Our Alaska gift guide is back with new additions and guest favorites! This holiday season, treat your friends or loved ones to a taste of Alaska that will rekindle the memories or set ablaze the desire to travel! Buy local goods, and support Alaskan businesses that excel in exceptional food, art, and unique gifts. Check out our picks below perfect for the upcoming gift giving season, and spread some holiday cheer! *
For those who traveled through Talkeetna, it was likely a taste or glimpse of birch syrup occurred. Kahiltna Birchworks began in the late 1980s after two homesteaders found love and the perfect wild setting on a remote homestead. From 200 trees tapped in 1990 to 11,000 birch trees in 2017, Dulce and Michael offer a Taste, Tour & Shop facility in Talkeetna. Choose 2 syrups and 2 jams for your gift basket which will surely sweeten someone’s morning! – $35-$49 packed in a locally made wood crate, alaskabirchsyrup.com
Tip- Overnight in snowy Talkeetna on the Iditarod & Aurora Adventure!
Tackle winter with this cozy sweatshirt perfect for lounging or hitting the town for the day’s errands. Know a friend or family member planning a trip with John Hall’s Alaska? An ideal gift in preparation for their adventure, and suitable to bring on tour! – $40 Size Small to 4XLarge, kissalaska.com
Tip- Enjoy a small boat cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park on the Denali Explorer!
Practical and beautiful, this wooden bowl is crafted from the Alaskan birch tree. The Great Alaskan Bowl Company showcased American made goods at the “Made in America Week” at the White House in July 2017. – $99 with option to personalize with up to 15 characters for $15, woodbowl.com
Tip- Spend two nights in Fairbanks on the Alaska & The Canadian Rockies tour!
A stocking stuffer for your chocolate lover, gift them gourmet popcorn all the way from Eagle River, Alaska! Perfect for holiday movies, sporting events, holiday parties, and for late night snacks. Popcorn makes for great office gifts this season, and is sure to be enjoyed by all! – $27.25 for Small 9 cup with various sizes available, jazzygourmetpopcorn.com
Tip- We cater to our guests with food allergies or dietary constraints. Please let us know your needs at the time of booking! This is The John Hall’s Alaska Difference!
We love these exquisite earrings! Timeless and perfect for dressing up or down, these pieces will most certainly be enjoyed by a special someone. – $389 gold quartz in a pear shaped design with 14K yellow gold, akdiamondco.com
Tip- Are you a John Hall’s Alaska Alumni? Don’t miss upcoming Alumni Adventures! Contact our office to ensure your contact details are updated for news and future tours!
For your curious teenager to the avid explorer, this handy paracord survival bracelet can serve as a fire starter or even assemble shelter! Use the whistle buckle to alert for help. With a capsized boat and three nights alone in the wilderness, then 11 year old entrepreneur, Grayson Davey, decided to design a survival tool that may help shape his circumstances or someone else’s. Davey’s company won the 2016 Made in Alaska Manufacturer of the Year award. We love the emphasis on safety while recreating, and this stylish bracelet should be the item you “never leave home without”. – $35 for Alaska Survival Bracelet size 2XSmall to 2XLarge, alaskaparacord.com
Tip- Survive the cool winter nights on the town in your John Hall’s Alaska Soft Shell Black Jacket!
Sewn in the USA, this softshell bag is available in a wide variety of colorful Alaska trim! Salmon, loons, bear tracks, sandpipers, totem, and sea otters can grace the outside of this functional and spacious bag. Several of the designs feature Tlingit and Haida artwork commissioned by local Alaskans. With its roots in Cordova, Copper River Fleece also features vests, hoodies, hats, and more! – $37 softshell shoulder bag, copperriverfleece.com
Tip- Travel to the coastal town of Cordova on the Untamed Alaska tour for a quintessential Alaskan wilderness experience!
