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PDD Gift Guide 2012

For the past few years, we at Perfect Duluth Day have pointed out gift options produced by the locals — from durable goods made by the region’s top manufacturers to cute little bags of cookies from the corner bakery. We feature 15 lovely items and encourage the PDD community to add to the ideas in the comments.

We never repeat items from previous years, by the way, so it’s no waste of your time to get all nostalgic and peruse Gift Guides of Christmases Past.

PDD Gift Guide 2011
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27 Comment(s)

  1. Dear Santa,

    I have been reasonably good this year and would like growlers from Fitger’s Brewhouse for Christmas. Starfire Pale Ale, STIPA or El Nino would be nice.

    Swan | Nov 20, 2012 | New Comment
  2. Kenspeckle Letterpress is opening its studio for holiday sales for the first time, every Saturday from Nov. 24 through Dec. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Come and meet the Warrior Printress, Shy Nimitta and Dr. Sparkle!

    Kenspeckle is in the Dewitt-Seitz building, on the second floor across from Christal Center!

    Shy Nimitta | Nov 20, 2012 | New Comment
  3. Prøve Collective is presenting its Under $100 show, opening Dec. 14, and running for two weeks. There is still time for artists to submit to this show, too.

    TimK | Nov 20, 2012 | New Comment
  4. The gift of free holiday music is available to one and all from the Hog Damage Collective and the Clubhouse recording studio. This little album was released on Bandcamp just days before Christmas 2011.

    Hog Damage Collective Xmas Vol. II: Christmas at the Clubhouse

    Paul Lundgren | Nov 20, 2012 | New Comment
  5. Speaking of free (or in this case “name your price”) local albums, Hattie Peterson’s new work is freshly released.

    Hattie and Her Man Band | Fend For Yourself

    Paul Lundgren | Nov 20, 2012 | New Comment
  6. Happy Space in the Medical Arts Building downtown has a number of casual apparel options in local flavors on bamboo and recycled textiles, as well as other locally made gift items (Clover Valley Candles, Frost River Soft Goods, Nate Lindstrom Photography, Duluth Crate Co., Fitger’s Coffees, jewelry…).

    Shane Bauer | Nov 21, 2012 | New Comment
  7. Alakef has also inked up flat-rate shipping (it’s like 7 bucks, no weight limit) to anywhere ya wanna ship (contiguous U.S., obviously) to residential addresses.

    (I suggest the Natural Ethipoia Sidamo, Maunier Estate Panama and the really nice Kenya Nyeri for your loved ones.)

    in.dog.neato | Nov 22, 2012 | New Comment
  8. In a moment, I’ll be heading downtown to do some shopping at the Electric Fetus, Double Dutch and the Duluth Kitchen Co.

    I know these places don’t have their own locally-crafted goods, but I’ll be buying local. And that is the point.

    Having spent 11 hours working at Best Buy between last night and this morning, I can’t imagine buying anything but local. Maybe it’s the lack of sleep.

    Hot Shot | Nov 23, 2012 | New Comment
  9. Electric Fetus and Double Dutch do have some locally produced goods. For example, books and CDs/records by local artists. (Sure, generally those aren’t manufactured in Duluth, but they are conceived of and produced here.)

    Paul Lundgren | Nov 23, 2012 | New Comment
  10. Thanks to the folks at PDD who compile this list every year, it’s very helpful to those of us who suck at figuring out what to buy.

    Also, I would like to plug a local favorite of ours for gift giving this time of year, especially to relatives out of town: a gift box from the Northern Waters Smokehaus. You can buy it online and they ship it wherever it needs to go.

    Smokehaus Shop

    meb | Nov 24, 2012 | New Comment
  11. The Duluth Grill Cookbook contains 110 recipes from the friendly West End.

    Paul Lundgren | Nov 27, 2012 | New Comment
  12. This is only vaguely connected to shopping local, but it’s directly tied to Duluth.

    I’ve decided what I want for Christmas.

    Vintage Diamond Duluth Double Ringer Horse Shoes in Wooden Box

    And here’s the weirdest item I could find on eBay.

    VTG Renwal No T97 Pink Toilet Dollhouse, bathroom furniture, Duluth Aerial Bridge

    And for those of you who are lightweights, you could always pick up a three pack.



