The family-owned and operated Uprooted Artistry, based in Loveland, harvests trees that have died from pine beetles and transforms them into beautiful serving boards and other home décor products. The serving boards can be personalized as gifts or used by caterers, restaurants and hotels for unique food displays. uprootedartistry.com
These gifts beat your usual pit stop souvenirs. Instead, illustrator Tammy Smith hand-makes cityspecific items including tea towels, pillows, platters and totes that provide novelty items for gift bags and clients. After being laid off as an artist for Hallmark Cards, Smith started her city collections in 2014 with a series devoted to her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, but it’s her Chicago assortment that’s really taking off.