alaska-made Holiday Gift Guide

Need some gift-giving inspiration this holiday season? Think local! Alaska-made food, products and services are sure to please even the most challenging gift recipient. We at ALASKA HOME did the shopping for you and rounded up a variety of fantastic gifts for the homeowner on your list – from delicious food and drink to stylish home décor items. We hope this feature will encourage you to turn to local Alaska businesses for all your holiday gifts and shopping needs. Now let the giving begin!

Gyotaku Fish Rubs

Corinne Danzle breathes artistic life into the ancient Japanese tradition of Gyotaku (meaning "fish rubbing"), an ink printing method used to document fishermen’s catches. Sold locally at Northern Exposure, Scanlon Art Gallery and Sherritt Fine Arts. Originals $150-$650. Prints $16-$33. inkgoeswild.com

Hand-Painted Bowls

Give salads a little flair with a unique, hand-painted bowl by artist Sandee Drabek. Comes with a set of servers. $140. sandstonestudiocreations.com

Glass Ornaments

Deck the tree with holiday ornaments of fused glass by artist Laura Mendola. $18 each. Available at the Anchorage Museum Shop.

Gifts from the Sea

Alaska Pure Sea Salt Company produces flake-style finishing salt straight from the pristine waters of Southeast Alaska. This gift set trio includes the company’s Original Sitka Flake, Alder Smoked Flake and Blueberry Flake along with a bamboo tray and spoon, and a card with descriptions and suggested uses. $35. alaskapureseasalt.com

Wood Art

Handcrafted in Alaska from only the finest woods, artist John J. Combs' wine stoppers, cutting boards and segmented bowls are as beautiful as they are functional. $10-$145. pjswoodcrafters.com

Glass Creations

Own a piece of beautiful and functional art glass from the Alaska rainforest. The artists at Magpie & Squid incorporate yellow cedar, sword fern and other flora straight into the glass. $32 & up. etsy.com/shop/magpieandsquid

Whiskey Stones

Born from the rugged and often dangerous glacial valleys of the Harding Ice Field, these handcrafted whiskey stones from Alaskan Hand Made are now ready to chill your beverage without any watered-down taste. Comes with a burlap bag. $38.95. alaskanhandmade.com

Lovebirds Blanket

Cuddle up under this super soft fleece blanket featuring the design "Lovebirds" by Tlingit Master Artist Israel Shotridge of Shotridge Studios. $45. etsy.com/shop/northwestnativegifts

Cookie Baskets

Alaska-inspired cookies made from scratch, painted and decorated by the Kitchen Vixen. Festive baskets are available for holiday giving. $10 & up. kitchenvixenalaska.com

Cajun Seasoning

Kick up that holiday cooking with the rich, full-flavor of this all-purpose Kodiak Cajun Seasoning from Alaska Seasoning Company. $17. alaskaseasoningcompany.com

Pickled Seafood

Give the gift of gourmet pickled seafood (sockeye, halibut, cod and more) from Pickled Willy's. The 100-percent sustainable seafood comes straight from Alaska waters and is processed in Kodiak. Gift baskets available. $70-$150. pickledwillys.com

Aurora-Inspired Glasswork

The Northern Lights are reflected dancing on the glasswork of artist Salli Burgin, who grew up on an Alaska homestead. Sold locally at the Anchorage Museum and Scanlon Gallery. $25-$60.

Bath & Body Products

Handcrafted from the Taproot Farms in Chickaloon, this Pasture Package includes 2 bars of goat milk soap, 2 oz. of unrefined shea butter, 1 oz. of Moroccan Argan oil and lip balm. $39. taprootfarmsak.com

Creative Containers

Hold cherished Alaska memories in a one-of-a-kind container by artist Jona Van Zyle. Each piece features detailed beadwork on layers of leather and a lampwork glass sculpture on top. Contact artist for pricing. jonvanzyle.com

Fused Glass

These Studio 106 glass plates are fused with Alaska flare. Popular designs are salmon, fireweed and birch trees. Available locally at Denali Arts & Glass Studio and Northern Glitter Boutique. $150 & up. studio106alaska.weebly.com

