Shop Small, Support Local

Like many of you, I am trying to shop small this year instead of big box stores. I want my community to grow and thrive even in this uncertain time. The hardest part of doing this is not actually being able to or wanting to physically go into stores. I am providing a long list of local (Boulder County or nearby) businesses where gift cards, online shopping, or a combination of those are available.

Here’s how to use this guide: Click on the name of the business to go to the home page of their website. Click on the ‘yes’ by “Gift Cards?” to go straight to their page to buy gift cards. I will also list if online shopping is available as well as what products they offer in a nutshell. If I have some personal experience with the business, I will offer my two cents about products. I get no kick back from any of these businesses. I’m merely doing this to support my community that I have grown to love.

If you have any businesses you would like to add, please feel free to mention them in the comment section below!

Shops:

The Singing Cook, Louisville, CO: Gift Cards? YES. Online Shopping Available? NO. A beautiful little shop with an amazing selection of kitchen goods. You can buy e-gift cards. They have high end kitchenware as well as small stocking stuffer products.

*Pitter Patter Children’s Boutique, Louisville, CO: Gift Cards? YES. Online Shopping Available? YES. A cute children’s shop in downtown Louisville. Beautiful clothing, books, accessories, and toys. I have loved the toys and puzzles they have available.

Due South, Lafayette, CO: Gift Cards? YES. Online Shopping Available? YES. A boutique near Old Town Lafayette with an attached coffee shop, Brew. Lovely selection of one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, and gifts.

Lafayette Florist and Gift Shop, Lafayette, CO: Gift Cards? NO. Online Shopping Available? YES. Local florist with an enormous selection of flowers and plants as well as gifts.

*Foster Handmade, Erie, CO: Gift Cards? YES. Online Shopping Available? YES. An online only shop for impeccably crafted soaps, delightful candles, bath salts, and more. Everything is handmade, and the scents are to die for. She will ship to you, or if you are local you can do porch pick-up for free. She just launched her holiday line, and I am looking forward to trying ‘First Snow’, but ‘Cozy Cashmere’ is my personal favorite. (Shop using the link above, and we will both get a $5 coupon!)

Atlas Valley Purveyors, Lafayette, CO: Gift Cards? NO. Online Shopping Available? Minimal online browsing but no purchasing. A local shop tucked away on a busy intersection. Specialty grocery products, meats, toys, gifts, beer/wine, and more.

Thalken, Lafayette, CO: Gift Cards? YES. Online Shopping Available? YES. Local shop in Old Town Lafayette with jewelry, bath and body products, candles, teas, books, cards, and so much more. Free delivery in Boulder County, and free shipping with $100+.

The Read Queen, Lafayette, CO: Gift Cards? NO. Online Shopping Available? YES. A new business in Old Town Lafayette with a variety of books, games, cards, and more available for online or in-store purchase.

Peppercorn, Boulder, CO: Gift Cards? YES. Online Shopping Available? YES. Your one stop shop for all things kitchen related. Browse and shop online.

AR Workshop Boulder, Lafayette, CO: Gift Cards? YES. Online Shopping Available? YES, kind of. In a normal year, you can bring your friends to beautiful wood projects. For now, they have to-go kits for you to do at home or virtual party kits.

Two Hands Paperie, Boulder, CO: Gift Cards? YES. Online Shopping Available? YES. They carry a plethora of books, journals, writing supplies, paper, art supplies, and unique gift ideas. I personally love their selection of writing paper and puzzles.

Food:

Moxie Bread Company, Louisville, CO: Gift Cards? YES . They offer a wide selection of baked goods, lunch items, family style meals, local food products, and more. A holiday gift basket is also available.

Community, Lafayette, CO: Gift Cards? YES. A local establishment serving elegant comfort foods with a wide range of cocktails available. You can e-mail a gift card directly to a recipient.

*Button Rock Bakery, Lafayette, CO: Gift Cards? NO. They have any baked good you can imagine as well as custom cakes, family meals, and coffee. Their website does not have a way to buy gift cards, but their goodies would be the PERFECT treat to take to a neighbor or friend this holiday season. I love their croissants and eclairs!

East Simpson Coffee Company, Lafayette, CO. Gift Cards? NO. They have a full espresso bar, coffee, tea, and a selection of breakfast and lunch items.

Cannon Mine Coffee, Lafayette, CO: Gift Cards? NO. A small coffee shop offering a wide range of coffee, espresso, and teas as well as lunch and breakfast items. They also have beer on tap and live music.

*Moe’s Broadway Bagels, Louisville, CO: Gift Cards? NO. A local favorite with a full menu of bagel flavors, bagel sandwiches, and burritos.

Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Louisville, CO: Gift Cards? YES. A local ice cream chain with continually rotating flavors, seasonal favorites, and merchandise. They offer pickup and delivery. You can get a gift card mailed directly to recipient.

Tangerine, Lafayette, CO: Gift Cards? YES. Brunch and lunch at its finest. Delivery available as well as e-gift cards.

Eats and Sweets, Lafayette, CO: Gift Cards? YES. Located in Old Town Lafayette, they offer desserts, sandwiches, and other lunch items.

LuLu’s BBQ, Louisville, CO: Gift Cards? YES. A small barbecue restaurant in downtown Louisville. You can send a gift card either by e-mail or card.

*The Post Brewing Company, Lafayette, CO: Gift Cards? YES. A local favorite for fried chicken and beer. Gift cards available via e-mail or physical card to recipient.

Breweries:

Liquid Mechanics Brewing, Lafayette, CO: Gift Cards? NO – not online, but you can walk in or contact them to buy one. Beer available in cans or growlers at the brewery.

Odd 13 Brewing Inc, Lafayette, CO: Gift Cards? YES. They offer a wide variety of beer styles. To-go in cans or growlers as well as merchandise. Purchase a gift card redeemable in taproom only.

*Wibby Brewing, Longmont, CO: Gift Cards? YES. Local brewery with a big taproom offering beer to-go in cans, growlers, or kegs. Gift cards available for card delivery to recipient.

*Twisted Pine Brewing Co, Boulder, CO: Gift Cards? YES. One of our favorite breweries and restaurants in Boulder when we lived there. Beer to-go available in mason jars, crowlers, and growlers.

Upslope Brewing Co, Boulder, CO: Gift Cards? YES. A local brewery with beer available to-go and for local delivery (free!).

Stem Ciders, Lafayette, CO: Gift Cards? YES. Locations available in Denver and Lafayette. A wide variety of ciders available to-go.

*Denotes personal favorite.

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