A Unique Holiday Gift Guide from Two Local Boulder Businesses

When envisioning the perfect holiday gift, what makes it so special? Is it something you need? A luxe indulgence? Perhaps a product from a brand with an inspiring story or one that supports a meaningful cause? An item created by local artisans and makers?

At its core, a special gift is about the shared thoughtfulness and caring synonymous with the holiday season. From the beautiful to the practical and the functional to the fanciful, the folks at Jones + Co. and Acme Fine Goods have given us their picks for meaningful items to gift to your friends and loved ones this holiday season.

Jones + Co.

With a mission to bring purpose and meaning back to holiday gift-giving, Elizabeth Jones, owner of Jones + Co. in Downtown Boulder, has handpicked five items that blend the perfect amount of function and thoughtfulness in a gift.

1. Cottonwood Handmade Waist Bag

the perfect goes-with-everything bag that can be worn crossbody or on the waist, each of these bags is thoughtfully handmade in North Carolina using time-honored traditions and hand-dyed, hand-stamped leather. the simple, eye-catching half-moon shape has enough space for a phone and wallet, and will look just as good against a dress as it will with jeans. 

2. Brightland Olive Oil

Carefully crafted with hand-picked heirloom olives and harvested by a master miller, this olive oil is beautiful on the inside and out with its impeccable flavor and gorgeous bottling. 

3. Mate Thermal Set

Christmas pajamas reimagined! Ladies of all ages on your shopping list will fall head-over-heels for these matching thermal lounge sets from LA-brand Mate the Label, which are as sustainable as they are stylish.  

4. Ritual Perfume

An all-natural, unisex fragrance, ritual punctuates with notes of cinnamon leaf, neroli, and rose, finishing with a deep patchouli dry down. It also happens to be the perfect size for a thoughtful, beautiful stocking stuffer!

5. Foria

a gift that’s sure to spice things up, Foria is an all-natural arousal oil crafted from nine plant-based aphrodisiacs that makes a sexy–and thoughtful–gift between lovers. 

Acme Fine Goods

For Eric Reed, owner of Acme Fine Goods in Louisville, a great holiday gift combines quality with a great brand story and a festive element of surprise—three traits that all of his gift selections exude.

1. The Scotchman Jacket from Roark Revival

Perfectly combining style and function, this waxed canvas jacket is made from some of the world’s best waterproof materials and with an impeccable fit and finish.

2. Global Sweater from Topo Designs

There’s a reason that sweaters are such a popular holiday gift, and this piece exemplifies the best of the tradition with its hardy exterior and luxurious inner feel.

3. Rugged Twill Duffle Bag from Filson

Versatile, sturdy and classic, this bag is made with water and abrasion-resistant cotton twill and promises to be a long-lasting heirloom piece of gear.

4. Oud Wood Personal Fragrance from Ranger Station

The sweet and smoky blend of bergamot, juniper and Palo Santo scents in this cologne harkens to cozy winter cabin getaways.

5. Candles from Great Bear Wax Company

These soy-based candles are lovingly created in Birmingham, Alabama, exemplifying a simple beauty and quality scents that will impress the most ardent of candle connoisseurs.