PDD Gift Guide 2014

Ho ho ho, it’s time once again for the Perfect Duluth Day Gift Guide. A holiday hootenanny of gift ideas with a local connection. With the new-ish PDD design, the appearance is a little different this year. Click the thumbnail photo for more details on products. The titles link to e-commerce sites or info about where to find the products. We’ve gathered 15 ideas to kick things off, and invite you to add your suggestions in the comments.

Jordan Sundberg created this unique view of Duluth, and sells it through her Etsy page.Duluth Print
Jordan Sundberg created this unique view of Duluth, and sells it through her Etsy page.

Skatradioh Screenprints
David Moreira has been creating some of the best gig posters and event posters in town for a several years, and sells many of them through his Etsy site. Collect a piece of Duluth’s cultural history.

Oreb Lram Jewelry
Fine casual jewelry from Oreb Lram available in Duluth at Siivis, Trailfitters and around the area at resorts like Bluefin Bay.

Park Point is for Fatties Tee
Promote fat-tire biking and support Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores. Available at Ski Hut, Continental Ski & Bike and coggs.com.

Tree to Tree Hammock
Tree to Tree in Two Harbors offers a variety of sizes, styles and fabrics in hammocks.

Lump of Coal Hand Warmers
A practical gag gift for naughty kids with cold fingers.

Hecho en Duluth Tee
Made … in Duluth. By Jambox.

TBT Holiday Gift Pack
Trampled by Turtles tote bag, 18 x 24 poster and Trampled flask. Available at districtlines.com.

Damage Tow-Rope Mitts
Terrain park tow ropes will chew through your fancy Gore-Tex gloves faster than you can say “Backside Shifty.” These look and perform much better than duct-tape-wrapped gloves. Available at damageboardshop.com.

Vikre Gin
Vikre Distillery offers juniper, cedar and spruce gins made from local grains, botanicals and Lake Superior Water, and each has a distinctly different flavor. Distilled in Canal Park, available at local liquor stores and vikredistillery.com.

Duluth Barrel Works Bench
Duluth Barrel Works sells barrels as planters and for brewing, but also offers several other pieces made from barrels, like this bench. Available at duluthbarrelworks.com.

Chiqui’s Chocolates
Caramel made from scratch in Pengilly, combined with special chocolate, nuts and other goodies and shipped to anywhere. Available at chiquischocolates.com.

Arrowhead Toboggan
Located in Carlton, Arrowhead Toboggan also makes sleds and snowshoes from ash and birch.

Blatnik Bridge Phone Case
Bryan Benson offers beautiful photos from around the area and up the North Shore, as phone cases as well as traditional prints, metal prints and canvas prints.

Bentleyville Limited Edition Ornament
A limited edition of 500 will be sold by Security Jewelers. All profits go to Bentleyville.


Dave P

about 9 years ago

Cold Feet: Stories of a Middling Climber is a just-published collection of Duluth writer/climber David Pagel's Everyman adventures on classic peaks and among many of the sport's most legendary mountaineers. Pagel's self-effacing essays (featured in Climbing and Rock & Ice magazines) are modern climbing classics, and his climbs run the gamut from the vertical rock walls of Devils Tower and El Capitan, to snowy alpine ascents of Denali, the Matterhorn, and the mythic North Face of the Eiger -- plus a section devoted entirely to Midwestern climbing, including the North Shore. More details on Facebook.


about 9 years ago

Our friends at Loll Designs started putting wheels on stuff. They now have a kid's push bike, and they teamed up with Grow Anthology to make the Lollygagger Longboard.

I'm too big, old, clumsy and fragile for either of them, I'll stick to the chairs.


about 9 years ago

Here's my 2015 Wall Calendar. Never forget what day it is ever again. At least for 2015.

Buy online or at Lizzards Art Gallery. $14 at Lizzards or online - $16 shipped for 1 $15 each if buying more than one.

Shane Bauer

about 9 years ago

Thanks for putting this out there each year Brian & PDD! The feature at Happy Space this year (which only means "most related to the holiday window display") is the MinneYoda line of Ts, hoodies, onesies, etc. Happy Holiday Season to you all!

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

Chirstmas by the Lake VIII - Lundeen Productions Wolf-Blood

Another album of local Christmas music by a variety of artists has been released just in time for the holidays. Christmas by the Lake, Volume VIII features 26 songs by musicians from the Duluth area. Or maybe a little Wolf Blood is more your speed. Click here for PDD's incomplete, but often updated, list of all the local albums released in 2014, complete with links to where you can buy them or listen for free.


about 9 years ago

All great people and items represented here! For consideration I would recommend a Duluth Crate Co. art print or even check out the current Kickstarter campaign where I'm expanding the line of fruit-crate-inspired illustration prints to other places around the US of A. Thanks and Happy Holidays.

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

backyard almanac

A new version of this 365-day journal of daily natural history was released this past summer. Author Larry Weber takes a lesson-a-day approach to teaching readers about the insects, trees, wildflowers, frogs and other things one might find in a northern Minnesota backyard. The original version came out in 1995. This one is updated and has a sexier cover, featuring illustrations by Judy Gibbs, whose work also accompanies every entry in the book. It's available on Amazon and probably any bookstore in town.

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

crib_board Starfire Cycling

There's a fancy cribbage board, a Starfire Pale Ale cycling jersey and about 60 other Brewhouse-related items available online at the Brewhouse Store.


about 9 years ago

Shouldn't that pillow cover be at the Smithsonian?


about 9 years ago

It's getting late, but there's always gift cards. Pizza Lucé produced three videos explaining if you buy a $100 gift card, you get $25 for yourself.

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