We encourage everyone in Portland, OR to shop locally this holiday season. There are many great reasons to do so. For one thing, it supports small business owners who might just be your neighbor. It’s also a great way to keep your money in the community where it has the most impact. Of course, there are also the many unique gifts you’ll find when you get out of the house and visit your local shop. Read our list of 10 places to shop locally in Portland, OR this holiday season.
1. Find Something at the Portland Bazaar
You will undoubtedly find a holiday gift at Portland’s finest holiday gift showcase and sale. The Portland Bazaar, which highlights local merchants, artists, and creators, brings together over 150 makers, provides custom gift wrapping, and holds raffles that benefit local non-profit organizations. You can find everything from cups to clothes, holiday decorations, foods, skincare products, libation mixers, and anything else that you can imagine. There is a gift for everyone at the Portland Bazaar, and when you shop at the Bazaar, you help local businesses and the local economy.
2. Visit Portland Honey and Tea
If you know someone with a sweet tooth for tasty, delicious, pure honey, then Bee Local/Jacobsen Co. Honey is where you should shop this holiday season. Bee Local joined with Jacobsen Co. Honey in 2015 and continues its practices of sustainable beekeeping throughout the Pacific Northwest. Jacobsen Co. Honey makes honey that is never heated, treated, blended, or ultra-filtered, and the honey is used by top chefs in the finest Portland restaurants. Some gift flavors include Raw Blackberry Honey, Raw Wildflower Honey, Raw Honey Sticks, Honey Hot Sauce, Honey Syrup, Raw Bee Pollen, and great variety packs!
3. Portland Tea and the Holidays
If you want to sweeten the deal with the honey gifts, then look to local Smith Teamaker to create the perfect gift package. Smith Teamaker produces the tastiest teas using non-GMO ingredients, and it collaborates with local chefs to produce special edition teas. The ideal tea gift is the Holiday Collection which will warm your heart on the coldest of nights. The Holiday Collection includes Morning Light, Ho-Ho-Hoji-Chai, and Silent Night. You can add more tea to your gift like the Merry Maker’s Punch, Chocolate Peppermint Pu-erh, Ice Cream Royale, Aged White Peony, Black Lavender, Lord Bergamot, and more flavors that will complement the best honey around.
4. Give a Relaxing Gift from The Float Shoppe
While it is not serving root beer floats, the Float Shoppe will create a sense of calm and relaxation. If you have a friend, relative, or significant other who may need some time to float away from the stresses of everyday life or a break from the mundane, then the Float Shoppe will be a perfect holiday gift. The Float Shoppe helps people relax using a float tank that will leave them feeling clear-minded and refreshed, and has proven to alleviate pain, insomnia, stress, and fatigue. The Float Shoppe also provides amazing massages in case you want to float that idea by the recipient of your holiday gift.
5. Audubon Society of Portland
With the abundance of beauty surrounding Portland, it is hard not to find someone who enjoys the wonder of nature. While colder weather is in the forecast, the holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy winter birds and the Wildlife Care Center. The Portland Audubon Nature Store carries binoculars, spotting scopes and tripods, feeders, suet and birdseed, birdhouses, locally crafted items, and toys. The money used for purchases goes to the Portland Audubon to preserve and educate.
6. Give the Gift of Brew from Portland Homebrew Supply
For this holiday season, you can give the gift that keeps on giving with a gift card or supplies from America’s oldest homebrew company – F.H. Steinbart. F.H. Steinbart carries everything a novice or pro needs to create that personalized batch of homemade beer or holiday wine. From brewing starter kits, ingredients including additives, hops, grains, malt, and cultures, recipe kits including cheese making kits, cider ingredient kits, hard seltzer, Kombucha and Kefir, Sake, and wine kits, F.H. Steinbart has it all! They also carry equipment, bottling, and kegging supplies, and have rental items as well. This will be a holiday gift that you will not return for a deposit!
7. When It’s Cold Give Outdoor Wear
Belmont Blanket is the best gift for adventurers in the Pacific Northwest. Belmont Blankets are waterproof, washable, feel great, and are hand-built in Portland, Oregon. With their unique Adventure Blanket, Adventure Cape, and Adventure Dog products, you can enjoy nature while staying warm and dry. Belmont Blanket products are perfect for the beach, camping, concerts, indoor or outdoor, and will not leave you with “wet butt.” So, if you are looking for that perfect holiday gift for someone who is outdoors a lot, rain or shine, dog or human, then Belmont Blanket is perfect!
8. Get Creative with Cookware
With the holidays approaching, entertaining family and friends will become more common, as will the desire to cook and show off your cooking skills. Maybe you are the cook of the house, or you sit on the sideline, but the gift of cookware made in Portland will make any home chef happy. FINEX creates amazing cast-iron cookware that is durable and attractive. Created by a team of craftspeople, chefs, and designers, FINEX brings beauty to cast iron. Cast iron skillets, grill pans, double burner griddles, Dutch ovens, lids, and cast iron sets bring boldness and elegance to any kitchen this holiday season.
9. Send Some Love With Love, From PDX
If you are looking for a specialized gift for relatives, coworkers, or distant friends, then a locally sourced custom gift basket from With Love, From PDX is a winner! With Love, From PDX supports over seventy-five of Portland’s small businesses, offers handcrafted, unique gift basket options, and was rated as the number one gift basket curator in Portland. Their holiday baskets, which include Fireside Cocoa Gift Set, Chocolate Delight Holiday Gift Box, Cinnamon and Spice Gift Box, Salty and Sweet Gift Box, Minty Gift Box, and the Dark and Sweet Holiday Gift Box, are perfect holiday gifts for anyone. They also offer the Best of Oregon Gift Box, Bodega Home Bar Box, PNW Morning Box, Culinary Delight Gift Basket, and much more!
10. Made Here in Portland
Check out Made Here for an array of gift ideas from over two hundred Portland merchants and 8500 products! You can shop for everything from backpacks to eyewear, to candles, jewelry, skincare, knives, food, and even pet goods!