Crested Butte Gift Guide
Crested Butte Gift Guide
The holidays are coming! It is such a great time of year in Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley. There’s nothing that beats watching the big, soft snowflakes fall from the sky while preparing for all the holiday festivities. There is so much fun to be had; however, when it’s time to shop for loved ones it can be a little daunting at times! Don’t go to the mall – buy local! In an effort to support our local crafters, makers, artists, and entrepreneurs, I have drafted a gift guide full of their locally made products. Whether you are a local or visitor, there may be something in this guide that’ll be perfect for a family member, friend, or even you!
As you scroll down the page, you can click on the pictures or blue words to view the various websites. At the bottom of this post you can view the gift guide in an e-booklet format. Enjoy!
Dog Leash and Collar in One: Carolyn Huresky makes a leash that your dog can carry. Her Go-To Leash lets your dog carry his/her leash when not in use by wrapping the soft, Velcro strap around the built-in collar. Quickly unwrap the strap for an instant leash. You can see how the product works at GoToLeash.com. Purchase at GoToLeash.com (use promo code LOCAL for free delivery in Gunnison or Crested Butte), etsy.com/shop/CBCute, or email at GoToLeash@gmail.com.
Belt Buckles and Jewelry: Gail Sovick has a unique belt buckle and jewelry line named Placemark Designs. All of her work includes maps of local places and is finished with mixed-media, bike gears or charms, and resin. Custom orders are available. She often makes products with the location where someone was married, a favorite family cabin, etc. The products are available at the Chopwood Mercantile and Double Shot Cyclery. She’ll also be at the Crested Butte Holiday Bazaar in December and the Gunnison Arts Center’s Holiday Market. You can view and purchase her products at etsy.com/shop/PlacemarkDesigns.
Earrings: Corrie Ann Barbour makes handmade feather earrings. Many of them are made with all natural feathers, and each pair is one of a kind. She also accepts special orders. They are available at Gallery 126 in Gunnison, Almont Anglers, and EvyandElie.com.
Skincare: Valarie Jaquith makes safe, 100% bio-degradable artisanal soaps, lotions, and potions. They’re made in small batches to help ensure purity and freshness with mostly organic and/or wildcrafted ingredients. See the products and purchase at coloradorealsoap.com.
Book: 75 Classic Rides Colorado: The Best Road Biking Routes is written by local Jason Sumner. This guide is intended for cyclists from novice to expert. It is accessible, friendly, and fun, highlighting less-driven back roads, scenic views, epic mountain-pass challenges, and ambling routes. The book can be bought at www.amazon.com/75-Classic-Rides-Colorado-Biking/dp/1594858586.
Baby Moccasins: Jerralyn and Jack Stevenson have been making these adorable baby moccasins in the valley since 1985. They’ve been featured in Robert Redford’s Sundance catalog in the past. One size only – infant that fits up to 10 months. $30 each plus $5 shipping. Please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
Skincare: From body butters to beauty oils, local Cassie Platt creates a skincare line under the brand Leanne Grace. The ingredients she uses naturally assist the skin to regrow, repair, and re-balance itself as well as impart vital and essential nutrients that the skin so desperately needs. Purchase at LeanneGrace.com.
Coffee: Local Mimi Chatwood crafts coffee using high altitude, fair-trade, organic growers. The coffee is slow roasted at 9,000 feet in small, 5 kilo quantities, and she uses compostable plant-based packaging. Purchase at mountainmaidcoffee.com, Bliss Community Chiropractic, Chopwood Mercantile, Mountain Earth, or Local Market.
Hem Embellishments and Patches: Also created in the valley are these peel-and-stick hem embellishments and iron-on patches for women and girls’ clothes. The hem embellishments are applied like stickers to make pants longer or just add a cute touch. The patches are ironed on and can be used to cover up holes or dress up the clothes. Purchase at etsy.com/shop/CBCute or email CBCHProducts@gmail.com.
Wood Cutting Boards: Bill and Beth Wyman craft cutting boards, coasters, and other home goods from Standing Dead Aspen, Douglas Fir, Western Juniper, Cottonwood, and Spruce local trees. The grain patterns on the slices have to be seen to be believed. View and purchase at WymanWoodworks.com.
Hidden Travel/Concert/Festival Pocket: These peel-and-stick pockets adhere to clothing or any other fabric. Simply peel off the paper backing and press it onto the inside of your clothes, purse, tent, or any other item. This product is great for concerts or travel as it keeps your credit cards, cash, and other belongings hidden and easily accessible. Purchase at etsy.com/shop/CBCute or email CBCHProducts@gmail.com.
Hats: Recycled wearable art! Local Holly Emerson sells hats and accessories she crafts from reclaimed fabrics. Each are one of a kind. See her hats at www.facebook.com/hjshatsofcb, or call by phone at 970-596-0424 to purchase.
Father-daughter operation starting out of pure love for the family recipe created over a 30 year period by Jamie (father). Jamie is a custom home builder in Crested Butte, and Asa (daughter) was working as a film production accountant in LA having recently moved back to CB to concentrate on getting their jerky out to the rest of the world! Call them at 970-209-2675 to arrange for pickup in town or visit their website at jamiesjerky.com for out of town orders.
Skis: Romp Skis designs and builds custom skis in Crested Butte. Romp Skis are built one off for each customer. They meticulously test the shapes of their skis so they know they are selling something the customer will love. Romp then builds the ski with custom, flex, camber, rocker, and your choice of one of their 50+ graphics (custom graphics also available). The customer does not need to know what they want in a custom skin because Romp Ski designers are experts in extracting the right information to make the skis perform. An interview with designer takes about fifteen minutes. Romp skis are crafted to make skiing more fun. They can help skiers improve certain aspects of their skiing, or they augment the skills and strength of experts. RompSkis.com
To see more locally made products, visit the Crested Butte Holiday Bazaar at the Queen of All Saints Parish Hall on December 3rd.
Many local retailers are proud to sell locally made products. Chopwood Mercantile, Lavish, Paragon Gallery, and Mountain Earth are a few that come to mind in Crested Butte. The Local Market and numerous others in Gunnison showcase local products too. Just ask what products are locally made, and I’m sure the retailers will be happy to point them out!
Crested Butte and Gunnison are home to a number of talented artists and photographers. Please visit the fine galleries, and check out the beautiful work. View a list of Crested Butte galleries at http://www.downtowncrestedbutte.com/arts-culture. In Gunnison, Open Your Eyes Gallery and the Gunnison Gallery feature local artwork too. Stroll through downtown to see what you can find!
As you can see, there are so many options to buy from Crested Butte and Gunnison Valley makers, and this is just a small sampling of locally made products. I am happy to support local people and businesses. I’ve been a local here for 26 years and know the importance of sustaining a lively economy. I wish you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year!
Crested Butte Real Estate Agent