Gift Guide for Snail Mail Fans by Veronica

Meet Veronica Rose Buness - crafter, doodler, and pen pal extraordinaire. See her picks for snail mail fans this holiday season!

Veronica Buness
Q: What do you like about snail mail?
A: Holding something physical that someone has taken the time to create for you, and paid someone else money to deliver to you. It requires a lot more thought than a text message or an email.

Q: What kind of things do you write about in your letters?
A: I usually write about the place that I live because I'm pen pals with people who are from another part of the country, or another country entirely so I want to show them what it's like in my part of the world. Which is why I love to include photos and trinkets and things like that.

Q: What's one change you experienced this year in your life?
A: I got comfortable in Juneau again. I was kind of wandering and I got myself settled and comfortable in part of the community. I'm sticking around; I'm happy!


Snail Mail Book

"I thought I knew how to make cool mail. But this is full of endless ideas and I'm really getting back into the etiquette of sending mail. It talks about some of the traditions, bringing back the thank you note, the love letter, the sympathy note, and even if you're not so comfortable sharing your feelings in writing and just like sharing pretty mail, they give you templates for how to share those sentiments. And how to make your own paper! Which is pretty cool."

Snail Mail, $19.95

Snail Mail Fan Club Pin

"Because somewhere in the world there is a pin to show what you like and we have found the one for the snail mailers. And it's hand stamped! Bringing the analog of writing a letter onto the pin that you wear."

Snail Mail Fan Club pin, $4

Ruled Letter Opener

"Pretty nifty because A) it is a ruler, in case you're meticulous about your crafting, and B) it'll open all your wonderful letters that people will write back to you after you've written them!"

Brass ruled letter opener, $19

Fountain Pen

"I'm a big fan of the fountain pen. It's the funnest kind of pen to write with! And these are a really great beginner pen because they're not the dip kind; they're really easy to use. A really good price for a quality pen and we've got all the refills at KP to last you forever."

Fountain Pen, $27

Lomo'Instant Camera

"I will always vote for the instant camera. It's a really great addition to your mail writing arsenal because adding an instant photo is another one-of-a-kind way to share a moment, just like that handwritten letter."

Lomo Instant Camera, $119

Wonder Woman Stamps

"Stamps make a great gift because they're literally little tiny works of art that cost money. So they are always valuable, always appreciated."

Wonder Woman stamps, sheet of 20, $9.80


"Out of our various letter writing kits at Kindred Post, this one is my favorite. It's got your note card and your envelope, matching but not the same. Real high quatliy, almost too fancy to mail. The materials you're using just add another layer of love to your letter."

Leopard Lily Stationery Set, $35

Gift Guide for Artists by MK MacNaughton

Meet Mk MacNaughton: a spark of creativity, generosity, and play! Check out her suggestions for the best gifts for artists this season.

MK MacNaughton

Q: What do you do by day and what do you do by night/weekend?
A: By day I draw and paint. This year I had the goal of running 1000 miles and reading 50 books and I'm almost there! A week and a half to go. My goal is to spend less time on screens and more time reading.

Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: I run early in the morning, every morning! I am a cleat connoisseur and I have different specialized footgear for thin black ice, thick black snow, you name it. I ran 4 miles this morning at Salmon Creek with my cleats on rubber boots.
And I Love having a break with my kids--really appreciate that now that they're getting older. I structure my day around family time.

Q: What do you gather around?
A: Everything I do is centered around art, family, and friends. I'm lucky that my passion intersects with my job and I'm grateful to have found a balance where it involves the people I love.

Grids and Guides Notebook

"It is much easier to take notes at an angle! To do lists become entertaining and visually pleasing, even if you don't finish... (self-assigned tasks). Without the usual lines, I felt free! You are tricked into being organized."

Grids and Guides Notebook, $16.95

Orange Cardamom Candle

"I love all of these candles! Perfect for home or for studio. I buy a bunch as gifts! Fights the mildew of the rainy season and brings holiday cheer and light. Helps people know the studio is open when I put a candle in the window. They burn safely in their jars so you don't have to hover over it and worry about flames. We didn't do a Christmas tree this year since we'll be traveling (to Spain!) over the holidays so we're a little low on decorations, but somehow just having a lit candle is a quick way to look festive."

Orange Cardamom Soy Candles, $12-20

Herring Coin Purse

"Adorable. Practical. Flash the bones! Fun surprise. I have a small wallet that doesn't have room for coins so this is a great supplement. Well-admired everywhere I go!"

Herring coin purse, $21

Ornament by Mk MacNaughton

"Designed to show up against your tree (not a lot of greens). Lightweight so it doesn't drag down the tree branches. All local scenes by a local artist and locally printed! You are supporting three local businesses (artist, printer, KP) by buying them here! Trifecta of local support."

Ornaments by MK MacNaughton, $19.95

Whale Knife

"THIS is beautifully designed. I have many art pencils that don't fit standard sharpeners so it's actually incredibly useful and delightful. As a special knife, I like to give it to art students to carefully use for their sharpening.The art of sharpening! And CUTE!"

Whale knife, $60

Local Art Gift Guide by Annie B

Meet Annie Bartholomew, artist, art lover, and basically every local artist's biggest fan. Annie scoped out the local goods at KP to give us her favorite picks for holiday gifts. Check em out!

annie b

Meet Annie Bartholomew! 

Q: What do you do by day and what do you do by night?
By day, I'm an arts and culture reporter / radio host at KXLL. By night, i'm a guitarist and secret crafter, or compulsive crafter. It's the best way to procrastinate.

Q: What are you working on currently?
A: Embroidering a children's jean jacket; I just learned the satin stitch at the KP workshop! And trying to learn a new style of guitar playing - piedmont blues.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
A: There's a lot of disappointment in this industry, but keep going. Don't stop creating. And don't compare yourself to others, because we're all on our journey. And don't be afraid to work for free, because sometimes time is more valuable than money and relationships are more valuable than money - and a lot of times it pays off later. It all helps and we all have to lean on each other if we're gonna make great art.
10 Sitka Herring
"This book was illustrated by David Lang tattoo artist/High Tide owner. You can see the tattoo influence on the subtle formline. (It's secretly not just a children's book--equal enjoyment for young and old!)"

10 Sitka Herring, illustrated by local artist Dave Lang, $10


Beaded sealskin earrings

"These are so gorgeous and delicate - two words you would not normally associate with sealskin. Fur can be intimidating but it's also luxurious! In earring form it can be a subtle luxury."

Beaded seal skin earrings by Autumn Shotridge, $45

Creative Hustle pin

"When you're an artist, you're leaning on everyone else and constantly bartering and trading and giving your time away. KP is one of the places that supports our vibrant community. Collecting pins is gonna be the new Pokemon for adults--gotta get em all!"

Creative Hustle pin by Christy NaMee Eriksen, $11

gunalchéesh thank you cards

"My favorite cards in the world! Collab between Kindred Post and Trickster Company."

Gunalchéesh (Thank You) Card Set by Christy NaMee Eriksen x Trickster Company, $29

Chilkat Bag

"If you really love someone, you get them one of Ricky's bags because they are just perfect and gorgeous and special. When you walk into a party, people will know you're important. :) Perfect for holding cell phone, credit card, secrets and snacks! Ingenious use of indigenous design."

Chilkat bag by Ricky Tagaban, $400