Alaska-Made Gift Guide: For the home

Need some gift-giving inspiration this holiday season? Think local! Hand-crafted products made by talented Alaskan artists and artisans 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 handsome housewares 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!

Upcycled Rope Decor

Made from locally recycled fishing rope, Alaska Rug Company creates one-of-a-kind décor pieces, including this unique bread basket bowl and non-slip coasters. Perfect for adding a nautical feel to any room. $30 and up. Sold at Love it Again Consignment, Non Essentials, Annie Kaill's and Monks Rock Bookstore & Cafe.

Birch Bowls

Serve a family-sized portion of salad or fruit in this hand-turned bowl accented lightly with green and red dyes and a band of birch leaves. $90 and up. Sold locally at Artworks.

Quilted Table Runners

From the patterns to the fabric, Wildfire Designs provides everything you need to create a beautiful quilted table runner. Easy enough to complete in one day, the table runner (or the kit itself) makes a great gift. $44.95 and up.

Decorative Platters

Use this vibrant fish platter to decorate your home or serve your food – guests can uncover the artwork as they take seconds. $135.

Hand-painted Ornaments

Decorate your tree with some of your favorite Alaska memories or give visiting relatives a festive memento of their time in the state. Each ornament is hand-painted by Juneau artist Cindy Wortman-Ziel. $35-55.

Handmade Metal Spoons

With their Celtic air and fine detailing, Roger Williams’ hand-made metal spoons and ladles are beautiful and practical. Prices vary, $36 and up.

Etched Glassware

Give your holiday sips some Alaska flair with these etched wine glasses designed by Brecht Studio. Available in sets and in different designs. $20. Sold locally at Cabin Fever, Scanlon Gallery, If Only… A Fine Store and more.

Burl Bowls

Created from the burls found on fallen trees, each bowl from Alaska Burls and Bowls is one of a kind. Shown here with turquoise inlay. The bowls are available in a variety of sizes and woods. $20 and up.

Glass Wine Stoppers

Keep wine fresh and ornamented with an original piece of art from Expressions in Glass. These fused glass wine stoppers, along with similarly made plates and nightlights, are available in many designs. $28.95.

Handcrafted Coffee Cups

Give a taste of Alaska with a Brecht Studio mug, perfect for filling with locally made coffees and teas. Available in three colors and different designs. $25. Sold locally at Cabin Fever, Scanlon Gallery, If Only… A Fine Store and more.

Suspended Glass Jellyfish

Bring a piece of the ocean into your home with these fused glass works by Spiral Studio. Available in large, medium or small sizes in many colors. $69, $89 or $169 depending on size. Sold locally at Juneau Artist Gallery, Soho Coho and A Fine Line: Alaskan Gifts.

Ceramic Housewares

Clay Creek Pottery’s ceramic jars, bowls and plates often feature imprints from local flora and fauna, making them truly unique. $35 and up. Available locally at Norman’s on the Mall, Java Flats and Joyful Creations.

Glass clocks

Cold Rose Creations transforms glass into artwork that is elegant, functional and fabulous with her free-flowing abstract clocks. $75 and up.

Carving Sets or Knives

Alaska Rod’s handcrafts beautiful, high-quality knives and carving sets with wooden handles in a variety of colors. Give them as a hostess gift and help break them in over dinner. $91.

Wooden Cutting Boards

Add a functional piece of art to the kitchen with any of John J. Combs’s cutting boards. $55.

Pine Needle Baskets

Expertly woven by Jeannie McFarland, these pine needle baskets are crafted with local, sustainable materials and provide unique place to set keys and other items that would otherwise float around the home. Kits to make your own basket are also available for sale. $38 and up.

Birch Vases

Turned with wood from local sawmills, windfalls and sometimes firewood piles, George Overpeck’s hollow forms will make a statement in any home as a stand-alone piece or for housing dried flowers. $80 and up. Sold locally at Ptarmigan Arts, the Anchorage Museum Gift Shop and Spirit Mountain Artworks.

Raven Calendar

Get ready for the New Year with this beautiful Raven Calendar. Each month displays a taste of local Alaska artists’ work featuring one of Alaska’s most fascinating year-round residents: ravens. Sold locally at Taku Graphics. $10.

Glass Bowls

Forget boring brand-name glass bowls. Purchase a colorful, original patterned work of art by Cold Rose Creations. $155 and up.