Choose a Thoughtful Gift from our Selection of Local Favorites from our Neighborhood Businesses

Selecting the perfect gift can be one of the most rewarding and also one of the most stressful things on the holiday to-do list. Some are blessed with the natural talent of thoughtful gift-giving; some are not. As our list of recipients grows, so does the anxiety surrounding the age-old question, “What should I give?”

The obvious answer to the dilemma usually equals cash, but that solution negates the adage, “It’s the thought that counts.” Putting some thought into our gifts is usually the best solution. Asking some of these questions may help. How do they like to relax? What do they like to do in their free time? Are they more practical, or do they like to indulge? Is there something you could give that would create an experience or allow you to spend time together? Talking about these ideas with your friends and loved ones is a great way to really score big without having them make a list.

For our gift guide this year, we reached out to local businesses for suggestions and have collected some examples of items that will hopefully get your creative juices flowing. Gift-giving can be a great experience and a way to really show you care. Are you up to the challenge? Good luck and happy hunting! 

For the Outdoors

1. Salsa Timberjack 20 Kids Bike, $449, Meridian Cycles, 1203 N. Main St., Meridian

2. Salsa Cutthroat, $2,699-$5,799, Meridian Cycles, 1203 N. Main St., Meridian

3. Traeger Pro 575 Grill, $799.99, Legacy Feed and Fuel, 3100 S. Meridian Road.

4. Burton Women’s Snowboard, $500, Idaho Mountain Touring, 1739 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian

5. Yukon Charlie’s Snowshoe Kit, $80, Sierra, 530 E. Sonata Lane, Meridian

6. Stadium Seat, $25, Sportsman’s Warehouse, 3797 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian

For the Home

1. Hand-Painted Ceramic Christmas Ornaments, $16-18, Roost Gift and Home, 664 S. Rivershore Lane, #166, Eagle

2. Linen Bumble Bee Napkin, $14, Maison Blue, 50 N. Second St., Eagle

3. Eagan Stone Throw, $99, Bassett Furniture,1250 N. Eagle Road, Meridian

4. The Tymes Frasier Fir Candle, $30, Nest Holiday, The Village at Meridian

5. Potted Amaryllis, $27, Amaryllis.com

6. BK 2 1/2-Quart Dutch Oven, $100, Sur La Table, The Village at Meridian

For the Body and Soul

1. Bougie Slippers, $16, I Beni Boutique, 2845 E. Overland Road, #130, Meridian

2. Hand Relief and Foot Relief Hydration Set, $53, Rain Salon and Spa, 1965 S. Eagle Road, #110, Meridian

3. Finnleo S810 Farinfared Sauna, $3390, Snake River Pool and Spa, 3036 N. Eagle Road, #100, Meridian

4. Seasonal Loose Tea by the ounce, $3.50-$7.50, Potters Tea House, 917 N. Main St., Meridian

5. Better Than Before, Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin, $26, Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise

6. Pompom Chenille Gloves with Touchscreen Asst. $24, Nest Holiday, The Village at Meridian