Local Gifts Under $10...
is one of the few tourist destinations where you can
still buy five nice postcards for a dollar. Most of
these feature wildlife -- eagles, grizzly bears, whales
and seals, many with their adorable young. A collection
of these cards along with your stories of how you
spotted these creatures in the wild will keep any
kiddies on your gift list wide-eyed.
socks with Alaskan themes can be found everywhere
($5.00). We found grizzly designs for the boys and
native women in parkas for the girls.
children's books written and illustrated by Paul
Owen Lewis are absolute treasures
($6.95). We chose 'Frog
Girl' for little females and 'Storm
Boy' for the young guys.
P.S. Journeywoman found the wonderful
illustrations in these books perfectly suitable for
framing (Tricycle Press).
an eye out for children's books illustrated by award-winning
artist and single mom, Barbara
Lavallee. A resident of Anchorage,
Ms. Lavallee won special attention for her work in
'Mama, Do You Love Me?'
written by Barbara M.
Joosse. 'In this timeless story of
a child testing the limits of her dependance, an Native
American mother reassuringly proves that a parent's
love is forever.' (Chronicle
Books) Board book $6.95.
Gallery in Ketchican has a complete line of Lavallee's
work -- prints, cards, stationery that make wonderful
little girl is enchanted with paper doll cutout books.
We found one edition devoted to 'Alaskan
Children' distributed by Arctic
Circle Enterprises, Inc. Anchorage,
Alaska ($4.00) Most souvenir stores carried them.
dolls of all types can be found everywhere. The cheapest
ones were sweet at $4.00 and most appropriate for
really young children. However, collectors will probably
look for the porcelain dolls sporting authentic costume
as well as much higher price tags.
The $4.00 dolls in shops in Ketchican were available
for $8.00 - $10 in the larger ports. Our advice is
to pick them up in Ketchican where prices in general
were quite a bit cheaper.
is tee shirt heaven. There's lots available under
$10.00. The coupon shopping book given out in the
Vancouver terminal before boarding your ship contains
coupons for tee shirt discounts.
of the large souvenir stores sell packets of colourful
Alaskan wild flower seeds. We bet your gardener friends
will welcome these. We also saw minature, personalized
pseudo swiss army knives on keychains (under $5.00).
They will definitely make great stocking stuffers
come the holidays.
for the adults in your life, Journeywoman suggests
very original seasoning to help ensure your friends
cook fish like pros. Since the folks at Taku
Smokeries in Juneau specialize in
smoking and shipping fish worldwide, we felt they
were definitely the experts in preparing salmon and
halibut the best way possible (550 S. Franklin Street).
Yummy varieties of their powdered spices include Mojave
Garlic, Orange Dill, Sugar Maple, Wild Cherry Chipotle
and our favorite, Pecan Rub. Your pals will love you
for it! Each container, $8.99. Website: http://www.takusmokeries.com
gifts and local artwork...
are some beautiful examples of Native American art
in Alaska. Just remember to shop in reputable places
-- The Raven's Journey,
435 S. Franklin in Juneau is one of them. When purchasing
bigger ticket items anywhere in Alaska always look
for a Silver Hand certification tag with the words,
"Native Handicraft from Alaska.' Buyer beware
-- there are lots of fakes floating around in some
Munoz is a Dutch American artist who
grew up in California. Now living in Juneau, her paintings
reflect 'an interest in the day-to-day activities
of village life such as fishing, berry picking, children
at play, as well as her love of folklore and legends.
To learn more about her work, go to http://www.riemunoz.com
out, too, Sitka Rose
Gallery at 419 Lincoln Street in Sitka.
They represent over 100 Alaskan artists. There's fossilized
whalebone and walrus ivory carvings, woven baskets,
glass jewelry and much, much more. Website: http://www.sitkarosegallery.com
in Juneau (497 S. Franklin Street) Journeywoman was
attracted by the lovely wall mounted pewter measuring
spoons as well as the sets of caribou buttons carved
from shed antlers left behind on the tundra. Website:
interesting Alaska-centered books and gift items check
bookshop at 5 Creek Street in Ketchican as well as
Old Harbour Books
at 201 Lincoln Street in Sitka. We thoroughly enjoyed
browsing and purchasing goodies in both of them. Want
a laid back coffee break? The unpretentious Backdoor
Cafe (accessible via Old Harbour Books)
served the biggest and tastiest shortbread cookies
Journeywoman has ever had the pleasure of snacking