View from Breckenridge main street in Colorado at night during Christmas season, one of the best Colorado gifts in this list of gift ideas

Colorado Gifts (24 Gift Ideas They’ll Love)

I’m a Colorado local and in this guide, I share Colorado gifts for a variety of recipients.

This post covers unique travel gift ideas, ideas for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, families, and really just anyone with Colorado pride. If you prefer Colorado experience gifts, I also overview gift cards and passes to Denver attractions, national parks, and mountain town getaways. 

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24 Best Colorado Gift Ideas

Colorado Winter Beanie

Warm hats are essential for the majority of the year in Colorado. This one is the perfect gift to keep your noggin warm, whether you pop it on après ski, or just to run to the store. Show your state pride with the YoColorado Argyle Rainbow Beanie, whose design even looks a little bit like the mountains. 

Colorado Socks

Our Pick
Aksels Colorado Pride Calf Socks
$19.99

A warm, thin sock that goes great under snow or ski boots.

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A good pair of socks for skiing or wearing under snow boots is a Colorado essential! Aksels Colorado Pride Calf Socks may be thin, but they keep feet surprisingly warm if you’ve got a good ski or snow boot to go over them. The fun ski lift design shows your Colorado pride and gives your feet a bit of flair. 

View of a colorful Aksels socks
Aksels socks with people on ski lifts show off Colorado life!

Colorado 14er Humor

Our Pick
Halfway to Heaven Book
$13.49

A fun and funny account of one middle-aged dad’s quest to climb all 54 of Colorado’s fourteeners in a year.

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Halfway to Heaven is funny enough that one reviewer claimed he “blew beer out of his nose.” But it also shares the history, harrowing stories, and scientific facts of the fourteeners we Coloradans love so much. You’ll laugh, sure, but you’ll also feel like you know more about this state and its mountains by the end of the book.

Colorado for Kids

Our Pick
C Is for Centennial: A Colorado Alphabet
$15.59

A beautifully illustrated book about what makes Colorado such a great state.

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C Is for Centennial: A Colorado Alphabet shares a different feature of Colorado, like aspens and dunes, for each letter of the alphabet. The illustrations are gorgeous and this book makes a great keepsake for Colorado kids.

📚 Related Reading: 23 Fun Things to Do in Denver With Kids (By a Local Mom)

Colorado Scents

Our Pick
Homesick Colorado Scented Candle
$36.59

Spruce, cinnamon, and cedarwood invoke Colorado memories.

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The Homesick Colorado Scented Candle smells like the best part of Colorado — the trees. It’s a great way to bring Colorado indoors. And if you have a Colorado native friend who moved away, it’s sure to remind them of home. 

Colorado Christmas

Our Pick
Aspen Leaf Ornament
$14.49

Celebrate Christmas in Colorado with a delicate aspen leaf ornament, then hang it elsewhere in the house for the rest of the year.

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If you’ve been to any small shop in Colorado, especially in the mountains, you’ve likely seen these aspen leaf ornaments for sale as souvenirs. They make beautiful Christmas ornaments — we bought one our first year in Colorado to commemorate our move! 

They don’t need to be tucked away for the rest of the year, either. Your gift recipient can hang the aspen leaf from a window, prop it on a bookshelf, or even use it as a bookmark year-round.

Denver Food Tour

Our Pick
Downtown Denver Food Tour

Denver’s restaurants are always changing and updating! This food tour takes you to five of the top restaurants downtown for delicious bites.

There’s an amazing array of Denver restaurants, and even those of us who have lived in the area for a long time are continually finding new places to eat! Gift this Downtown Denver Food Tour to a new Colorado resident or a seasoned citizen. Either way, they’ll likely find some surprising spots to add to their list of favorite eateries.  

Colorado Shaped Cutting Board

Our Pick
Colorado State Shaped Serving and Cutting Board
$29.99

Home chefs can show off their love for the beautiful state of Colorado with this cutting board featuring a map and laser-engraved art.

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This Colorado State Shaped Serving and Cutting Board pictures a map of the state. On it are laser engravings of wild animals, skiers, notable Coloradans, and more. You can hang and display the engraved map, or use the decorated side as a charcuterie board. Flip it over and use the back as a cutting board, too. 

Colorado Tours

Our Pick
Rocky Mountain Zipline Adventure

Soar through the trees and get great views of the Rockies on this adrenaline-pumping zipline tour!

Many of us would rather have an experience that will stay with us for years, rather than receive more stuff for Christmas. So let’s go over a few only-in-Colorado experiences your loved ones will appreciate as gifts!

Glide on some of the longest ziplines in Colorado on this exciting zipline tour. This would be such a fun present to gift a family and makes for one of the best Denver-area date ideas, too. 

👉 Pro Tip: Viator has a variety of Colorado excursions, from food tours to whitewater rafting and more!

Archery Games Denver Tickets

Our Pick
Archery Games Denver

Spend an afternoon playing archery games with soft, foam arrows. Of course, the kids will have a blast — but wait until you see how intense the adults can get! 

This experience suits families, friends, significant others, and even groups of co-workers. Archery Games Denver outfits everyone with bows and foam-tipped arrows, plus some protective gear. They coordinate several games throughout your 75-minute session. For younger kids, Nerf Wars sessions are available, too. 

Denver CityPASS

If you know someone who wants to take advantage of the many things to do in Denver, the Denver CityPASS might be a good option! Purchase the pass, and they can choose from several different places to visit. You’ll be gifting them free admission, and you won’t be paying full price, either!

National Parks Pass

Our Pick
America the Beautiful Pass
Explore all the national parks and federal recreation sites with this pass.

