We are and always have been about supporting local businesses. And with the economic challenges that this year has brought, it’s more important than ever to support small, local businesses this holiday season.
Here in Portland, we’re surrounded by talented artisans, makers and business owners selling an array of products, from apparel and accessories to housewares and food items. When you’re checking things off your holiday shopping list, turn to these local makers and small businesses first. No matter who you’re shopping for, there’s something for them on this list!
We’ve included one-stop shops stocked with a variety of goods from local makers, companies that create curated gift boxes with locally sourced items, and even some virtual artisan marketplaces you can shop from home!
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As you can probably guess from its name, MadeHere is a shop dedicated to representing only the best and most unique products from a diverse selection of 200+ makers, many of which are handcrafted right here in Portland. Shop from their wide selection of apothecary, apparel, food and beverages, home products, jewelry, stationery and much more, both online and at their Pearl District location, which recently reopened for in-person shopping Thursdays–Sundays from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. You can choose to support Black makers by shopping their collection of products from Black-owned businesses. They’ve also conveniently put together gift ideas on their online shop, which you can shop by recipient, by price point, or by occasion/interest.
With several locations throughout the Portland Metro, Tender Loving Empire is one of the best places to get an up-to-date reading of the city’s latest bands and musicians. The store is operated by the Portland-based TLE label. At each of their stores, they carry a mixture of music from their label as well as some of their favorite selections from Portland artists. Not to mention, each Tender Loving Empire location is beautifully designed, and has plenty of gifts and specialty items to peruse, all from independent makers and artists. You’ll find everything from accessories to apparel, books to games, and housewares to jewelry. Shop from Tender Loving Empire online and arrange for free local pickup or have it shipped!
betsy & iya has it all — whether you’re searching for clothing, skin care products, books, mugs, candles, scarves, hats, jewelry and other accessories. In both their online store and brick and mortar in Portland’s Northwest District, betsy & iya carries the work of other independent artists and designers from around the country that they’ve encountered in their various travels. betsy & iya is perhaps most known for their jewelry selection, which includes jewelry made within their very own studio. You’ll find statement-making bangles, delicate stud earrings, modular rings and so much more.
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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. EcoVibe supports local designers, women, minority- and family-owned businesses, and small makers and manufacturers, as they care about how things are made and who makes them. 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.
North of West embodies a lifestyle of intentional living and respect for design, small-batch manufacturing, and careful curation. You will find a collection of beautiful pieces at this small shop, either from the flagship line North of West or from regional and global designers. Their ethically made clothing for women and children is designed by two sisters in Portland and manufactured in Los Angeles. Plus, they have a beautiful array of lifestyle items perfect for gifting, including accessories, apothecary and housewares.
A houseplant makes for the perfect gift for your friend who is a self-described plant parent. Arium Botanicals is a vibrant, well-lit plant shop in Northeast Portland with a wide selection of plants, from cacti you can fit in your hand to large palms that will fill your whole living room. Plus, no matter what plant you pick, Arium has a ton of accessories, including ceramic pots, which are mostly made by local artists. Arium is open for in-person shopping Wednesdays–Sundays from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. with a number of guidelines in place, or you can arrange to pick up your order instead.
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ink & peat is the perfect one-stop-shop to pick up those one-size-fits-all gifts, such as candles, books, blankets, plants, cookware and more. You’ll find a clever mix of modern, handmade, bohemian, eclectic and organically inspired elements, to match any style. Plus, the shop is so beautiful and inspiring, you may just walk away with a couple of things for yourself! ink & peat is open by appointment only daily from 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Otherwise, you can shop their collections online!
Studio Grey is a brand new Scandinavian-inspired studio in West Linn with a curated collection of fashion and home items you won’t find anywhere else! Shop their selection in person or by contacting the shop on Instagram DM or over the phone at 503-804-8007.
