December is here, and the pressure to find the perfect gift is on! No worries, we’ve made our lists and checked them twice – and now we’re sharing them with you! We’ve got five thrifty gift guides to inspire your holiday shopping lists for every person in your life. Did we mention the best part? All of these gifts are right in Billings and available for purchase at great locally-owned businesses around town.
Up first, we’re shopping for our adventurous friends. You know, the friend who loves camping, grilling, stargazing, kayaking, or adventuring with their pup. They’re always on the move, discovering new things and taking in all that Montana’s got to offer.
This cooking dome from Zest Kitchen + Cookware is bound to be a hit for anyone with a passion for grilling. And a bonus, if it’s anyone who lives near you, you may be on the receiving end of their perfectly smoky, moist, delicious creations! It will become a staple in the kitchen or on the grill – making it the gift that keeps on giving!
Know someone who is always on the go? Help them go hands-free with this stylish and functional belt bag! You may be asking, “Isn’t that just a fanny pack?” And you’re right – they’re making a comeback! You’ll be putting your buddy on the cutting-edge of utility and fashion with this canvas bag from the Basecamp of Billings. Gone are the days of shoulder bags that slip, handbags that weigh you down, and coin purses that can’t keep up with your hectic lifestyle.
Trust us when we say the best gift to get a dog owner is a gift for their dog. Treats, toys, a new bed – your options are endless. And when asked about what their dog loves, your friend will not hold back. You will know exactly what they want. If you’re looking for a place to start, Dee-O-Gee has everything a dog needs. If your friend and their pooch is a passionate road-tripper, a bag of goodies and a travel-sized tug toy will be a slam-dunk!
Montana is the Big Sky state full of caves, wilderness, and night skies to take in. Any diehard adventurer needs to be prepared for anything, making a portable lantern, like this one from REI Billings, the PERFECT carryon. It comes in four different colors but, if you ask us, green suits everyone! And for just under $20, this gift is sure to light the way for your most adventurous friends!
Whether it’s watching the game on the big screen at home or taking in one of Montana’s beautiful summer sunsets, the coldest beverage is a necessity! This Chiller from Aspinwall Mountainwear is the cherry on top of a perfect car adventure. Pair it with a case of their favorite canned beverage, and you’re sure to make spirits bright!
Ah, the rivers of Montana; practically calling out an adventurer’s name every summer! Whether fishing, tubing, or just plain lounging is their style, they all have one thing in common. No one likes a wet phone. Scheels has a great selection of waterproof cases, but our favorite is the Pelican 1020 Micro Case. It can keep a phone, keys, cards, and snacks safe during any float trip. And when your buddy gives you a million thanks for saving their precious cargo, you’ll know it was a hit!
Thanks for dropping into our first Thrifty Gift Guide! Feel welcome to share this with your friends or save the ideas for yourself – we won’t judge! We’ve got plenty more ideas coming at you soon. In the meantime, what local shops do you love giving and receiving from?