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Edge of the World offers a variety of decks for local skateboarders, but just one features a Missoula landscape created by a famous ex-Missoulian. Comedian and local skateboarding supporter Chris Fairbanks designed this deck in 1999 featuring the likes of Tommy the Leprechaun and Red.
A cool $140 covers the deck and getting it ready to roll, and while only one remains in stock, we understand that more can be made if the demand is there.
Find it at: Edge of the World, 618 S. Higgins Avenue.
Heart-healthy HighMont steaks
$13.99 a pound
Nothing gets the family meat-lover salivating like the sizzle of a juicy top sirloin on the grill. So join your neighborhood locavores and keep an eye on your cholesterol intake with steak from the shores of Flathead Lake.
Rancher Ed Jonas has worked for four years to successfully cross low-fat Highland cattle with the succulent Piedmontese breed. What did Jonas get? HighMont, a novelty strain of beef with less saturated fat than your Thanksgiving turkey.
Buying local and staying healthy just got tastier, but watch out. Odds are whoever gets these steaks at Christmas won't want to share.
Order it from: Blacktail Mountain Ranch, email@example.com.
Let's face it: Every gift list includes at least one friend or family member who still eats Cheetos for breakfast, plays Xbox until dawn, can quote "Family Guy" like a priest can quote the Bible and sleeps past 2 p.m. on a regular basis. You may not understand the ways of this loved one, but let us make a small suggestion: He or she would be wicked thankful for a locally made glass pipe on Christmas morning—or, in this case, Christmas afternoon.
Lucky for you, Missoula has a plethora of options for such gifts. We recommend the two colorfully stuffed cases at Piece of Mind—including some choice bubblers and chillums—and then heading a few doors down to Atmosphere, where you'll find certain selections stickered with the Made in Montana logo. Our favorite: The maroon pipe with what looks like the Griz logo.
Find them at: Local head shops, including Atmosphere, 115 W. Main Street; Piece of Mind, 123 W. Main Street; Urban Kings, 103 E. Main Street; and Raja's, 1220 W. Broadway.
GoFetch! gift basket
Don't you love holiday baked goods? Us, too. But your best friend with the wagging tail sports a snack tooth just like everyone else.
Scott Timothy, owner of local dog shop Go Fetch!, makes no bones about a dog's holiday needs. He says people think of other people first during Black Friday and only later remember their four-legged buddies. Enter his gift basket presented in a collapsible dog bowl and featuring treats from the Go Fetch! bakery, like carob, beef mixed with carrot and wheat-free peanut butter cookies. You can also add doggie muffins and cheesy garlic bones. And, don't worry, Timothy's holiday cookie cutters provide seasonal shapes your dog will surely love—or at least be happy to gulp down. For an extra bonus, we suggest including a toy or rawhide chew, too.
Find it at: Go Fetch! locations at 627 Woody Street, 517 S. Higgins Avenue and 3275 N. Reserve Street.
Local cowboy music box set
Granted, you could probably create an infinite number of combination box sets showcasing local bands. The newly arrived college kid seeking a ray of hope that he hasn't left all the good music behind in Portland or Seattle would have no problem putting together a collection of local anti-folk, sci-fi rock, retro grunge, hip-hop, garage pop, stoner, metal and/or electronic that wouldn't suck.
But let's just say the new kid on the block needs a little countrified flavor to go with his Montucky lifestyle. We suggest this handpicked combo: Russ Nasset's old-style covers on Human Tongue, Bob Wire's honky tonk on Buffaload, Tom Catmull and the Clerics' alt-country on Glamour Puss, Stomping Ground's old-west pop on Midnight on the Highway, Richie and the Rocketdogs' Americana pop on Manic Heart, and Bird's Mile Home's melodic cowpunk on Family Portrait. Now there's a country six-pack to quench a thirst.
Find these discs at: Ear Candy Music, 624 S. Higgins, and Rockin Rudy's, 237 Blaine Street.