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 lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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  1. Lauren @ Northwest TripFinder says…

    Love the local shopping suggestions… seems like locally-produced gifts from craftsman and artisans are the ones my giftees always love the most, and there is so much to love that is made in Oregon. Passing this along!

    Written on December 10th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  2. Sharon Bush says…

    I haven’t heard from you in a long time. Thank you. How can I order
    a book you describe? I have a friend that moved to Alabama and like
    to give her Oregon items. She loves Oregon.

    Written on December 10th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  3. Angela Clouse says…

    Oregon…. What a Beautiful State!! It truley is Gods Country. Igrew up in Baker City, untill my parents got the great idea of moving to indiana. My dad says myself and my 3 sisters cried all the way to Idaho when we left. I remember it like it was yesterday. My dad has since moved back and is living in Pendleton. I visit every year staying for a month, and every time I leave it gets harder and harder! There is is somthing about Oregon that once you go and experience it, it keeps your heart!! I love the people, and the country, it’s sutch a stark difference to Indiana. One day I hope and pray to move back… And i do Pray every single day, :) You dont know how lucky you all are to live in sutch a Beautiful place!!

    Written on December 11th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
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