Shopping for Alaska Souvenirs at Fred Meyer

Alaska Souvenir - King Salmon Jerky, Purchased at Fred Meyer
Alaska Souvenir - King Salmon Jerky, Purchased at Fred Meyer

Shortly after landing at the Anchorage airport, I was sitting in the backseat of the rental car soaking up my surroundings. While stopped at a traffic light, a car wrapped in an advertisement for King Salmon Jerky pulled up next to us.

“Cool,” I thought. “Something truly Alaskan I can bring home.” Plus, I knew I couldn’t afford to bring back fresh salmon so salmon jerky would have to do.

Bringing back souvenirs from vacation is important for me. It helps me enjoy my vacation while home and share the experience with others. I typically like consumable items such as food and beauty products, or useful things, like clothing (no, not T-shirts). And, I also like handmade, artistic items as artwork and jewelry. But, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to find these things along my journey.

Musk Ox Candles at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer, Alaska
Musk Ox Candles at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer, Alaska

When we stopped at a Fred Meyer in Wasilla for provisions (aka: snacks), I found the perfect Alaska souvenirs including King Salmon Jerky, clothing, postcards and a calendar of a certain famous Alaskan. Jackpot! We stopped at another Fred Meyer in Fairbanks where I restocked on more postcards and picked up more salmon jerky because I wasn’t sure if I had initially picked enough up.

Ideally, I’d like to hunt around in boutique shops to find those special treasures and I had the opportunity to do so a couple of times. But, Fred Meyer made it very easy and affordable to pick up the other needed Alaska souvenirs and essentials. I registered for a Fred Meyer frequent shopper card for an additional discount on my purchase – not on my souvenirs but on more provisions.

This isn’t the first time I’ve shopped a grocery store for souvenirs. When I head home to Buffalo, I head to Wegmans Grocery Store for edibles as Buffalo chicken wing cheese, Chiavetta’s Marinade, Weber’s Mustard and Sahlen’s Hot Dogs, among other Buffalo foodie favorites. I’ve also done this in other cities such as Vancouver and in the Carolinas. I can usually find food items at a discount and pick up typical non-consumable souvenirs.

If you haven’t been to a Fred Meyer, it’s like a hybrid between a Super Wal-Mart and Super Target.

Of course, I may still tell you those colorful socks I purchased for you were hand-knit by a blind Alaskan woman who used a variety of roots and berries to dye the yarn. The animals weaved into the pattern signify peace, love and wealth. (Because it depicts two bull moose fighting.) I had to climb a mountain 4 miles and fight a grizzly with my bare hands all to bring back this amazing gift for you…

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Jenn

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

5 thoughts on “Shopping for Alaska Souvenirs at Fred Meyer

  1. I’m a big believer in grocery store souvenir shopping. In my attempts to bring back the true local flavor of a place visited, there is hardly a better place to shop than where the locals do their grocery shopping 😉 And I LOVE Fred Meyers.

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