From Oregon with Love
Attention last minute shoppers: You got behind in your gift buying, but you can still give the very best to the people you love. Send a little piece of Oregon to the special folks on your holiday list.
Good tastes: How about a bit of creamy, savory goodness from Rogue Creamery, Tillamook Cheese, Tumalo Farms or the Willamette Valley Cheese Company? Gift baskets from The Fruit Company, Rasmussen Farms, and Harry and David offer Oregon fruits and various selections of goodies. And you can send the gift of Oregon beer and other treats through Made In Oregon stores. For more chocolates, cheeses, breads & Oregon products, check out our list of artisan producers.
Good looks: Check out The Portland Collection, a marriage of hipsterhood (Portland fashion designers) and tradition (102-year-old Pendleton Woolen Mills) which is turning heads from New York to L.A. Sock Dreams has you covered in the foot department. Look to Pistil for cute hats and scarves, upcycled designs from LooptWorks, one-of-kind jewelry and accessories made from recycled goods at Redux and sweet handmade purses and wallets from Queen Bee Creations.
Great sounds: New albums from Oregon’s gifted musicians include the upbeat songs of Blind Pilot’s “We are the Tide,” and two new releases from the ever-eclectic Pink Martini — “Pink Martini and Saori Yuki 1969,” and “A Retrospective.” From roots-rock-blues band Sally Ford & the Sound Outside comes “Dirty Radio.” And the jazz improve group Oregon celebrates 40 years with “In Stride.” And if you to stay in touch with what’s hip with the Northwest music scene, tune into Portand’s 94/7too NorthWest Bands Only radio station…it’s totally free online!
Great books: The bookworms in the family will appreciate the wide range of new books from Oregon’s literati. Wildwood, from The Decemberist’s Colin Meloy is a classic for the kids (and adults) on your list and includes beautiful illustrations by his wife, Carson Ellis. Jane Kirkpatrick continues to enthrall readers with The Daughter’s Walk, another work of historical fiction set in the Pacific Northwest. Diana Abu-Jaber’s critically acclaimed Birds of Paradise offers a dramatic read for fiction lovers. And from Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen is the recent offering of poems in The Voluptuary. Young Patrick Carman fans will be happy to see the latest in the “Skeleton Creek” series set in Oregon, The Raven while young explorers will love Adventures in Oregon, an illustrated guide to the sights, sounds and smells of Oregon. For more magical finds, step into one of Oregon’s many local independent bookstores and you’ll see why Oregon is perfect for book lovers.
Send a bit of the Oregon you love to the people you love. Happy Holidays!
about author Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.
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