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      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!

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      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


      Gift Guide for the Modern Man by Rorie

      Meet Rorie Watt, a hardworking and handsome hell of a dude. We asked Rorie for his advice on what a modern man might like this holiday season; here's his picks!

      Meet Rorie Watt!

      Q: What do you by day and what do you do by night?
      A: By day I juggle flaming balls and all day long people throw me more flaming balls and I try to choose the ones that I'm gonna continue to juggle and the ones that I'm gonna let just fly by.
      By night, I'm trying to perfect my skills at chess by continuously losing to the computer. I'm apparently making no progress.

      Q: What is a piece of advice someone gave to you this year?
      A: Someone this year told me that when people fight me I fight back harder. It made me feel like they were right. It made me realize that reflexively arguing is not a good trait so now I wonder if sometimes maybe i'm wrong.

      Q: What is something you're looking forward to in 2017?
      A: A boat i just bought, it's a little rowboat/sailboat. I'm super excited. It's incredibly well engineered and manufactured. I'm most excited about how easy it is to take a part and move and how quickly it goes from being a rowboat to a sailboat and how good it is at both things.

      I love this place pin

      "Because I really do love this place and I'm an emotional person and it's a way of showing that."

      I Love This Place pin, $11

      Quin candy gumdrops

      "I have a secret fetish for chewy candies, particularly orange (which is one of my favorite flavors). The gummy bear is a point of departure for all good things. These tangerine gumdrops will probably not last the afternoon."

      Blackberry + Tangerine Gumdrops, $7.95-$12

      colored pencils

      "Because we should be coloring more. We should be drawing and making art and doodling more. It calms the mind."

      Colored Pencils + Notepad, $14

      skinny tie

      "Handcrafted ties are cool. Flowers are cool. Ties are cool.
      I spent 50 years of my life not wearing ties and now I wear a tie every day and I'm comfortable in them. And now I want to have nice ties. Someone told me today I dress in a way that looks professional and comfortable - and I was wearing a KP tie!"

      QP Collection Skinny Tie, $64

      lomo instant camera

      "Because technology has sped us up and this is the kind of thing that fuses our need to savor moments and have some instant gratification in an old school way."

      Lomo Instant Camera with Lenses in Marrakesh, $169

      Gift Guide for Book Lovers by Stephanie

      Meet Stephanie, an avid reader and beautiful book instagrammer @thebookishbeaver. Here's her picks for book lovers this season!


      Q: What do you do by day and what do you do by night?
      A: By day, I work at the Trading Post; byy night I stay up all night reading. I'm also an aunt, so I spend a lot of weekends with my niece and nephew running around the house.

      Q: What are you currently reading?
      A: I'm about to start "It Ends with Us" by Colleen Hoover; it's supposed to be super good. I'm also reading "Heartless" by Marissa Meyer. It's a YA novel and a super fun story.

      Q: What do you never leave home without?
      A: Giant earrings, a book, and a carved beaver (Deisheetan) bracelet my parents had made for me; I have matching ones with my sisters.


      "It looks like a really pretty floating book. It looks cool, it's cute, and it'd be great lighting for reading books. I'd have it on all the time."

      Mini Lumio+, $135


      "A mug and coffee, because it's cozy and you always want to be cozy when you're reading."

      Betty Boop Mug in black, $47
      Sentinel Coffee, $16

      "Because people who love to read also often love to write."

      Galaxy Journal in blue, $50
      Writing Pencils, $13.50

      "I picked a couple books that I like. I've read this one. I love Ishmael and I think he has a lot to contribute to our community. I feel like he's got it going on and he's a beautiful writer."

      Courtesans of Flounder Hill by Ishmael Hope, $20

      "I love the idea of the book. I feel like it's really cool to see this book on women being amazing mothers and Christy NaMee Eriksen is in it and that's cool too. I'm looking forward to reading it. It's a gorgeous cover!"

      Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines; edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, and Mai'a Williams, $17.95


      Gift Guide for Explorers by Dea

      Gift Guide for Explorers by Dea

      Meet Dea Koryczan Huff: an outdoors-loving woman who is always literally moving up in the world. Almost everything in this guide are things she herself brings on backpacking or backcountry ski trips. Here's her picks for explorers!

      Dea Huff

      Meet Dea Koryczan Huff!
      Q: What do you by day, what do you by night/weekend?
      A: By day I work at the State of Alaska as an Air Quality Engineer. By night/weekend, currently: Skiing. And I also work out at the Rock Dump, climbing.

      Q: What do you love about playing outdoors?
      A: The mountains. Going up. I'm rarely not seen going up, in any chance, in any condition, I really like the view. Just getting up and away.

      Q: What's your fave place to explore in this region?
      A: In the winter, the backcountry outside of Eaglecrest. It can be easy access but awesome powder terrain that isn't skied out. In the summer: Juneau Ridge to Salmon Ridge over to Observation Peak, over to Lemon Glacier. Or Blackerby Ridge to Lemon Glacier area. I just like seeing the icefield. It's amazing to run in a pair of running shoes and get up and see that area.

