thank you sheila for your honest reply
know how to show your appriciation can be hard when you are trying to tacktful and give something the other person will appriciate. and i did know i did not want to give a knicknack or something that they would not have room for in their small cabin. i will stick to a card and a little extra in it unless someone else has a really good idea.
and have a wonderful time on your upcoming trip to alaska.