by Jessica Cowden, Director of Marketing & Communications
We are pleased to announce that our annual Holiday Gift Giving Guide will be arriving soon! Every year, we select a variety of Colorado-made gifts that have caught our eye, captured our imagination, and reaffirmed our pride in the amazing things being produced across the state. There are various items in food and beverage, outdoor, recreational, apparel, and even some super over-the-top dream gift ideas for people who have been extra good this year. For the 2019 Gift Guide, we picked out 50 unique products and will announce 10 new items each week – starting on Monday, November 25, just in time for Black Friday shopping – culminating with a master list published in our December newsletter on 12/19. The gifts will be featured on our website and via social media, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see the awesome array of treasures we’ve come up with this year!
Nite Ize: Spotlit™ XL Rechargeable Collar Light – Disc-O Select™ ($19.99)
The Manufacturer’s Edge team loves all of the unique and innovative products from Nite Ize (their Gear Tie© reusable twist ties are life-changing and come in a variety of sizes to fit everything from computer cords to bikes!!), but we all have a particular soft spot for anything dog-related. These collar lights let you select your favorite colors and light up patterns, clip conveniently to your dog’s collar, and they’re even rechargeable. So, they’re fun, functional, and will keep your 4-legged furry friends safe in the dark. And how can you resist that adorable face??
Balaam: Sterling Silver Double Round Link Necklace ($645)
One of my favorite things about working with manufacturers is watching people take their passions and interests and make them into actual products that make people’s lives better, easier, safer, more interesting… or, in this case, a little more beautiful! This necklace from Balaam by Monica Zamora is at the top of my holiday wish list and, for what it’s worth, I have been VERY good this year, Santa! The majority of Monica Zamora’s pieces are made of sterling silver and are reminiscent of the region in Mexico where they are lovingly handcrafted by a team of artisans. Each one is a truly unique, beautiful work of art. With a slew of different pieces and styles varying from incredibly affordable to splurge-worthy, you are sure to find a statement piece to suit your style and budget.
Katari: Argil Mediterranean Green Clay Facial Masque
(1 oz: $22/4oz: $44)
If you ever have a chance to meet Kate, the genius behind the Katari brand, then by all means do. Kate is one of the most energetic, thoughtful, passionate, intelligent people I have ever met and her enthusiasm is contagious. She’s like a shot of espresso made from exotic fair trade beans from deep inside the Amazon rainforest and served in a handcrafted ancient vessel discovered at the bottom of the Dead Sea. Seriously. Every product that she makes has a story behind it and each one basically requires her to become Indiana Jones as she scours the globe for the perfect ingredients and the highest quality, sustainable bottling and packaging solutions. This green clay masque, for example, is taken from the ancient seabeds of the Mediterranean. And that’s not an overstatement. Kate actually collects it herself. Check out her website — there are pictures! Plus, the masque is like a miracle cure that helps not only with wrinkles, acne, and cellulite — it even helps with hair loss!
So, go buy a bottle for yourself and one for each of your friends. And, while you’re on the website, check out Kate’s advice on doing business internationally where you’ll find gems like “Marketing materials written in ‘google translate’ are only good for, well…. nothing. Use a translation company who can do it and can do it well”.
Loki: Men’s All in One Tech Hoodie ($149)
Loki Gear is known as the “All-in-One Outdoor Clothing Company” and that is exactly what they are. Nearly every article of clothing they design and sell is intended to help you adapt to the changing weather. This particular hoodie comes with a gaiter that you can pull out to protect your face, convertible gloves to keep your hands warm, and it even collapses into itself to form a handy backpack in case you suddenly find yourself not needing a jacket at all. They have really thought of everything and it is stylish, comes in a ton of different colors and sizes, and it’s super comfortable to boot. I bought one for my husband two years ago for Christmas and now we fight over it. So, maybe buy two… trust me. You’ll be glad you did!
Part musical instrument, part artistic masterpiece, part Tolkien-esque fantasy explored through masterful woodworking craftsmanship — Blindworm guitars and basses have to be seen to be believed. Although mere words fail to do them justice, here is how Blindworm describes the “The Cragg”:
“A new magnificent creature that lies between a dragon and a sea serpent, poised to create its own legends. (…) Each block of wood was personally hand (and ear) selected for tone, resonance, beauty, strength, and appropriate weight. “The Cragg’s” figured Poplar body combines with a firm but light seven-piece Roasted Maple and Roasted Birch neck. Its screaming head is complete with antler horns, book matched Osage Orange knothole eyes, and a Jade tongue. The combination of 100-year-old Bird’s Eye Maple fretboard, Jade nut and tailpiece, and the Seymour-Duncan Seth Lover pickups, create a legendary sound you must hear to believe.”
Check out their video below to see these magnificent creations in action and then go visit their shop in Colorado Springs to find an unforgettable one-of-a-kind gift for the musicians on your list!