Home for the Holidays: Shop Local for Your Holiday Gift Giving
Throughout the year, Denver is easily one of the best places to live in the country. But the Mile High City manages to become even more fantastic around the holidays – with all the winter sports, twinkling lights and cozy craft beers. Another great perk of Denver living? Incredible local shopping. This year, we’re embracing all things local by shunning the retail giants in favor of our favorite Denver-based small businesses—no trip to the mall required: Alfalfa’s. Supplier of all things organic, local and awesome, with stores in Boulder and Louisville. They have everything you need for your holiday parties and gift giving. We especially love their gift basket selection, which includes Chocolate Madness, Tapenade Treats, Vino e Formaggio and more. Cured.A quaint, girlfriend-friendly shop in Boulder with cheeses, charcuterie, wine, local beer, gourmet grocery items and a cool little deli. Oh, and pre-packed picnics that are seriously too perfect. Grab one and have a fire-side picnic, stat. Curtis Park Deli.This neighborhood deli specializes in fresh, local and artisanal meats, cheeses, eggs, honey, bread, coffee, tea, etc. Our go-to spot for foodie gifts and holiday party prep. (Just be sure to reward yourself with one of their amazing sandwiches while you’re there.) Door to Door Organics.Eating healthy seriously doesn’t get any easier than this: organic produce, meat, dairy and more, delivered right to your door. And they offer gift cards for your healthiest, hard-to-shop-for friends and family. Lucky’s Market.Local, natural and organic foods and gifts with a personal touch. (Take that, Whole Foods.) Seafood Landing.Yes, you can get phenomenal seafood in Denver—especially if it comes from this incredible fish market, which flies in all manner of ocean delicacies every day. Perfect for your transplant friends who haven’t quite gotten their mountain legs. Spinelli’s Market.Known for a killer sub, Spinelli’s also offers catering, holiday party trays and custom gift baskets for nearly any budget. St. Kilian’s.All things meat and cheese for the true epicurean in your life. Check out their gift boxes, gift cards, (actually cool) T-shirts and a Cheese Club that would make anyone a true cheese pro. Tony’s Markets.With several locations around town, Tony’s offers fine meats, cheeses, produce and specialty items, and will happily cater your upcoming holiday party so you can focus on the bar instead. Tender Belly. Show your dad, brother and buds how much you admire their good tastewith a gift of the best damn pork on the planet. We’re thinking a nice pack of porterhouse steaks, some melt-in-your-mouth pork belly or our Bacon Every Month Club (for those you truly love). The Truffle Cheese Shop. A premier cheese and charcuterie shop that offers gift ideas that will make your significant other think you’re incredibly sensitive and thoughtful. Take your pick, Romeo: gourmet-goodie-filled picnic baskets, Cheese of the Month clubs, beer and cheese tastings, farm trips, private classes and more. Happy shopping, Denverites!
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