This Friday through Monday we are holding our first ever Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale. We have a limited quantity of boxes available for purchase this December so now is the time to get the best deal before they sell out! Use the coupon code MOOSE2016 at checkout to get 15% off your first subscription order. This includes year subscriptions, which will give you the best deal to enjoy Alaskan gifts all year long!
Let’s face it, shopping for the holidays can be a daunting chore, but finding that one unique extra special gift makes it all worth it. We have compiled a list of some truly unique Alaskan gifts that will make your holiday a little brighter.
Zach LaPerriere Bowls – If you’re looking for a family heirloom piece or something that will simply look stunning on your kitchen table, the turned bowls from master woodworker Zach LaPerriere will make a perfect gift. These bowls are made from salvaged wood from the Tongass Rainforest in southeast Alaska and are truly beautiful pieces of art. Made in small batches, bowls are not always in stock so check the shop often and act fast once they’re available. Bowls should be in stock in their online shop in early December. Pieces range from $50-$195.
ArXotica Skin Care – Natural wild sourced skin care products are hard to come by, but ArXotica has you covered. Their anti-aging serum, soaps, and scents are all made from wild ingredients harvested from the tundra around Bethel, Alaska, a rural town that is not connected to the main road system in Alaska. You want to win a giving a useful gift that you can’t find on the corner store, then you need to check this out! Items range from $3-$150.
Boreal Winds Soap – Who doesn’t love a bar of nice smelling handmade soap? Boreal Winds, located in Salcha, Alaska, creates a wide variety of soaps that not only smell good but are made with Alaskan ingredients, like silt from Portage Glacier, or reindeer milk! You can’t get more festive than freshening up with a bar of reindeer milk soap! Items range from $8-$11
Alaska Cache Box – If you’re interested in a surprise assortment of Alaskan gifts, an Alaska Cache Box is the perfect gift! These subscription boxes contain 4-6 items from the best Alaskan businesses, makers, and artists and are sent out in December, March, June, and September. You can order one time boxes, or sign up for a reoccurring subscription and enjoy Alaska all year long. Discover the best of Alaska from rural villages like Anaktuvuk to the bustling city of Anchorage, and everything in between! This November 25-28 you can receive 15% your order with the coupon code: MOOSE2016 . Boxes are $45.95.
The state of Alaska is full of many different artists all exploring various styles of mediums. Kristen Hendricks of Fairbanks, Alaska is one such artist. Her watercolors have been featured in the 2016 Fall Quarter Alaska Cache Box, and exemplify the beauty of Alaskan wilderness and landscapes. We asked her to share with us a little bit about her work.
Describe your artwork; how long have you been creating art? Where are you located? Why did you start your business?
I have been creating art since I was a kid, my parents really encouraged creativity and were incredibly supportive growing up and still are! Right now I live in Fairbanks. I have a background in Medical Illustration, but have always enjoyed fine art and painting. I started the Paint Alaska venture shortly after moving to Alaska as a way to document and share my experiences exploring the state.
What is unique about your artwork?
Watercolor is a greatly explored medium, and landscape painting is definitely not a new, but I try to push colors and vibrancy in a medium more often known for its subtleness.
What product of yours would you recommend as the best gift for the holidays?
Notecards. Who doesn’t love getting hand written note at the holidays, or anytime?
If a first time visitor to Alaska could only visit one place in the state, where would you recommend they visit?
Once the winter months hit it may seem like the best option for entertainment in Alaska is to stay indoors and binge on Netflix. While I’ve done my fair share of consuming mass quantities of television while it is cold outside, there are also plenty of other activities and events to enjoy that are well worth emerging from your blanket den. Here is a short list of fun activities around Alaska held in November.
1. Haines Bald Eagle Festival – Pushed back a week because of the elections, the Bald Eagle Festival runs from November 14 – 20th in Haines, Alaska. The festival is filled with tours observing eagles in their natural habitat, but also events to learn about the natural history of eagles, and opportunities to learn to paint eagles on turkey feathers. There is a lot to learn during this festival and a special opportunity to view Bald eagles as they feast on the late run of chum salmon.
2. Great Alaskan Shoot-Out – Basketball is an important community building sport in many towns in Alaska, rural and urban alike. It is no wonder why the Great Alaskan Shoot-Out is a popular event. Held at the Alaska Airlines Center on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus, the Great Alaskan Shoot-out is a multi-day tournament of both men’s and women’s basketball teams from colleges across the U.S. The shoot-out starts on November 22nd and continues through the 26th.
3. North Pole Christmas In Ice– One truly unique thing about Alaska, especially the Interior, is the magic the winter brings. In Fairbanks and North Pole, elaborate ice sculptures can be found popping up all over town once it is cold enough to harvest blocks of ice from ponds and other water sources. Christmas In Ice is a truly magical experience, an ice park filled with whimsical sculptures and ice playgrounds where you can ride down slides of ice. The park is open from November 26th to January 8th.
4. Ketchikan Winter Arts Faire – Over 80 artists and vendors will be selling their products at the Ketchikan Winter Arts Faire. The event runs from November 25th to November 27th and kicks off Friday night with a gala full of food and live music with the proceeds benefiting the Arts Council. This is a great event to get some holiday shopping done as well as keep the kids entertained. There will be an Imagination Station set up to keep the children occupied.
5. Juneau Public Market– Juneau is also hosting a holiday market from November 25th to November 27th. The past year’s event boasted over 170 vendors from 20 Alaskan cities as well as several vendors from outside of Alaska. This is the place to be if you want a large variety of products and artwork to choose from. Undoubtable you will find a gift for everyone on your list here!
These are just a few of the events happing around Alaska in November. If you want to find more November activities, visit Idlewild Alaska. Also, if you can’t find your way up to Alaska to enjoy these events this month, sign up for an Alaska Cache Box and let us bring Alaska to you!