Last-Minute Local Gift Ideas for Every Type of Home Cook

BY DiningOut Staff


Last-Minute Local Gift Ideas for Every Type of Home Cook

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Holiday shopping can be overwhelming, especially if you’re trying to find a personal gift for each of your friends and family members. But luckily, Denver has a wide variety of local vendors and makers that will surely satisfy even the hardest person to shop for on your list. We’ve compiled some of our top recommendations to make it easy for you, whether you’re shopping for a friend with a sweet-tooth, a lover who loves spiked eggnog, or a merrymaker preparing a Christmas feast.

 Kitchen Gizmos & Gadgets

No need to rely on the shipping gods to get your last-minute gift orders here on time, we’ve got plenty of local gift ideas for every kind of home cook. Whether you’re in need of gift ideas for the resident family chef or your hostess-with-the-mostest friend, you’ll find the perfect present at these area shops selling everything from BBQ glasses and blends of spices to fancy glassware sure to raise cheer. 

For Your Dullest Friend: Element Knife Co.

Along with an array of high-end cutlery, this chef-driven company in Stanley Market offers a curated collection of kitchen tools,  sharpeners, cutting boards, aprons, cookbooks, and all sorts of accessories make this the go-to spot for any home chef who could use some sharper tools in the shed. 

For the Outdoor Enthusiast: Proud Soul BBQ & Provisions 

Along with a selection of grills and smokers, this award-winning specialty outdoor cooking store with locations in Denver and Littleton also carries meatlockers, accessories, cookware, and some convertible sauces, spices, and rubs—not to mention some fan-favorite bbq apparel. Perfect for that special someone in your life who would jingle bell rock the hell out of a “Smokin’ Hot” tank top. 

For Your Salt Bae: The Spice Guy

If the previous spots sound too bland for your tastes, check out The Spice Guy’s selection. Holy Guacamole, the selection packs some Sweet Heat. 

For Your Saucy Sibling: Quarantine Project Hot Sauce

Started as a project of isolation and ended up having an amazing effect on so many lives! This Denver hot sauce company has made waves with their unique flavors, recently being featured on CNBC Money Court. By supporting this local business, you’ll not only get to enjoy the heavenly savors they create but will also be spreading joy through the donations they make towards non profit organizations in need like Big Dogs Huge Paws.

For Your Favorite Drinking Buddy: Adrift Tiki Bar’s Snake Mug

Not that you need an excuse to head to Adrift but picking up this tropical glassware is the perfect one. Haven’t you been meaning to check out Snowdrift anyway? You’ve gotta see where tiki meets tinsel.

 A Special Holiday ‘Spirit’

For the loved one with a palate for fine spirits, Denver has a great selection of local, family-owned distilleries that’ll sure you have your friends raising a glass or two in cheers

Law’s Whiskey House

The Family Jones

Leopold Bros.

For the Festive Foodie

The holidays are a time when we all want to bundle up and delight in enjoying good food with good folks. So really, you can’t go wrong with the gift of delicious chocolate or a festive foodie gift basket. We have a few favorites that can highlight Denver’s tasty heritage so you can pack a piece of Colorado to bring with you wherever your holiday travels may go.

Holiday Collection: Deiter’s Chocolates

Smoke Meat Everyday: Local Butcher

5280 Colorado Gift Basket: A la Carte

A Strong Finish Gift Box: The Perfect Petal

Gift Card: The Beer Spa

Gift Card: BookCliff Vineyards


DiningOut Staff

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