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The 2017 Eater Denver Gift Guide

Grab your nice list, it’s holiday shopping season

The 2017 Eater Denver gift guide includes The Passport, which offers two-for-one drink specials at bars around the city
| Adam Gardner

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It’s that time of year again. Holiday giving season is back, and Eater Denver’s gift guide is here to help you. From spices and sauces to membership clubs, cookbooks, and festivals, we’ve gathered a fool-proof local shopping list that will please even the toughest present recipients. Some ideas are only slightly more personal than your average gift card, while others will require you to answer the question: Just how much heat can they handle? We’ll let you decide, but here are Eater’s 2017 holiday gift recommendations catered to the food-obsessive.

Need even more ideas? Check out Eater’s national gift guide for food lovers.

Food: Edible Gifts to Give

Sriracha

  • $10

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Local Denver sriracha maker Jojo’s uses only organic vinegar, garlic, and palm sugar, along with chili peppers and sea salt to make its beloved hot sauces. Try the green chili sriracha, and buy either a holiday four-pack, six-pack mini sampler, or stocking stuffer two-pack for your favorite spice lover.

Bacon of the Month Club

  • $59

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Be careful what your wish for this Christmas. If you’re nice, Denver-based quality pork purveyor Tender Belly will send 4 pounds of maple-rubbed or habanero-spiced bacon to your doorstep. Every month. Indefinitely.

Artisanal Pickles

  • $10

Prices taken at time of publishing.

May we recommend the caraway garlic dills, jalapeño honey dills, and habanero horseradish dills? Also, the bloody mary mix. Go ahead and get the whole Avid Brunchers Collection ($60), and feel good about going all-out for a home breakfast with products by this charitable, zero-food-waste local business.

Drinks: What to Buy for the Beverage Fanatic

Winter Passport

  • $20

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Perfect for a couple, or friend who’s new to town, the Winter Passport offers two-for-one drink specials all season long across 40 of the city’s best bars, breweries, and distilleries. New this year: Knock out two gifts with a free Mountain Passport, offering buy-one-get-one beverages at 25 ski-town stops.

Beer Club Membership

  • $40

Prices taken at time of publishing.

A new beer-of-the-month club for Denver, Craft Alley works with smaller area breweries with little or no distribution (see New Terrain, Bruz, Fiction, Spangalang) and provides members with fresh crowler (32-ounce) four-packs for pickup or delivery. Give a beer-loving loved one a gift card or go straight for the pay-as-you-go membership.

Kitchen: Gifts for Home Cooks

Biju’s Curry Spice Blends

  • $8

Prices taken at time of publishing.

New this season, Biju Thomas of Biju’s Little Curry Shop is selling spice blends sourced from small farms in his native Kerala. Go for individual tins of Vindaloo XX-Hot or Madras Curry, or buy the gift set with all six. Good for the home cook and those who are heat friendly.

Chef’s Knife from Carbon Knife Co.

  • $50

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Denver chefs started this newer knife-centric store in RiNo, so you know the cutlery here is top notch. Test out the feel of tools from a variety of makers, or give the more budget-friendly gift of a favorite knife repairing or resharpening. Shop around the store for aprons, cookbooks, gadgets, and more.

Dine: Gifts for the Restaurant Obsessed

Eat Denver Deck

  • $55

Prices taken at time of publishing.

One of the best deals of the bunch, this deck of dining cards provides $10 off a meal of $25 or more at 55 of Denver’s best locally owned restaurants. Buy it online, or find a deck while shopping at Tattered Cover Bookstores, I Heart Denver stores, and Savory Spice stores around town.

Home: Design and Decor Presents

Seasonal Centerpiece

  • $55

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Not sure what to bring to a family meal or holiday party? The Perfect Petal in West Highland has lush seasonal arrangements for hanging wreaths or table centerpieces starting around $50. Order online or visit the boutique for a host of other gift options.

Kitchen Towels

  • $20

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Bet you didn’t know you needed new Turkish hand towels or Nordic sheepskins. But someone in the family might (see any recent home buyer). And don’t be surprised if you start ordering your own package of these cultish home goods.

Books: Gifts for the Literary Eater

America The Great Cookbook

New for 2017, this cookbook features comfort food recipes from great American chefs such as David Chang, Rick Bayless, and Ruth Reichl. Four Colorado chefs are among them: Toni Tipton-Martin offers her Blueberry Buckle recipe; Simone Cormier provides a country pork pate; Adrian Miller prepares Hibiscus-Aid and mixed greens; and Hugo Matheson makes a veggie bowl. Buy locally at Book Bar here.

Events: Holiday Happenings to Attend Together

Holiday Flea

  • $5

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Want to get all of your holiday shopping done in one spiked-punch swoop? Head to the Holiday Flea this weekend for a three-day market extravaganza, including hundreds of local makers. Shop for beauty products, jams, candles, apparel, leather goods, home decor, and more. And pair your Friday night outing with a few seasonal cocktails to get the purse strings loosened.

Collaboration Fest

  • $65

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Know someone who plans October around Great American Beer Festival? Well tickets just went on sale for Denver’s local, springtime alternative, the 5th annual Collaboration Fest. So give the gift of all-evening beer drinking with more than 80 Denver-area breweries and 40 collaboration brew tasters. Then give the biggest gift of all: Offer to be the designated driver.

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