With the holidays just around the corner, gift giving is on our brains. This year we asked some Treasure Valley taste-makers to offer a peek at their gift lists. You’ll find creative ideas to get you started and some delightful locally created, gift-worthy items.
These little magnets are made from vintage yardsticks by artist Melisa James. $12 for a set of four at Home by Melisa James, 3109 W. State St., Boise.
Superfunky socks from Freak Feet, $15.95 at The Record Exchange gift shop The Edge, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise.
Wear your state proud with Boise-based Sage Woolen’s Idaho bag, $72.50 at Idaho Made and SageWoolens.com
A fun holiday ornament is always a great gift, like this glittery glass fox from Midwest CBK at the Flying M gift shop, 500 W. Idaho St., Boise.
Boise-based veteran-owned business New Man Revolution makes good-smelling men’s personal care products. $24.95 for a set at the Boise and Meridian co-ops and NewManRevolution.com.
This artist, curator, writer, mother, body-positive activist and preservationist gives gifts that connect with her personal values.
“When I give a gift it’s important for me to support local organizations and artists,” she says. “I really like to give a gift of an event or something you can do. Those are the gifts that keep on giving.”
Give a touch of rebellion with New York artist Caroline Caldwell’s Rebellious Act T. $30 at DirtWorship. Threadless.com. Fifty percent of the price goes to the National Eating Disorders Association.
The 2018 Hiking Idaho calendar ($14) and The 2018 Hiking Idaho puzzle ($22.95), below, are created by photographer and author Scott Marchant. He also writes a series of Idaho hiking books. HikingIdaho.com.
Boise artist Tara Dial makes all kinds of cool items that warm your heart, Brown says. “Hunker Down” and other wooden panels run $10 to $35 at LostLittleThings.com and several Treasure Valley retailers.
A big year is coming up for Zoo Boise, as its largest expansion to date is scheduled to start in mid-2018. It’s a great time to support its conservation efforts and enjoy some of the zoo’s fun family events with the gift of a membership. They run $45-$125 at ZooBoise.org.
You can share memories of the special locations and natural landmarks in your life, such as Payette Lake (pictured, $85), with artistic maps by Boise’s Paul Mitchell. You can find it at Flying M, Idaho River Sports, Rediscovered Book Shop, Mixed Greens and other shops. Mitchell Geography.net.
Give the creative spirit on your list a subscription to locally produced Makers Unwound quarterly magazine. This family-owned business is closing its State Street storefront and will continue as an online business at BeeWiseGoods.com. $18 per issue and $72 for a year.
Jay Sáënz is the digital manager for Oliver Russell, a Boise advertising and brand management agency. “I have a very strict gift-giving policy. My choices are either really local or they’re made by a certified B-Corp.”
Atomic Boomerang table in bamboo, $299, from architect Derek Hurd’s Garden City-based Studio 1212. Studio12-12.com. You also can find smaller items at West Elm, 824 W. Idaho S., Boise.
Boise’s Alex and Mallory Jangard run their custom woodworking business out of their Boise garage. “Idahanger” $6 at HeartOfTimber.com.
VSSL Portable Flasklight is $72 at KeystoneStation, 222 N. 9th St., Boise. The top two-thirds holds the beverage ofchoice. The bottom third holds a bottle opener and two collapsible shotglasses. It’s capped with a compass and has a flashlight. Other models run$49.95-99.50 at VSSLGear.com.