‘Tis the season for gift giving! And as a locally owned company, we are passionate about shopping from local makers and small businesses during the holiday season — and all year long.
That’s why we collected a handful of ideas for the perfect “Portland” gift — including both experiences like cooking classes and a variety of products made right here in Portland. Shop local this holiday season and show your city pride with these oh-so-Portland gift ideas!
Looking for more gift ideas? Check out our list of Local Items to Put in an Oregon-Themed Care Package, which includes several products from Portland-based businesses.
Craft + Sip Session at DIY Bar
Book a session for two at DIY Bar, a craft workshop and bar that provides all the tools, materials and instruction you’ll need. You and your recipient can choose from a variety of projects, from macramé plant hangers to leather wallets, and get crafty together, whether or not you consider yourselves crafty at all! Don’t miss happy hour Tuesday–Friday from 3–6 p.m., when you can get projects for $29 and $1 off drinks.
Home Goods from EcoVibe
EcoVibe is a clothing brand focused on affordable, ethical fashion for men and women — plus home goods! Their home section has candles and diffusers, kitchenware, pots and planters, pillows, accessories, and so much more — plus all the cards you need to personalize your gift. Not to mention, EcoVibe is a proud member of 1% For The Planet, which means they donate 1 percent of every online sale to local non-profit organizations that are working to take care of our environment.
Annual Membership to OMSI
An annual membership to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) makes an excellent gift for a parent with young children. This renowned science and technology museum features three auditoriums, including a large-screen theatre, a planetarium and exhibition halls with hands-on exhibits. The OMSI offers three different membership options, including admission for two, a family plan, or the family plus plan. All members receive unlimited general admission to the museum and discounted admission to special exhibits, workshops, and events — plus other discounts and exclusive offers.
Holiday Gift Box from Stumptown Coffee
Photos Courtesy of Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Nothing says “Portland” like a freshly roasted bag of coffee. Stumptown always has a wide selection of coffee varieties to choose from, and even has a special Holiday Gift Box with a 12-ounce bag of Evergreen coffee, a Woodblock Chocolate Coffee Milk bar with Hair Bender, and a festive 9-ounce mug. Or pick up a bag of coffee beans from one of the many incredible coffee shops in Portland! You can’t go wrong when it comes to coffee in our caffeinated city.
The world-renowned Pendleton is a source of pride for many Oregonians. If your budget allows, spoil your loved one with a pure virgin wool blanket or throw, which includes their signature Glacier National Park Blanket plus a variety of additional colors and patterns. And peruse their wide selection of accessories for less expensive options, including socks, hats, gloves and more.
Cellar 503 Wine Subscription
Earlier this year, we got to know more about Cellar 503, a wine club subscription featuring unique, high-quality, affordable wines that represent the full range of great wines produced throughout Oregon. Know a wine connoisseur who would love Cellar 503? Good news! You can give a one-time, short-term subscription as a gift. Simply choose the red, white or combination club, and enter the recipient’s name and address. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Many are familiar with Steven Smith Teamaker, one of the three companies co-founded by the late tea entrepreneur Steven Smith. Sample the best-selling flavors of this Portland-based brand, including Fez and Mao Feng Shui green teas, Lord Bergamot and Brahmin black teas, and Meadow and Peppermint Leaves herbal infusions. This assortment pack includes 12 tea bags.
Gift Card to a James Beard Award-Winning Restaurant
Photo Courtesy of Evan Sung via OX
A restaurant gift card makes for a thoughtful, indulgent gift idea — especially when it’s for an award-winning restaurant. Give nothing but the best by opting for a gift card from one of the many James Beard Award-winning restaurants in our midst, including OX, Beast, Le Pigeon, and more.
Class at Make + Take Studio
Frigg’s Mercantile operates a DIY studio that hosts workshops and events called Make + Take. Book a workshop for two to learn a new skill, including how to make handcrafted soaps, candles, lotion and more. At Make + Take, they believe anyone can be a “maker” if equipped with the right tools and knowledge to make their adventures a success!
