We live in a city rich with gift-giving options. There is no need to tap the retail giants for one single holiday purchase this year! I even send my out-of-town family to Portland shops when they ask what to get my kiddos. Powell's gift cards, gift certificates to local theater, and a Portland Art Museum membership are preferred to an Amazon purchase, no?
Here are my favorite gifts and gift purveyors in our fine city. Happy shopping (even if you hate it)!
1) Alma Chocolates
Innovative, beautiful, and delicious, Alma's creations are decadent works of art. I'm especially fond of the caramel sauces for hostess gifts.
2) Grayling Jewelry
Katy Kippen makes the most lovely, wearable things. From simple, everyday-wearable, to major attention-grabbing baubles, Grayling's line of outfit-making jewelry is outstanding.
3) Eliot's Adult Nut Butters
Local peanut butter with a decidedly grown-up spin. Delicious!
4) Betsy & Iya
Betsy & Iya is know for their signature line of jewelry, but it's their brick and mortar presence that excites me. Scads of outstanding gifts and inspired, fashionable goods beautifully curated and showcased in their NW Portland shop.
There is no better gift than fun socks, in my book. I'm especially smitten with the Bad Ass and Lightening Bolt socks.
This outstanding Portland company makes fabulous, durable bags out of recycled materials from Cambodia. The process is innovative and the bags are really cool. Both my mom and mother-in-law have been happy recipients of Torrain totes!