As you may know by now, we’re all about all things local here at The Group Real Estate. We love supporting local businesses, showing our Northern Colorado pride, and helping others experience what we love about our local community.
These totally Fort Collins gift ideas offer the chance to do all three! From experience gifts like cooking classes and park passes to locally made goods like candles and spices, this is your guide to Fort Collins-inspired gifts. Now you can easily shop local this holiday season — and beyond!
Looking for more local gift ideas? Check out Where to Shop to Build the Perfect Fort Collins Gift Basket.
Photo Courtesy of Luke Gottlieb via the Passport Program
Help your loved one taste and experience the best our city has to offer with the Fort Collins Winter Edition Passport. This $25 pocket-sized book offers two-for-one deals on craft beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, coffee and tea in Fort Collins and surrounding cities. Active between November 4, 2019 and April 15, 2020, the passport features 48 local hotspots, including 13 never-before featured spots! Give the gift that keeps on giving all winter long. And who knows? The recipient might just take you out for drinks once or twice.
The outdoorsman or outdoorswoman in your life would love an annual entrance permit to Larimer County Parks, so they can spend a full year accessing our beautiful parks, from Horsetooth Reservoir to Carter Lake, free of charge! The pass is $90 for Larimer County residents and $120 for non-residents, with options for vehicle/boat combinations and other discounts. The entrance permit is valid for 12 months from the end of the month purchased!
An annual membership to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is an exceptional gift idea for families with young children. This hands-on science museum has several membership options, including Family Plus, Grandparent, Individual, Family, Dual and Student, which vary in price and admission. But all members enjoy free museum admission, discounted OtterBox Dome tickets, members-only event invitations, exclusive discounts and savings, and much more.
Pick up the tab with a gift card to Social, a locally owned, underground cocktail bar in Old Town where you’ll find some of the city’s best beverages. Their drink menu covers everything from the classic Old Fashioned to creative bottled cocktails that can serve a group of four. You’ll even find an impressive selection of non-alcoholic cocktails as well as dessert cocktails, wines, beers and ciders. Pick up a $20, $50, $75 or $100 gift card to bring extra holiday cheer this year!
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Candles make the perfect gift! And there’s no better source for local candles than Beldamia. These perfectly scented soy and beeswax candles are hand-poured in small batches right here in Fort Collins. You’ll find a mixture of sweet, floral scents alongside woodsy, spicy scents, such as Woodsmoke — a customer favorite! Shop Beldamia candles online or at Makerfolk in the heart of Old Town.
Ginger and Baker opened in the historic Northern Colorado Feeders Supply building in 2017 and immediately became a culinary destination in the River District. In their picturesque setting, they offer a market and bakery, a cafe, a restaurant, a rooftop bar and a teaching kitchen. In The Teaching Kitchen, they offer public classes in mixology, pie-ology, pizza-ology and so much more. For more Fort Collins classes worth gifting, click here.
We sure love our CSU Rams here in Fort Collins. As the official store of the Colorado State Rams, the on-campus CSU Bookstore and off-campus CSU Ram Zone stores are the perfect places to get CSU gear. In Fort Collins, you can shop in person at the historic Northern Hotel in Old Town and the store also features a unique sound sculpture! Pick up shirts, sweatshirts, hats, keychains, home decor, gear and more.
What started as a small shop in Boulder in 2005, has now grown to a Colorado original with locations in downtown Fort Collins and Cherry Creek North in Denver. In the Old Town shop, you can peruse hundreds of teas, teaware and gifts, and every tea has information about its flavors, origins and legends. When you shop online here, you can check out similar inventory and even blend your own tea online!
Photo Courtesy of Wander Coffee
As avid nature lovers and coffee lovers, the small team at this family-operated micro-roastery makes coffees driven by four core values: quality, sustainability, integrity and community. So, when you sip a cup of Wander, you know you’re sipping coffee that has traveled the world in the best ways and shows off that global character through careful roasting. Their coffee makes a perfect stand-alone holiday gift or an addition to a gift basket because they sell it in 4-ounce sample bags, half-pound bags, full-pound bags and even 5-pound bags! And each one has Fort Collins, Colorado stamped right on the tag.
To find more local coffee roasters, check out The Best Roasters Based in Northern Colorado.
