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To: bickering Aunt Belva and Uncle George
Counseling sessions with clinical sexologist Dr. Lindsey Doe
If Belva and George act like they need to get it on in order to start getting along, give the couple something that will help them get away from the TV and into the hot tub. Just as someone about to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro needs sturdy shoes, carbohydrates and plenty of water, couples that want to cultivate a healthy sex life for the long haul need the right tools. That's where Dr. Doe comes in. Missoula's clinical sexologist has suggestions for Belva and George about how to spice things up with new sexual techniques. Doe is also adept at smart negotiation strategies, to ensure both George and Belva get what they want. "I kind of act like a sex Sherpa," Doe says.
Sessions are $105 for individuals and $125 for couples. Doe suggests six sessions and offers a sliding scale. Call 544-1271.
To: the empty-nester
Griz gear from Go Fetch
There's no better way to show off home-team pride at the tailgate or in front of the tube than by making Fido part of the maroon tide. The practical pooch will no doubt appreciate Go Fetch's all-weather University of Montana outerwear with fleece lining, while daintier sports fans might check out the sleeveless Griz cheerleader outfit. Wrap it up and stuff it in a paw-shaped stocking with a Santa squeak toy, and you can't go wrong.
Find it at Go Fetch, 627 Woody Street, Missoula. Griz gear prices range from $26.95 up.
To: the survivalist in your family
A steel blade from Zombie Tools
Zombie Tools' motto is, "Can't save the world? Then prepare for its end." This homegrown business offers a slew of steel blades capable of doing everything from fending off the living dead to skinning a freshly harvested buck. Any self-respecting survivalist will love the Tooth ($149.95). It's a close-quarters combat knife with a 7-inch blade that's perfect for strapping onto one's tactical vest. We particularly like Zombie Tools' Ferrous Wolf ($449.95).The weapon has a 34-inch blade and, according to the company's website, "This beast will slay ice giants, zombies and meth-addicted cannibals."
Find Zombie Tools online at zombietools.net/tools/
To: the sassy bookworm
Courtney Blazon T-shirt with John Waters quote
Just because you're well read doesn't mean you have good judgment. Your bookworm friend who inexplicitly falls for the biggest losers can learn to love smartly with a very important motto by John Waters: "If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't fuck 'em!" This locally made T-shirt by Shakespeare & Co. is printed by Garage Tees and sports this important axiom for those who ought to know better. The design by local artist Courtney Blazon is rendered with loving, unoffensive, storybook detail. The Waters quote is in small, pretty type—you know, to keep things classy.
$15. Find it at Shakespeare & Co., 103 S. 3rd St. W. in Missoula.
To: a bird-enthusiast neighbor
trailer bird house
Bird are always traveling, so it's no big leap of the imagination to think they'd choose an Airstream-styled abode. These trailer houses for birds by retired school teacher R. Wade Nelson of Thompson Falls give the bird lover yet another fun contraption to put in the yard. The kitschy, candy-colored trailers with names like Silver Bullet, Teardrop, Kampkar and Halfmoon are eye-catching—made of wood, with bottle-cap rims, metal tops and beaded tail lights—and can be pole-mounted for the garden or hung.
$78. Find them at the Artists' Shop, 304 N. Higgins, in Missoula. Or go to rwadenelson.blogspot.com.
To: that eccentric aunt
handmade hats from the past
Katy Brennan, aka "Katy the Hat Lady," travels around the country collecting ribbons and fabrics to make hats with names like "Black Forest Cake" and "The Cat's Meow." We didn't travel back in time and board a steam locomotive to find this gift idea—the Whitefish milliner lives in the present, making dramatic hats for those who long for a little yesteryear flamboyance. The "Dragon Tea House hat," for instance, boasts double tone velvet, antique French ribbon and satin flowers, and there are hidden dragons stitched on the inside.
From $36 to $200. Find them at Grizzly Claw Trading Company, 3187 Highway 83 in Seeley Lake.
To: the practical baby
Infants don't love shoes, and why would they? Until now. We introduce you to a baby's first shoe addiction: Montana Moccasins. The soft deer hide on the outside combines with the cozy sheepskin on the inside, hand-stitched with nylon thread and snugged onto the foot via efficient ties. The beaded hearts and stars on each shoe add some sparkle. Also, you know how babies grow at a ridiculous pace? These grow with the baby for several months longer than normal shoes. Genius.
$28. Find them at Hide & Sole, 236 N. Higgins Ave., Missoula.
To: your mother
DIY wine-bottle plate
Remember when you made gifts for your family instead of buying them? Well, you're an adult now, and the coupon book full of "free hugs" will make you look like a cheapskate—but other DIY gifts won't. The Zootown Arts Community Center has tons of paint-it-yourself pottery gift options. We like the fused glass plates as a sophisticated way to say you care. Bring in a glass bottle and add glass shards and stringers to decorate it in your style, then let the staff fuse it into a colorful, abstract art piece perfect for fancy cheese. Reusing glass in a town that generally doesn't? Priceless.
$5 to $25, depending on how much decoration you do. Bring in a wine bottle to the Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 North 1st St. W., in Missoula, and give them a week to process the glass.