The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping!
If you’re traveling to Denver this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!
Feel good about your gift-giving with “gifts that give back.” Woman-owned Hope Tank is disrupting the traditional retail model by making their mission all about social impact to create lasting change in Denver. To do this, the shop partners with local nonprofits, engages in campaigns that give back to the community, and donates. In addition to regular in-person shopping, Hope Tank is currently offering private shopping on Wednesdays and curbside pickup.
5 green boxes
This charming gift shop has three locations for your convenience! Two 5 green boxes are located in the shopping district on Pearl Street: “The Big Store” which carries unexpected home goods and treasures, and “The Small Store” which stocks clothing, jewelry, and accessories. The third and newest location, in historic Union Station, combines the best of both original stores.
This eclectic gift shop has been a Denver staple for 40 years and is bursting with fun gift items. Located in the historic Cherry Creek neighborhood, Artisan Center carries products from artists all over the US, with 30% of their stock dedicate to Colorado-based artists. And, they’re here to make your holiday gift shopping easy: they offer free gift wrapping and gift curators who will help you design a perfectly customized gift package for your loved one.
Denver International Airport
Of course, if your hectic holiday has you rushing straight from the plane to a family gathering, you won’t have time to browse through the boutiques in downtown Denver. Don’t worry, the Denver Airport has you covered! This massive airport has a ton of options, but here are a few of the great shops you’ll find inside that are also certified by the city as Green Businesses (some are operating under reduced hours due to COVID):
· Be Good to People in Terminal B is a great option for gifts. They have baby gear, branded apparel, candles, drinkware, stickers, and more!
· Another option for gifts is Be Hippy. As the name implies, they sell hippy-themed clothing and accessories. Locations in all three terminals.
· For local products made by a Swedish immigrant turned Colorado beekeeper, visit Björn’s Colorado Honey in Terminals B or C. They have honey as well as honey and beeswax-based skincare products.
· If you’re looking for a more general approach to gift-giving, Peak News and Gifts has a selection of items that should appeal to anyone. Locations in all three terminals.