Gift Guide 2012 

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

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Mission: something romantic

Seven Function Remote Bullet, $73.95, Adam & Eve, 1401 W. Broadway St.

Are your friends sick of you and your lover’s public displays of affection? Well, with the Remote Bullet, you can go down low on the down-low with just the push of a button. Dinner out has never been spicier.

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Chico Hot Springs winter getaway package, $189 per night,

Getaways can be pricey, but this Chico Hot Springs winter getaway package is a hot deal. The price includes dinner and breakfast for two and lodging in select rooms, and runs Jan. 2 through April 25 (available Sundays through Thursdays).

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Fifty Shades of Grey merchandise kit, $63.80, Fantasy for Adults Only, 210 E. Main St.

E.L James’ erotic trilogy has gained notoriety across the country for its racy content, full of bondage and sadomasochism. This gift allows you to create those very same scenes at home. Fantasy For Adults sells not just the books, but also many of the accoutrements featured therein, including the grey tie featured on the first book’s cover, handcuffs, a mask and Ben-Wa Balls.

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Date in a Box, $39, Worden’s Market, Rockin Rudy’s and Green Light

Not all of us can be with our special someone on Christmas Eve. So whether you’re together or apart, try the DIY approach and pre-package your own personally planned romantic evening. Start with a mini bottle of wine from Worden’s, throw in a used CD of soft jazz from Rockin Rudy’s and top it off with a typewriter key necklace from Green Light with your loved one’s initial. Holiday bow optional.

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Best Choice

Homemade love oil, about $10, Meadowsweet Herbs, 180 S. Third St. W.

Ask for help from one of the brilliant herbologists at the store and look to mix massage oil with a couple drops of clove essential oil (it’s considered a warm scent and a stimulator), rose essential oil (it smells nice and acts as an aphrodisiac) and domiana essential oil (also an aphrodisiac). Be sure to put the sexy concoction in a heart-shaped bottle ($4.25) and you’re all set for a memorable night.

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Mission: something charitable

CSA half-share, $300, Garden City Harvest,

This is a great way to give fresh, locally grown food from April through October. A half CSA share from the local nonprofit is about 215 pounds worth of food, which works out to just $1.40 per pound. That’s a bargain. Plus, the money supports Garden City Harvest’s many programs, such as its Youth Harvest Project.

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Screenprinted holiday cards, $5 for 10 cards, Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W.

Add a little DIY flair to your gift-giving by making holiday cards for the fam or your buddies down at the ZACC. If you’re finicky about paper stock, bring your own, but all the ink and screens you need will be provided. Your purchase helps support the nonprofit’s continuing work with kids, teens and adults. The printshop is open noon to 6 p.m., Mon. through Fri., and offers group rates ($50 per hour) for up to six people.

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Christmas wreaths, $25, Teen Challenge Thrift Store, 1035 Mount Ave.

Holiday digs aren’t complete without that token wreath on the front door. Teen Challenge has a plethora of handmade pine bough wreaths leftover from its annual craft bazaar, and the proceeds benefit the faith-based nonprofit’s mission of helping women suffering from behavioral problems or substance abuse.

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Six-pack of Bayern Brewery’s Dancing Trout Ale, about $7.50, various local retailers

What says Christmas better than a beer with a slow-dancing fish on it? A percentage of all sales from this local brew goes to Montana Trout Unlimited and its efforts to conserve Montana rivers.

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Best Choice

Open Aid Alliance calendar, $16.99,

Featuring the Cigarette Girls Burlesque Troop (January), Tom Catmull and the Clerics (May) and City Councilwoman Caitlin Copple (November), among many others, this gift allows you the chance to do good and see local celebrities naked. Calendar sales benefit the Missoula Open Aid Alliance, which helps prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C across the state and provides services for those already infected.

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Mission: something for the boss

Whyte Laydie Dry Gin, $28, Montgomery Distillery, 129 W. Front St.

Get your boss good and liquored up so she forgets about your antics over the past year. We recommend Montgomery Distillery’s new gin, made with Rocky Mountain juniper. The new downtown distillery released this spirit this month.

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