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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide, 2017

Can you believe 2017 is quickly coming to a close? It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the new year. This time of year revolves around being thankful for all of the amazing friends and family in your life. What better way to celebrate by giving them a meaningful gift? We’ve rounded up a list of the perfect gift ideas sure to satisfy everyone on your list this year. So what are you waiting for? Happy shopping!


Flowers are a timeless gift and the perfect way to say “I love you.” No matter if you’re getting a simple bouquet or need flowers for an extravagant event, Carolyn’s Flowers in Aspen has you covered. Carolyn and her team have a unique artistic vision that they effortlessly bring to life with the help of every flower they use. You won’t be disappointed with the results.

We also suggest checking out what The Aspen Branch has to offer. Their slogan is “more beautiful than you ever imagined…” and while we do pride ourselves on our imaginative abilities, we must agree that their work is incredible. Check out their gift arrangements next time you’re looking for a thoughtful gift.  


Pictures are worth a thousand words, right? Why not treat a loved one to a photography session to help capture a moment. There are numerous talented photographers in the Aspen area that we have the honor of working with, and we think you’d love them, too.

Robin Proctor Photography in Aspen specializes in contemporary and candid-style photography. Photographer Robin Proctor loves to capture authentic moments that occur with her subjects. This photographer would also be the ideal present for nature lovers, as she also has a love for capturing pictures outside.

Another Aspen favorite is Meghan Brosnan Photography. She has an incredibly artsy eye and strives to capture the unique spirit that each of her clients possess (even if that subject is a four-legged friend!).

Windfirm Photography is the ideal company to capture free spirits. Photographer Katrina focuses on photojournalistic moments and likes to blend in artistic styling. However, she loves capturing her subjects honestly and naturally.  


This is a timeless gift perfect for your loved ones who have a passion for writing and journaling. But don’t overthink it; stationary also makes the perfect place to jot down grocery lists and reminders.

Basalt Printing & Art Supply is a great local shop that will satisfy all of your printing and artistry needs. Personalize this gift to every last detail to make sure it’s something the recipient will treasure forever.

Looking for a gift that’s a little more personal? Check out The Hello Company. While we love everything they do, their custom return stamps are really speaking to us this year. Nothing says “thoughtful” like a little personalization.

Gift Baskets

It’s no secret that Aspen has a lot of incredible food to offer. If you know someone who has a love for food or personalization, consider giving them a gift basket this holiday season. Bundles Gift Co. in Aspen can handle all of your gift basket needs. Whether you’re sending one or 10, they’ll channel their creativity and expertise to make sure your gift basket is perfect.

Meat & Cheese restaurant in Aspen is another good choice for gift baskets. They specialize in curating specialty foods like charcuterie, fresh seafood, housemade marinara, soups, and much more. Their culinary team will help you assemble a basket to suit your needs.


Let’s not overlook a good old fashioned retail gift. Pitkin County Dry Goods is Aspen’s oldest clothing store that offers a unique display of local vendors as well as well-known brands. A gift card to this store is perfect for friends and family members who love to shop.


It’s likely you have at least one person in your life who considers themselves an adventurer.

Belly Up Aspen is a premier live music venue and bar. This venue is renowned yet small, making it the ideal location to fully experience an amazing show.

Paragliding is a gift that will thrill even the most extreme adventurer on your list. Aspen Paragliding makes it easy to provide a loved one with the experience of a lifetime. Photo and video packages that accompany the flight will ensure the memories last for a lifetime.

An afternoon of horseback riding with Snowmass Creek Outfitters is a great way to give the gift of a true Colorado experience. Perfect for both children and adults, explore Snowmass and Aspen while sitting horseback. Don’t forget to bring the camera.

Fine Dining

You can’t go wrong by giving the gift of great food. The fine dining options in Colorado are endless, but we highly recommend Free Range Kitchen & Wine Bar in Basalt. Specializing in innovative comfort food, this fun community restaurant always buys local ingredients when possible.

Carbondale Creamery & Cafe is a quaint cafe that will satisfy all of your coffee and sweet treat needs. They serve both healthy and indulgent options for breakfast and lunch as well as some of the best coffee in town. A gift card to this cafe won’t disappoint.


Let’s face it, there are tons of events throughout the year and it’d be nice if food weren’t a concern for at least one of them. Giving a gift card to a catering company is a unique way to help contribute to making an event great.

Conundrum Catering in Aspen has your back whether you’re throwing a backyard barbecue or a wedding reception. They have personal chefs that can help you throw an amazing dinner party for two or 20.

Epicurious Catering in Basalt is another solid option when it comes to catering. Affordable, great service and phenomenal food. You can’t go wrong if this company is involved in your food planning process.

Aspen Private Chef Matt Maier provides a wide range of services including hands-on cooking classes that will have you confidently navigating your way around the kitchen in no time.

Food Network’s Susie Jimenez was a finalist in Food Network Star and now runs a catering company out of Aspen. She effortlessly picks out the best spices and seasonings that will leave you wanting more.

Liquor & Wine

You can’t go wrong with gifting an adult beverage. We highly recommend visiting Cooper Wine and Spirits if you need to snag a bottle of wine to bring to your holiday party. They also have an Explorer Pack, a monthly wine subscription service providing quality wines at affordable prices.

The Roaring Fork Beer Company is your one-stop shop for beer lovers on your list. A growler is a great gift to bring to a holiday party or to give to your beer-loving bestie or significant other.

Health & Wellness

Head over to True Nature Healing Arts to pick up a gift card for someone in need of a relaxing spa day. They offer group classes like yoga as well as a full-service spa for ample pampering.

Speaking of yoga, Kula Yoga is the place to be for all yoga enthusiasts. Investing in a yoga package is a gift that keeps on giving well beyond the Christmas season.

Tonic Juicery offers cleanse packages that will help kick off 2018 the right way. These cleanses will help you feel energized and eliminate toxins from your body. You might want to snag an extra package for yourself!

Silo serves American food and they specialize in farm-to-table eats. They like to stick to simplicity and want the fresh, seasonal ingredients to speak for themselves. Treat your loved ones  to make both their stomachs and the community happy.  

Sweet Treats

Last but certainly not least, give the gift of indulgent sweet treats this holiday season. There are great chocolate shops and bakeries in Colorado sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Louis Swiss Pastry in Aspen prides itself on using fresh, natural ingredients. Whether you give a gift card or pastries themselves, know you’re giving a high quality gift.

Grand Ave Sweets in Glenwood is family owned and offers the best of the best when it comes to popcorn, candy, saltwater taffy, fudge and homemade chocolates. Put together a personalized gift basket for the chocolate lover in your life.




Did we miss any of your local favorites for this holiday season?  Let us know in the comments below!

Did we miss any of your local favorites for this holiday season?  Let us know in the comments below!

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