    Vintage Fitger’s beer three-pack case and bottles — Duluth, Minnesota

    Paul Lundgren | Nov 28, 2012 | New Comment
  13. You’re right, those horse shoes are seriously cool, and that vintage beer pack is a good value for a christmas gift. But that pink doll toilet is just so seriously wrong. I think I am disturbed by it, but I can’t quite say why.

    I’m going to start ebaying “Duluth Minn” now and see what weird and disturbing things I can come up with, for family holiday gifting.

    emmadogs | Nov 28, 2012 | New Comment
  14. I think that toilet is the most disturbing Duluth eBay item since the Duluth Pantyhose Babes auction…

    BadCat! | Nov 28, 2012 | New Comment
  15. Oh crap, I wish I had clicked on this thread sooner. I know someone who would have LOVED those horseshoes. Damn.

    udarnik | Nov 28, 2012 | New Comment
  16. More specifically, the box they came in.

    udarnik | Nov 28, 2012 | New Comment
  17. Apparently there is a new Celtek mitten designed by the folks at Damage Boardshop.

    Paul Lundgren | Nov 28, 2012 | New Comment
  18. Amazing! Thanks for including our Kids Fly Fishing Hoodie. Our kids apparel is available online and in our new retail store. Open limited hours in December — new location 307 Canal Park Drive, second floor.

    We are stoked to provide local, hand-printed goods for Duluth!

    watch our super8 video

    The Medium Control has new goods available exclusively through its Indiegogo Campaign (watch the super8 video). Every purchase made through this campaign will go directly toward funding the new store renovation. Thanks for supporting a small local business this holiday season.

    Medium Control | Dec 1, 2012 | New Comment
  19. Hullo Buckwheat Pillow

    We’re based in Duluth and co-owned by Duluthians. A buckwheat pillow is a unique natural gift that can be appreciated for years to come. Disclaimer: our pillows are assembled by hand on the East coast (by an native Duluthian), so it could be argued that we are not entirely “local.”

    johnbeargrease | Dec 2, 2012 | New Comment
  20. Check out the Duluth-Superior trail atlas available from North Point Geographic Solutions (a local Duluth co.).

    matty_pizza | Dec 3, 2012 | New Comment
  21. Helstrom Instrument Stands

    Designed and built in Duluth.

    johnbeargrease | Dec 3, 2012 | New Comment
  22. Thanks for the shout, Hot Shot! In fact, Double Dutch is filled with locally made goods. That’s the whole point. Nearly all the contributing artists live and work within Duluth city limits -- there are five out-of-towners, but they’re near enough for me.

    The books and records are a sort of exception in that they are manufactured elsewhere, but as Paul pointed out, the stories and songs were created here, and it’s the stories and songs that give the objects their value.

    Random side note: Double Dutch opened late October, but doubledutch has been my screen name here for a long time, about five years I’d guess. Good thing I changed it, because the old one, predicate-nominative, would’ve been a really weird name for a store.

    doubledutch | Dec 3, 2012 | New Comment
  23. North Shore-opoly is a property-trading game that features the sights of Lake Superior’s North Shore, depicted in the watercolor artwork of Brian and Rebecca Minor. It is completely handmade in Superior.

    Paul Lundgren | Dec 3, 2012 | New Comment
  24. TimK | Dec 3, 2012 | New Comment
  25. Big Top Chautauqua has an online shop with a variety of merchandise and a few deals on tickets to 2013 shows.

    Big Top is offering a limited number of Lawn Punch Passes that will grant general admission on the lawn for any show between New First Night and Old Last Night for $100.

    So, it’s $100 for one person to go to four shows, or four people can go to one show, or however you want to do the math. You can use it to upgrade to a reserved seat later if you so choose. Each “punch” on the pass has an upgrade value of $25.

    Unfortunately they came up with this offer after signing the contracts for the June 15 Trampled by Turtles show, so you can’t use the Punch Pass for that.

    Paul Lundgren | Dec 3, 2012 | New Comment
  26. Haley Bonar and Trampled by Turtles have tracks on the new Minnesota Beatle Project, Vol. 4, which is available on CD, vinyl or digital download.

    Paul Lundgren | Dec 4, 2012 | New Comment
  27. There’s also a new Christmas by the Lake album this year.

    Paul Lundgren | Dec 10, 2012 | New Comment

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