About 4 years ago, I met an artist by the name of Ariane Ogburn Coleman. She is a Montana native, a fabulous metalsmith, and lives in Big Sky with her husband and two little kids. She makes jewelry for a living and the earings pictured above will look great on the lady in your life. My wife, Molly, can’t get enough of it. They aren’t cheap, but will last forever and have been crafted by a true artisian. Contact Ariane at: email@example.com or check her out on Facebook: Ari O Jewelry.
#6 – sun gloves from Simms
Do the tops of your hands scratch or bleed easily from too much sun exposure? Sungloves used to make me laugh, but then the thought of cancer and the fact that my hands spend extremely way to much time in the direct sunlight made me think again. I wear these everyday and have noticed healthier skin – less cracks and less scrapes from sun weathered hands. These sungloves ($15), from Simms in Bozeman, are the best out there. With an SPF of 50+ and made from 4-way stretch breathable fabic, your hands will stay protected from the sun’s ray and the Skin Doc’s knife. Check out Headhunter Fly Shopor call them at 1-877-379-3597. Mark, John, Julie or Sara are there everday to help you out.
#7 – fishing accessories
The Montukey Lanyard
After loosing countless pairs of hemos and nippers to the river and not wanting a bulky fishing lanyard, LG aka Lance Gleason, created the Montukey Lanyard. Made in Missoula from recycled flyline, the Montukey Landyard ($25) is a perfect gift for anglers and hunters – I use mine for my dog whistle as well. LG has a complete line of accessories made from recycled flyline. (lanyards come without hemos, nippers or whistle, but there is an O ring to attach whatever you like) Contact Headhunter Fly Shop for more details.
#8 Chocolate…the old Fashioned Way.
Tim Kellogg – saddle bronc rider and working cowboy – lives in Meeteetsee, Wyoming creating hand made confections in his little shop downtown. This seems a bit odd, but his story is pretty cool. In 2004, he needed a new saddle and since his grandmother had taught him the art of chocolatiering, he started selling chocolates at rodeos around the West to pay for it. The Meeteetsee Chocolatier has many great products, all available for shipping across the country. My favorite – the Jack Daniel’s Truffle.