During this holiday season give the gift of local!
I love putting together intentional gifts, whether it’s during the holiday or throughout the year. Things that I know the gift recipient will love and enjoy from some of my favorite local shops. With the holiday season upon us, I put together a list of some of my favorite local shops that I recommend checking out as you are looking for the perfect gifts for your friends and family. I have broken them into categories based on who you are getting a gift for.
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The chic stylish friend:
For the friend that always has the cutest outfits and accessories, I recommend visiting Linda at SOMETHINGchic. Linda and her team are there to provide as much assistance to you as possible, whether you are looking for a full outfit or a stylish top, blazer, shoe, and the list goes on, they have so many wonderful options, especially staple holiday pieces. A few other items to check out, unique belts, winter accessories such as scarves, mittens, hats – all very chic, jewelry, classic fashion coffee table books, perfumes, and signature candles that are DEVINE!
Whether you are buying clothing items or putting together a chic winter gift of a scarf, mittens, a candle, and a coffee table book, you really can’t go wrong, plus they gift wrap!
For the friend that has a beautifully decorated home no matter the season! Lean into their love for home décor and visit Made for Home for their unique gift. Made for Home has very intentional and beautiful home décor pieces that range from furniture, pillows, candles, vases, greenery and SO much more. Each year their holiday collection brings the magic of Christmas to life, they evoke the nostalgic feelings we have of Christmas in their store, so for your home enthusiast friend, this is the perfect place.
For this friend, it might be a gift of holiday mugs, paired with a signature Made for Home candle, a few nice holiday towels, a decorative vase, and beautiful holiday greenery that you purchase. Or maybe you lean more into the holiday and purchase a new table runner, centerpiece décor, decorative light-up trees, and table wreaths. The options for putting together a thoughtful gift are endless, and their team is ready to assist you to make your gift idea into a reality for this friend.
The wine lover:
We all have that one friend who loves all things wine and all things cheese. For this special someone, my recommendation would be to visit City Vineyard. Whether you are looking to purchase a few of their favorite bottles of wine or are looking to put together a gift basket for this special friend the team at CV is ready to assist you. They have wonderful goodies that help bring the gift together, such as wine glasses, gourmet cheeses, meats, unique crackers, and cookies, in addition, to cook books, Italian pastas and sauces, chocolates, and much more. City Vineyard is the place to go when you know wine is the main gift that can be accented with so many other great accompanying items.
City Vineyard is also a great place to go and pick up a gift for your holiday party host! Their team provides you with great service and they will help put together wine baskets (beer too) for all the wonderful people in your life.
For your hard-to-shop-for friend:
We all have that special family member/friend in our life that isn’t easy to shop for. Maybe it’s because they are particular about their products, they aren’t into shopping, or because they just have “everything.” Instead of worrying about what to get this friend, searching the internet or Instagram for inspiration, just go visit The Joy of Living. This store has a little something special for everyone in your life. I promise you that you won’t leave empty-handed here. The store is filled with a sense of magic with great gift items on every corner, waiting for you.
Whether it’s the guy in your life, the friend who loves a great piece of jewelry, the funny cook in the kitchen, the Montana lover and so on, The Joy of Living has so many wonderful unique gift options for you, plus they gift wrap!
Outdoor gear lover:
For the friend who loves quality t-shirts, sweaters, hats, beanies, and more, Aspinwall is a must! From a graphic t-shirt to a beanie for the winter their products are high quality, stylish, affordable, and are built to last. A few favorite staple items to get this friend would be an Aspinwall baseball cap or one of their limited winter beanies (they have the best ones and the best variety) and a sweatshirt. Of course, their custom designed t-shirts are fun too! In addition to these items, as you visit their store you will find many other great goodies inside to pair round out your gift.
We all have at least one of these foodie friends that love all things kitchen, from glasses, plates, baking dishes, to helpful kitchen gadgets, these friends love spending their time in the kitchen. The local store I recommend would be Zest! They carry your staple name brand items, items made in Montana (like the Earlywood product line – definitely check this one out) and so much more. Putting together a themed gift from this store will be so easy for you and their team is ready to help guide you!
For the friend that prefers an experience:
For your friend(s) that maybe prefer going to a new local restaurant/coffee shop/etc. or prefers an experience over a gift, here are a few ideas for where to get gift cards for them to use on their own time.
Whether you are buying holiday gifts or needing a gift throughout the year I hope this list is helpful to you. I hope it inspired you to go out and support and shop local not just over the holiday season, but every season.