Well, it’s safe to say that winter and the holiday season are upon us in full force. Snow is falling, ski mountains are opening and Montana is looking much like a winter wonderland. Which means that Christmas is right around the corner…

In honor of celebrating the season, I’ve been keeping my eye on some cool Montana gift ideas. In case any of you have people on your list that would love a gift from Big Sky Country (I know I do – shout out to my sister in NYC), here are a few ideas to make your Montana-inspired gift shopping even easier.

Montana Meads: Headquartered in Victor, Hidden Legend Winery makes meads from Montana berries and honey with delectable names like Spiced Mead, Huckleberry Mead and Wild Elderberry Mead.

Beeline Nutty Honey Butter: During a recent stay at Good Medicine Lodge in Whitefish, owners Woody and Betsy Cox whipped up an utterly delectable breakfast that included this honey butter.

Glacier Gift Shop: Even though the lodges and inns of Glacier National Park are closed for the winter season, you can still find goodies from the gifts shops! Items include work from Bret Bouda, Glacier National Park Christmas ornaments, Montana movies and music, as well as specialty-brewed Montana coffees.

Wildwater Artwear:
This collection, created by West Glacier native and Glacier Raft Company employee Katie Thompson, draws its inspiration from water. All of the items (including jewelry and scarves) are handmade and are essentially, wearable art.

I\’m the proud owner of these Montana shaped earrings

Montana Club: What else can I say, except they have great food and gift certificates to boot. I can almost taste their Montana Top Sirloin now…

Linda’s Montana Gifts: Located in Thompson Falls, this gift shop includes everything from handcrafted wood items to Montana made jewelry and wood products.

Glacier County Honey: Located in Baab on the eastern edge of Glacier National Park, this honey has to be made from some of the happiest bees around. Glacier County Honey also makes beeswax candles and Christmas ornaments.

Glacier County Honey

The Sweet Palace:
Located in Philipsburg, the Sweet Palace is your headquarters for some of the tastiest handmade taffy, caramels and fudge. My favorites: the huckleberry taffy and coconut clusters.

Huckleberry taffy from The Sweet Palace

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some shopping to do. 😉

*Images were borrowed from respective websites.


December 3, 2010

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