The team behind The Welsh Rabbit now operates the original cheese shop and a modern bistro right around the corner, and both have become hallmarks of Old Town Fort Collins. In the shop, you’ll find a warm, welcoming space and a lot of cheese, including more than 50 options sourced globally, nationally and locally. Other inventory showcases cheese accessories like crackers, chocolate, fruit preserves, mustards, spreads, knives, hand-crafted cutting boards and more.
With a 225-person capacity and a sit-down environment, The Armory is everything we want in an intimate music venue. By pairing a local artist with a nationally known artist for nearly every show, they’ve created an opportunity both for artists and the audience to expand their experiences. Take a look at the lineup of upcoming shows and grab a pair of tickets to an upcoming show at The Armory! If you’re looking for a larger venue or a different music experience, check out The Ultimate Guide to Fort Collins’ Most Popular Music Venues.
Don’t leave the fur babies out of the holiday gift exchange this year! Make the dog owner (and their dog!) in your life extra happy this year with a special gift from Wagz Pet Market & Grooming. Their market sells food, toys, leashes, treats — basically everything you need to keep your pup (or someone else’s pup) happy and healthy. Looking for more dog hotspots in the area? Check out The Dog Owner’s Guide to Fort Collins, featuring more dog stores, dog parks, dog-friendly businesses and more.
Give the gift of relaxation with a gift card from Amara Massage Therapy & Wellness. While supplies last you can save $60 on three transferable, one hour massages during their annual Golden Ticket Sale! You can also Purchase a gift certificate for any amount, and give to yourself or a loved one to promote self care. Amara offers relaxation, prenatal and pain relief therapies, and is listed on TripAdvisor as the #1 Spa & Wellness destination in Fort Collins! Call your local massage experts at 970-484-2629 or visit their website to learn more about their inclusive, sensory wellness experiences.
Duck inside the beautiful KNAPSACK store at Jessup Farm Artisan Village. This home and gift shop features a highly curated collection of housewares, stationery, apothecary, candles and more. This is the perfect place to peruse timeless and chic pieces from both local makers and well-respected brands from around the country.
Fort Collins and craft beer go hand in hand. Pick up a six-pack of your favorite local beer at Wilbur’s Total Beverage, the number one liquor store for wine and spirits in Fort Collins. Wilbur’s offers an outstanding selection of fine wines, spirits and beers, including plenty of choices for beers brewed right here in Northern Colorado. Ask their expert staff to help you narrow down the selection — or consult our Ultimate Guide to Fort Collins Craft Breweries.
Make a trip to Old Firehouse Books to pick up a book for a gift — and one for yourself, while you’re at it! Consider making your purchase hyper-local by buying a book by a Fort Collins author, including Carol Berg, Laura Pritchett, Todd Mitchell, Lauren Myracle and more. For more bookish inspiration, check out our Book Lover’s Guide to Fort Collins.
Photo Courtesy of Aaron Patterson via the Farmhouse at Jessup Farm
Satisfy the foodie in your life with a gift card to the Farmhouse at Jessup Farm. This farm-to-table eatery serves rustic-inspired modern farm fare and hand-crafted cocktails in an elegant yet casual atmosphere of a 19th Century farmhouse. Offering lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, each menu changes for the season to reflect festive flavors and local ingredients. Purchase a gift card online (from $25 all the way up to $500) to give the gift of local, seasonal food.
Nuance Chocolate creates small-batch, bean-to-bar chocolates made straight from cocoa beans roasted and ground inside their Old Town facility. You can pick up these delicious and authentic creations in the form of fresh truffles, single-origin and flavored bars, hot chocolate, and more! To see their online inventory, click here.
As you look through shelves and shelves of sweet, savory, spicy and inventive blends in this Old Town shop, you may find you’ve spent your entire shopping day in one place, but that’s not a bad thing! From teas and coffees to salts and sugars, they have something for every kitchen and many of the spices are freshly ground in the store. To preview their inventory and shop online, click here. You can buy items individually or purchase a gift box, covering a wide variety of subjects like Fort Collins Favorites, Ultimate Tailgate, Around the Globe, Chocolate Lovers, Grill Master and more.
What Fort Collins-inspired gift ideas are on your shopping list this season? Let us know in the comments below!