Miss A Columnist

Tiffany Chin is the Denver Editor for Miss A. She was raised in Hong Kong, and has traveled extensively around the world. She currently calls Denver her home, and can be found exploring local restaurants, attending festivals & entertainment events, and shopping to fulfill her obsession with dresses. She has found Colorado to be one of the best states in the country, and loves that it provides everything she left back home. In her quiet time, she plays the piano, cooks, sews, writes poetry and visits the mountains from time to time.

Charitable And Stylish Holiday Gifts 2012: Denver

If you’ve spent the past two weeks racking your brain to try and figure out gift ideas for your family, coworkers, friends, boyfriend or girlfriend then you’ve come to the right place. We have some great suggestions and we’ll steer you away from the bottle-of-wine-or-box-of-chocolate gift–and they’re all from local businesses!

Decade

(Photo Credit: Decade)

Decade

Skin products, home decor, fashion, wall art, recipe books – you name it and Decade has it. Located in the South Broadway shopping district on Broadway and Ellsworth, Decade has been recognized as the go-to place for home decor inspirations and gift ideas. If you’re at a loss for white elephant gift ideas or not too sure what to give to your secret Santa recipient, Decade is the place to go.

WHERE:
Decade
56 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Ph. 303-733-2288

HOURS:
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5 p.m.

PRICE: $5 – 50

Cast of Impulse Theatre

Cast of Impulse Theatre (Photo Credit: Impulse Theater)

Impulse Theatre

Be a little unconventional and give the gift of laughter! One of the best local improv acts in Denver, Impulse Theater has tickled Denver’s funny bone since 1987. Tucked beneath the Wynkoop Brewery, Impulse has never performed the same show twice for over 20 years, so your recipient will experience a one-of-a-kind show unique to the chosen night. Performances are held Thursday through Saturday with two performances on Friday and Saturday. Your gift is also valid for an entire year!

WHERE:
Impulse Theatre
1634 18th St
Denver, CO 80202
Ph. 303-297-2111

PRICEVisit the box office to purchase.
$36 – Good for two people to any regularly scheduled public performance.
$46 – Good for two people to any regularly scheduled public performance PLUS the first first round of drinks

impact edventure christmas tree auction

(Photo Credit: The Daily Green)

Impact EdVenuture’s 1st Annual Christmas Tree Auction

Attending Denver’s 1st Annual Christmas Tree Auction has several benefits. First, you’ll see all your proceeds support the mission of Impact Edventure, an organizations which funds overseas program to anyone interested in experiencing a different culture and volunteering in fishing communities, schools, home constructions, land maintenance and more. Second, you’ll participate in an auction for a Christmas tree and, again, support the mission of Impact EdVentures or give the tree to someone who might need it. Third, you’ll impact a person who is waiting for a team to build a school for them, and finally, you’ll give yourself a gift of entertainment.

WHEN: December 8, 2012 from 7 p.m. – midnight

WHERE:
Artwork Network
Santa Fe and 9th Ave
Denver CO 80204
Ph. 303-388-7420

PRICE: $60

Denver Urban Homesteading Farmer's Market

(Photo Credit: The Daily Green)

Denver Urban Homesteading Farmer’s Market

Local, indoor and year-round, the Denver Urban Homesteading Farmer’s Market can provide some amazing ideas for anyone who loves to cook and/or eat. With products made in Colorado you can find spices from The Spice GuyBliss Ice Cream, jams and apple sauce from Ela Family Farms, homemade soups by Gaby’s Soups and much more. Soaps and art will also be sold!

WHERE:
Farmer’s Market
200 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO
Ph. 303-572-3122

HOURS:
Thursday-Friday: 3-7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

PRICE: $7 – 30

Community Shares

(Photo Credit: Community Shares)

Community Shares

If you’re in a charitable spirit and want to donate to a nonprofit but you’re unsure which, then let Community Shares help. With over 100 local charities supported, you can arrange your donation to go to a specific cause such as arts and culture, animal shelters or education. You can donate any amount between $5 to $5,000 online any time. If you have a business, you can even start a workplace program donation where the giving can continue throughout the year.

WHERE:
The Community Shares website
Ph. 303-861-7507

PRICE: $5-5,000

Symmetry Therapeutic Massage

(Photo Credit: Mad Betty)

Symmetry Therapeutic Massage

Everyone loves a massage! With our busy schedules and stress from our daily demands, a massage as a gift will leave your recipient forever grateful. With two convenient location in the Highlands or Tech Center, Symmetry Therapeutic Massage has a service menu of Integrative Massage, Sports Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, Hot Massage and many more. Better yet, this local massage center has had so many rave reviews that people have gone back over and over again.

WHERE:
Symmetry Therapeutic Massage
Highland Location
2416 W 32nd Ave
Denver CO 80211
Ph. 720-524-3431

Tech Center Location
7120 Orchard Blvd
Suite 300
Denver CO 80111

PRICE: $45 – 240

A Show of Hands

(Photo Credit: A Show of Hands)

A Show of Hands

Jewelry is a personal thing and it can be risky to buy your sister, friend, mother or coworker jewelry, but rest assured, A Show of Hands will not disappoint. As a local gallery showcasing artists’ hand-crafted jewelry from around the world and a shop that sells other fun trinkets and home decor, each item is unique and not mass-produced, personalizing your gift.

WHERE:
A Show of Hands
210 Clayton St.
Denver, CO 80206
Ph. 303-399-0201

HOURS:
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5 p.m.

PRICE: $10 – 75

Wilderness Exchange

(Photo Credit: Wilderness Exchange)

Wilderness Exchange Unlimited

We cannot have a gift guide without featuring a local outdoor wear business! As a city full of people with a love for outdoor sports and activities, Wilderness Exchange Unlimited has everything you need at extremely reasonable prices. Do you know someone who is in need of snow goggles for the ski season? Or maybe some rock climbing gear to replace their worn-out gear? How about camping gear for the winter or summer? Shop online or in-store and you’ll be impressed with the prices and selection.

WHERE:
Wilderness Exchange Unlimited
2401 15th St. Ste. 100
Denver, CO 80202
Ph. 303-964-0708

PRICE: $15 – 250

Hunger for Food Bank of the Rockies at Natural Grocers

(Photo Credit: clearlinkcares.org)

Check Out Hunger for Food Bank of the Rockies at Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage 

Between November 1 and December 31, 2012, you can donate $1 or $5 at your local Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage and all proceeds will benefit Food Bank of the Rockie’s Nutrition Network. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage will match each donation up to $40,000!

A $5 donation will enable Food Bank of the Rockies to provide over 20 meals to children through their Nutrition Network. Last year Vitamin Cottage and its customers helped provide more than 120,000 meals to children throughout Northern Colorado.

WHERE:
Natural Grocers – click here for your neighborhood location
Ph. 303-371-9250

PRICE: $1 or $5

The Seasoned Chef

(Photo Credit: getty images)

The Seasoned Chef

Create a memory as a Christmas gift with your friend, boyfriend, girlfriend or family member with a cooking class (or two). Go to a sushi making class or learn some basic techniques that you can bring home and impress your family and friends. You can purchase tickets to a specific class or get a gift certificate, which is valid for one year so your gift recipient can pick and chose their desired class.

WHERE:
The Seasoned Chef
999 Jasmine Street, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80220
Ph. 303-377-3222

PRICE:
$40 – 150

Related Articles:

Leave a Reply