      Q: How do you feel at the view?
      A: You just feel amazed that you live here. You're like, seriously? I just ran up here in two hours and these are things people dream about seeing in their lifetime, and I just got to do it on a Saturday.

      S'well Bottle in Neptune

      "It's insulated, lightweight, and I have brought hot liquid in it and it's stayed hot for 24 hours. I took it in the Yukon where it's -18 and all your water can freeze, so it was nice to have this while camping."

      S'well Insulated Water Bottle in Neptune, 17oz, $35


      "I always grind coffee and bring it with me. I love sentinel, it's amazing."

      Sentinel Coffee, 16 oz, $16


      "I bring one of these to write on the trip. I have a different one that I write trip stats on, but when you're out on cabin trips it's great to take time to journal, especially in foul weather it's good to have something to do in the tent or cabin. I use this one to write about feelings or life or stories on the trip."

      Moleskine journal, $13.95

      Delfonics Wood Pencil

      "For avalanche country you need a pencil for your avalanche book in order to track snow stability and snow conditions. You need a pencil because your pen will freeze. I always have this one with me in my bag."

      Delfonics Wood Mechanical Pencil in green, $10

      Opinel Knife

      "This is big for climbing. You need a fold out blade for cutting the rope in case something were to happen. For that you don't need a multi-tool, you need a knife with a big blade that can cut through the rope in a second. It's a safety knife that I keep right on myself when I'm climbing. I have this one!"

      Opinel Folding Knife, $18-19


      "Always bring good deserts. Especially if you're eating mountain houses and freeze dried meals (to save weight), I always bring good desserts, we all do. It's important to have luxury desserts."

      Sitka Spruce Tip Salted Caramels, $9

      Whipped Moisturizing Cream

      "My face is really dry from cold temps and the wind chill, so I was looking for a heavy cream moisturizer - heavier than what you currently have at home. This is good for all the outdoorsy folks."

      Whipped Moisturizing Cream in Juniper Berry + Lime
      1 oz,, $7.60
      4 oz, $20.80


      "When you come home and you dry yourself out, everything is wet and stinks. So I light a candle to make everything smell good. This one - sweet grapefruit - isn't one of the earthy-smelling ones, this one is purely to make it smell good. Light and sweet, not any overpowering flowery stuff."

      Sweet Grapefruit Soy Candle
      3.5 oz, $12
      7.5 oz, $20

      Coconut Soak

      "With the start of the ski season, I'm really sore from going up Eaglecrest and skiing all night, so a bath soak sounds really nice."

      Coconut Bath Soak
      8 oz, $19
      16 oz, $33

      Gift Guide for Sisters and Sister Friends by Melissa

      Gift Guide for Sisters and Sister Friends by Melissa

      Meet Melissa Garcia Johnson: a lovely lady, a woman of great taste, and a tender-hearted BFF. Here's her picks for sisters and sister friends this season!

      Meet Melissa Garcia Johnson!

      Q: What keeps you busy?
      A: Spending time with the people that I love in the places that I love them in.

      Q: What's one wish you have this coming year for yourself and one for your community?
      A: For myself, to keep on growing and caring well for myself.
      For my community, I wish: renewed energy, forward motion, and space for healing.

      Q: What's your current jam?
      A: "We the People" by A Tribe Called Quest

      "This is a staple gift in our friend circle because it makes your house smell amazing and it's super affordable."

      Amber & Moss Soy Candle
      3.5 oz, $12
      7.5 oz, $20

      Baggu Mini Purse

      "I love the creamy peach color, it's a pretty neutral. The size of the bag is minimalist, not over the top, and simple and ready for you to run out the door with. Great for a woman on the run."

      Baggu Mini Purse in Pastel, $120

      Coconut Bath Soak

      "Because we all need a little treat. Baths are the easiest way of treating myself. I have this and it's delicious."

      Coconut Bath Soak
      8 oz, $19
      16 oz, $33

      Kindred Post Pins

      "For your sister/sister friend who is hustling to make the world a kinder, safer, softer place, help her wear the movement on her sleeve (or wherever else she'd like to make a statement)."

      Kindred Post pins, $11-12

      Baleen Stud Earrings

      "Really I love all the Baleen earrings and it was very hard to choose. I love the simplicity of their designs. I don't have enough studs; it's nice to have a clean, go-to pair of earrings."

      Baleen Stick Studs in silver, $29

      Mountain Men of Alaska

      "This calendar is f*cking hilarious. And it's just a fun thing to ogle as you're moving through your day.../YEAR."

      Mountain Men of Alaska 2017 Calendar, $22

      Rad American Women

      "Because it's nice to read through and have daily inspiration for amazing women that you'd like to be like."

      Rad American Women A-Z book, $14.95