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Souvenir Gift Guide to Shopping Durango

18 Jun, 2018

The best gift givers do their shopping in Durango, Colorado. Nowhere else will you find such a unique and extensive array of artisan goodies of every kind. In the specialized shops of historic Main Avenue and beyond, you’ll discover presents with character, stories to tell, and meaning to share.

Bring home a little slice of Durango with personalized gifts for every kind of person in your life with our helpful browsing guide.

For the Fashionista

Rose Pedals: Where fashion meets function, Rose Pedals accommodates the outdoorsy and active women in your life. Stroll their shop at 123 W 9th Street for a hand-selected line of the best and cutest in womens' fitness gear.  

Silk Sparrow: Consider Silk Sparrow one of the best boutiques for finding clothes to wear out on the town. These are brunch-ready outfits with every accessory you’ll need to go with it, marked at reasonable prices. If an airline were to ever lose my luggage, Silk Sparrow would be the first place I’d stop.  

Eureka: A favorite among shop workers on Main Avenue, you’ll find plenty of locals perusing the western-inspired clothing racks at Eureka. You just may find your new favorite boots here on your visit.

Dolce: They recently moved to a larger location in the Main Mall in downtown and we're so happy they did! More beautiful pieces to choose from and conveniently located next to several other boutiques on this list!

Lively Boutique: Right next to Silk Sparrow and offering great Durango fashion. Better yet, Friday morning they offer free yoga. Get your stretch on while getting wardrobe inspiration.

Rose Duds: Durango's finest consignment shop in downtown. Find gently used, name-brand items you'll love!

For the Interior Decorator

Tippy Canoe: Rustic, mountain-inspired and Southwestern decor is the name of the game at Main Avenue’s Tippy Canoe. It’s where many locals go to decorate their home and because Tippy Canoe is able to ship large items, you can too. Explore the walls of art or hunt for a gift for your favorite party host or hostess. Tippy has a large array of kitchenware and entertainment gifts, from serving platters to condiment spoons, runners and placemats, pillows, blankets and more.

Urban Market: Urban Market is one of the most welcoming sights on Main Avenue, with its bright, popping colors and alluring smells. It’s more than just candles and cards in Urban Market. You’ll find wall decor, kitchen equipment, creative postcards, candles, lotions, jewelry, baby clothes and more. It’s a sort of catch-all shop for all your interior decorating and party hosting needs. They even have their own furniture store upstairs from their main storefront.

Overland Sheepskin Co: If you can make it from a sheep, you can find it here at Overland Sheepskin Co. Overland doesn’t focus on decor specifically, with high-end accessories and outerwear filling most of the store, but the products they do have are worth checking out. Browse the massive array of sheepskins, rugs, leather accessories and furs of all kind that can serve as the perfect gift to warm up any home.

For the Outdoor Junkie

Durango Outdoor Exchange: If you’re looking to restock your outdoor gear shed or are just in the market for a good deal, you have to visit Durango’s local outdoor gear exchange. Sure, most all of the gear is used, but it is all in pristine condition. You’ll find everything from tents and sleeping bags to kayaks, SUP boards, ski gear, climbing shoes and local products at a fraction of the cost you’ll find anywhere else.

Pine Needle Mountaineering: Come prepared for your next backcountry expedition by shopping at Pine Needle. They have everything you need for the rough and tough stuff, as well as the comfortable apparel suited for the outdoor lifestyle.

Gardenswartz Outdoors: There are two Gardenswartz shops on Main Avenue; one specializing in fishing and hunting equipment, the other focused on all things outdoors. Both are worth visiting for their primo selection and helpful staff.

Backcountry Experience: If Pine Needle or Gardenswartz don’t have it, you will probably find it at Backcountry. A short walk away from Main Avenue, this outdoor sports store offers gear and equipment for every climber, hiker, cyclist, runner, skier, or backpacker in your life.

Duranglers Flies and Supplies: For the fisherfolks in your life, look no further than Duranglers Flies and Supplies. They have everything you’ll need to outfit your next trip, from flies and boots, to poles, nets and fishing licences. If you’re not sure what to buy, book an experience. Duranglers offers guided fishing trips all around the southwest region.

For the Kiddos

Bar D Wranglers Gift Shop: To visit the Bar D Wranglers Gift Shop, you’ll have to visit the Bar D Ranch. And trust me, you’ll want to, even if the kids aren’t in tow. The Bar D Chuckwagon is Durango’s #1 event and there are four separate stores on the grounds. The adults will want to stroll the Blacksmith Shop, Leather Shop and Gift Gallery. For the kids, take them to the Kid’s Korral for the perfect gift.

Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory: Just as it sounds, Fuzziwig’s is a children’s paradise. Think novelty gifts, unique toys and candies of every possible kind, color, shape and size. Time your gift right so as to avoid the inevitable sugar rush.