Skin Care Gift Bags

Created with only organic, local botanicals from Alaska, the Alpenglow Gift Bag includes lip balm, soap and hand and body lotion. Choose from one of the gift bags (Lavender, Wild Alaska, Polar Mint and Men’s) or create your own combination. $26.99. alpenglowskincare.com

Hand-Painted Stemware

Beautifully hand-painted glassware from Stardust Dezignz can be personalized for a special someone or occasion. Gorgeous, ready-made pieces are available locally at NonEssentials or on the artist’s Etsy site. $35. etsy.com/shop/stardustdezignz

Berry Wine

Bear Creek Winery grows some of the best berries in the world, and it shows in their hand-crafted, award-winning wines. Box set includes a bottle of Wild Berry, Blue Zin and Raspberry Rosa. $69. Sold at major retailers throughout Alaska. bearcreekwinery.com

Artful Oven Mitts

Art meets function with these hand-quilted oven mitts by Maria Shell made with vintage upholstery fabric, denim and a layer of Insul-Bright. No two are alike. Available locally at blue.hollomon gallery. $60. mariashell.com

Custom Chocolates

Create a delicious holiday gift box filled with handcrafted, individually wrapped chocolates from Willit House Chocolates. For a custom touch, the company can print photos and designs on the chocolates. Available through many local Fairbanks retailers or mail order. $20. willithouse.com

Whimsical designs in metal

Adam does all the design and fabrication work in his home in Juneau. He even built his own metal cutting machine from scratch. $450 for large wine magazine. $149 for smaller, wall-mounted rack. adamsbentmetal.com

Made from Alaska Birch and Maple

The mills even come with a small bottle of gourmet peppercorns. The pizza cutter is made of heavy duty stainless steel, while the handle is Alaska Birch and comes off to put metal parts in the dishwasher. Pepper Mill, $48. Wine Stopper, $10 or 3 for $28. Pizza Cutter, $42. Email or call artist, Allan Joanis, at  atwoodak@ptialaska.net or toll-free at 800-774-8887.

 

 

 

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry | Guys | Style & Luxury | Whimsy

Eat, drink & be merry

Alaska-Style Cookbook
Alaska-Style Cookbook

Through personal stories, sumptuous photographs and recipes, Chefs Kirsten Dixon and Mandy Dixon share delectable cuisine in The Tutka Bay Lodge Cookbook. $29.99. withinthewild.com

Birch Bark Metal Serving Set
Birch Bark Metal Serving Set

Add a distinguished beauty to your table with this hand-finished antique pewter serving set. Sold at The Great Alaskan Bowl Co., Scanlon Gallery and 2 Friends Gallery. $75. fourseasonsdesigngroup.com

Gurgle Pots
Gurgle Pots

Designed with simple, graceful lines and crafted of durable stoneware, this pitcher produces a delightful "gurgle" as it serves your favorite holiday beverage. 42 oz. Sold at Metro Cooks. $40 each. gurglepot.com

Espresso Machine
Espresso Machine

With a sturdy die-cast metal design and heat-up time that’s less than 30 seconds, KitchenAid Nespresso uses premium coffee capsules to quickly brew various cup sizes. Sold at all major retailers. $399.99. kitchenaid.com

Alaska Slate Cheese Board
Alaska Slate Cheese Board

Made and designed in the US, each board comes with food-safe soapstone chalk that easily washes off. Sold at Alaska Mill & Feed. $30. sparqhome.com

Chocolate Shop Wine
Chocolate Shop Wine

Sweetening the tongue for centuries, chocolate and red wine have been the most reliable pairing in history. Sold at Fred Meyer and Sled Dog Liquor. $15- $25. chocolateshopwine.com

Cast-Iron Dutch Oven
Cast-Iron Dutch Oven

Self-basting spikes on the lid create a rainforest effect evenly returning juices back onto food. Ideal for braising, roasting and caramelizing. Sold at Habitat Housewares. $357. staubusa.com

Wine Saver Carafe

With the Savino Wine Saver Carafe, you can enjoy the full original flavor of Tuesday's wine on Saturday. $29.95-$59.95. savinowine.com

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Coconut Bonbons
Coconut Bonbons

