Research: Need some gift ideas? We can help

Print Article

With less than two weeks left, that gift-buying clock is ticking louder. Desperate for ideas? Got someone on your list who swears they want nothing?

Don’t panic. We’ve got this. Check out our two holiday gift guides for some unusual and creative tips, available right here in North Idaho.

To name just a few:

3-D tapestries: Along with its usual array of unusual stocking stuffers, this year The Long Ear on Government Way in Coeur d’Alene has tapestries with 3-D pop-out effects, and yes, you need 3-D glasses to see them. Cool.

Learning: If things aren’t their thing, you can help the environment and encourage something new with a starter kit and colony of honeybees (less scary than it sounds). Maybe arrange cooking classes (for kids, too), shooting and archery lessons, or instruction in dance, instrument and voice from a local music school.

I once bought a few flying lessons for a young man who said it was the best present he’d ever received. A brochure or homemade certificate in a box provides something to unwrap.

DIY jewelry: To tailor-make jewelry for a loved one, beyond the many options at local yarn and craft stores, JUNK on 4th Street has a jewelry-making bar for charm bracelets.

Unicorn-yoga, crazy cats, and other funnies: Lucky Monkey on Sherman Avenue has it all, from Bigfoot to Frida Kahlo, on shirts, mugs, socks and decals. The Dinner Party on Government Way sells local-themed items.

Socks, socks, and more socks. OK, this one dates the over-50 crowd. Yes, it’s a thing. Yes, most under 40 (and some older) really, really like them. No longer boring, socks have become fashion statements — a way to unobtrusively share personality even at work. Comedy socks, artist socks, hobby socks, pets, sports, movies, books, and pretty much everything is out there.

Art: Unique works by talented painters, sculptors, and photographers abound in area galleries (at a variety of prices) and create meaningful gifts which can last a lifetime. I once bought one on installments which still graces our home.

If that doesn’t satisfy, look for dozens more ideas in our gift guides published Dec. 12 (https://bit.ly/2DVpv1h) and Nov. 22. To find the Nov. 22 gift guide, click on “editions” on the right side of the page while viewing the Dec. 12 guide.

•••

Sholeh Patrick is a columnist for the Hagadone News Network. Contact her at Sholeh@cdapress.com.

Print Article

Read More Sholeh Patrick

Research: Is your writing logical?

July 11, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press If you’re a doctor or nurse, you get it too — that involuntary inner shudder when someone in a social situation says, “I have this pain …” Asking for cocktail party diagnoses is not cool. It puts the...

Comments

Read More

Opinion: North Idaho drivers head wrong way on kindness

July 09, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press With family in several countries “across the pond,” as the Brits say, I’ve learned that all drivers aren’t created equal. There is a certain driving culture unique to each place — a set of expectatio...

Comments

Read More

Playing with fire? Then do it right

July 04, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Happy birthday, America! The weather is set to be just about perfect. Today we’ll consume 150 million hot dogs, 700 pounds of chicken, and more beer than any other holiday, according to Wallethub’s...

Comments

Read More

Research: Pet lessons from the fiery Fourth

July 02, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press I wish I’d written this six years ago. If we’d been better informed, little Liebling the cat would still be scampering about the house. Cuddling at bedtime. Playfully getting underfoot. July is Lo...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2019 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X