A Summit County Handcrafted Holiday Gift Guide

By Samantha Blair | Monday, December 16, 2019

The holidays are here. If you’ve left your shopping to the last minute, no worries. The county has plenty of small businesses and unique local shops where you can pick up something truly Summit and special. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Photo: Everything Summit

A Night Out 

If you want to give an experience rather than an item, consider giving tickets to the Domus Pacis Family Respite Motown Memory Tribute on Saturday, December 28 at 7:30 p.m. Your gift recipient will groove to some classic soul and old school rhythm and blues with the One on One quartet, Ron Ivory, and the Miles Apart Band as well as a four-piece horn section. Profits will provide families going through cancer treatments with a week of respite in Summit County. Purchase tickets here.

Art & Craft

Kaleidoscope, at 226 Main Street in Breckenridge, is an eclectic and colorful gift shop that promotes local artists by selling artisanal goods and clothing at fair prices. The store focuses on Colorado-made, fair-trade inventory. Come in to check out stained-glass decor made right in Summit Cove by Shirley Fox.

Breckenridge Candle Cabin, at 131 S. Ridge Street in Breckenridge, makes handmade aromatherapy soy candles. All candles are made with all-natural, non-toxic, environmentally friendly ingredients including only U.S.-grown, non-GMO soy wax and pure essential oils. All containers are made in the United States or recycled, and the wicks are made from cotton.

Photo: Everything Summit, Kaleidoscope


Breckenridge Distillery, at 1925 Airport Road in Breckenridge, crafts award-winning whiskey, bourbon, gin, vodka, bitters, port and more. Their main source of water is melted Rocky Mountain snow.

Photo: Everything Summit, Breckenridge Distillery


Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU), at114 S. Main Street in Breckenridge, was founded and is run by Summit locals who, with a hand-built press, crafted their own custom skis. RMU skis exceed industry standards and represent the true style and essence of skiing in Breckenridge. Grab a cocktail from the onsite bar while you're in. 

Photo: Everything Summit, RMU

Clothing & Jewelry

Magical Scraps Boutique & Studio, at 310 S. Main Street in Breckenridge, is a vibrant shop that sells locally handmade women and children’s clothing. The shop also carries locally made soaps, candles, jewelry, artwork and trinkets.

Wild Balance, an online store, sells handmade jewelry crafted right in Breckenridge. The lightweight, simple and beautiful designs allow customers to be stylish while active in their Summit outdoor pursuits. Customize pieces with your favorite stones and metals.

Melanzana, at 716 Harrison Avenue in Leadville, is not technically not in Summit County. But Melanzana is a must-stop shop if you are in the area. The company uses only U.S.-made parts and fabric to create high-end outdoor apparel. Everything is sewn by hand in the shop. If someone is wearing a “melly,” it is a telltale sign they’ve spent time in Summit, especially now that most items are available in-store only. 

Photo: Melanzana Facebook

Happy holidays, and we'll see you in Summit!

About the Author Samantha Blair
Born and raised in Breckenridge, Samantha Blair has returned to live in Summit County as a writer and ski instructor. She has written for publications, companies and organizations from Santiago, Chile, to Rhode Island. When she is not traveling abroad or visiting family on the East Coast, Samantha is enjoying all of the skiing, hiking and adventures in Summit County and around Colorado.