PDD Gift Guide 2018

Find something for everyone on your gift-giving list with PDD’s annual curated gift guide. It’s a bit different than most gift guides in that it’s not a list of stores that advertise with PDD — it’s a list of items created in our region, chosen simply because they are nifty.

We feature 15 gift ideas, with the comment section open for anyone to add more ideas or their own products or services.
Tank Top Bag
Great for bringing along extra clothing, snacks, or a spare tube and tools, these durable storage pouches fit creatively in the negative spaces on bike frames. Cedaero products are custom-crafted in Two Harbors and available at cedaero.com and SpokeNGear Cyclery.

Mobile Robotic Drummer (Mr. D.)
An easy to assemble robot that drums different patterns on floors, walls and whatever is in its path. According to inventor and Duluthian Troy Rogers, this is a good first robotics project. Available on the Robot Rickshaw Etsy page.

Brimson Bangers
A vegan alternative to meat-based sausage with more protein per ounce than pork and beef sausage, fewer calories, less fat and zero cholesterol. Available as rolls or crumbles at superiorsmallbatch.com.
$70 for 10 pounds

Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better
The latest local history book from Zenith City Press features Tony Dierckins and Pete Clure digging deep into the facts and photos from area brewers, past and present. Available at zenithcity.com and area bookstores. Other local books can be perused on PDD’s list of Duluth Book Releases in 2018.

Stocking Cap from NorShore Clothing Company
Stylish, practical, gray or navy — and straight out of Two Harbors. The husband-and-wife duo of Ethan and Amanda Casady launched NorShore Clothing Company in Fall 2017 and opened a retail shop in Two Harbors this past summer. Available at norshoreclothing.com.

Farm Box Cooler
These innovative coolers feature a removable padded divider which allows you to safely pack wine bottles, beer cans, or even a combination of containers. Made in Two Harbors, available at ullrcoolers.com

Waldorf Wool Slippers
Handmade in Duluth by Marvelous Melissa Boyle, Wooly Wearables are eco-friendly slippers made from felted wool sweaters. Available on the Wooly Wearables Etsy page.
$22 to $42

O Giver of Dreams
The debut album from Duluth’s Ingeborg von Agassiz has been lauded as “one of the best locally-made albums in the history of locally-made albums.” It’s available at ingeborgvonagassiz.com. Other local albums can be perused on the PDD post “Duluth Album Releases in 2018.”

Almanac Coffee
Formerly known as Perennial Coffee, Almanac Coffee is the work of roaster Russell Crawford, the beverage director at Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace in Duluth Folk School. Visit almanac.coffee to read about the six Perennial roasts available and order your favorite.
$13 to $19

Lake Superior Badge Hoodie
This extra-soft hoodie, designed by Jesse Cook, is part of the Lighthouse Collection at the Flagship store in Canal Park. It references the depths of Lake Superior — 1.332 feet. Printed by Duluth Screen Printing and available at flagshipduluth.com.

Ryan Tischer Photography
Tischer creates some of the most consistently stunning images of the area, and last year opened a beautiful gallery space downtown to show off his work. Available at ryantischerphoto.com.
Various sizes and prices

Meadowlands Chocolate Variety Sampler Pack
Contains six organic, handcrafted, single-origin, bean-to-bar chocolate bars made in Meadowlands. Individual bars are available at the Blue Heron Trading Co. and Duluth Coffee Co. Sampler packs are available at meadowlandschocolate.com.

Sweet Land Farm Gift Pack
Sweet Land Farm is a family farm near Cloquet with an online store offering honey, soaps, lotions and lip balm. Available at the Sweet Land Farm Store.

Mustachioed Santas Floor Pillows
A vintage-inspired pattern, designed by Duluth artist Chani Becker. In sizes ranging from 16-inch x 16-inch to 36-inch x 36-inch. Available from the Hot House store.
$20 to $51

Dala Cat Tea Towel
Artist Carrie Schaefer creates and screenprints her work on a number of items. This tea towel is unbleached, 100 percent organic cotton, approximately 22 inches x 36 inches. Available from Schaefer Design Co.


Brian Barber

about 5 years ago

Duluth artist and pro wrestler Joe Klander is selling t-shirts featuring his wrestling identity.

Brian Barber

about 5 years ago

Sine Wave Synth

Tim Kaiser has some new one-of-a-kind gizmos and gonkulators for sale on his site. Shown here, the Sine Wave Synth, $95

He's got a Demo video here.

Paul Lundgren

about 5 years ago

MinnBox is back. The subscription box service featuring products from Minnesota makers has been relaunched by the Duluth-based marketing firm Swim Creative.

Subscriptions can be purchased at minnbox.com for $55 per box, which ship on a bi-monthly basis beginning in February. Each hand-packed box features a selection of Minnesota products from Minnesota companies.

MinnBox is offering an exclusive Holiday Gift Box in limited quantities, packed with extra Minnesota goodies. Each box is priced at $100 and features products from Duluth Pack, Red Wing Stoneware & Pottery, Woodchuck USA and more.

Paul Lundgren

about 5 years ago

Perhaps a few people on your list would like a CSB to go with their CSA. Why not wash down those community-supported agriculture products from local farmers with a little community-supported beer from local brewers?

Hoops Brewing has a Crowler-of-the-Month Club offering handcrafted beers every month, available for pickup at the beer hall. Three-month subscriptions are $150; six-month subscriptions are $300. Available at hoopsbrewing.com.

Paul Lundgren

about 5 years ago

The Duluth Experience, the region's full-service tour and adventure company, has a Choose-your-own-adventure gift card.

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