These prized bonbons are enrobed in 65 percent dark chocolate and garnished with slightly roasted coconut. Sold at Sweet Chalet Alaska. $2.50 each. sweetchaletalaska.com

Stoneware Teapot
Stoneware Teapot

Treat your favorite tea-drinker to this stoneware teapot with celedon glaze by Homer potter, Paul Dungan. Available in various colors and styles. Sold at Paul Dungan Pottery Studio, blue.hollomon Gallery and Ptarmigan Arts. $120. pauldungan.com

Pacific Halibut Trivet
Pacific Halibut Trivet

For a one-of-a-kind gift, snag this handmade wooden halibut trivet made by Homer woodworker, Ted Heuer Sold at Ptarmigan Arts. $110. tedswoodshop.com

Alaskan Variety Box

Filled with 100 percent Alaskan made specialty foods including: Alaska Botanicals Herbs and Teas Variety Pack, Chugach Himalayan Sea Salt Chocolate, Alaska Heavenly Honey Straws, Smoked Alaskan Black Pepper Salmon Strips, Samoked Alaska Salmon Candy, DJ's Sugar Shack Caramels. Choose your delivery date on all orders. $29 (includes shipping). alaskaartisanal.com.

Wine Bottle Cheese Tray

This fashionable and functional recycled bottle tray comes with a pate knife and the knowledge that one less wine bottle went to the landfill. Made by Killer Designs. Sold at The Great Alaskan Bowl Company. $36.50. killerdesigns.com

GUYS

Alaska Growlers
Alaska Growlers

Custom-painted growlers. Sold at Sevigny Studio Art Gallery and Metro Cooks. $35-$65. akgrowlers.com

Soap and Salve
Soap and Salve

For a natural clean, treat your guy to ManlyMan Soap, naturally colored with herbs, spices and pigments, and scented with pure essential oils. Help him take the rough edges off with this Elbow Grease salve made with beeswax, olive oil, castor oil, avocado oil, aloe vera oil and vitamin E oil and scented with essential oils of spruce, fir needle and cedarwood. For a list of local retailers, visit denalidreams.com. Elbow Grease: $8-$16; ManlyMan Soap: $6.50.

Pizza Stone and Peel Set
Pizza Stone and Peel Set

Turn out homemade pizzas as good as any Italian restaurant. Sold at Allen & Petersen, Gourmet Alaska and Simply Bella. Around $50. kitchensupply.com

Vintage-Style Turntable
Vintage-Style Turntable

This portable, Executive USB Turntable from Crosley easily converts your records from vinyl to digital files, while stereo speakers let you play your favorite tunes at full volume. Available at Nordstrom. $110. crosleyradio.com

Fillet Knife
Fillet Knife

A fabulous find for your favorite angler, this Nordicdesigned Rapala Fillet Knife will help him clean his catch like a pro! Comes with a genuine waterproof outer sheath. For a list of local retailers, visit rapala.com. $24.99.

Alaskan Mountains - 6oz Whiskey Hip Flask

Let the cool mountains of Alaska warm you up, as you sip upon it's gorgeous peaks. A great gift for the outdoorsman drinker. S19.95. etsy.com/shop/DrinkingBuddy

Sony POV Action Cam

Step it up with the Action Cam that packs pro-quality features like Timecode, Advanced Steady Shot, and built-in Wi-Fi into a splash-proof body. With a built-in tripod mount and GPS tagging, it's ready for the big waves, the big air and the big jumps. Sold at all major retailers. $299.99. store.sony.com

Style & Luxury

Frasier Fir Candles
Frasier Fir Candles

These festive scented candles from Thymes will help set the holiday mood with crisp, just-cut forest fragrances. Sold at Treeforms Furniture Gallery (Wasilla location only). $10-$65. thymes.com

Plush Luxe Claret Faux Fur Throw
Plush Luxe Claret Faux Fur Throw

Crafted from realistic knitted pile, this lavishly plush blanket will keep you cozy and warm while reading your favorite book. Sold at Barnes & Noble. $39.95. barnesandnoble.com

