Give the Gift of Seward for the Holidays!
Steep mountains, remote landscapes and abundant wildlife inspire Seward handmade crafts. We spent a day checking out the wares in gift shops and stores around town and compiled a list of unique products from local artists and makers that showcase Seward’s talent, along with creative ideas for stocking stuffers and everyone on your list for the holidays.
Whether it’s a delicate piece featuring brilliant crystals or unique upcycled earrings, the gift of handmade jewelry will brings smiles to your loved ones this holiday season.
Katy Lee produces sterling silver earrings, necklaces and rings. Each piece is unique and sparkles with various Swarovski crystals. Prices vary. Urbach’s, 218 4th Ave, (907) 224-3088.
From compass necklaces to tassel earrings embellished with bullet casings, Sam Clemens combines modern and vintage styles with her company, Brass Bones. Resurrect Art, 320 3rd Ave, (907) 224-7161.
Jennifer Hedke creates brightly colored hand-beaded necklaces that fly off the shelves. The Ranting Raven, 228 4th Ave, (907) 224-2228.
Libby Ferrera makes delicate earrings with intricate beadwork on handmade salmon leather. Available at Salmon Sisters. Open Fri-Saturday only through Dec. 22, 2018 until spring. 501 Railway Ave, (907) 299-5615.
Health conscientious loved ones will appreciate various handmade goods and therapeutic services available from knowledgeable Seward locals. Lip balms and moisturizers make great stocking stuffers!
Made from a native medicinal and spiritual plant said to have strong healing and pain relief qualities, Devil’s Club Salve alleviates pain from arthritis and can help skin infections. The Frontier Trading Post, 233 4th Ave, (907) 362-7802.
A local family has created globally aware skincare with their line Jacara. It features various therapies for lips, hands, feet and body. The Frontier Trading Post and The Ranting Raven. Starting at $6
Seward’s spa is the place to go for holiday skin and hair care packages that will ward off the dry winter air. Gift certificates are also available to treat a loved one to a variety of luxurious services from massages to manicures. The Retreat, 500 4th Ave, (907) 224-3223.
For gifts that go straight to the stomach look no further. Any lover of Alaska’s great bounty will savor these delectable treats.
Taste a lifetime of smokehouse experience with Jim Woodside’s smoked salmon and black cod. From flavors like truffle or orange and with a wide variety of dips and smears, you’ll find something for everyone here. Saltwood Smokehouse, 2101 Seward Highway, (907) 491-0189 . If Jim’s green pickup is in the driveway, he’s open for business.
Whether its making your own sourdough starter or creating epic grilled cheese sandwiches, from fermenting to winter cocktail creations, you can find cookbooks to feed any Alaskan soul at The Frontier Trading Post, 233 4th Ave, (907) 362-7802. $15-35
Alaska Back Country Coffee’s Cold Brew is new in town and available by the growler. Handmade chocolates and other sweet treats are also on offer and make great stocking stuffers! Sweet Darlings, 205 4th Avenue, (907) 224-3011 Growler and fill – $15, fill only – $9
Winter weather inspires the artist in many a Sewardite each year. Creative and resourceful folk manifest unique pieces from found objects to stunning photography to handmade treasures.
After finishing construction of her homemade kiln last year, local artist Jenny Nakao turns out everything from mugs to oil dispensers inspired by Seward’s surrounding nature. Nakao Ceramics: call (907) 362-0062 for a studio appointment. Select pieces also available at Resurrect Art. $25-$40
Kalani Woodlock’s photography will make you fall in love with Seward and the Kenai Fjords National Park all over again. Choose from affordable canvas prints or vibrant metal displays that depict scenes and places that tug at the heartstrings. Custom order available. Select pieces available at Brown & Hawkins and the Sea Life Center. Starting at $85.
James and Sarah Minden collect scraps from different local industries that would otherwise end up in the landfill and turn them into beautiful sculptures and “usable art”. Many of their pieces have historical significance in Seward. Check out their work at Brown & Hawkins, 207 4th Avenue, (907) 831-1995. Prices start at $40.
Decorate your walls with affordable prints from local artists. Marissa Amore’s vibrant artwork depicts intricate tidal life on the shores of the bay. J. Leslie’s bright geometric paintings bring a splash of color to local landscapes. Available at Resurrect Art, 320 3rd Ave, (907) 224-7161. Starting at $50
Keep your loved ones warm and ready for outdoor adventures with these products made right here in Seward.
Gift the Salmon Sister’s most popular design, “All good things are wild and free,” available on hoodies, t-shirts and more. For every item bought, a can of salmon is donated to the Food Bank of Alaska; buy one gift, give two! Salmon Sisters. Open Fri-Saturday only through Dec. 22, 2018 until spring. 501 Railway Ave, (907) 299-5615. Starting at $25.
Knitting is a well-loved hobby in Seward and Tanya uses fine yarn and delicate stitches to create colorful socks and other items that keep out the cold. The Ranting Raven, 228 4th Ave, (907) 224-2228. $26 each.
Dorothy Urbach knits warm collars out of various types of yarn. Each collar is embellished with a handcrafted ceramic button made by local artist Jeannie Shirk. Available at Urbach’s, 218 4th Ave, (907) 224-3088.
Looking for something unique? The quirkiest outfits and great stocking stuffers can often be found at Seward’s second-hand store, Ukanuzit, 339 5th Ave, (907) 224-5268. Bargains at $ .50 on up!
From plush toys to educational games, several places in town have a good selection for the half-pints in your life.
Pique the little one’s curiosity in science with packaged kits and explorer games. Teach them how to “dig” for gold and fossils or grow their own crystals; there’s plenty of educational fun available at the Alaska Sea Life Center, 301 Railway Ave, (907) 224- 6300. From $15.
A favorite find of the day was a transformer robot that changed into a polar bear. Get to the Alaska Sea Life Center gift shop before they sell out!
A number of businesses are open year-round and selling gift cards or memberships that would make great gifts.
Give the gift of unlimited rainy day activities with a yearlong membership to the Alaska Sea Life Center. Membership gives two adults and dependent children admission to the center all year long, as well as discounts on experiences and merchandise. Alaska Sea Life Center, 301 Railway Ave, (907) 224-6300. $140
Treat your loved ones to a night out in Seward with a gift certificate from a variety of restaurants. From soul food to Thai food, the following are open all year-round:
The Cookery (907.422.7459), Ms. Gene’s Place (907.224.6447), Apollo Restaurant (907.224.3092), Woody’s Thai Kitchen (907.422.0338), Chinook’s Waterfront Restaurant (907.224.2207), Seward Subway (907.224.7165), Zudy’s Café (907.224.4710), Thorn’s Showcase Lounge (907.224.3700), The Highliner Restaurant (907.224.3950), The Smoke Shack (907.224.4789).