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Gift Guide 2014

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Shop, eat, shop some more. Maybe catch a movie, concert or other performance at the historic Panida Theater. Or take a stroll down by the lake. That alone would be a pleasant enough day in Sandpoint, one of our favorite staycation destinations convenient to both Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. But within a 3-to-4-block square, Sandpoint packs plenty of gift-giving punch in a small town with an abundance of funky, fresh and locally owned spots.


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If you've ever gotten the proverbial ugly Christmas sweater, you'll appreciate the perfect fit of your favorite beverage in a to-go container. It's economical — typically cheaper to buy beer by the ounce — and environmentally friendly, eliminating packaging waste. The top-of-the-line HydroSteel ($49) keeps your No-Li Spin Cycle Red Ale cold for about eight hours, but the amber growlers carry the same amount for less ($8). Since one size does not fit all, check out 32-ounce "grunts" for dainty drinkers in your midst. $8-$49 • Idaho Pour Authority • 203 Cedar


Just remembered it's your anniversary? Just tell your beloved to give you a minute, literally, because that's all it takes to microwave a cake or two... or even four. You get four dishwasher-safe, oversize cupcake baking cups that will have you feeling all Iron Chef-y fabulous. Cake mix sold separately (obviously). $18.50 • Weekends & Company • 329 N. First


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It's never too early to indoctrinate your kids with media-based trends and brand consciousness. With the Chill Baby Pacifier, hipster parents (or friends and family thereof) can upsell baby's cuteness factor and Facebook appeal with a mustachioed binky (there's also a pink bunny-nosed one). Gives whole new meaning to the term lip blanket. $12 • Zany Zebra • 317 N. First


You don't have to be Norwegian to appreciate Uff Da humor (although it probably helps). What is Uff Da humor? According to the Uff Da mug: "Eating hot soup with a runny nose" or realizing you're not getting better, "you're just getting older." Better yet, just say "Uff Da." See, you're laughing already. $8.50 • Scandinavian Affair • 319 N. First


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Who says diamonds are a girl's best friend? Maybe that's the wrong soul vibration for her personality. How can you tell? Ask for a reading — based on birthday and physical characteristics — to determine whether the harmonizing fire qualities of the Stone Pink Sapphire are a good fit. Purported benefits range from clearing emotional blocking to bringing about unconditional love, but we just think it's breathtakingly beautiful. $700 • Zero Point Crystals, Gems & More • 226 N. First


According to USA Today, the American public pampered their pets to the tune of $53 billion dollars in 2012. Can they tell? Who knows? We're talking about animals that lick their tail ends. But it's pretty darn cute to have a feeder dish that matches your rustic lake-cabin decor. $59-79 • Northwest Handmade • 308 N. First


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Turn any vehicle into your version of a PopeMobile with this admittedly blasphemous gift (although we know some men and women of the cloth who have a blessedly welcome sense of humor about this kind of stuff). While a bobblehead version would probably have been even funnier, you're sure to get some looks with this spring-loaded model. If anyone asks, just point to your dashboard to remind him or her the "reason for the season." $6 • Zany Zebra • 317 N. First


There's something uplifting about angels. And there's something whimsical and sweet about the ones Diane Kinney makes using tufts of wool from nearby A Child's Dream arts and crafts supply store. A little sparkly, a lot of baby's breath-softness, these make for an ideal hostess gift, ornament for the tree, or treasured doll for your little angel. $8-18 • Mountain Song Gallery • 300 N. First


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