Sterling Silver Bracelets
Sterling Silver Bracelets

Make a statement with a beautiful sterling silver bracelet engraved by Tlingit artist Gene Chilton II of Juneau. Each piece showcases traditional Tlingit designs. Sold at the Anchorage Museum Gift Shop. $375 (pricing varies with design options). anchoragemuseum.org

Kimono Robe
Kimono Robe

This soft and tranquil River Kimono Robe features an Asian-inspired design in soothing olive and aqua. Sold at Grassroots Fair Trade Store. $95.25. zendeluxe.com

Shibori Scarves
Shibori Scarves

Arashi shibori is a Japanese art of folding and tying silk on poles. All work is done by hand, from a flat white silk by local artist Wendy Smith-Wood. Sold at Cabin Fever and blue.holloman Gallery. $65-$400. wendysmithwood.com

Chocolate Mocha Body Polish
Chocolate Mocha Body Polish

This Kaladi Bros.-inspired body polish is locally hand-crafted in Alaska with organic ingredients and designed to exfoliate and nourish your winter skin - while smelling absolutely divine! Coffee is also rumored to help reduce the visible signs of cellulite, making this scrub every girl's dream. Sold at the Alyeska Resort Glacier Gift Shop. $18-$35. aksalt.com

Natural Reflections Chenille Sweater

A wardrobe essential that easily warms you up on chilly days featuring a split kangaroo pocket, perfect for warming your hands. Sold at Bass Pro Shops. $39.99. basspro.com

Whimsy

Colorful Caribou Tote
Colorful Caribou Tote

A washable, sturdy, double-stitched tote made of poly poplin fabric by local artist, Madara Mason. $28. madara.co

Alaska Map Pillow
Alaska Map Pillow

Make any household feel at home in the world with these colorful pillows made of certified organic cotton and printed with eco-friendly ink. $20-$60. cartoloji.com

Baby Tuf Knit Boots
Baby Tuf Knit Boots

You don’t have to live in Alaska to appreciate these super-soft baby booties — perfect for budding outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. Handmade in Haines. Available in 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6-12 months. Sold at Miele Gallery & Framing, Annie Kaills Gallery, Mountain Market and Cafe and Island Girl Coffee. $35 per pair. babytuf.com

Dymondwood & Antler Bracelets
Dymondwood & Antler Bracelets

Dymondwood is made by hand pressing different colors of birch wood together, creating beautiful patterns and colors. Also in ivory-colored moose antler. Handmade by B. Merry Studios. Sold at the Great Alaskan Bowl Co. $30-$75. woodbowl.com

Grizzly Bear with Salmon Set
Grizzly Bear with Salmon Set

Grizzly bear earrings, salmon necklace and grizzly bear bracelet handmade by local artist, Catherine Joan Petersen. Sold at the Anchorage Museum, Cabin Fever, FlyPaper! and the Alyeska Resort Gift Shop. $26-$50. catherinejoanpetersen.com

Urchin Pot
Urchin Pot

Inspired by the landscapes of southeast Alaska. Handmade and decorated by Five Finger Pottery. Sold at Miele Gallery and Annie Kaills Gallery. $25-$40 each. fivefingerpottery.com

Native Sole Rain Boots
Native Sole Rain Boots

Splash in style! At left, a mid-calf style "Rain Spirit" boot designed by Tsimshian artist, Morgan Green. At right, a tall "RainCoast" red boot by Haida artist, Corey Bulpitt.Sold at Fairweather Gallery & Gifts. $49.95. nativenorthwestselect.com

Stained Glass
Stained Glass

One of a kind stained glass designs by local artists Karla and Roy Morreira of Whalebone Watercolors. Commissions range from $600-$5000. whalebonewatercolors.com

Glass Bead Pendant
Glass Bead Pendant

This Autumn Aspen glass bead pendant is handmade by local lampworking artist, Elise Strauss of Koi Creek Beadworks. Sold at the Anchorage Museum, and Artworks. $90. koicreekbeads.com

Water Goblets

Botanical-inspired water goblets by local artist, Karen Ottenbreit of Fish Lips and Bird Teeth Studio. Dishwasher safe. Sold at Cabin Fever, Kobuk Coffee and Town Square Gallery. $15-$28/pair. fishlipsandbirdteeth.com