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Finn-tastic gift ideas with Alana Nolan

December 14, 2018

Finlandia Fridays hosted Alana Nolan for this week’s episode. Nolan manages the University’s bookstore North Wind Books. The store specializes in all things FinnU, Scandinavian goods and local history.

Speaking of local history, North Wind is now offering Finns of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Part of the Images of America series, Finns of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was produced by the Finnish American Heritage Center. The book centers on Finns and the Finnish culture that can be found in the Upper Peninsula. Nolan gave a shout out to her family, since her grandfather and his extensive music collection are noted in the book. The book can be found in the store and online in the links below.

Along with Finns of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, North Wind also carries two other titles produced by the Finnish American Heritage Center. The Cooperative Years was a DVD produced last year, which can be found at the bookstore. A Finnish- American cookbook will also be hitting the racks in early 2019.

Looking for gifts with Scandinavian flare? North Wind is your one stop shop. Dishcloths, books and sisu collectibles are all items that can be found within the store. Finnish coffee and chocolate are top-sellers, with a wide variety of flavors. Check out North Wind’s social accounts to stay up to date on all of the latest deals.

The student run podcast, Lion Around recently recorded their college student gift guide episode in the bookstore. The podcast lists some items that can be located within the store that would perfect for the struggling college student in everyone’s life. A gift guide can also be found on the North Wind website, which lists popular gift items perfect for the whole family, some of which are made in-house.

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