Shop Local for Unique Gifts This Holiday Season

As the biggest shopping weekend of the year converges upon us, supporting local businesses helps keep our local economy strong and growing. Instead of saving all your shopping budget for Cyber Monday, get up out of that Turkey-induced funk and go out into the community for Small Business Saturday this weekend.

Shopping with local businesses typically means fewer lines, fewer people, and more unique items to choose from, allowing you to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Today’s list is a pick of my favorite unique stores throughout Denver.

For the Foodie: Savory Spice

Savory Spice Platte Street
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What do you get for the person who has everything? How about the spice of life? Savory Spice is a local Denver company bringing high-quality seasonings and custom blended spice kits into kitchens across the country. Spices are freshly ground each week in their local Denver warehouse and sold at one of their 7 locations throughout Colorado. Gift sets are hand assembled to suit the tastes of your recipient and you can even customize a set right in the store if you don’t find a premade one to your liking.

Location: 1537 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202

For the Fashionista: Patterns & Pops

Patterns & Pops
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Do you need the perfect gift for the clothing lover in your life? Look no further than Patterns & Pops at their boutique on Platte Street or visit their fashion truck, Patsy, on one of her stops around town. With bright colors and fun statement pieces you won’t find at big box stores, you’ll be hard-pressed to not snag a new item for your closet while you wrap up your holiday shopping. In addition to clothing, you’ll find witty gift cards, candles, and stocking stuffers that will add a bit more holiday cheer to your gift!

Location: 1620 Platte St Ste F, Denver, CO 80202

For the Artist: Fancy Tiger Crafts

Fancy Tiger Crafts
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No matter their art of choice, you’ll find the perfect creative gift at Fancy Tiger Crafts. Knitters will cheer at the wide assortment of high-end yarns and sewers be impressed that you knew how much they would love a fashion-forward pattern. Not sure which outlet fits the style of your gift recipient? Sign them up for one of the upcoming in-person classes and give them the gift of a new skill and an evening of fun!

Location: 59 N Broadway Denver, CO 80203

For the Kiddos: Talulah Jones

Talulah Jones
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Hidden in a little corner boutique on 17th Street, you’ll find gifts for kids of all ages on every shelf in Talulah Jones. From eclectic housewares perfect for your best friend to the softest stuffies for your little ones’ stockings, this treasure trove of goodies has something for everyone. Just like the inside of Santa’s magic workshop, you’ll want to plan to spend at least an hour–if not more–checking out all of your gift options.

Location: 1122 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218