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Christmas is one week away so it's time to start thinking about what you're going to buy the person who spends their time enjoying the Montana outdoors. I've created a list of ideas that might help you with your shopping.

Every year, the list changes with new gadgets, but also keeps some popular gift ideas that never go out of style. Whether the person on your list skis, snowmobiles, hunts, hikes, fishes or does it all, I'm sure the list will at least get you started in the right direction.

First, we've all heard, “I need to buy a Christmas gift for so-and-so and they already have everything.” A gift card always works well.

Another tip: Attach a dollar amount to the people on your list. It might help you get your shopping done quicker. For example, you might have a person you want to spend up to $10 on or another person you feel comfortable spending up to $50 on, or maybe you have no limit.

In any case, here is a list of some gift ideas that might just give you a head start.

• A GoPro camera.

• A cargo box or ski rack for their vehicle.

• An electric fillet knife.

• A pair of two-way radios.

• A Camp Chef stove.

• A Leatherman multitool.

• A six-pack of Kits Tackle glass minnow jigs.

• Four or five crank baits good for bass, trout, walleye or northern pike.

• A welcome mat with an outdoor theme for their home or cabin.

• A sportsman sled to haul gear.

• A bucket with a nice swivel seat, good for a waterfowl blind or for ice fishing.

• A pair of rag wool gloves and a pair of winter SmartWool socks.

• A 12-volt operated electric air pump for low tires or rafts.

• A dozen of assorted flies.

• Tip-ups if the angler on your list likes to ice fish for walleye or pike.

• An emergency kit for their car.

• A mummy sleeping bag.

• A fanny pack to keep gloves and stocking hats in.

• An ice strainer (to help clear ice out of their ice fishing hole).

• A camouflage hat, shirt, gloves, jacket or pants.

• A tripod for a spotting scope or camera.

• A state-of-the-art hunting backpack that is hydration compatible.

• A gift box of sausage and jerky from Hi-Country Snack Foods.

• A Thermos.

• A knife.

• A hunting dog collar, toy, dog parka or dog dish.

• A box of hand, toe and foot warmers.

• A rangefinder that's good up to 1,000 yards.

• A gift card for a restaurant.

• If they own an RV, then a gift card at an RV store will.

• If they like to work on things, a gift card to a hardware or parts store.

Have fun shopping, I hope the list helps and have a merry Christmas!

Mark Ward’s statewide “Montana Outdoor Radio Show” airs Saturdays from 6 to 8 a.m. in Missoula on KGVO 1290 AM. Email Ward at

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