Meet the Family

I first started out making lip balm in 2001 to sell in my mom’s retail store
in Alaska. As years went by and people became more interested in my products,
I branched out into selling wholesale.
So Cold Nose Gifts was created.
From there the doggy cookbook came about, then the dog bandannas.
My products can be found in stores all over Alaska, down into Oregon
and even out in Colorado.
In 2019 I decided to rename the company “Brookhaven Gifts”
Today, we have branched out into more products like soap and candles (coming soon!).
I am Head of Production, Product Design and Social Media Representative (find us on Facebook and soon Instagram!)

Averill is a Tlingit Indian of the Chilkoot tribe in Haines,  Alaska.
Her grandmother used to make moccasins and sell them to local shops.
Her great grandmother, Bessie, opened “Dedman’s Photo Shop” in 1924
in Skagway, Alaska. The shop passed from Bessie’s daughter Barbara
and then to Averill in 1992.

Products were made and sold right in Dedman’s until it branched out into wholesale.
She is Megan’s mom and wife to Tom.
Today, Averill is Head of Sales at Brookhaven Gifts.


Tom works behind the scenes of the company, helping out wherever needed. He and Averill married in 1987 and the two of them moved to Alaska in 1992, a year after Megan was born.
If you need to call us for any reason, he’s probably the one answering the phone that day. He also handles finances and other managing needs.



Our three beloved dogs. The inspiration behind all of our doggy products. They are models for our bandannas and food critics for all our canine goods. If THEY don’t like them, we don’t sell them.