PDD Gift Guide 2016

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.

p-677-933x_lunch-bag-familyFrost River Lunch Tote
Keep that bologna and cheese sandwich safe in this update to the brown bag. Available at Frost River.

nwssmall_gift_box_1-600x600Northern 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.

gaelenleaalbumDeepest 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

newvintagemk36-533x400New 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-lucie-amundsenLocally 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.”

dai-tote2Duluth Art Institute Tote Bag
Designed and printed by Stack Prints. Available at the DAI office and website or by calling 218-733-7562.

makerspacelogo-sqDuluth 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

northlightgallerySeaglass Jewelry
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.
Various prices

citygirlcoffee_mugCity 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)

breanneBreanne 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-2017Northern Magic 2017 Calendar
Photographer Richard Hoeg’s 2017 Calendar is available on his web page.
$12.50 includes shipping

windchimeimg_2131Lake Superior driftwood wind chime
Handmade by Nicole Lindstrom and available at the Happyspace store downtown, 324 W. Superior.

pretzel_basket-600x600Pretzel 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.

teatowlsHand-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.

chesterbowlhatChester 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.



about 8 years ago

Love it, Brian!  Thank you!

Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago


Pizza Luce is once again is offering its traditional free $25 gift card for every $100 in gift cards purchased before Dec. 23.

Fitger's Brewhouse and its spinoff establishments have a "buy $100 get $20 back" gift card deal, in addition to a boatload of products at fitgersbrewhouse.com/shop.


Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago


Security Jewelers is once again selling a limited edition Bentleyville Crystal Christmas ornament, with all profits  going to the annual holiday lighting display. Cost is $15.

Brian Barber

about 8 years ago

This Saturday and Sunday, Dec 3rd and 4th will be the Duluth Winter Village at Glensheen. Over 30 local vendors on the grounds at Glensheen.

Brian Barber

about 8 years ago

Not strictly Duluth-related, but a great gift for anyone who appreciates Minnesota music, Heyday is photographer Daniel Corrigan's look back at 35 years of defining what the Minneapolis scene looked like. $34.95, published by the MN Historical Society.

Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago


Another 2017 calendar for the collection. This one features the art of Superior native Erik Pearson. He'll be selling them at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth during the Market du Nord on Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brian Barber

about 8 years ago

Emerson Holiday Bazaar

The Emerson Holiday Bazaar is Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Also this weekend is the DAI Ceramic Studio Holiday Sale at the Lincoln Center (2229 W. Second St.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 11.

Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago

There are always a lot of calendars, but I think this is the first time I've seen a preview video for one.

"Inspirations: Lake Superior Region" includes 12 photographs of northern Minnesota by Gary Fiedler and Dawn LaPointe of Radiant Spirit Gallery.

Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago


Denfeld's got a new holiday ornament.

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