2015 Holiday Gift Guide

The Beacon's annual local gift list for Flathead Valley shoppers

By Beacon Staff

Season’s tidings, and welcome to this year’s edition of the Flathead Beacon Gift Guide, an annual catalog of wintery wares, custom crafts and parochial products all stocked by local vendors and displayed in the wreathed, frost-festooned windows of the Flathead Valley’s downtown storefronts.

The Beacon staff has assembled this index of giving as a convenient compass to help you navigate the maelstrom of holiday hustle just as the festive and frenetic shopping season comes bearing down on us. And because we’ve selected a diverse grouping of gifts that range from stocking stuffers to big-ticket buys, from booze to blankets, and custom-made handbags to chocolate-covered bonbons, holiday shoppers are certain to find something that suits even the most fickle conferees of the gift-giving season.

From presents that stand the test of time to others that are mutable and melt-y, we hope these gift ideas make holiday shopping fun and easy this season.

Enjoy your time exchanging gifts and gratitude with friends, family and loved ones, and happy holidays from the Flathead Beacon.



For the Little Ones
Because they’re not getting a pony and a puppy

1 Strideline Montana Griz and Seattle Socks, $16
Sportsman & Ski Haus | Kalispell, Whitefish

2 Snowrunner Snowshoes, $160
Cabela’s | Kalispell

3 Comic Books, $5
Kalispell Comics | Kalispell

4 American flag cowboy boots, $88
Western Outdoor | Kalispell

5 Torpedo Flexible Flyer Sled, $25
Snappy Sports Senter | Kalispell

6 Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 marble maze, $40
Imagination Station | Kalispell, Whitefish



Adventure Lab
Toys and tools for exploring powder to pavement

1 Death smartphone lenses, $20-$35
Stumptown Snowboards | Whitefish

2 Pearl iZUMi Winter Glove, $60
MAS Bike Shop | Kalispell

3 Hunting calls, $7, $13
Glacier Country Hunting Calls | Website

4 Bontrager Ion 700 lumen bicycle light, $120
Wheaton’s Cycle | Kalispell

5 Bontrager 65 lumen tail light, $60
Wheaton’s Cycle | Kalispell

6 Wooden Fly Box, $50
Think Local | Kalispell

7 Kahtoola Microspikes, $70
Rocky Mountain Outfitter | Kalispell

8 Kahtoola Nanospikes, $50
Rocky Mountain Outfitter | Kalispell

9 Poc Fovea Uranium Black ski goggles, $140
Great Northern Cycle & Ski | Whitefish

10 Poc Fornix Freestyle helmet, $165
Great Northern Cycle & Ski | Whitefish



Quality Threads
Apparel and accessories made to last

1 Limited Edition PendlEton Monte Dolack Blanket, $329
Glacier National Park Conservancy Bookstore at the West Glacier Depot Store | West Glacier

2 Custom leather and merino wool backpack, $300+
Olde Stash | Kalispell

3 Lucy Satchel, $184
T-Bird Leather | Website

4 Stube stocking cap, $40
Bierstube | Whitefish Mountain Resort

5 Chill flat-bill trucker cap, $23
Chill Clothing Co. | Whitefish

6 Custom knit hat, $30-$40
Old Sun Knits at Stumptown Marketplace | Whitefish



Stocking Stuffers
Everyone knows the best gifts come in small packages

1 Stanley classic wide mouth flask, $25
The Toggery Montana | Kalispell, Whitefish

2 Camping without beer is just sitting in the woods Koozie, $9
Meriwether of Montana | Whitefish

3 Lip therapy chapstick, $4
Sage & Cedar | Kalispell, Whitefish

4 Frasier Fir Home Fragrance Mist, $19
Sage & Cedar | Kalispell, Whitefish

5 Hand & Body Lotion, $5
Sage & Cedar | Kalispell, Whitefish

6 Scrunchies, $1
Sage & Cedar | Kalispell, Whitefish

7 Assorted chocolate box, $16
Copperleaf Chocolat Company | Whitefish

8 Frasier Fir pillar candle, $13
Montana Flame Candles | Website

9 Sweet Peaks pint of Montana Christmas, $6 Ship anywhere in continental US for extra fee
Sweet Peaks Ice Cream | Kalispell, Whitefish

10 Sweet Peaks mug with spoon, $8
Sweet Peaks Ice Cream | Kalispell, Whitefish

11 Ammunition necklace with gemstone, $23
Badass Babe MT | Website



Gourmet Gifts
Help friends and family set the table with delectable local fare

1 Sassy Sauces Hoppin’ Hot Cherry Jam and Raspberry Jam, $9
Norm’s News | Kalispell

2 Pork jerky, pepperoni sticks, $10
Farm to Market Pork | Kalispell

3 Assorted holiday bread, $5
Ceres Bakery | Kalispell

4 World Spice at Home New Flavors Book, $25
Cana Market | Whitefish

5 Flavor Companion Spice Set, $30
Cana Market | Whitefish

6 1 lb of raw liquid Montana clover honey, $15
Glacier County Honey | Website


7 House hot chocolate, house white chocolate, monumental spiced chai, $11 each
Colter Coffee, Montana Coffee Traders, and more | Website

8 Montana Mule Kit: 750 ml Fireweed Bourbon Whiskey, 32 oz Glacier Ginger Brew and copper cup, $38, $18, $24
Glacier Distilling Co., Glacier Ginger Brew | Coram, Whitefish

9 Custom Carlburg Growler, $150+
Carlburg Pottery | Website

10 Glacier Cello Liqueurs Cherrycello 750, 375 ml, $29, $20
Whistling Andy Distillery | Bigfork

11 Tumeric Ginger, white chai, cacao coconut puerh tea, $2-$5
Steeps Tea at Stumptown Marketplace | Whitefish

12 Libre loose leaf tea glass, $32
Steeps Tea at Stumptown Marketplace | at Whitefish

13 Mug and tea ball, $15, $4
Steeps Tea at Stumptown Marketplace | Whitefish



Artist’s Palette
Deck their halls long after the holiday season ends

1 Grizzly Bear Paw Cast, $50
Eric Thorsen Studio | Bigfork

2 Meissenburg Designs vintage Glacier Park Sign, $106
Electric Avenue Gifts | Bigfork

3 Abstract dual artist painting by Pat Lambrecht-Hould and Doug Oliver, 22×22 wrapped canvas mixed media, $2,600
Wild Eye Artistry | Kalispell

4 Minimalist Whitefish Mountain Resort Map Print, $20-$40
ModernMaps Etsy store | Website



Page Turners
Follow Big Sky storytellers to London, the Montana wilderness, Glacier National Park, and beyond

1 Apothecary by Maile Meloy, $17
The Bookshelf | Kalispell

2 Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson, $16
Bookworks | Whitefish

3 Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig, $29
Bookworks | Whitefish

4 Record player , $100-$800
Old School Records | Kalispell

5 Records, $5+
Old School Records | Kalispell

6 Glacier After Dark by John Ashley, $30
Flair Boutique | Kalispell
7 Mesmerizing Mandalas adult coloring book, $6
Stumptown Art Studio | Whitefish