About Us | Staff

Nancy Cihlar

Nancy Cihlar

Owner
Great Gifts is a joy-filled place to work. Our customers enjoy exploring the selection of possibilities in our store for special occasions and special people. Many of our wares are fun & functional . . .“for every season and every reason”
                          (and every budget!)  
A personal favorite is Heavy Duty Designs,  owned by Terri R. 
in Silver Bay.  She manufactures the, sturdy nylon bags that everyone loves, as well as canvas log carriers & magazine racks . . . be sure to check them out !

           
 
Cheryl Hovde

Cheryl Hovde

Manager
 . . . enjoys working with new and returning customers.
" I like our U.S.A products, Jewelry, and especially the children’s toys that encourage them use their minds."
 

Joan Lilja

Sales
What I enjoy most about working at Great Gifts is the people!  And, being part of a staff that cares about the North Shore, customers, and one another.  A favorite category of products is the earth-friendly fabrics and sources.
Emily Cihlar

Emily Cihlar

Manager
I enjoy my co-workers, our customers and I love to shop! 
One of my favorites in Great Gifts is our art supplies, especially  the Faber  Castell  Co, which has artist-grade quality tools, materials & wonderful colors  . . . great for all ages 
 

Debby Rebischke

Staff
What I enjoy most about working at Great Gifts is the customers! They treasure the beauty and sanctity of the North Shore as much as we do. Many like to share the story of their first visit, and tell us how many years they have returned with family and friends in tow.  
One of my favorites is the art work of Terri Nelson Denatle-
. . . absolutely breath-taking!

About Us | Artists

Heavy Duty Designs

Heavy Duty Designs

Our partner at Heavy Duty Designs is an expert at creating sewn items such as the sturdy nylon bags, packs & and carriers that businesses and individuals have been discovering here for years . . . you will probably find new colors, sizes and uses almost every time you visit!  
                  There are also the long-time favorites,                                                canvas wood carriers & magazine racks. 
See works by Heavy Duty Designs: Gifts
Superior Jems

Superior Jems

Jewelrs
Jems  Locally hand-made jewelry, designers and creations.
Lake Superior agates and thomsonite from our own collection, hand-polished and carefully crafted into one-of-a-kind jewelry.
See works by Superior Jems: Jewelry
For The Journey

For The Journey

For the Journey, hand-made 'Jewelry With a Gentle Message,' founded by Minnesota designer Karen Journey.  A huge and ever-changing collection of spirit-touched creations by Karen and her crew.
 

Terri NELSON deNatale

Painter
'Growing up in a remote area of Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior, where my Great Grandfather C.A.A. Nelson founded Lutsen Resort, my siblings & I were provided with a unique opportunity to explore the natural world around us.'