Great Gifts for the Holidays or Anytime!

Great Gifts for the Holidays or Anytime!

Buying local is always important, but it’s especially fun during the holidays when there are so many unique, hand-made and Methow-specific gifts to be had, from food to clothes to art and more. Join others in committing to Buy Methow so that your dollars stay in the community you love! Below, we made a quick list to help you do just that.

  • Consider gift memberships (donations made in someone’s honor) to the Methow Conservancy or another Methow Valley nonprofit. It’s a great way to honor someone and do good at the same time!

  • Wear your Methow Conservancy support with our hats or t-shirts.

  • Support the Methow Conservancy and eliminate single-use bags wtih the eqpd Lastbag -- Reusable for a lifetime. BUILT-FOR-A-PURPOSE means 100% of the retail profit goes to the Methow Conservancy. Click here to purchase a Methow Conservancy Lastbag.

  • Shop with our Business Partners for Open Space. We are honored to have many local and regional businesses as members who support our efforts to protect open space, wildlife habitat, farm and ranchland, and scenic areas. When you shop with them, please thank them for making a generous commitment to our efforts.

  • Don’t forget to support local farmers and ranchers. Check out for our online directory.

  • The on-line only Methow Made Holiday LastBag from our friends at eqpd and Methow Made is a great way to shower someone special in our life with a LastBag stuffed full with goods from Methow Made partners.

  • Books always make great gifts – and Trails End Bookstore has a great selection and can do special orders. We offer the list below of some of the titles we’ve found intriguing this year:

    • Crown Jewel Wilderness – Creating North Cascades National Park by Lauren Danner: Lauren was a First Tuesday speaker in the Methow in June and then again at our Methow Mixer in Seattle last month. She has written an incredible book chronicling the social, environmental, and political context to the creation of our backyard National Park, NCNP. This book is a great reminder that almost every piece of public land has a story of vision, hard work, compromise, and could-have-beens that make you grateful for every acre we have.

    • Arctic Solitaire - A Boat, A Bay, and the Quest for the Perfect Bear by Paul Souders: What started as a professional photographer’s simple quest to capture real polar bears free from zoos or village dumpsters on the cheap, turns into a 3 year saga of a man, his dinky boat C-Sick, and the ruggedly beautiful Canadian Arctic. Spoiler alert: we’re hoping Paul may be coming to a valley near you this winter…

    • Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb: Beavers are rodents--big, goofy, sometimes cute, sometimes pesky—and they are also ecosystem engineers. This book is a guide for the modern world on how to coexist with these rodents and why it’s in our best interest to do so.

    • Caribou Rainforest – From Heartbreak to Hope by Dave Moskowitz: Methow Valley local author and wildlife photographer Dave Moskowitz has a new book processing his recent expeditions uncovering the story of the Woodland Caribou that inhabit that interior temperate rainforests of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.

    • Flora of the Pacific Northwest – Second Edition by C. Leo Hitchcock & Arthur Cronquist: The first edition of Hitchcock and Cronquist is considered the Bible of taxonomic botany and knowing the time and effort put into this second edition it looks like we are going to have a new testament on our hands. So if you are looking to learn a new taxonomic language and understand botany on a scale few others do, be fearless in your pursuit of this book.

    • Buzz – The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson: Let this book illuminate you as to why bees are central to our lives, economy, and culture and why they deserve our interest and protection as they face the devastating colony collapse syndrome.

    • Lost Homeland: The Methow Tribe and the Columbia Reservation by E. Richard Hart: Carefully researched by Winthrop’s own Richard Hart, this detail-rich book tells the compelling, little-known story of how the Methow Indians of North Central Washington lost their homeland.

Most of all, have a wonderful solstice and holiday season wherever you may be and enjoy the gifts of nature!

First published in December 2018

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