Insulated containers letting you down? Keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold with a Hydro Flask for the fisherman or boater in your world. The handle includes a flex cap lid and bottles are double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel. Tough for just about any outdoor adventure. – $54 for 32oz. Hydro Flask. Various colors, designs, and sizes available, akstarfish.com
Wild Alaskan salmon cans are a great stocking stuffer, and perfect to take on hikes, road trips, boating, and for that tasty cubicle lunch. Tonka Seafoods is owned and operated completely by local fisherman that harvest the freshest catch from Southeast Alaska. Serve Alaskan seafood at your holiday parties, and perfect to give away as gifts! – $85 for Twelve 6.5oz. cans with no liquids or preservatives added. Smoked fillets available in 8oz. or 16oz. packages. Check out Tonka Seafoods’ dip recipe below for a tasty appetizer! tonkaseafoods.com
Try This Delicious Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe!
- One 8 oz. light cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/3 cup lowfat yogurt
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon minced fresh dill or 3/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- Freshly ground white pepper
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon minced green onion
- 1/2 to 1 can Tonka Smoked Salmon, flaked
Blend first 5 ingredients in processor until smooth. Add green onion and flaked smoked salmon. Process gently. Transfer to bowl. Cover and refrigerate to blend flavors. To make a firmer product to mold or shape, delete yogurt and add 1/3 cup more cream cheese.
This dip is GREAT on a fresh vegetable tray for dipping, as well as with a wide variety of crackers. If any should be left over it is stupendous on bagels or as a topper for baked potatoes.
Tip- Explore Petersburg in Southeast Alaska aboard the Baranof Dream on Alaskan Dream Cruises in 2018!
We can’t get enough of the craftsmanship of Knives by Jens, originating in Homer, Alaska. This 9.4 inch knife features caribou antler shed hilt with a 440c stainless blade. Browse through knives made with walrus rib bone, moose, ivory, birch wood, fossilized sea cow, and other local materials. $195 for Caribou Finger Guard Knife, hightidearts-ak.com
Tip- John Hall’s Alaska can plan your custom Alaska dream vacation in 2018!
For the chef that loves fine seasonings, to the the popcorn connoisseur, this sea salt gift box is a perfect addition in the kitchen. This hand-crafted salt is made in Sitka in Southeast, Alaska. These salts originate as sea water, and are as simple as that! – $37 tied with a bow. Mix and match individual 4oz. sea salts such as Sitka Spruce Tip or Spicy Hot Pepper Flake Salt, alaskapureseasalt.com
Tip- Visit Sitka aboard the Baranof Dream with Alaskan Dream Cruises in 2018!
Scrumptious sweets and treats all in one convenient gift basket! We love this basket because it suits the loved one that is difficult to shop for, or the one who has everything. The Fireweed Honey and Wild Berry Munch Popcorn had us sold. Made in Alaska, Alaska Wild Berry Products offers food, souvenirs, and gifts. – $134.95 for the Taste of Alaska Gift Basket, alaskawildberryproducts.com
Tip- John Hall’s Alaska all-inclusive group tours feature authentic Alaskan cuisine with meals included!
Treat yourself (oh wait!, you are supposed to be shopping for someone else) to these delightful soaps with unique Alaska scents. Let’s face it, everyone’s gotta use soap and this is the good stuff! Scents such as Fireweed, Forget-Me-Not, Glacier Glow, and seasonal soaps will be enjoyed by all ages on your gifting list. – $12.95 for Klondike Kate & Soapy Smith Pack, with single soaps and specialty products also available, denalidreams.com
Tip- Explore the colorful pioneer history of Dawson City, Whitehorse, and Skagway on our 2018 Klondike Gold Rush tour! Learn the tales of Klondike Kate and Soapy Smith as you travel through Alaska and the Yukon with your knowledgeable John Hall’s Alaska Tour Manager!
This 8″ soapstone bear created by Inupiaq Alaskan Eric Tetpon III makes a beautiful piece to add to an art collection. It serves as an exquisite reminder of an Alaskan trip or bear viewing memory! It would be a piece fit for an office, curio cabinet, or next to favorite photographs. – $180 for 8″ soapstone bear. Check out other native work, figurines, and jewelry available through the Anchorage Museum, anchoragemuseum.org
Tip- The Three Bears of Alaska tour features three bear species- the Coastal Brown Bear, Grizzly Bear, and Polar Bear!
These reusable pint glasses are totally functional and stylish for use by the pool, camping, sports events, and recreating. A bendable product that can be packed, dropped, and used again and again. Feel free to use in the microwave and dishwasher! Various colors and Alaskana prints available. – $18-$22 per pint with add-on lid and straw, octopusink.com
Tip- View humpback whales in Alaska’s Inside Passage, Prince William Sound, or Glacier Bay with a John Hall’s Alaska tour!