Kids Rock: Kids Rock is a clothing store nearby the train station on Main Avenue. You’ll find gifts, toys, board games, clothing and plushes for children of all ages. This is my first stop when gift hunting for new parents.

For the Foodie

Durango Roasters: For a taste of Durango you can keep with you, check out Durango Roaster’s for coffee equipment, loose leaf tea, and a wide and colorful collection of cookware and gourmet kitchenware.

Honeyville Honey: A stop at Durango’s Honeyville is a must for any trip to Durango. As a third generation, family-owned business, you can trust that these are some of the most loved honeybees and probably the best honey you’ve ever sampled. Lucky for us all, they bottle. If you can think it, you can find it in a jar at Honeyville. Wines, jams, syrups, butters, sauces, cocktail mixes, grilling and dipping sauces are just some of the things you’ll find from your favorite local bees.

Steaming Bean: As a local, Steaming Bean is always on my list because they make an unrivaled cup of dark roast joe. Visit for an in-house cup then bring the caffeine home with their packaged coffee beans for sale at the counter.

For the Book Lover

Maria’s Bookshop: There is no shame in spending hours at Maria’s Bookshop, where you’ll find books suited to every passion and interest. Spark up a conversation with the friendly staff and they’ll point you in the right direction of what you need. Their extra large selection of outdoor adventure books make Maria’s an exceptional favorite for Coloradans.

Southwest Book Trader: Where books become walls that create a maze to explore, Southwest Book Trader has an impressive selection of reasonably priced books organized into towers. The sheer scope and volume of books found here is overwhelming, but take your time and you’re sure to find what you need.

Second Story Used Books: Don’t overlook one of the few upstairs shops found on Main Avenue. Located at 862 Main Avenue, Second Story Books is a secret stop where rare or unusual books can sometimes become the norm.

For the Craft Beverage Connoisseur

Ska Brewing: Bring home the taste of your favorite town with a six-pack from Ska. Their onsite gift shop at the Ska World Headquarters is full of cute, brew-branded gear for every sort of beer lover in your life, from cycling jerseys and growlers to graphic tees, beer slings and baby clothes.

Four Leaves Winery: Fall in love during a wine sampling at Main Avenue’s only boutique winery. Beyond the unique gifts you’ll find in the store of Four Leaves Winery, you can also design personalized labels, customize your own special wine, or purchase bottles to bring home with you.

Steamworks Brewing Company: Anybody who’s ever been to Durango must spend at least one meal at Steamworks. If their funky warehouse vibe doesn’t hook you, maybe their award-winning ales will. Grab a pint, a t-shirt, a growler, and a sticker from one of Main Avenue’s favorite hangouts.

For the World Traveler

Dreams of Tibet: As you may or may not know, Durango is home to one of the best Nepalese restaurants in Colorado, Himalayan Kitchen. Right next door is their sister store, Dreams of Tibet. Strolling the aisles here is like being transported directly across the world to the Himalayas. You’ll find exotic jewelry, statues, flags, meditation bowls, hand sewn clothing, scarves and more.

Animas Trading Co.: The scent of patchouli beckons your internal hippy to explore Animas Trading Co. on Main Avenue. You never really know what you’ll find here, from exotic gifts to bohemian style clothing and handcrafted jewelry and costumes. Sticker collectors will enjoy browsing the massive folder of bumper stickers and graphic art.

Dancing Willow Herbs: For any and everything that ails you, look for a natural solution at Dancing Willow Herbs on Main Avenue. You’ll find an incredibly helpful staff at the ready at Durango’s herbal apothecary. Whether you struggle from facial and skin care problems, respiratory and sinus issues, stress, muscular soreness, immunity problems, prenatal needs, or battles with circulation, you can trust that the cure may come with only one or two ingredients.

For the Artist

 Find an amazing and unique piece of art at one of Durango's galleries. Tour the 10 must-visit galleries of downtown Durango.

For the One you can never shop for:

Durango Farmers Market: The Durango’s Farmers Market is held every week during the summer months. It brings local produce vendors and farmers from all around the region, as well as a few artists and creatives. You may be surprised by what you find at the farmer’s market. At the very least, you can enjoy freshmade juices from the Turtle Lake Refuge, stone-fired pizza from Fired Up, and music as you explore.

Dietz Market: Away from the hustle of Main Avenue is probably one of Durango’s most fun shopping gems. Dietz Market is located off of US-160 near the Durango Motor Company. Besides the decor and locally-cultivated gifts, you’ll find specially made gift baskets already prepared for your favorite person. The Spa Gift Box, “Durango Basket,” or the even better “Durango Breakfast Basket” encapsulates little slices of Durango you’re sure to love.

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