An Alaskan Christmas: Local holiday gift guide

December 11, 2016 Victoria Petersen

Support your local Alaskan economy with some Alaska-made products. From French-inspired macarons to mittens to keep your hands warm in Alaska’s harsh winters, Alaska has what you need this gift-giving season.

Foodie:

Give the gift of a sweet treat. Sweet Caribou french macarons make a decadent present for any foodie on your list. Sweet Caribou has a new storefront in midtown where you can choose from a wide range of macaron flavors. A half dozen macarons are $12, and a full dozen is $24.

Handmade wooden spoons and cutting boards make great gifts for the cook in your life. Made by a couple in Fairbanks, Gold Heart Supply Co specializes in handmade woodwork. Products can be purchased on their online store, or in downtown Anchorage at The Mercantile. Price ranges between sizes of cutting boards and spoons average between $20 to $80.

Fashionista:

Salmon Sisters, a local shop inspired by Alaska’s fishing culture offers a series of nautical inspired jewelry, shirts, hoodies, leggings and even Xtra-tuffs. Price ranges between products.

Hulin Alaska Design, located in Spenard, offers handmade and uniquely designed products. Shirts, hoodies, stickers, leggings and more, Hulin designs all the products in his workshop which is located on-site. Prices vary depending on the product.

Pampered:

Denali Dreams Soap Company offers $2 naked soap bars. These bars don’t quite make the weight cut to be packaged and sold, so they are sold in the nude for $2. They can be wrapped up though, and make great stocking stuffers. Other great products include their complexion bar and bath bombs. Prices vary.

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Soap in production at Denali Dreams Soap Company. All soaps are Alaska made and feature Alaska inspired scents and flavors. Photo credit: Victoria Petersen

Arxotica products are handmade in Bethel, Alaska with the environment in mind. With products that focus on sustainable beauty, everything they make is made naturally and organically. From body care, to soap, to lip balm, to moisturizers Arxotica has something for everyone on your list. Prices range between products.

Art lover:

Dos Manos art gallery harbors work by local artists. From mediums such as painting and stained glass work to Alaska-inspired clothing and stickers, Dos Manos has a unique selection of gifts for every budget.

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Located in Spenard, Dos Manos art gallery is a great place to find Alaska-made art of all kinds. Photo credit: Victoria Petersen

For men:

For the bearded men, Cut and Caliber offers a locally made beard oil for $20. The oil helps keep Alaskan beards groomed, and ready for any Alaskan adventure. They also offer combs, t-shirts and water-based pomade for friends sans-beard.

Stop by The Mercantile in downtown Anchorage to find an assortment of fine menswear products. Featuring a wide range of locally made products, look out for leather goods made by store owner Mikey Huff. His self-made brand, Huff Goods, was created when Huff found a passion for leatherwork. He makes wallets, hats and other products at his workshop, which is located inside the store. Prices vary.

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