Colorado kindly reminds you to buy from Colorado for the holidays — here are a few ideas

Officials from the Colorado Proud program rep the more than 2,500 companies that grow, raise or process food and agriculture products made in Colorado.

Glorious Colorado-made provisions (and some socks). (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Glorious Colorado-made provisions (and some socks). (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) holiday gift ideas;
Colorado-made provisions and some socks from Jackson’s Honest, Phoenix Fiber Mill, Rockin Rubs, Lockhart Honey Farms and Colorado Black Diamond Salsa. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Colorado wants its share of the more than $678.8 billion that economists at the National Retail Federation project Americans will spend this year on decorations, gifts and other items during their holiday shopping.

Officials from the Colorado Proud program rep the more than 2,500 companies that grow, raise or process food and agriculture products made in Colorado. It’s generally believed that buying from neighborhood and independent companies has a greater economic return for communities since more of the money is recirculated locally.

“People can make a difference when they buy local,” said Wendy White, who manages the Colorado Proud program for the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Colorado’s agriculture industry employees more than 170,000 people and contributes more than $40 billion annually to the state economy, White said.

“It’s getting easier and easier to find Colorado products,” she said.

In addition to labeling products with the Colorado Proud logo featuring purple mountains backed by sun rays, grocery stores are creating special sections for products. The state doesn’t have as robust a program for identifying books, clothes and other products without ties to the state’s agriculture industry.

Jennifer Miller is working to start pop-up dinners in Denver and said she likes to buy products from companies in the state so she can give “a little piece of Colorado” to her friends and family who live elsewhere.

“Of course I go to Target and big-box places,” Miller said, “but I also carve out time to go to small stores.”

5 Colorado gift ideas:

Colorado chocolate or candy

-Colorado craft beer, spirits, meads and wine or the new “intense and pleasing tingling” liqueur Tingala

Socks made from Colorado Alpaca fleece

Rubs and spices or a whole lot of beef

Locally made beauty products

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Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.

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Adrian D. Garcia is on business and trends for Denverite, serves as treasurer for the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and on the board of the Denver Press Club. He can be reached at agarcia@denverite.com.