5 MN-Made Gifts Celebrating Lake Life

These Minnesota makers capture lakeside living at its best, with stickers, sketches, beach glass, and more


1. Lake Superior Beach Glass

Born and raised in Duluth, Anne Marie Gorham finds her muse in the moody Lake Superior. Specifically, in the broken and discarded glass that the lake has weathered for decades, which washes up along the shore. From shore to studio, Gorham features the beach glass in mediums ranging from photos to jewelry. White beach glass cord necklace is $20; lakesuperiorbeachglass.com


2. Nice Enough Stickers

From his Nisswa studio, Biff Ulm created Nice Enough Stickers with the mission of spreading a little kindness—and a little snarkiness. The lifelong entrepreneur is also a talented photographer who runs his second-generation, family-owned gift store, Zaiser’s, in Nisswa. Perfect for when you can’t find the words, these “tattoos” show you’re Minnesota Nice … enough. Starting at $4; mnniceenough.com


3. Northern Glasses

Mitch Reaume is the man behind several philanthropic brands that promote goods created by Minnesota artisans, including the companies Northern Glasses and Emiliani Coffee. This bold design featuring the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is available on pint glasses, campfire mugs, and stickers, and a portion of sales goes toward providing clean water to developing nations. Campfire Mug is $13.99; northernglasses.com


4. Art by Samantha J. Nielsen

Duluth watercolor artist and urban
sketcher Samantha J. Nielsen captures both the grandeur and smallest details of
the majestic North Shore in her work. A former art teacher, Nielsen employs a hybrid
process of sketching and watercolor painting. Duluth Alphabet is available as a print and also as a puzzle. Duluth Alphabet gallery print starts at $30 (frame not included); artbysjnielsen.com


5. Kakookies

Minnesotan Susan Kakuk developed the Kakookies recipe to keep her cyclist daughter fueled on race days. Part blueberry muffin, part granola bar, and all cookie, each bite is loaded with powerful superfood ingredients, plant-based protein, and fiber. They are available in six flavors. Cookies start at $7.95; kakookies.com

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