AKK Unique Gifts



My name is Anna Kalgard and I was born in Czechoslovakia (now known as the Czech Republic). In 2011, after 9 years of living in Winnipeg, Canada, I came to USA and ended up on a farm, outside of a small town. While waiting for my legal paperwork, I had a lot of free time on my hands so I took advantage of it and I started to do what I loved very much but never had time to do before - paint and bake. One year later, my husband and I established our small business.

 As a kid I studied at The Folk School of Art in my home town of Brno. My professor Květa Jadrníčková was a famous Czech illustrator and artist. I learned a lot of techniques of painting, printing, metal engraving, lino-cut and also the art of sculpture from her.

I paint with water colors, acrylic, enamel or pastels but I found it very interesting to paint with COFFEE. This technique is not really famous but it's unique and very challenging. I paint on canvas but also on wood and I have to admit, it can be difficult as each individual wooden plaque reacts different way. It's also works different on paper. Sometimes I wish that my day would have at least 36 hours because I have more ideas than I am able to make.

There is another story about my gingerbread. A long time ago, at Christmas time in 1989 right after the “Velvet revolution” in Czechoslovakia, excited of the new freedom, we bought an expensive real silver fir tree. It was so beautiful that I refused to put any gold, silver or any other colorful glitter decoration on it because it would ruin its natural look. I decided to bake gingerbread ornaments, put some icing on them and decorate the tree just with those cookies, pine cones, red ribbons and real red candles. I found a recipe in a woman’s magazine so I tried to bake it. My icing decoration wasn’t perfect at that time yet but my boys loved it. We never had such beautiful Christmas tree ever and I’ll never forget my sons’ sparkling eyes. I used to bake our ornaments almost every year since. Gingerbread can last for many years for decorative purposes, but the problem was that my boys always stole some from the tree. In the end, they ate them all so I had to bake the next year again. I’ve also built a gingerbread house for them a long time ago in 1990. My older son still keeps it. He said it was too pretty to eat it. I changed the recipe and techniques a few times to find the best one, really traditional. It’s a heritage passed from generation to generation.

The decoration is very intricate and it needs a training, still hand and a lot of patience because each piece takes between 30 - 120 minutes to decorate - it depends on size. Many poorly done pieces ended up in our tummies before somebody could see the nicest result. There is a special recipe for icing as well and it’s not easy to make an exact texture of it. Sometimes it's too runny and sometimes too thick, none of it is good. It took me many years to get this knowledge but I always liked the challenge.

However, I hope you will enjoy the beauty of my products – baked or painted. Each single piece is made with love and meant to make someone happy. It could be you or your loved ones.

Welcome to AKK Unique Gifts online store!

In our store, you always will find something special that you won't be able to find anywhere else. Most of our products are hand made and each of them is created with love and a lot of patience. There is not any other store in USA like ours. Each piece is an original. It's actually impossible to make exactly same two pieces as they are made one by one but that is what makes the product really UNIQUE. Our gingerbread Christmas tree decoration is afordable and you can get an exeptional gift for your loved ones, friends or co-workers. Gingerbread slipper with a little baby is a great present for baby shower, Christening or Baptising, hearts are just perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother's Day, wedding or wedding shower. Small hearts with names of bride and groom will remind your special day to your guests as they make cute favors. You also will find here a very unusual wall art – pictures painted with COFFEE. This remarkable fine art will bring a warm atmosphere to your house. Our extraordinary scarves and necklaces are suitable for girls and women of any age. You can add a slider with pendant and create a jewel from them. Come and visit our online store to see...