Out here, shopping local is not new – but it’s smart and quick. Plus, the gifts are more personal. To make your quest even more efficient, we pared the many options to 14 Gift Ideas Found in Southeast Montana. Rich with creators and artisans, inspired by the Montanan lifestyle, you will find goods worthy for everyone on your list.
This holiday season give the gift of Montana by shopping local—your friends and family will thank you, and so will the small businesses you support.
1. For the Ones Who Love Old Treasures
Vintage & Rustics in Montana, Miles City
First thing people say upon walking into this store is, “Wow, this place is huge.” This fast-growing shop takes up space in what was five original Miles City storefronts. Within the shop are several vendors displaying their antiques and hand-made goods, but that is not all this business has to offer. It is your one-stop shop for sweet treats, toys, clothing, home decor, crafts, grocer goods and clothing.
The Greenhouse Market, Glendive
This pop-up shop is uniquely situated within the historic Glendive Greenhouse, adjacent to the Bloom and Vine coffee shop. Inside are rows of antiques, gifts, handmade rugs, vintage Pyrex dishes, toys and children’s clothing. Do not miss out this wonderful shopping experience, grabbing a cup of coffee and browsing through treasures for your perfect presents this holiday season.
2. For the Ones Who Want a Piece of Montana
Prairie Unique, Terry
Prairie Unique is a delightful shop, specializing in all things Montana. Owners Dale and Kathy take great pride in Southeast Montana and will likely treat you to a huge smile and Montana huckleberry taffy the instant you walk through the door. They have a great collection of Made in Montana goods including Montana gems and Yellowstone River agates, jewelry and accessories, candles, cards, antler art, home décor and books related to Southeast Montana and its history. You will love the feel of this charming shop and will leave with great memories as well as the perfect gifts.
Farmer’s Daughter General Store, Hardin
Farmer’s Daughter General Store is a chic shop in historic downtown Hardin, owned and operated by—you guessed it—a farmer’s daughter. Take home a piece of Montana from their collection of Made in Montana products like huckleberry jams, clothing, chocolates and Montana Silversmiths jewelry and belt buckles. Be sure to treat yourself with an old-fashioned soda or treating yourself to a scoop of Montana’s own Wilcoxon’s Ice Cream.
3. For the Foodies
Chalet Market, Billings
Chalet Market has been a favorited spot in Billings for many years, serving up soups, deli sandwiches and to-die-for croissants, but they are also a hub for Made in Montana foods. Their unparalleled selection includes smoked buffalo and elk sausages, all things huckleberry, local honey, gourmet candy, jams, syrups and so much more. For a nice bonus, their variety of premade gift boxes are sure to make your holiday shopping easy.
406 Spices, Laurel
406 Spices is a Made in Montana business that creates bold flavors with spicy artisan seasonings and rubs, made with only pure spices and herbs. Their spices range from salsa mixes and taco seasoning to dip mix and meat rubs. An excellent gift for that chef in your life who makes their own slow cooker pulled pork, homemade chili, taco or barbequed chicken and steak. Tip: These gifts are lightweight for shipping.
4. For the Wine Aficionado
Tongue River Vineyard & Winery, Miles City
Looking to send your wine lover something new? Tongue River Winery has a variety of award-winning flavors on their family-owned and operated three-acre vineyard where they grow grapes, haskaps, cherries, apples, pears, raspberries and plums—all in Miles City. Visit their on-site tasting room to sample their top notch red and white, sweet and dry grape wines, unusual fruit wines and blended fruit wines. You can purchase by the bottle or case, and they can ship to forty-one states—a perfect gift for those with a discerning wine palate.
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, Billings
Wines from Yellowstone Cellars and Winery are crushed, fermented, cellar-aged in oak barrels and bottled right in Billings. Fresh picked, premium vinifera wine grapes are transported all the way from the famed vineyards in Yakima Valley, Washington to create their premium wine selection. Wines are for purchase in the tasting room by bottle or case and can be purchased and shipped online to most states. yellowstonecellars.com, 406.281.8400
5. For the Art Enthusiast
Kristi Powell Photography, Glendive
Known for capturing majestic Montanan mountains and our beautiful Eastern Badlands, Kristi Powell Photography has an array of images showcasing Montana. For those who want a visual reminder of the Big Sky State in their home, a printed photo is a great gift. Customers can shop her booth in The Charley Montana, alongside other vendors such as The Stipek Station, Teal Dragonfly Creations and Badlands Kitchen and Home.
Stipek Station, Glendive
The makers behind Stipek Station are a prime example of artists who are inspired by their surroundings, this mother-daughter duo pride themselves in creating unique hand-made furnishings and products. Known for their wood art built in the badlands, each piece is made with stunning patterns and precise craftsmanship. It is evident they invest a little piece of themselves into every piece they make.
6. For the Cowboys and Cowgirls
Miles City Saddlery, Miles City
Miles City Saddlery has made some fancy saddles for famous people and high-quality saddles for thousands of unknown cowboys that came to know the incredible quality of the Coggshall saddle. Aside from being the only place in the U.S. where cowboys can still buy an original Coggshall saddle, the shop sells everything that a cowboy –or gal – could possibly want, from leather wallets to chaps, holsters and cowboy hats. Don’t miss the entire wing dedicated to their collection of cowboy boots.
Broadus Boot & Tack, Broadus
Broadus Boot & Tack is a family-owned and operated business, carrying an array of work and fashion boots, hats and other Western apparel for men, women and children. Those looking for authentic accessories will appreciate the wide selection of Montana Silversmith jewelry, Sergio Lub magnetic bracelets, Moore Maker Knives and Cowboy Collectibles hitched horsehair. For a personalized, one-of-a-kind gift, they offer custom fabrication of canvas and leather products.
7. For the Ones Who Wear Jewelry
Warrior Trail Jewelry & Gifts, Lame Deer
Warrior Trail Jewelry & Gifts is a tribal, woman-owned business selling authentic Native American Made products on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Here you can find a collection of jewelry and other goods from local artists including artwork, beadwork, quillwork, clothing and quilts. This shop is located in the Cheyenne Commerce Center next door to additional Native owned businesses, making it a great place to stop for gifts while traveling on Highway 212.
Girl Ran Away With A Spoon, Miles City
This studio-turned- boutique is located in the heart of Miles City. They specialize in creating jewelry from repurposed silver spoon handles by turning them into rings, bracelets, pendants and earrings. Their art also expands into larger metal sculptures, welded from found items and turned into horses, snowmen and bundles of wheat and sunflowers. If you are not able to stop by the shop in Miles City, shop online and receive free shipping on jewelry orders.