A measly eight days remain until you have officially become a last-minute Christmas shopper. Time is short, and you'd prefer to spend your money locally on gifts that feign serious thought on your part.
It's a tall order, but it's possible. Breathe deep, get thee to Eighth Street and prepare to battle at the Holiday Annex, the indoor, condensed version of Saturday's morning market.
Start with your hard-to-buy-for friend: a bright purple Prince "When Doves Cry" record converted into a wall clock from Miss Courageous. Throw in a swirled wine bottle topper from Boise Art Glass and voila.
Next, knock out gifts for all the women in your life. Snag rich, French lavender bath salts from the Scented Room for the frilly ladies on your list, and for the less flowery types, pick up patchouli and orange soap from Timber Mountain Soap Co.
The carnivores are easy: Get a sauce and dry rub gift set from Sawtooth BBQ and then dig around in the back freezer for a hunk of frozen meat from Hardtrigger Canyon. For the foodie, Extravagonzo olive oil is a must, especially now that the original garlic has been augmented by a rainbow of new additions, including meyer lemon, red chili and blood orange.
Still have an oddball or two? Pick up a pair of mugs or set of bowls from Hunt Hands handmade pottery. Round up a few dozen truffles from Carol's Truffles (order those in advance) and a few six packs of Scott's Loaded Granola Bars and you have stocking stuffers covered, too. Now that your shopping is finished, all you need is a local, on-call gift wrapper. Good luck with that one.