10 Colorado gifts
1. Kind Design “Colorado Beer” T-shirt, $24 or “The Colorado gloves,” $24Kind Design is a clothing company based in Eagle-Vail that founder/designer Damon Redd started in 2008, in between working Vail Ski Patrol in the winter and raft guiding for Lakota Guides in the summer. “Our motto is ‘live your dream,'” Redd said. The first batch of the “Colorado Beer” T-shirts sold out quickly, and we can see why. The pattern appeals to Colorado beer drinkers, a big contingent indeed, plus the shirt itself is American Apparel and made of that really nice, super soft, thin cotton. Redd’s newest addition to the line is his gloves, branded with his snowdrop logo on the thumb, “Colorado” on the knuckles and “Kind Design” on the palm. Each pair comes with a packet of Sno-Seal, to waterproof them.Kind Design products are carried at Double Diamond in Lionshead, Alpine Quest in Edwards and Get Hi Gallery in Eagle-Vail. All products are available online, at http://www.kinddesignclothing.com, as well. 2. “The Twelve Days of Christmas in Colorado,” by Denver author Linda Ashman and Edwards illustrator Dawn Beacon, $12.95This charming children’s story is comprised of letters from Sophie about her trip to Colorado and all of the things her cousin Zach showed her during a holiday visit. Kids will love the colorful paintings while parents will appreciate that it’s chock full of facts about the Centennial State. Edwards resident Dawn Beacon illustrated the book and will attend a holiday storytime event at The Bookworm of Edwards Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. A storyteller will read the book aloud and Beacon will lead an art project with the kids. The event is free, and includes milk and cookies. This book is sold at The Bookworm of Edwards. Call 970-926-READ or visit http://www.bookwormofedwards.com. 3. Big Agnes sleeping bag, price varies based on modelA friend of mine who got married a few years back claims her favorite wedding gift of all was a Doublewide Big Agnes sleeping bag. Beyond the fact that the company, which is based in Steamboat, makes double sleeping bags, they also are quite innovative.”They’re really cool bags,” said Dan Bogardus, manager and hard goods buyer at Bag & Pack Shop in Avon. “The sleeping pad is integrated into the bag -there’s only insulation on one side, the other side is a nylon compartment for your bag to slide into. Most sleeping pads will fit in there. This way they can make a smaller, lighter bag that’s roomier inside.”You know what this means – no more rolling off your pad in the middle of the night. Woohoo!Big Agnes sleeping bags range in price from $89.95 (for a Little Agnes kid sleeping bag) to $569 (for the Cadillac model, a negative 20-degree, 800-fill goose down Hahns Peak bag). Ptarmigan Sports in Edwards, Alpine Quest in Edwards and Bag & Pack Shop in Avon and Vail carry Big Agnes. Visit http://www.bigagnes.com to learn more. 4. “Endless Bend,” by Matt Inden. This 20-inch-by24-inch print is $800, or $1,100 framedVail photographer Matt Inden spends his off seasons hiking and camping, in Colorado and beyond, with his circa-1950s large-format camera. He’s hunting for new vistas to sell in his Lionshead photography gallery, Matt Inden Photography. Inden took this photo of Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyoming this fall. It’s an oft-photographed vista, and it should be.”Literally that light on the trees, that happened for about five seconds out of nine days of shooting,” Inden said. “I took other images that were nice, but this was the moment that really had drama and impact, and it was such a fleeting moment.”Matt Inden Photography gallery is located in Lionshead. Visit http://www.mattinden.com or call 302-893-0703.5. Trek Light Double hammock, $74.95Perfect for the avid camper or traveler, a Trek Light hammock “fits in the palm of your hand, weighs only one pound and has a burning desire to see the world …”, according to the clever marketing materials. Seth Haber, founder and CEO of the Boulder-based company, subscribes to the idea that life is better in a hammock, and we agree. The Double Hammock is the company’s best seller. It’s made out of breathable parachute nylon, which means it won’t rot or mildew. It also won’t spin or flip, dumping you on the ground, as some hammocks tend to do. And even though it weighs in just over a pound, it holds up to 400 pounds. This hammock is even comfortable enough to sleep in (visit the website for a “Sleeping in a Hammock Guide”). To purchase a hammock, an eco tote, or one of the other products from this company, visit http://www.treklightgear.com.6. DeBeque Canyon Winery’s fortified merlot dessert wine, $25 for 375 ml Winemaker and former geologist Bennett Price planted some of the first grape vines in Colorado and is a pioneer on the Colorado vino scene. The tasting room of his