled with a variety of gift options, like candles, books, mugs, home goods, jewelry and more — plus the perfect card to pair with it. Pick up a diffuser set from Beldamia, a local candle company, to give the gift of fragrance this holiday season. Lasting for 2-3 months, each set includes 4 ounces of hand-blended fragrance infused with essential oil, a bundle of eight reeds, and a stamped muslin bag.
We love our mountains here in Colorado! Bear Mountain Metal Art is a Fort Collins-based Etsy shop selling a variety of stunning large-scale metal wall art pieces, from Rocky Mountain National Park to Breckenridge, and several peaks in between. These would make a stunning addition to the home of your outdoorsy, Colorado-loving family member!
Photo Courtesy of HEYDAY
Since they opened their doors at Jessup Farm Artisan Village, HEYDAY has been one of our favorite sources in town for women’s apparel, shoes and accessories. Find the perfect outfit or accessory for a gift — either online or in person.
Not sure what their size or style is? Get a HEYDAY gift card instead. They get to pick what they want and you get to support a local business — it’s a win-win!
Photo Courtesy of RedMoon Jewelry
This leather cuff bracelet from local Etsy maker RedMoon Jewelry is perfect for both men and women. It is made with genuine leather, a half hook clasp with an antique-silver color, and a hammered coin slider bead. It comes in tan, black, dark chocolate brown or mahogany — or even some brighter options, including green, blue and turquoise!
Have a coffee connoisseur in your life? They’ll love a high-end pour over stand from The Coffee Registry, which serves as both coffee maker and kitchen decor, with an adjustable brass rod and arm, a glass Hario V60, and a beautiful walnut base. Choose from a variety of styles, from the minimalist Architect to the classy Professor.
Photo Courtesy of Topo Designs
Every adventurer needs a bag to hold all their outdoor gear — and Topo Designs is the best source in town. Everything they make is stylish and built to last, from their clothing to their packs and bags. Their Rover Pack backpack is a best-seller, and comes in a variety of colors!
OtterBox is a well-known global brand that got its start right here in Fort Collins. Chances are you’ve heard of OtterBox cases — or even had one to protect your phone from the elements, or even dropping it from a high-rise, it seems. No matter their device, from Apple to Samsung, there’s an OtterBox case they’ll love!
We love these signs from Wren and Olive Laser Company, another talented Etsy maker in our midst. From this Good Vibes sign to this Stay Wild sign, each is handmade with love and care. Plus, Valerie makes customizable cake toppers, place settings and more for your special occasions!
Pick up a copy of the latest bestselling novel or an old classic to give to the reader on your list! Named after the historic Old Town building they call home, Old Firehouse Books is Northern Colorado’s largest independent bookstore. Inside the shop, you’ll find a knowledgeable staff of bookworms, new books and used books, writing journals, cards, bookish t-shirts, and more. For more bookish inspiration in town, check out our Book Lover’s Guide to Fort Collins.
Photo Courtesy of The Cupboard
Situated in the heart of downtown Fort Collins, The Cupboard has everything to outfit your kitchen, from pots and pans, to décor and local coffees. Whether you’re searching for some kitchenware and accessories to gift, or some artisan food items, The Cupboard has it all.
Photo Courtesy of Macramé by Monique
Macramé is all the rage these days — and Macramé by Monique is supplying us with all the handmade goodness we need. Each of her wall hangings is made custom to each order. She has been making macramé for a while and has many happy customers, but is new to Etsy, hence her reasonable and competitive prices! Follow her on Instagram at @macramebymonique to see her latest products.
Photo Courtesy of The Perennial Gardener
Bring the outdoors in at The Perennial Gardener, a garden- and nature-inspired home decor store in Old Town. Just like nature, the store changes with the seasons, so you’ll find lots of holiday decor this time of year in addition to evergreen items that will bring life to your loved one’s home all year long.
We can’t leave our four-legged family members out of the gift exchange! Bones Du Jour bakes gourmet dog treats in small batches with hand-selected, human-grade ingredients, most of which are organic and many of which are purchased directly from local Fort Collins farmers and ranchers. All meat and egg products are sourced from free-range, organically fed animals free of hormones and antibiotics. Plus, no salt, sweeteners, preservatives, trans fats or oils are added to Bones Du Jour treats. Choose from the menu to find the perfect healthy treats for your pup!
Jane E Roberti creates “modern talismans for curious folk.” On her Etsy page, you’ll find unusually set stones, small batch etchings, hand engraving and original design cutout silhouettes, hand drawn and sawn in recycled materials right here in Fort Collins. Stay up to date on the latest offerings and events by following Jane on Instagram and Facebook!
Photo Courtesy of Old Town Spice Shop
Old Town Spice Shop has long been our trusted source for spices, herbs, salt, sugar and other seasonings in their brick and mortar Old Town shop, but did you know they also have gift boxes available online? This takes out all the stress of figuring out what spices to pick, as they are perfectly grouped into categories — for the grill master, the world traveler, holiday baking, specialty salts and more.
Check out some more totally Fort Collins gift ideas, which includes a variety of experiential gifts (like museum memberships and show tickets) in addition to some locally made products. Or give the gift of warmth by buying one of these cozy products from Fort Collins businesses!