Gift Guide 2012 

More than 40 last-minute ideas to help you carry the weight of the holidays

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Best Choice

Drop-in yoga class, $10, Hot House Yoga, 127 N. Higgins Ave.

After all the holiday imbibing, give the gift of a sweaty yoga workout. It’s cheap, and it might just inspire a yoga newbie to find his inner yogi.

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Mission: something for a drinker or foodie

Tajine, $70, The Red Rooster, 333 N. Higgins Ave.

Most traditional Moroccan food is prepared over coals in a ceramic dish with a cone-shaped lid called a tajine. Fill the tajine with Moroccan spices (cumin, cardamom, ginger, coriander, cinnamon), chickpeas, almonds, dried plums and apricot reserve, and your foodie has the makings of a homemade Moroccan feast.

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Family Feast Package of pork, approximately $83, Farm-to-Market Pork in Kalispell,

If you’re a meat eater, you can never have too much pork. Farm-to-Market offers a number of different combination options, but the Family Feast Package is the way to go for a couple or family. The box holds eight center-cut chops,
 3 pounds of country-style ribs, 4 pounds of bone-in roast,
 3 pounds of pork steak, 3 pounds of spareribs, 2 pounds of ground pork
 and 4 pounds of sausage. All of this comes from hormone-free swine fed on local barley, and it comes frozen, making it a gift that will last.

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Kettlehouse and Big Sky candles, $12–$15, Green Light Apparel & Home Décor, 301 N. Higgins Ave.

Craft brew fanatics are known for one thing above all else: They’ve got great taste. Made from the full line of Kettlehouse and Big Sky cans, these candles will extend that taste from the tap room to the living room.

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Wine of the Month Club, $30 and up, Worden’s Market and Deli, 451 N. Higgins Ave.

Save a loved one from uninformed wine-selection indecision and leave it to the good folks at Worden’s. Give a Wine Club membership and your favorite wine-lover will receive two bottles a month for a year.

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Best Choice

Garden City Fungi mushroom growing kit, $24.95–$28.95, Summer Sun and Brew, 838 W. Spruce St.

Each Garden City Fungi mushroom growing kit yields between 1 and 3 pounds of a different type of fungi. Choices including shiitake, lion’s mane, nameko and oyster mushrooms. Perhaps most exciting is these mushrooms are ready to harvest within weeks of starting the project. If you’re lucky, this gift recipient will be so pleased with your thoughtfulness that they’ll invite you over for mushroom soup.

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Mission: the big-ticket (locally made) item

Hand-blown glass water pipe, $900, Raja Smokeshop, 1220 West Broadway

Local glass-blowers are taking pipe artistry to new levels. This elaborate piece by Missoulian Eric Simpson, called “The Hand of God,” is as much about artistic form as function. It’s like the aged single-malt Scotch you break out only on special occasions.

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Handmade Precambrian rock oil lamp, $25–$400, call Nel Buck at 406-288-3391

Nothing says, “I wracked my mind to think up a unique gift for you,” like a Precambrian rock oil lamp handmade by Hall resident Nel Buck. Buck harvests the ancient rock from a favorite spot west of Missoula and crafts the lamps herself. Each is a unique color, size and shape. That’s why Buck doesn’t like to sell online—she prefers to bring her offerings to you or have you come to her. “I like people to see, feel and touch it,” she says.

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The Wilma Theatre, $1.8 million, 131 S. Higgins Ave., sale info at

What, too hard to wrap? Oh, come on. If money is no object and it must be locally made, it doesn’t get any bigger than this big-ticket item. The “crown jewel of downtown Missoula” is a historic Louis XIV-style designed theater that seats 1,065 in the main auditorium. Let’s just say a quiet “movie night” for this gift recipient would never be the same again.

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Print of Jeremy Lurgio’s “Ross Fork,” $500, Rocky Mountain School of Photography, 216 N. Higgins Ave.

This print from local photographer Jeremy Lurgio’s Lost and Found Montana project invokes a bit of nostalgia for the old, wide open West.

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Best Choice

“Spring Brushes in Potomac,” by David Wilson, $1,400, Dana Gallery, 246 N. Higgins Ave.

Local artist David Wilson makes oil paintings of detailed flowers, sweeping landscapes of hay bales and other colorful eye candy. Pieces like “Dark Afternoon at Waterworks Hill” and “Downpour Near Livingston” appeal to the moodier viewer, while “Dos Santos Usando el Metro” evokes an urban wildness. “Spring Brushes in Potomac,” pictured here, is another favorite. It can be difficult to buy art for someone else, but Wilson’s eclectic pieces and curious textures are easy to love by hip and traditional art-lovers alike.

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