Official Magazine of the Denver Bar Association

The Docket’s Gift Guide for the New Year ~ By Jessica A. Volz

To make gift-giving less of a chore, The Docket has curated an exclusive guide with DBA members in mind.

1. FOR THE DEDICATED DENVERITE:
gg-coastersDenver Neighborwoods Cedar Coasters
If you find yourself at a roadblock when GPS-ing for a gift with Denver connections, this set of four aromatic cedar coasters is destined to catch your fancy. Each coaster features a different laser-engraved cropping of Denver’s iconic neighborhoods. The coasters come ready to party in a chic canvas drawstring bag.

$36. Available at the REI Denver Flagship store and at neighborwoods.city/products/denver-coasters.

2. FOR THE GADGET LOVER:
ringlySmart Bracelets (Ringly)
Ringly is the go-to gift for the gadget girl who has it all (except, perhaps, control of her inbox). The brand, which has also caught the eye of the American Bar Association, recently introduced its Aries collection of 14K gold-plated “smart” bracelets, which are less distracting than “smart” rings and more comfortable to wear. The semi-precious gemstones are destined to clear your mind while gracing you with an aura of newfound confidence. Ringly’s philosophy is that technology can be discreetly and seamlessly incorporated into our everyday lives. The Docket invites you to be the judge.

From $265. ringly.com.

3. FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO RAISE THE BAR(RE):
the-nutcracker-morgan-buchanan-by-allen-birnbach-smallColorado Ballet

We are fortunate to live in a state that boasts one of the most talented ballet companies in the country — and the world. The dancers, like DBA members, are always on a mission to “raise the bar(re).” Bar association members receive a 20-percent discount on all tickets with the code COBAR. From The Nutcracker to The Little Mermaid, Colorado Ballet’s performances are en-pointe perfection. If your head is still spinning from Swan Lake’s 32 consecutive fouettés, perhaps it’s time to leap for a season subscription.

coloradoballet.org.

4. FOR THE DRAMATICALLY INCLINED:
r2-d2_c-3po-2_editStar Wars™ and the Power of Costume (Denver Art Museum)
If you are looking for an out-of-this-world adventure that does not involve straying too far from the Colorado Supreme Court, check out Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume at the Denver Art Museum through April 2. The exhibition, which showcases more than 70 original costumes on loan from the archives of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, demystifies the creative process behind the iconic outfits featured in all seven films of the series — from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s intimidating black armor. No Star Wars experience in Denver would be complete without an appropriately themed lunch at Palettes. “The Dark Side” Dark Chocolate Terrine and Threepio Martini are two of the many stellar options on offer.

Adult Admission: $18-$28; Child Admission: $5. denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/starwars.

5. FOR THE UNSINKABLE OPTIMIST:
the-gussyRain Covers for Purses (The Gussy)
While Colorado’s climate leaves much of the world green with envy, there is always a chance that it will, one day, rain on your parade to and from the office. The Gussy’s rain covers for purses are indispensable investments that are certain to make you feel less troubled about the prospect of adverse elements. The fact that the company was founded by a lawyer should settle everything.

$20. thegussy.com.

6. FOR THOSE WHO ARE AS GOOD AS GOLD:
gold-glitter-edition-sparkling-brut-3Gold Glitter Edition Brut Sparkling Wine (ONEHOPE)
ONEHOPE wines, which have received support from the celebrated Mondavi wine family, are taking Napa Valley by storm. The brand’s 200-plus charitable cause partners are tackling important issues from autism research to environmental conservation. ONEHOPE’s Gold Glitter Edition Brut Sparkling Wine sparkles with more than effervescent notes of green apple and nectarine: Every glittering bottle provides 15 meals to a child in need.

$59. onehopewine.com/shop/gold-glitter-edition-brut-sparkling-wine/.

7. FOR THE INVENTIVE AND/OR GREGARIOUS:
bamboo-plates-with-wine-glass-holderBamboo Buffet Plates with Wine Glass Holder
(Sold at The Vineyard in Cherry Creek)
Networking events requiring the graceful juggling of beverages, canapés, handshakes and business cards often evoke cringe-worthy memories — even for the most agile among us. With a stroke of genius, someone (whose name cannot be found) invented the Bamboo Buffet Plate with Wine Glass Holder. This eco-friendly invention is the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys having people over. Lightweight and stylish, these budget-friendly staples are suitable for any and every occasion.

$8/each. vineyardwineshop.com.

8. FOR THE ARDENT ENVIRONMENTALIST:
christmas-my-list-of-toys-is-long-3Bee Royalty Products (The Brown Palace Spa)
“To bee or not to bee” is the buzz-phrase for environmentalists who have been expressing growing concern over the world’s dwindling honeybee populations. This year, seven species of bees native to the United States were added to the endangered-species list for the first time in history. In 2014, The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa launched a “Bee Royalty” initiative to raise awareness about the honeybee crisis. Their signature line of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash and lip balm all contain honey from their rooftop hives, making them easily justifiable indulgences. The addition of lemongrass makes their fragrance suitable for men and women alike.

$8-$30. brownpalace.com/spa.

9. FOR THE ADMIRABLY CHARITABLE:
jalf-logoThe Jane Austen Literacy Foundation
The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation, founded by an Austen descendant, is harnessing the world’s passion for all things Jane 200 years after her death in 1817 to fund literacy resources for communities in need across the world. Literacy is, after all, a key to global progress and cross-cultural understanding. One of the foundation’s latest projects is raising money for literacy supplies for temporary schools run by UNICEF in war-torn Syria. For every donation made, donors will receive a personalized bookplate as a token of thanks.

janeaustenlf.org.

10. FOR THE DISCERNING YET INDECISIVE:
bookbarlogocolor-horiz-1-2BookBar Gift Cards
A gift card to BookBar is certain to please. BookBar is an independent bookshop brimming with books for all ages. Some describe the place as a bookshop for wine lovers or a wine shop for book lovers. It is, however, much more than that: It is a sanctuary from the stress of everyday life and a place where quality conversation flourishes.

bookbardenver.com.

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