Tickets to a Show at Mississippi Studios
Housed in a former church along the vibrant Mississippi Avenue, this mid-sized venue boasts incredible acoustics and clear-as-day sight lines. Plus, Mississippi Studios is accompanied by Bar Bar, serving exceptional burgers and drinks from a full-service bar. Check out the lineup of upcoming shows and snag two tickets for the perfect experiential gift! Looking for a different music experience? Check out our Ultimate Music Lover’s Guide to Portland, which includes an array of music venues, record stores, annual festivals, and more.
Six-Pack of Local Beer
Another beverage Portland does exceptionally well is craft beer. In fact, the city has over 60 breweries in the city, a few of which we included on our list of favorites. Overwhelmed? Head to Belmont Station, where you’ll find an impressive selection of 1,400 beers and an expert staff who will be able to steer you in the right direction.
Annual Membership to the Oregon Zoo
Photo Courtesy of the Oregon Zoo
Walk on the wild side with an annual membership to the Oregon Zoo, which pays for itself in as few as two visits per year! The zoo offers several membership levels, including Individual, Dual, Family, and Family Deluxe. All members receive unlimited zoo admission for a full year, free entry to zoo events, and a variety of discounts and specials.
Help the outdoorsman or outdoorswoman on your list make the most of our incredible parks with an Oregon State Park Parking Permit. About two dozen of our parks charge a day-use parking fee, which is free if you purchase a 12-month parking permit for $30 or a 24-month parking permit for $50 (and during the month of December, take $5 off the 12-month permit!). You can purchase the permit online, at most major state park offices, or over the phone at 800-551-6949.
Timbers or Thorns Gear
Get your loved one outfitted in Timbers or Thorns gear so they can adequately cheer on their favorite team next season! Peruse the selection of Portland Timbers gear and Portland Thorns gear available, whether you’re looking for sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, socks or other accessories.
Dog Toy from Green Dog Pet Supply
Don’t leave your fur baby out of the gift exchange this year! Pick up a new toy or some treats from Green Dog Pet Supply, which happens to be one of our favorite eco-friendly shops in Portland. Green Dog Pet Supply specializes in environmentally friendly pet supplies and gifts for dogs, cats and their people. The shop has a variety of “green” pet supplies, including products made with recycled material, products with organic/natural ingredients, sustainably sourced items, durable products and locally made goods.
Anything From MadeHere
Photo Courtesy of MadeHere
If you’re struggling to narrow down the overwhelming selection of Portland-made products, you may just want to head to MadeHere, a shop dedicated to representing only the best and most unique products from a diverse selection of 250 makers, many of which are handcrafted right here in Portland. Check out a few of the team’s favorite Portland-made products, explore their curated collection online, or check out their brick and mortar shops in the Pearl District or the East Side. You can also choose a curated gift box filled with all Portland-made products, which you can build in-store or online. If you can’t quite decide, you can never go wrong with a gift card.
Bottle of Pinot Noir
As you know, the nearby Willamette Valley is home to over 500 wineries, encompassing over two-thirds of the state’s wineries. And the region is especially known as one of the best producers of pinot noir in the world. Give a bottle of pinot noir this holiday season from your favorite winery — or check out some of ours if you need some guidance!
Massage Treatment from The Dragontree
Help your loved one unwind from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season with an indulgent massage treatment from The Dragontree. This award-winning spa retreat in Northwest Portland offers an array of facials, massages and ayurvedic therapies to still the mind and mend the body. Choose any amount for your gift certificate to cover a treatment — or two!
Book from Powell’s City of Books
Powell’s City of Books is a Portland staple. And thankfully, for our purposes, a book makes an excellent gift idea. Explore their collection of over one million books, including both new and used copies. And if you can’t choose the perfect book for your recipient, you can opt for a virtual gift card so they can pick out exactly what they want!
Cooking Class at Cookshop
Satisfy the foodie on your list by gifting a cooking class at Cookshop, a kitchen studio in Southeast Portland that offers a wide selection of classes led by the region’s most celebrated chefs and food and beverage artisans. Give a gift certificate for use online or in the shop. You can either purchase the gift card online (and receive a unique code to be entered during registration) or arrange to get a physical gift card either in the mail or in the store.
What Portland gift ideas are on your shopping list this year? Let us know in the comments below!