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Give the Gift of Oregon

Add these Oregon-made gifts to your holiday shopping list.
November 18, 2020 (Updated December 17, 2020)

Bust out the eggnog and “Jingle Bells” playlists, the holiday season is upon us. And for many, that means it’s time to make your shopping list. If that sounds a bit daunting, not to worry: You don’t have to look far to find handmade and thoughtfully curated gifts in Oregon.

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). While you can’t be with all your loved ones during the pandemic, you can certainly show your love with a piece of Oregon.

This year hasn’t been easy for local businesses, and they need your support now more than ever. Make an impact with your dollar and give the gift of Oregon. You’ll be glad you did. Here are some ideas, based on the interests of the special person in your life.

Gifts for Food and Drink

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.

A masked cyclists grabs their bikes off a shuttle truck.

Gifts for the Outdoors

From coastal headlands to alpine peaks, Oregon’s vast landscapes offer a welcomed respite. And where there are trails and rivers, you’ll find nature-loving Oregonians playing outside. For the outdoorsy friend, help them gear up with these adventurous gift ideas.

A glassblower puts a flame to their art in progress.

Gifts for Arts and Culture

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.

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Gifts for Future Travel

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 basecamp. For those dreaming of a vacation, try these relaxing gift ideas.

A masked customer tries on a scarf while another makes a purchase.
During the two-week statewide freeze, retail stores are limited to a maximum of 75% capacity. (Photo by Andrea Johnson)

Shopping During COVID-19

Oregon stores are open and welcome your business. New COVID-19 guidelines by the Oregon Health Authority make shopping in person safe, giving you peace of mind. With the state’s new COVID-19 guidelines, retail stores have capacity limits based on each county’s risk level. If you’d rather not shop in person, many stores offer online shopping and curbside pickup. Remember to wear a face covering indoors and outdoors when physical distancing isn’t possible (it’s required), and pay attention to signs that may indicate direction of traffic.

A storefront has holly decorations with snow on the ground.
McMinnville Downtown Association is once again decking out for the holidays, this year with special giveaways and contests. (Photo by Visit McMinnville)

Oregon’s Festive Main Streets

For those looking for extra cheer, Oregon Main Street communities are decking out for the holidays. In the Portland Region, West Linn’s Historic Willamette neighborhood continues its wreath contest and multi-day holiday bazaar and Hillsboro turns their Holly Days Celebration virtual and offers downtown shopping opportunities. In the Willamette Valley, McMinnville‘s 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign features weekly giveaways and special gifts with purchase, plus a window display contest. Downtown Newberg celebrates the season with the Festival of Trees sprucing up First Street and locally owned businesses highlighted in its 12 Shops of Christmas campaign. On the Oregon Coast, Lakeview is hiding ornaments and celebrating home-based businesses, while Reedsport is decorated in holly and livestreaming its annual tree-lighting event and Gold Beach is hosting a community lights competition and a drive-by Santa activity. La Grande in Eastern Oregon is decorated for the holidays and re-lighting the Christmas tree. Southern Oregon’s Klamath Falls brings back the Snowflake Festival with businesses hosting individual events, plus a festive window-decorating contest.

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Give a gift that transports your friend to a special place in Oregon.

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