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PDD Gift Guide 2015

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’Tis the season for the seventh annual PDD Gift Guide — a list of holiday gift ideas with a local connection. We present 15 ideas to get things started, and invite everyone to add their own suggestions and links in the comments below.
 

journalLeather Journal Cover
Keep your notes and great ideas safe and sound with this reusable leather journal cover from Hemlock Leather Works, handmade by Candace LaCosse in her Downtown Duluth studio.
$22

BambooSword_CVRThe Bamboo Sword
The latest book by award-winning author Margie Preus is a young-adult adventure set in 1800’s Japan. It’s available at local bookstores and at margipreus.com.
$16.95

Crystal Pelkey EarringsEarrings
Bring sparkle and “crystazzle” to your life with handcrafted jewelry by Crystal Pelkey, local woman-about-town and artist.
$20+

Home Shirt84_1024x1024Home T-Shirt
218 Gift makes cool, simple designs on shirts, stickers, glasses and more. Let people know where home is with a “Minnesota Home” screen-printed baseball tee.
$29

Kings-of-Israel-Box-CoverKings of Israel Board Game
Inspired by cooperative board games, like Pandemic, local game designer Lance Hill created this biblically themed game and then produced it after a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Available at Funhill Games.
$44.99

sota_clothing_product-9_lowres_largeMN Paddle Floaty Keychain
Whether you’re kayaking silently or zipping around on a jet ski, keep your keys off the bottom of the lake with a Paddle Floaty Keychain from Sota Clothing.
$8

Kombucha GrowlerKombucha Growler
If craft beer isn’t your thing, you can still tote home a growler filled with a tasty beverage. The Snooty Fox Tea Shop makes its kombucha from fermented organic green tea and cane sugar.
$16 (with a $4 initial deposit)

Hillsider-CoverHillsider
Don’t call him “outgoing Duluth Mayor Don Ness.” He’ll reply: “No, I’m an introvert.” His new book of essays and reflections on his “curious political journey” is filled with photos and other contributions from various Duluthians. It’s available at local bookstores and at donnessbook.com.
$24.95

Voy GrowlerIMG_3322Voyageur Stainless Steel Growler
The region’s newest brewery opened earlier this year in Grand Marais. Though distribution channels haven’t brought the beer to Duluth to any reliable degree yet, a collection of Voyageur Brewing Company clothing and other goods, such as the featured stainless steel growler, is available to order online.
$45

sweatshirtDuluth Skyscape Hoodie
Available at the Birchhaus pop-up cart or online at birchausmarket.com.
$44

chocolate boatChocolate Ore Boat
Sugarplums be damned. True Duluthians have visions of chocolate ore boats dancing in their heads. Available at Hepzibah’s.
$3.99

Mugeh1002Mural Mug
The book mural from the big round wall of the downtown library, now wrapped around your coffee. Available at Duluth Public Library branches.
$10

PoDM 0005037423_10Wicker Kittens movie and/or Soundtrack
Duluth director Mike Scholtz’s documentary about competitive jigsaw puzzling shows how mild-mannered Midwesterners turn into stone-cold competitors. The soundtrack features music by Duluth band Portrait of a Drowned Man. Available from iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, Bandcamp and more via wickerkittens.com.

pint-glass-DLH-2Dlh Pinter Set – 2 glasses
Show the world where you and your favorite beverage are from.
Dlh Clothing
$15

CWITTIG_duluthtype2_017Cameron Witting print
There’s a dry sense of humor in photographer Cameron Witting‘s series of prints titled “Duluth Typology.” His shots of Duluth are a stark contrast to his equally funny color shots of famous landmarks from around the world.
$150

The recommended links below point to previous Holiday Gifts Guides, but keep in mind, like ghosts of Christmases past, internet links change and disappear as time goes on.

14 Comments

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

Duluth Album Releases in 2015

As usual, there is no shortage of local music available for stuffing stockings.  Check out PDD's list of Duluth Album Releases in 2015.

Brian

about 4 years ago

Just launched today, SUDS Beer Soap. According to the website, beer gives the soap exfoliating and lathering properties. Available at the Bent Paddle Taproom and at sudsbeersoap.beer

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

celebrate

Denfeld High School's first holiday ornament shows off the school's classic clock tower and raises money for the theater department. It's available during productions of Leaving Iowa, which run through Nov. 21 at the Denfeld Auditorium, or by emailing Matthew Pursi at the address given in the graphic above.

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

North Shore Clothing Company - Long Sleeve Logo T

Another apparel option: North Shore Clothing Company is a UMD student-owned business selling casual apparel inspired by Minnesota's North Shore. Shown above is a long-sleeve 50/50 cotton/polyester unisex shirt with the left-chest pocket featuring a smaller version of the same logo that appears on the back. All profits are donated to local nonprofit organizations.

Duluth News Tribune: Entrepreneur class turns projects into reality

bhall

about 4 years ago

New London Apothecary is concocting soaps, body butters, lip balms, and beeswax candles for your delight! I stumbled across the Lakeside-based brand at Mount Royal Market.

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

Brewhouse Adventure Pack Bundle

The Fitger's Brewhouse Beer Store has about 25 different items available for order online. There are also a few in-store-only bundels, such as the Adventure Pack Bundle (shown above). It includes a hydroflask growler, a Brewhouse Growler Pack (with leather strap) made by Duluth Pack, two carabiner mugs, a growler refill card and a magnet.

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar Cookbook 2014

Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar's online store features copies of this snappy cook book. Fifty recipes, 114 pages, 16 bucks.

Brian

about 4 years ago

A Bentleyville ornament, with photography by Christian Dalbec. $18 with free shipping and handling.

bhall

about 4 years ago

Give a Wine Goblet Making Class from Lake Superior Art Glass!  $59.

Brian

about 4 years ago

The 9th Volume of the Christmas by the Lake CD featuring piles and piles of local musicians is available online or at Duluth/Superior/Cloquet/Two Harbors Super One Food locations and Pam's Hallmark in the Miller Hill Mall. Proceeds go to the Bluebird Foundation.

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

Pussy Pillow

Apparently it's possible to buy something called the Pussy Pillow at the Emerson Holiday Bazaar.

"Don't miss out on your chance to purchase that perfect gift for all of your menstruating friends, family members, neighbors, whoever," Brandi Balmer wrote on Facebook. "I am happy to present to you my first product to ever be made for sale, Pussy Pillows. This handmade menstrual pad, with a dreamy bamboo knit top and a friendly kitty on the back is sure to cheer you through any moon cycle."

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

Christmas Here in Northern Lands

Lifelong Duluthian Chuck Haavik began writing poetry at age 61 and recently published his first book, teaming up with Duluth artist Aaron Kloss on Christmas Here in Northern Lands. The book is available at Siiviis Gallery, Lizzards Gallery, Grandma’s Gift Shop in Canal Park, the Book Store at Fitgers, and local coffee and gift shops. It is also available online at chuckhaavikauthor.com.

Brian

about 4 years ago

The Art Dock in the Dewitt Seitz building will have a limited number of sculptures by local woodworker John Thompson, made from the recently cut 4th Street Trees. The trees are from 5 to 20 inches tall, and are identified as "4th Street Silver Maple."

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