2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Denver Moms
posted by: Amber Johnson
The holiday season is upon us! Don’t miss our holiday gift guide for Denver moms.
Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection for the Potter Lovers. For my family, 2013 was all about Harry Potter. We not only read many of the books but listened to several of them on tape and watched all the movies. This Christmas, my husband and I splurged and bought the kids the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection ($149.99) from Costco. This box set is the biggest Harry Potter collection in history and contains 31 discs: all 8 movies (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet + “Creating the World of Harry Potter”) and the Wizard’s Collection Bonus Disc. Each movie has 4 discs (excluding Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince which has only 3 discs). There are also some fun collectibles such as one of the horcruxes, a map of Hogwarts and its surroundings, catalogs of props and posters and more. The website http://www.harrypotterwizardscollection.com/ features weekly online updates to the collection.
This is the perfect gift for that person who has everything: Door-to-door Organics. You may know them as delivering fresh, high-quality organic, natural, and local food directly to homes, offices and schools. BUT this Louisville-based company just launched a new initiative that would be a perfect gift for a new mom or busy family: healthy prepared meal deliveries! DTDO is partnering with Boulder-based Dish Gourmet to offer chef-prepared meals for all dietary preferences delivered to your doorstep. My family (read: picky eaters) rass-fed Buffalo Meat Loaf, Pork Green Chili Enchiladas (gluten-free), Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breast (gluten-free), Vegan Lentil Stew (dairy- and gluten-free) and Vegetarian Roasted Red Pepper and Broccoli Mac ‘n’ Cheese. The meals are made with ingredients that are sourced locally and organically wherever possible, including meats procured from outstanding, independent Colorado farmers, which are then roasted in-house every day. Go to their website to shop a wide selection of fresh, seasonal produce from area organic farms. colorado.doortodoororganics.com
Run, Stroll, Hike: A guide to stroller-friendly trails in and around Denver. Are you looking for family-friendly hiking in the Denver area? Have you wondered where you can bring your jogging stroller on a moderate run? Are you in need of short, flat trails? Denver dad of two Chris Sekirnjak answers these questions and more in his new self-published 120-page guide book that features 28 unpaved trails (plus 11 honorable mentions) within 40 minutes of Denver. Even if your kids are too old for strollers (like mine), Chris’ book is chock full of detailed information that will help any adventurer:xxx on distance, elevation, trail width and surface, nearby playgrounds, trailhead picnic tables and where to find rivers or wetlands. If you’re worried about venturing away from the crowds and concrete, don’t forget that unpaved, soft surface trails cause less injuries and the trails he featured have a minimum of roots, rocks, ruts, and sand so the littles can get out and explore as well. Run, Stroll, Hike is available at Amazon.com, Tattered Cover, Runners Roost and other Denver retailers. http://runstrollhike.com
I probably have about 30 water bottles in my collection, most of which I never use so it takes a lot for me to get excited about water. GRAYL did just this. This woman-owned company has invented a stainless steel water filtration cup that filters 99.999 percent of viruses, protozoa and bacteria, making water taste great where you are. It works like a coffee press: rill the outer cup, press down, and water flows through the G3+™ filter into the clean inner cup. Drink immediately, share with friends, or seal the lid. Its free-pouring design makes it easy for moms to share filtered water with their kids and for making formula on the go. GRAYL was inspired by founder Nancie Weston’s concerns about the quality and taste of the tap water she drank at home and, especially, during her business travels. She set out to create a device that not only made water safe and taste great, but also that was beautifully designed and made with the highest quality materials. GRAYL is available at the Denver REI as well as other select outdoor and lifestyle stores. $69.95. http://www.thegrayl.com
As women, we love to smell good and is there any better place to do that than at an artisan perfume jewelry house? Denver-based Peacock Parfumerie recently announced a new line of products, including perfume pendant necklaces, perfume oils and scented candles inspired by art nouveau glamour and bohemian romance. Peacock Parfumerie’s signature product is a vintage-inspired perfume pendant necklace that holds a small amount of Peacock Parfumerie perfume and is a stylish updated version of traditional perfume. All fragrances are concentrated blends of essential oils and precious perfume accords in a base of natural coconut oil. The perfume pendant retails for $37, the perfume oil is $22 for 1/2 oz., and the candles, which are hand-produced with a paraffin and soy wax blend, are $25 with a burn time of 75 hours. Peacock Parfumerie products are available online at www.peacockparfumerie.com and at select retailers nationwide, such as Anthropologie.