The holidays are a fantastic time to reinvest in our Boulder community by shopping, dining, and playing locally. It’s easy to find items for everyone on your gift list because of our city’s array of creatives, makers, and service providers. We’ve curated a “shop local” list of artisan items that make one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season.
The pandemic brought puzzles back, in style. Liberty Puzzles crafts gorgeous puzzles out of intricate wood pieces, cut in whimsical styles. Each puzzle piece in and of itself is interesting and cool to look at. Puzzles look more like works of art than games, and include options like the Flatirons in summertime, Maui, and so much more. Visit its brick and mortar location on Pearl Street to shop Liberty Puzzle’s array of whimsical pieces. Can’t stop in? Order your gift online…and get one for you, too!
The Woods Fine Jewelry
Founded by sisters Shawn Hecox and Samantha Hitchcock, The Woods is the perfect boutique jewelry store to find elegant, hand-made pieces for your loved ones. Inspired by summers growing up in Aspen, each item has its own personality and is made with interesting touches like diamond clasps, and exquisite stones. Think: Peruvian opal, smoky topaz, and freshwater pearls (and swoon). Shop local and women-owned this season.
This Boulder jeweler is well-known for his hand-crafted, forged statement pieces. Reed uses an array of metals and gemstones to make dramatic earrings, cuff bracelets, and more. His eye for detail is unmatched and each piece of jewelry is its own work of art. Head to Instagram to browse his current selection of jewelry.
Boulder Wine Merchant
Gifting a bottle of fine wine is foolproof. Boulder Wine Merchant is known for its eclectic smattering of interesting finds and knowledgeable staff. Not sure what kind of varietal would delight knowledgeable wine enthusiasts in your family? Head to Boulder Wine Merchant to peruse the aisles and ask for guidance on rare bottles, old Bordeauxs, and innovative blends.
For one-of-a-kind finds, including vintage clothing and mid-century modern furniture, head down to Haven on Pearl Street. Pursue hand–selected jewelry and an eclectic curation of home goods including silk pillow cases, soy candles, and high-end personal care products. You can’t go wrong gifting the loved ones on your list anything from Haven.
Reminiscent of Georgia O’Keefe and Henri Matisse, Maryanne Quinn creates colorful representations of wild flowers and landscapes. However, this Boulder-based artist uses Merino wool. Cut, dyed, and felted, Quinn intricately works the fibers of the wool into shapes that depict the natural world she experiences on a daily basis. Her pieces are iconic and treasured by art collectors around the country.
Two Sole Sisters
Two Sole Sisters sells women’s artisan shoes and accessories. This boutique is run by two Boulder sisters in the heart of Downtown Boulder and is a local favorite!
MAX Clothing Store
MAX Clothing is a luxury retailer that offers women’s clothing, footwear, and accessories from top designers. It was the first store to introduce labels such as Dolce & Gabbana, Celine, and Loewe to the region. Boulder locals and tourists come back year after year for the latest fashion.
Cedar and Hyde
Owned and operated by two sisters, Christie and Poss Lambert, Cedar and Hyde has become a quintessential shopping stop for Boulder locals and tourists since its opening in 2013.
Inga Pae is a Boulder artist who creates photography-based collage, portrait and “pop” art to spark fresh conversation in your home. Her art has been featured in our listing, 1986 Beacon Court.
Alissa Davies is a Boulder abstract artist whose art has been featured in our listing, 1986 Beacon Court. Alissa hosts workshops here in Boulder and her art is available for purchase online.
Located in downtown Boulder for over thirty five years, Peppercorn on East Pearl Street is a Boulder local favorite. Reflecting the true spirit of Boulder, Peppercorn has remained independently owned and operated since opening its doors.
We’ll be updating this list through the holiday season so check back here for more fun holiday finds from local Boulder makers.