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Idaho Products for Gents

Explore Idaho made, for the gentlemen in your life

Article by Jana Kemp

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Boise Lifestyle

Idaho-made products abound. Annually, I shop the markets, fairs, and shows happening around the Treasure Valley to see what’s new with creators and to learn who the new creators are. If shopping for yourself, or the men in your life, these Idaho places and items may have special gent-appeal.

Beer, wine, and socializing – Idaho style. Tasting rooms along Chinden in Garden City and around the Treasure Valley provide spaces for socializing as well as treats for your tastebuds. From Potter Wines to Bert’s Brewing, tasting rooms tantalize. Treat the guys to a tasting! Several locations also sponsor pop-up craft sales, author reading events, and fundraisers for organizations like the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and medical missions in South America. Explore the options: tastings, clubs, memberships, private events, and more ways to join the fun!

Bert's Brewing of Garden City

Potter Wines - Wine Tastings

Personal Care: lips, beards, lotions – oh my!  Idaho made products for self-care and body care have become a unique category of offerings in the last decade. Check out BALMSHOT lip balm which is packaged in a tube that looks like a shotgun shell. The BALMSHOT owner’s story of needing lip reconstruction due to sun damage and wanting protection is found at their site, along with their giving of some proceeds to the Mountain States Tumor Institute. BALMSHOT lip protection

Seen at local markets and fairs, Better Man Beard products are sold individually and in kits. Natural, organic ingredients and essential oils comprise their beard care items. “Tame, moisturize, and make your beard smell great!” That’s the promise for all their products. Better Man Beard

People around the world know Eagle-based Camille Beckman for women’s products.  Surprise! Basics for Men is their men’s line that includes hand lotions and body wash. Basics For Men – Camille Beckman

Knives: Idaho knife-makers are creating tactical, kitchen, and hunting knives – in part and in whole. Check out the Idaho Knife Association “home of the knife enthusiast” site to learn more about their members and events – such as the annual knife show and shopping experience August 9 and 10, 2024.  Idaho Knife Show – Idaho Knife Association These two members provide a sampling of the knives being made and sold in Idaho.

Chris Reeve Knives is one of Idaho’s longstanding makers. Having toured their Idaho production facilities, I can say that the process is diligent, innovative, amazing, and inspiring! They create folding and fixed-blade knives, along with offerings of clothing, lanyards, sheaths, knife parts, and home goods.

Northwest Knives sells knives for “the home cook, outdoorsman, or adventurer.” They carry Idaho made along with a wide range of knives and accessories. They also provide sharpening services and sell gift cards if you want your special someone to pick out their own favorites.

And remember, “measure twice, cut once”!

Foods:  Each winter, I enjoy the Buy Idaho show in the Idaho capitol building. From chocolates to spices, two-dozen food product companies are Buy Idaho members. Grilling, cooking, and entertaining all call for specialty food products. Consider these for the cooks, chefs, and gourmands in your life.

Oma & Popie's Seasoning Sauces & Spice Blends has grown into a BBQ sauce and rub, popcorn topping, and kitchen and grill recipe complement. The website includes recipes too!

Idaho Popcorn Company creates buttered and dairy-free popcorn products for personal consumption, parties, movie-nights, or your special event. With over a dozen sweet and spicy flavors and popping kernels on offer, you’ll find your tastebuds tantalized.

Wherever you shop for the gents in your life, consider Idaho-made!

Fairs, Markets, Pop-ups, and In-stores

Idaho made products are found in a variety of locations. However, not all products are found in brick-and-mortar stores. Keep your eyes open and ears alert for products that appeal to gents wherever you go. Year-round shopping can fill your presents basket (or closet)!

  • Chris Reeve Knives
  • Idaho Popcorn Company
  • Bert's Brewing of Garden City
  • BALMSHOT lip balm
  • Oma & Popies