Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary or just a regular Tuesday, anytime is the right time to buy an Oregon-made gift for yourself and your loved ones. Luckily, you don’t have to look far to find handmade and thoughtfully curated gifts across the state.
Out here, we have gifts for every interest – from tasty treats made with locally sourced ingredients to guided tour experiences through the state’s most scenic landscapes (and everything in between). Buying local is one of the best ways to show your love and support for local communities. Here are some ideas for some top-notch Oregon gifts, based on the interests of the special person in your life.
Oregonians are unapologetically passionate about food and drink. It’s no wonder, considering the amazing natural ingredients at our disposal. For the foodie in your life, check out these flavor-packed gift ideas made by Oregon’s brilliant culinary artisans.
Oregonians value self-expression, and it shows in our support of the arts. Our local theaters, museums and art exhibits illuminate the state’s diverse cultural heritage and history. For your loved one who loves arts and culture, enrich their life with these vibrant gift ideas.
Within a few hours’ drive, Oregonians have access to forests and mountains, high desert and wine country, wild rivers and public coastline. And around every corner is a welcoming place to stay and make your base camp. For those in your life who are always dreaming up their next trip, give a gift that helps them plan their next vacation.
Oregon stores welcome your business. Shopping local is the best way to support small businesses and to help Oregon’s cities and towns keep their vibrant identities.
For those looking for extra cheer, Oregon Main Street communities are known for decking out for the holidays. In the Portland Region, West Linn’s Historic Willamette neighborhood continues its wreath contest and holiday events including a holiday market and Hillsboro puts on its annual Holly Days Celebration and tree lighting. In the Willamette Valley, McMinnville‘s ‘Twere the Weeks Before Christmas campaign which awards downtown shoppers with various prizes. Downtown Newberg celebrates the season with the Festival of Trees and holiday decorations sprucing up First Street and locally owned businesses. On the Oregon Coast, Reedsport hosts an annual tree-lighting event, the Moonlight Madness shopping event, and a Santa Salmon local business scavenger hunt; while Gold Beach is hosting a community lights competition, meet-and-greet with Santa, ornament crafting and a raffle on Small Business Saturday. In Eastern Oregon, La Grande is decorated for the holidays with a Christmas tree lighting and small business Saturday events throughout December. Southern Oregon’s Klamath Falls brings back the Snowflake Festival with businesses hosting individual events.
Markets to Shop Local
- My People’s Market is an annual event marketplace of Portland’s multicultural vendors.
- The Portland Bazaar puts the spotlight on 80+ Portland artists and small businesses.
- Crafty Wonderland has two Portland stores, but also sells many of its products online.
- Hood River Marketplace lets you to shop products, takeout and gift certificates from Hood River businesses.
- Genuine Wallowa County features gift boxes and handmade items from makers from Wallowa County and the Nez Perce Tribe.
- Bush Barn Art Center showcases the Salem Art Association’s ceramicists, jewelers, woodworkers and more.
- Come Thru Market is an incubator for Black and Indigenous farmers and makers, open seasonally in Portland.
- CorePDX in Portland’s Jade District is an Asian-owned gathering place for the community, hosting markets with local vendors year-round.
- Portland Night Market is a popular shopping extravaganza for locally made food, drink and artisan goods, held three times per year.