An America the Beautiful Pass allows admission to all national parks and federal recreation sites across the country. Colorado itself has four national parks, plus national monuments, historic sites, and more. These places are home to some of the best campgrounds and top hikes in the state

2 Night Colorado Hotel Mini Break

This Tinggly gift is a great present for a couple who travels. It allows them to choose from several of Colorado’s best hotels, and to book a 2-night stay for two. Whether they want to live it up at a hotel near home or explore places in Colorado they haven’t seen before, the Minibreak in Colorado promises to be a special experience!

📚 Related Reading: 27 Best Denver Hotels (According to a Local)

Inflatable Paddle Board

Our Pick
SereneLife Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Board
$263.46

An easy-to-balance board that allows you to experience Colorado’s peaceful lakes.

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Of course, one of the things Colorado is most known for is our year-round outdoor adventures. If you know someone who loves getting out to discover Colorado’s natural beauty, these are the gifts for them.

Paddle boarding is a great way to enjoy Colorado’s amazing lakes! Nice and wide for easier balancing, the SereneLife Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Board is a good beginner option. Although it comes with a manual pump, I recommend getting an electric air pump — it requires much less effort to get out on the water.

Waterproof Dry Bag  

There are so many ways to get out on the water in Colorado, from kayaking and paddle boarding to fishing and rafting. But it’s important to protect your belongings, especially electronics.

The Earth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag comes in a variety of sizes and colors. Use the strap to make this a shoulder bag, or clip it inside your boat. This also comes with a clear, waterproof phone case so you can take pictures without ruining your device. 

Trekking Poles  

Trekking poles are an amazing hiking accessory. They take pressure off your feet and provide support when you’re going downhill or through rocky terrain. These Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking Poles are solid, basic poles that are sturdy and reliable. They’re also under $100 so they’re great for beginners and people who don’t need to get too fancy with their gear. 

🎁 Gifts for Outdoor Lovers: See our Hiking Essentials guide for more present ideas! 

First Aid Kit

Our Pick
Mini First Aid Kit
A First Aid kit that includes all the essentials Coloradans need on a hike.

This Mini First Aid Kit is one of the things Abigail recommends on her Colorado packing list! The mini size makes it lightweight for backpacking, and also makes it a great idea for a stocking stuffer. The kit includes bandages, antiseptic wipes, moleskin for blisters, an emergency blanket, and more. 

Multitool

Our Pick
Leatherman Wingman Multitool
$69.95

A classic multitool for a reason. The Leatherman is sturdy and has a tool for just about every outdoor occasion.

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The Leatherman Wingman Multitool is helpful for hikes, camping or fishing trips, or pretty much anytime you head outdoors. The tools can be opened with one hand, which is helpful if you’re camping alone. The 14 tools include a can opener, pliers, a screwdriver, and more so you can use it for cooking, fixing gear, and lots of other tasks. 

Rain Jacket

Our Pick
Columbia Men's Watertight Ii Jacket
$40.70

This jacket comes in cuts and styles for men and women and has kept me dry during numerous Colorado downpours.

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I hesitated to buy a rain jacket in Colorado because our weather already requires so many jackets! But when I got a Columbia Watertight Ii Jacket as a hand-me-down, I was hooked. I’ve been caught in several rainstorms since, and I’ve never been more thankful for this rain jacket than at night, on a camping trip, while it was pouring rain. It also packs down small and is very light. 

Snowshoes

Colorado is famed for its ski resorts, but we have excellent conditions for snowshoeing as well. These MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes have toe and heel crampons. This grip makes them perform well on just about any snowy trail, from super soft to slick and icy. They’re lightweight, so they’re easy for walking or for strapping to a pack in case you need them while you hike. 

Outdoor Camera

Our Pick
GoPro HERO8 Black
$279.99

This camera is impact-resistant and has stabilizing features. With it, you can make high-quality, smooth action videos.

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This is a great camera for those who love to document, or even live-stream, their high-adrenaline adventures. Three levels of stabilization mean videos won’t look herky-jerky, and the camera tucks into a pocket easily. This accessory allows climbers, kayakers, and others to attach the GoPro to a helmet and get some seriously cool action shots. 

Day Pack

Our Pick
Osprey Daylite Pack
Nate, Travel Lemming’s founder, has carried this daypack through more than 50 countries and gives it glowing reviews.

The Osprey Daylite Pack is a great pack for day hikes around Denver (or anywhere in Colorado!) It’s made of recycled materials and is a sturdy, reliable pack that people have for years. The pack has two zippered compartments, and one is perfect for a hydration reservoir. There are also two mesh pockets, one on each side, to hold water bottles or sunscreen.  

Craft Beer Drinkers

Our Pick
Colorado 14ers Pint Glass
$21.99

Combine two great Colorado loves — craft beer and the mountains — with these pint glasses displaying all of the state’s 14ers.

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This Colorado 14ers Pint Glass displays the names of each of the 14ers in the state. This would be a great gift to pair with a locally-brewed craft beer from one of our many talented breweries!

Made-in-Colorado Popcorn

Our Pick
Popcorn by Colorado Kernels
$32.00 ($32.00 / Count)

This made-in-Colorado popcorn comes in Chocolate Avalanche, Cheddar Cheese, and Sea Salt Caramel. All flavors are perfect for a Netflix night by the fire.

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If you want to support a Colorado business, gift Popcorn by Colorado Kernels! This set comes in three flavors, and it would make a great co-worker or client gift. It would also be fun in holiday baskets with some hot chocolate or other sweet treats made in Colorado. 

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📚 More Gift Guides: Outdoorsy Gifts for Her and Outdoorsy Gifts for Him 

If you’re out and about searching for gifts, check out small businesses that showcase local artisans. You’ll find several in mountain towns especially, including Aspen, Vail, and Steamboat Springs

Hopefully, these Colorado gifts have helped you to find some gift ideas to check a few people off your list. Happy Holidays!

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