Owned by nearly 250 Native Alaskan women from various remote villages throughout the state, the co-op utilizes the fine underwool from the Arctic musk ox to knit and create yarn. Qiviut, pronounced “ki-vee-ute”, is 8x warmer than wool, lightweight, and extremely soft. Don’t let the cold keep you from enjoying your favorite winter activities in this hat! – $205 Size XSmall to XXLarge, qiviut.com
Tip- A John Hall’s Alaska sub-zero jacket is included in the Iditarod & Aurora Adventure tour package!
Sweet and spice, and everything nice! This tea blend fits perfectly for the holiday season and will be a favorite at your tea parties. Gift this unique blend to the tea drinker, and perhaps add a tea cup or carafe for a thoughtful gift set! – $6.95 for 3oz. blend. Shop The Kobuk online for loose leaf tea, coffee, and gift baskets; visit the 5th Avenue location for unique Alaskan gifts, kobukcoffee.com
Tip- Arriving early in Anchorage? Visit Simon & Seafort’s in downtown Anchorage for local cuisine, and a night out on the town!
From the pool to the boat to the outdoors, this bag can handle the elements! Who doesn’t love a great bag to keep all our creature comforts in one place?! Built to last with 18oz. waterproof Seatarp, this bag will carry you through countless excursions. – $55 for Skiff Bag (15 x 10 x 15 in) and $75 for Boat Bag (10 x 8 x 11 in). Choose from 14 different colors and add on optional shoulder strap, nomaralaska.com
Tip- Select one activity during Alyeska Adventure Day on Alaska’s Winter Wonders tour- resort skiing, snowmobiling, or a luxurious spa treatment!
Packing for your next Alaskan adventure? This embroidered bear hat is suitable for various outdoor climates for the Alaskan summer or winter. Whether you will be fishing, watching a dog sled race, hiking, or shopping, don’t leave home without this stylish hat to shield you from the elements. – $17 one size fits all with adjustable hat capabilities. Check out the John Hall’s Alaska Online Store for Cold Weather Gear, Shirts & Polos, and other gift ideas, kissalaska.com
Gift delicious Alaskan king crab for the chef in your family, or the friend who you always have a hard time shopping for! Stock their freezer, and imagine their delight when you gift Alaskan seafood this holiday! – $34.95 per lb. for colossal Alaskan king crab legs and claws. 10th & M Seafoods offers tasty Gourmet Seafood Gift Baskets, non-perishable goods, and a variety of fresh & frozen seafood, 10thandmseafoods.com
Tip- Fly home with your Alaskan catch! Check with your airline for baggage fees for additional fish boxes to fly with you. Often it pays to send as additional baggage rather than ship!
The ulu knife is a quintessential Alaskan gift for its practicality as a kitchen tool and elegant design. Utilized by native Inuits for thousands of years, ulus were used to skin and clean animals, build blocks of ice for igloos, in preparation, and such as cutting hair. Today, ulus are still widely used from the native village to the modern home. The ulu knife will serve as the ideal gift for the recipient to reminisce on their Alaskan trip for years to come! – $19.95 for Inupiat Style Alaska Birch Handle Ulu- various laser etched designs, theulufactory.com
This Aurora Borealis blend of almond and dark chocolate notes is a unique gift for the Alaska lover in your clan. Let’s be honest. Is there someone in your life that runs on the rich goodness of a cup of joe? Is your relationship better because of their daily intake? Look no further than a fresh blend of Juneau’s finest- Heritage being voted Juneau’s favorite coffee for more than 25 years! – $10.90 for 12oz. blend, heritagecoffee.com
Tip- Your John Hall’s Alaska Cruise Manager will provide a walking tour of Juneau on Celebrity or Royal Caribbean sailings!
Handmade in Alaska, HeyWire Jewelry creates beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and earrings with colorful beads and wire. Every piece is unique- much like your friend or loved one! Gift them something new for that holiday party or special occasion this Christmas! – $30 for All Sorts Bead Bracelet, heywirejewelry.com
Tip- Check out this John Hall’s Alaska onesie for the ultimate holiday set!
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