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In Good Company: Your guide to giving Colorado-made gifts this holiday season

Posted at 11:33 AM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2020-11-26 10:31:18-05

DENVER — The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and if you're still looking for gifts to buy, we have some that are uniquely Colorado.

Through our “In Good Company" segments, Denver7 has had a chance to feature some local products that would make great gifts for friends, loved ones, or even the out-of-towners.

Let’s start with some items that are essential here, like anything from Nite Ize. The Boulder company has been an innovator in camping and outdoor gear for 20 years.

There’s also the RovR Roller, also based in Boulder. Their high-end, multi-purpose coolers can go just about anywhere.

“It's good for a lot of things,” said RovR founder Tom Defrancia. “Tailgating, parties, hunting, fishing. But everything for this cooler is mainly designed for the car camper.”

For the traveler in your life, there’s Adventurist Backpack Co. They’re designed for work or school on the weekdays, but jet-setting or hiking on the weekends.

The backpacks are less than $100 and come with a charity component — the company donates 25 meals to those in need for every backpack sold.

Looking ahead to spring or summer? Check out Wallaroo Hats, with a fashionable lineup for men and women.

“It can be folded, it can be crushed, it can be stuffed in a golf bag,” said founder Stephanie Carter. “It bounces right back into shape. They can take it out when they're going to the beach, when they're going shopping.”

Sassy Caddy also has a catalog of one-of-a-kind golf bags and totes for women.

Want Colorado celebrity status? Venture to Downtown Denver to Rockmount Ranch Wear. Their shirts have been worn by Elvis Presley, Sir Paul McCartney, and Bruce Springsteen, among others.

“It’s remarkable because we're a little company,” said owner Steve Weil. “And, the fact that they know we're here and they come here unannounced...Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, David Bowie…and if you go on under ‘Celebrities,’ it's endless.”

And don't forget the stocking stuffers! PopSockets are headquartered in Colorado and come in countless designs. The trendy cellphone grips make taking selfies a cinch.

Canned Goods designs stylish bracelets, earrings and other jewelry from tin cans. They also give back to the community.

And Colorado Candy Company in Fort Collins spins sugar the old-fashioned way, bringing smiles to so many families with their secret recipes.

“When people come in, and they smell that smell of the sugar cooking, and they get a fresh sample right off the table…” said owner John Buoniconti. “Again, that nostalgic reaction.”

Add extra meaning to your gift-giving this holiday season by unwrapping a piece of our great state in the process.

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