Stumptown Coffee Holiday Trio
Portland has no shortage of local coffee shops to source beans from. But Stumptown is one of the best — and one of the most well-known throughout the country! They made things extra easy this year with their Holiday Trio, which includes three 8-ounce bags: Evergreen (a blend of coffees from Costa Rica and Ethiopia) and two returning favorites, Costa Rica Montes de Oro and Ethiopia Mordecofe. It’s all neatly packaged in a box — so all the work is done for you!
Give Portland is a woman-owned business providing the best artisan provisions for your gifting pleasure. They focus on using the highest quality products sourced from within 100 miles of Portland, in order to build community, reduce their carbon footprint and support the local economy. Gift boxes include Flavor of Portland, Portland Provisions, Omnivore’s Feast and more. Plus, in the spirit of giving and supporting the local community, Give Portland donates a percentage of its proceeds to Ecotrust’s Farm to School Initiative, which connects local farmers with schools in order to get fresh, local ingredients into Portland Public Schools’ cafeterias.
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Spruce Supply Co. is a curated gift company based in the Columbia Gorge. They create custom gift boxes featuring high-quality, hand-selected items from small businesses, artisans and makers from the PNW. This is such a great idea for a new homeowner — or for someone on your holiday shopping list! Check out the variety of gift boxes, including the Rejuvenate Deluxe Spa Gift Collection, Rise and Shine Deluxe Gift Collection, Adventurer Travel Journal Gift Set, Be Well Mini Gift Set, Garden Love Gift Collection, Northwest Petite Gift Collection, and more.
With Love, From PDX Gift Boxes
With Love, From PDX specializes in all things gift baskets for any occasion. Choose from their seasonally inspired curated boxes, or choose from a variety of local goods to build your own unique package. Themes include Cozy Cocoa, Culinary Delight, Get Snackin’, Mask Up, Wine for Days and more. All boxes are hand-packed and shipped by the With Love, From PDX team, with a personal note to your recipient.
As you can imagine, anything in a Made in Oregon gift basket was, in fact, made in Oregon. Since 1975, Made in Oregon has supported and helped develop the economy of Oregon by sourcing and selling artisan and farm products. You’ll find a special gift basket for any occasion, interest and budget! A few best sellers include Hungry Pioneer, Oregon Coast Highway Cheese, Taste of Home, Mt. Hood Escape and All Day Brunch. They’ve also partnered with Pendleton Wool blankets, which are shipped for free without sales tax!
Tender Loving Empire Care Packages
Photo Courtesy of Abigael Tripp via Tender Loving Empire
If you don’t want to shop in person at any of the brick and mortar Tender Loving Empire shops, no problem! They’ve taken all the work out of the equation by putting together a variety of care packages, which you can choose to have curated for you or build yourself. Plus, they have a ton of specific themes, including Happy Home, Coffee Lover, Self-Care Everyday, Cat Lover, Dog Lover, New Parent, Dapper Dude and much more. These curated boxes range in price point, depending on how much you want to spend between $45 and $95.
My People’s Market is a marketplace celebrating local businesses of color. It features the city’s diverse and vibrant entrepreneurs, makers, artists, culinary wizards and beverage crafters. Unfortunately, the market is not happening in person this year. However, you can still shop from the 80+ multicultural businesses online! Simply peruse the variety of products and get to know some of the makers along the way.
The Portland Bazaar is the city’s finest holiday gift showcase and sale — and for their 10th year, they’re taking this exciting event online with an E-Bazaar! They’ll be hosting your favorite local makers in a one-stop-shop for all your holiday gifting needs, along with a few perks and surprises. The Portland Bazaar will offer national shipping and local pickups. Check the website for the latest information!
Crafty Wonderland is one of our favorite destinations for shopping during the holiday season. Thankfully, they are hosting a virtual market with several opportunities to shop online from local makers and small businesses! On November 28 and December 12, the virtual market will feature appearances from vendors on Instagram Live, which might include a studio tour, information about their products, a workshop or demonstrations about their process. Check out the collection of vendors, visit their website and make a purchase directly there. These sales go a long way in supporting the many incredible businesses in our midst!
Looking for some more ideas? Check out these local items to put in an Oregon-themed care package or these totally Portland gift ideas for the holidays.