Palisade winery, DeBeque Canyon Winery, serves up riesling, chardonnay, gewurztraminer, viognier, merlot, malbec, claret and more, but it’s his fortified merlot that gets our tastebuds tingling. The silky wine is akin to port, thanks to the six or more years it spends aging in French oak. It’s the perfect way to toast something special. Edwards Liquors and Broadway Liquors in Eagle both carry DeBeque Canyon Winery products. Visit http://www.debequecanyonwinery.com to learn more. 7. Wallaroo Hat Company’s Bella or Fiona hat, $40 eachA cute fedora will never go out of style. The “Fiona” comes in ivory, brown and black and is a flattering shape that would look good on most women. It’s made from 80 percent angora/20 percent nylon and there’s a hidden internal drawstring for custom sizing. The Bella, a chic and fun accessory, comes in a handful of colors, including a cream “camel,” mocha, grey and black. This Boulder-based company makes summer hats for men, women and children, and winter hats for women only. Most of their hats have UPF50+, meaning they protect the scalp from 97.5 percent of the sun’s rays. Each year, the company donates 1 percent of its profits to skin cancer research, education and prevention in the United States.Visit http://www.wallaroohats.com to learn more.8. SmartWool gallery collection socks, Rose Mint Tulip by Laura Tyler, $19.95Time to throw out the socks where your little piggies might be showing through and don a pair of these ultra-warm merino wool socks, made by Steamboat Springs company SmartWool. The Rose Mint Tulip sock was designed by Boulder artist Laura Tyler who got her inspiration for this sock from the flowers and sunlight in her garden.”SmartWool makes awesome socks,” said Erin Seabury, owner of Everyday Outfitters in Eagle. “With their artist-series socks, each of the socks are different, but coordinated. They make a super cute gift. They’re warm and adorable when you have to take your shoes off in someone’s house.”Lots of local stores, including Everyday Outfitters in Eagle, Ptarmigan Sports and Alpine Quest in Edwards, Christy Sports in Avon and Beaver Creek, All Mountain Sports in Avon, Vail Boot & Shoe, Surefoot and Gorsuch in Vail, Colorado Footwear in Vail and Beaver Creek, all carry SmartWool socks. For more information visit http://www.smartwool.com. 9. Nokero N200 solar light bulb, $20The founder and inventor of the Nokero solar light bulb is Steve Katsaros, a Vail Mountain School grad and former Ski Club Vail skier. Co-founder Tom Boyd is also a Vail native. The Nokero N200 solar light is “renewable energy, in a pocket-sized bulb,” Katsaros said. More than 1.3 billion people around the world live without access to electricity, which is why Denver-based company Nokero -short for No Kerosene – launched a “buy/give” program that allows website visitors to buy solar light for families who currently use dangerous, toxic, and highly polluting fuels – like kerosene – for light. Nokero’s special holiday effort helps bring renewable energy to homes throughout the United States, and at the same time bring hope and light to families in need throughout the world. Those who give can send solar to places around the world like Haiti, Morocco, Africa, or the Navajo Nation in the United States. To incentivize giving, Nokero provides a discount on N200 purchases through Jan. 2 for anyone who participates in the program. Buy one Nokero for $20, plus shipping, three or more for $17 each plus shipping (coupon code: holiday3) or six or more for $15 each, plus shipping (coupon code: holiday6). Visit http://www.nokero.com to learn more. 10. Bow Wow Travel Food and Water Bowls, $17.95-$19.95Fishpond is a fly fishing and outdoor lifestyle product company that started in Summit County. Along with the requisite fishing vests, packs, cases, tools and more, the company has a few dog products, like leashes, collars, beds and these “Bow Wow Travel Food and Water Bowls,” which are a popular seller, especially here in the mountains where it seems like everyone either has a dog, or at least babysits for one. The molded bottoms create a staple, spill-proof base. They’re lightweight, collapsible and leak-proof, perfect for a camping or backpacking trip with your pup.”They’re great because they don’t leak, and even when a dog comes in hot for his dinner, they don’t get knocked over easily,” said Kara Armando, the Fishpond account manager for Backbone Media. “The food bowl cinches closed, so you can pack the food right inside. And both bowls have tabs on the side, so you can stake them into the ground if you’re camping.”Locally Fly Fishing Outfitters in Avon and The Nearly Everything Store in Eagle carries some Fishpond products, though not the food and water bowls. Visit http://www.fishpondusa.com to learn more. High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or email@example.com.