Your guide to finding a unique and personal gift for the holidays

There are so many talented artists and crafters in Cordova, there’s plenty of opportunity to find a gift that is local and handmade, but more importantly; uniquely personal. Here is a selection of items from five local artists with handmade gifts available for the holiday season. 


Just a few of the many patterns and styles of natural fiber bags by Casey Landaluce. Photo by Jane Spencer/For the Cordova Times
Just a few of the many patterns and styles of natural fiber bags by Casey Landaluce. Photo by Jane Spencer/For the Cordova Times

Casey Landaluce: Natural Fiber drawstring and zippered bags

With a variety of patterns, colors and sizes, these bags can serve many purposes. Great for storing art supplies, materials for journaling, make-up, jewelry or just daily keepsakes. Whether you choose the drawstring or zippered bags each one has hand embroidered details and made from natural fibers, such as linen and cotton. Check out her recent holiday collection made with homemade stamps.

Where to buy: The Net Loft

Visit: instagram.com/ksea.otter

Price Range: $18-$32.95

Two crocheted and hand dyed hats by Kacey Brown. The hats pictured are in Wild Iris and Halibut Grey. Photo by Jane Spencer/For the Cordova Times
Two crocheted and hand dyed hats by Kacey Brown. The hats pictured are in Wild Iris and Halibut Grey. Photo by Jane Spencer/For the Cordova Times

Kacey Brown: Hand crocheted hats 

Give someone a warm and cozy hand crocheted hat for winter. Choose from a selection of colors of hand dyed yarns, some are a wool and silk mixture, others are 100 percent wool. Styles are unisex and one size fits all.

Where to buy: The Net Loft

Price Range: $35-$50

A pair of earrings by Melina Meyer with a bold design and pop of turquoise. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/For the Cordova Times
A pair of earrings by Melina Meyer with a bold design and pop of turquoise. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Melina Meyer: Earrings made from wire and mixed materials

Wire, bone, abalone and buttons are some of the mixed materials used in these one-of-a-kind earrings. The designs and their pop of color makes it easy to find a style for the person you’re shopping for. Different designs are featured at both the Net Loft and Ilanka Cultural Center so be sure to check out both locations.

Where to buy: Ilanka Cultural Center and The Net Loft

Check out: instagram.com/AKmelina

Price Range: $40-$60 

Coyote Teeth earrings and handcrafted metal rings by Shelby Stoltz-Avis. Photo by Jane Spencer/For the Cordova Times
Coyote Teeth earrings and handcrafted metal rings by Shelby Stoltz-Avis. Photo by Jane Spencer/For the Cordova Times

Shelby Stoltz-Avis: Handcrafted metal jewelry

Her signature earrings are Coyote teeth which hang on a silver or gold fill ring. There’s also other designs and materials used in her bracelets, rings and necklaces such as copper, turquoise and other semi-precious stones in many colors and styles. 

Where to buy: metalinthemountainsjewelry.com

Check out: instagram.com/metal_in_the_mtns

Price Range: $50-$200

A vintage leather backpack and purple leather purse both have hand sewn seal skin details by Kayley Babic Delozier. Photo by Jane Spencer/For the Cordova Times
A vintage leather backpack and purple leather purse both have hand sewn seal skin details by Kayley Babic Delozier. Photo by Jane Spencer/For the Cordova Times

Kayley Babic Delozier: Seal skin accessories

Beautiful seal fur accents on backpacks, purses and clothing. She finds new, repurposed from vintage and real leather items. Each item features beadwork, which gives her seal skin accessories both a touch of traditional but in contemporary styles and shapes. 

Where to buy: instagram.com/delozier_dezigns

Price Range: $135-$300

15 gifts for $15 or less

Compiled by Zachary Snowdon Smith

A well-chosen, moderately priced gift can help keep shopping bills down as the holiday season approaches. These 15 locally available items, priced at $15 or less, can provide a starting point for your gift shopping.