Shop local with the News Tribune’s Outdoor Holiday Gift Guide

We caught Santa getting in a few kilometers of cross-country skiing recently and it looked like he was already toting some of our favorite outdoor gear that would make perfect gifts for the outdoorsy folks on your gift-giving list. In keeping with our News Tribune Outdoors section holiday tradition, we asked Santa and Northland outdoors-oriented stores and manufacturers to make some gift suggestions. All of these products are available locally, several are even made locally, and most have been time-tested and Santa approved. This year we also asked for at least one gift from each merchant priced under $50 so you don’t have to break the bank. When we found Santa, aka Chris White, store manager at Duluth’s Ski Hut, he was wearing a pair of Hotronic Heat Socks. If you suffer from chronically cold feet, these may be the ticket. They are perfect for downhill skiing, ice fishing, sitting on a cold November deer stand or watching a hockey game — times when keeping your feet warm means spending more time doing what you love to do. They are powered by a high-capacity, rechargeable lithium ion battery pack and offer three base level settings for comfort and warmth maintenance while Boost...

I’ve got a plethora of their Standard Baggu in every purse I own in case of impromptu grocery

I’ve got a plethora of their Standard Baggu in every purse I own in case of impromptu grocery store trips, and I’ve been using the same canvas bag for the past two years. While the lightweight ripstop nylon bags (which hold 2-3 times as much as a disposable grocery bag, BTW) are still the retailer’s best-selling bag, I recently stumbled across another Baggu creation — and I think I’ve found my summertime dream bag. Basically, I’ve been searching for a sleek, functional tote bag that I can carry all my workday essentials in but that also transitions flawlessly to evening or weekend wear without being too bulky. For the past year and a half I’ve been using Everlane’s Market Tote as my day-to-day work bag — but I was finding it a bit bulky, and wanted something a bit more streamlined. Enter Baggu’s Medium Leather Retail Tote. I first came across this bag on Instagram — and immediately went to research further. The Retail Tote comes in three sizes: small, medium and large. The small is quite tiny (although insanely cute) and the large was a bit too rectangular for what I was looking for (although it would be perfect for a laptop bag), so I settled on the medium in Spanish Moss. Bagg...