Sleigh bells and cash registers are ringing. The season of religious ceremony and competitive consumerism is upon us. As usual, Perfect Duluth Day has compiled a list of gift ideas with a Twin Ports connection, so we can put those North Pole elves out of work and keep our local businesses and crafters fat and jolly. Featured here are 15 items produced by the hands and brains of your neighbors. If you have more ideas or are a business with a local offering, please add it in the comments and expand our virtual catalog.
Frost River Lunch Tote
Keep that bologna and cheese sandwich safe in this update to the brown bag. Available at Frost River
Northern Waters Gift Box
One pound of smoked salmon, one tub of smoked salmon pate, half a pound of local cheese, and one box of premium crackers. Arranged in an insulated box and shipped wherever you’d like. northernwaterssmokehouse.com. Local delivery also available.
Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn by Gaelynn Lea
A holiday album by the Duluth violinist and songwriter. A physical CD copy can be purchased through CD Baby. Check out the full album and more information in this previous PDD post about the release. Or, for more information about other recent releases by local musicians, check out the PDD post “Duluth Album Releases in 2016.”
$13 compact disc, $9 digital download
New Vintage Amplifier
How about a custom-built guitar or bass amplifier for the musician in your life? Duluth-based New Vintage Amplifiers has a variety of amp and speaker combos, hand-wired on circuit boards with high-quality components.
2×12 combo – $2,295
Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm – from Scratch
Lucie Admunsen’s honest, humorous book about her family’s adventure starting a farm has been out since March, but if you know someone who hasn’t read it yet, it’s a great gift. For other local book gift options, check out the post “Duluth Book Releases in 2016.”
Duluth Art Institute Tote Bag
Designed and printed by Stack Prints. Available at the DAI office and website or by calling 218-733-7562.
Duluth Makerspace Membership
If you’re 18 or older, you can get trained to use the tools and facilities at the Duluth Maker Space to geek out on your own inventions, DIY projects, or repairs. Classes are also available. Membership can be purchased online at duluthmakerspace.com.
$45/month or $450/year
Lake Superior stone and sea glass jewelry combined with metals such as Sterling silver by April Witzke. April is part of the Northlight Gallery, a temporary gallery at 15 N. Third Ave. W. in Duluth featuring work by Ryan & Aimee Tischer (photography), Sweetwater Jewelry Design by April Witzke, Glass Robin by Kristoffer & Abby Jo Robin (hand-crafted glass), and the Design Chic (Upcycled Clothing) by Lisa Perlick.
City Girl Coffee Mug
City Girl sources its coffee from small, women-owned or managed farms and cooperatives, and gives a portion of every sale back to the organizations that support the success of women in those countries. The roasted coffee is available at local stores or online, you can drink the sustainable brew in this mug. Available at the City Girl online shop.
$5.34 (tax included)
Breanne Tepler Singing Telegram
You can pick a song, customize the lyrics, and Breanne will get “dolled up country syle,” bring a flower and serenade your special someone. Available through Breanne Marie’s Bandcamp page.
Northern Magic 2017 Calendar
Photographer Richard Hoeg’s 2017 Calendar is available on his web page.
$12.50 includes shipping
Lake Superior driftwood wind chime
Handmade by Nicole Lindstrom and available at the Happyspace store downtown, 324 W. Superior.
Pretzel Basket from Duluth’s Best Bread
Six frozen pretzels, crunchy salt, cinnamon sugar, and Bavarian-style mustard, in a basket. They even throw in some jokes written in German. Available at duluthsbestbread.com.
Hand-Printed Tea Towels
In addition to unique women’s clothes, Blue Arrow Boutique in Superior has a number of gift items. Check out the Instagram page, and visit the store on Tower Avenue. Available at bluearrowboutique.com.
Chester Bowl Hats
In addition to sweatshirts, T-shirts and stocking caps, eco-friendly trucker hats (70% organic cotton, 30% recycled polyester) will be available at the Chester Bowl concession stand during operating hours, or by contacting the office, 218-724-9832.
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