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Perfect Idaho Holiday Gift Guide


Try something new this year. See if you can source all of your Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and/or Festivus shopping from local, Idaho businesses. Especially, small businesses. What better way to feel great about having to deal with the usual stress of the holidays than to turn your gift giving into a force for good for the community around you? We’ll call it the “Support Local Challenge” and you can tell your friends! When you buy your gifts this holiday season, choose local and see your hard earned dollars go back into the community around you instead of overseas or out of state. We’ve put together the perfect holiday locally sourced gift guide to get you started.

Gift Certificate to Boise Fry Company

I think it was Copernicus who originally said that, “The gift of good burgers is the best gift under the sun.” And, who can argue with that? Boise Fry Company sports a large menu filled with delicious local meats and potatoes. Their burgers are delicious and they have the best selection of custom sauces in the world. This is a great gift for a co-worker or family member who is always on the go (or for yourself as you fuel up while holiday shopping!).

Locally Made Chocolates from Box Chocolates

Treat yourself to some of the most mouthwatering and expertly made chocolates in town. A handful of artisanal chocolate bars make great stocking stuffers or the perfect add on present to tie to the top of a larger present. Everybody loves chocolate, right?


Great Scott Skin Lotion

One of the few lotion and skin care lines actually made in Idaho, Great Scott was founded by Gerry Roesbery in Melba, Idaho in 1964. She not only started and ran the company, but she invented the original formula for the popular skin cream. This is perfect for the mechanic or woodworker in your life that is tough on their skin and could use something extra strength to get the best results.

Flameless Candles and Melts from Heartfelt Melts

These are handmade and responsibly sourced and absolutely irresistible. They are guaranteed to leave your house smelling great for days at a time and they are priced well to boot! This is another good stocking stuffer or would make an excellent addition to a holiday gift basket for someone.

Bath Bombs (And Other Soapy Goodies) From Idaho Soap Works

Got a friend or family member who loves a good bath? Know a girly girl who has a 25 step daily bathroom routine? Then Idaho Soap Works is perfect for them! They have a wide selection of naturally made and sourced bath products from oatmeal milk and honey bath bombs to candy cane lip scrub. If you have somebody in your life who loves to be pampered, or could stand to be pampered a bit more, then Idaho Soap Works is the place to shop.

Get Your Sauce On! Spice Up The Holidays With Fat Daddy’s BBQ Sauce

Whether you’re a grill amateur or registered grillmaster, Fat Daddy’s is the best sauce for your meats. Made with “old fashioned methods and fine ingredients,” Fat Daddy’s BBQ sauce is a good gift for the sports fan, grill master, or BBQ enthusiast in your life. They also have great BSU branded labels for the diehard BSU fan on your shopping list!

Those are but a small taste of the great Idaho companies and products that this great state of ours has to offer. We hope you have a great time shopping this year and we hope that you are able to complete the “Support Local Challenge.”

Colin Eggleston