Spread some holiday cheer this year by not only giving your friends and family thoughtful, Made in Montana gifts, but by giving much needed support to our local craftspeople and small businesses while you’re at it. From candles, leather goods, jewelry and pottery, to locally roasted coffee and finely crafted beer and spirits, cross some names off your list. If you can’t shop in person, order online—and remember, everyone loves a gift card! Also remember to shop early—some local artisans need plenty of lead time for orders.

You can never go wrong giving a Montana-themed T as a gift. Photo: The Montana Scene

Here’s where and what we’re shopping for this year in Western Montana.

Whiskey Leatherworks – Missoula

Known for “Fish flops, apparel, and accessories,” Whiskey Leatherworks is your shop for leather flask holders, leather fish-print belts, and top-shelf gifts like hand-crafted leather totes.

This brook trout belt from Whiskey Leatherworks is a must for any angler on your list. Photo: Chris Chapman Photography

Bellwether Jewelry – Babb 

Bellwether crafts gorgeous statement earrings that will surely speak to the jewelry lover on your list.

Put a little Montana-made bling in someone’s Christmas. Photo: Bellwether Jewelry

Made of Mountains – Charlo 

Does someone on your list need a Mountain Mama T-shirt? How about a starry night trucker hat—in sizes for the whole family? For Montana-inspired apparel and jewelry, check out the selection at Made of Mountains and send mountains of love this year. 

Made of Mountains boasts adorable clothing for the little people in your life. Photo: Made of Mountains

Hindu Hillbilly – Alberton

Rivulet Apiaries & Hindu Hillbilly Farms is a small, family-owned and operated apiary selling honey, honey skincare and beeswax luminaries. Send some love via one of their coveted gift boxes.

HandMADE Montana – Polson

If ever there were a company knocking it out of the park supporting local artisans, it would be HandMADE Montana. Their online selection of Made in Montana products features the goods of almost 20 local artists and craftspeople. Check out the popular Field Guide Designs!

Support local craftspeople by buying made in Montana presents from HandMADE Montana. Photo: HandMADE Montana

The Good Stuff Botanicals – Bigfork

Pure. Raw. Organic. These creams and skincare goodies really are “the good stuff.” But don’t just take our word for it, they’ve been featured in Vogue, Rolling Stone, Women’s Health, Allure and People, just to name a handful. Send someone their signature Gypsy Cream. Pssst…it makes a great stocking stuffer. 

Meriwether – Whitefish

With the slogan “Disappointing Our Parents Since 1976” you know you’re going to have some fun picking out gifts from Meriwether. You’ll find a little bit of everything in their online shop, from barware and booze gifts to stickers, magnets, tattoos, and other random, wildly funny stuff.

The Montana Scene – Kalispell, Bigfork, Missoula, Whitefish

For Montana-inspired apparel, accessories and jewelry, check out The Montana Scene. They’re so popular they’ve got multiple locations, and a great online shop. Here’s a peek at their new Montana Wildflower design. 

Choose from a variety of Montana-themed lids from The Montana Scene. Photo: The Montana Scene

Whistling Andy Distilling – Bigfork

Nothing says Montana and merry like the Spirit of Sperry huckleberry flavored vodka. The Glacier National Park Conservancy teamed up with this small batch distillery to create a “highly quaffable” spirit, and we’re here to tell you it’s worth every sip.

Glacier Round House Pottery – Columbia Falls

From mugs to magnets to jewelry, this functional stoneware pottery is lovingly crafted at the base of the Swan Mountains. Check out their lookbook—there’s something for everyone.

Farmhouse Candle Company – Hot Springs (online shopping only)

Who doesn’t love a holiday-scented candle? These 100% U.S.-grown soy-wax candles make excellent gifts. Consider treating yourself with a Holiday Mason Jar candle for all that gift wrapping (and napping) you’ve got scheduled this season.

Light up a special someone’s dark winter night with a Fraser fir scented candle. Photo: Farmhouse Candle Company

The Sweet Palace – Philipsburg

Sweeten up the season, and someone’s holiday, with a sweet treat from Philipsburg’s Old West candy store. Send a box of chocolates or a gift basket, or even sign the chocolate lover in your life up for the Chocolate Club.

Send some Montana exploration inspiration someone’s way with a local guidebook to all the best of Montana hiking, exploring, and discovering.

Don’t forget about our restaurants, breweries and distilleries, most of which offer gift cards. And grab the coffee-obsessed on your list a coffee shop gift card or have some locally-roasted beans shipped right to their door. Even better, sign someone up for a coffee bean subscription. Check out our blog post about that here.

We also encourage you to shop online for merchandise and gift cards from these Western Montana’s Glacier Country partners:

+ Backslope Brewing

+ Casey’s Whitefish

+ Cut Bank Creek Brewery

+ Downtown Missoula

+ Faught’s Blackfeet Trading Post

+ Glacier Gift Guide by Pursuit

+ Glacier National Park Conservancy

+ Good Food Store

+ Huckleberry Patch

+ Kalispell Brewing Company

+ Logjam Presents

+ Missoula Art Museum

+ Montana Club

+ Radius Gallery

+ Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

+ Salvage Signs

+ St. Regis Travel Center

+ Sweet Palace

+ Sweet Peaks Ice Cream

+ The Top Hat

Please note: Face coverings are required indoors or when social distancing in groups is not possible outside. Social distancing is required to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Thankfully, we’ve got plenty of space for social distancing activities and recreation in Western Montana. It’s vital, however, to maintain a 6-foot distance from others, even outdoors. Please be mindful of our small businesses and communities, which have had to adapt to the change and may face limitations this year—always call ahead. Take the Tourism Pledge to travel responsibly in Glacier Country.

December 7, 2020

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