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I’m a big advocate of shopping locally or shopping during your travels, however, we all have friends and family that live far away that we want to remember at different times throughout the year. Plus sometimes we can’t find what we want locally, so we often shop online for ourselves.
I’ve surfed the Internet and have found some of the most alluring shopping Web sites around. I invite you to browse through the lovely online boutiques I often feature in blog posts under my Shopping category.
The below online boutiques figure among my favorites and even better, they are all offering between 8 and 10% off to Bonjour Colorado readers. Be sure to enter the correct promo code or mention Bonjour Colorado to receive your discount. KNOW THAT IN SOME CASES THE CODE IS CASE SENSITIVE, SO BE SURE TO TYPE IN the code CORRECTLY as specified for each purveyor.
Come back soon to find more!
Ruth’s Tempting Toffee
Just outside of Telluride, there’s a little lady by the name of Ruth that makes the most mouth-watering toffee you’ll ever taste. Her crunchy almond confection, known as Ruth’s Toffee, has become a favorite of mine since I first tasted it some time ago. It’s easy to tell that it’s artisanally made and heaps of love are added to every batch. The price is right, too. Type in the code Bonjour to receive a 10% discount.
Henri’s Reserve Champagne Boutique
Henri’s Reserve is a curated e-boutique of impossible-to-find artisanal champagnes, creative gifts and first-time bubbly experiences.You may choose from Champagne Gifts, Tasting Gift Sets and Champagne Clubs at price points starting at $45. Their packaging is divine and they also offer complementary gift wrapping and free shipping on any twelve bottles. Vive Henri’s! Vive la France! Read more of what I have to say about Henri’s Reserve at Champagne Cheers from Henri’s Reserve. Use Bonjour code to receive your 10% discount.
Alpen Schatz Alpine Treasures
Alpen Schatz started out by importing Swiss dog collars, beautiful handcrafted works that depict alpine scenes in brass and silver on leather bands. Men and women can also be a part of the 250-year old tradition from the Alps by donning a fashionable belt, also adorned with the same iconic images of Switzerland. You can find these along with Italian silk scarves, Edelweiss-inspired jewelry, imported felt hats and home furnishings such as hand painted Old World wooden wall plaques and traditional European arts and crafts including holiday table ornaments, both of which are pictured above. Mary Dawn DeBraie, a proud Europhile who lived many years in Germany and England, founded Alpen Schatz, the Web-based company and its showcase boutique. We’re friends and I’ve featured our travel adventures together (sometimes with her dogs) in several stories. You can also buy signed copies of my travel memoir/love story, A Tour of the Heart, from Alpen Schatz. The shop is located in Telluride, so stop by next time you’re in town! Alpen Schatz is offering BonjourColorado.com readers a 10% discount on online orders. Just type in Bonjour upon check out to receive your special price.
Handcrafted Hadley Pottery
In 1939, Mary Alice Hadley created dishes for her houseboat on the Ohio River. As a well-established painter from a family of clay tile makers, she had already assembled the necessary talents for making beautiful pottery. So in 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky, with the help of her husband, George, the M.A. Hadley Pottery Company was born. The creative inspiration that Mary Alice first brought to her pottery designs remains strong today and collectors big and small marvel at the heartwarming and whimsical spirit of the many handcrafted pieces that make up the Hadley Pottery collection. Whether festooned with coastal, country, Western, skier or other types of motifs, to me, Hadley Pottery is reminiscent of beloved table arts from Brittany, France. Yet Hadley is distinctly American and one of our country’s more endearing treasures for the home. Indeed, I’d consider it a “riches of America.” Type in the code Bonjour when ordering to receive 8% off of your order.
Autographs and Collectibles from The Autograph Source
If you’re looking for something truly unique and meaningful, check out The Autograph Source. This Aspen-based shop and online boutique sources investment-quality historic documents and sports, music and movie memorabilia from all over the world. There’s something for every collector in every price range at The Autograph Source. Type in Bonjour into the comments section to receive a 10% discount.
The Best Toys and More for Cats and Dogs from Purrfect Play
Who doesn’t want to spoil their pets? If you (or your friends and family) have a cat you absolutely must order some of Purrfect Play’s organic cat toys. They are the best ever—I promise you. My two babies delighted in months of sniffing, snuggling and kicking with these products, all made from organic, natural fibers. I have not tested Purrfect Play’s dog toys but I can only imagine that they’re a big hit with the pups as well. Type in promo code Bonjour to receive your 10% discount.
Handmade Soaps and Other Gift Items from Fresh Soap Company
I discovered these lovely products during a trip to Breckenridge, Colorado. Kim Nieuwoudt bills herself as the owner/artist/ chief dish washer of Fresh Soap Company, a lovely little establishment tucked within this historic mountain town. Online shopping from Fresh Soap Company is almost as fun, so enjoy perusing Kim’s selection of delectable-looking handmade cold process and glycerine soaps. Her bath bombs and scrubs look and feel pretty zippy, too. Type in code Bonjour to receive an extra 10% off.
MORE ONLINE SHOPPING RECOMMENDATIONS
Looking for some top-quality recreation gear, sporting goods or perhaps just a cozy fleece? Check out REI, Recreational Equipment Inc., one of the leading American retailers for pretty much all that you need to have fun in the outdoors and to relax inside. REI is a consumers’ cooperative that sells a lifestyle. If you shop at one of their stores, you’ll find the friendliest, most knowledgeable and helpful folks to give you a hand. Fortunately shopping online at REI also offers a stress-free experience while allowing you to do it from the comfort of your home, work or campsite (if you’re not in too remote of an area). I highlight REI in my story Glamping Through Breast Cancer Fears. Be sure to check out REI-Outlet as well for some killer deals.