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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.
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 basecamp. For those dreaming of a vacation, try these relaxing gift ideas.
Oregon stores welcome your business, whether it’s for in-person shopping or online ordering and curbside pickup. Know that the Oregon Health Authority strongly recommends that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings in public indoor spaces. When you’re out and about, be kind to your fellow shoppers and shopkeepers, who’ve struggled immensely to stay afloat over the challenges of the past year. Shopping local to support small businesses is one of the biggest ways you can help Oregon’s cities and towns stay vibrant and strong.
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.
Ways to Shop Local Online
- Built Oregon Marketplace is an online platform featuring hundreds of Oregon-made products.
- My People’s Market is a virtual marketplace of Portland’s multicultural vendors.
- Portland Indigenous Marketplace showcases Oregon’s indigenous artists and entrepreneurs.
- The Portland e-Bazaar puts the spotlight on 80+ Portland artists and small businesses.
- Portland Saturday Market, the nation’s largest continuously operating open-air arts and crafts market, offers convenient online access to shoppers.
- Crafty Wonderland hosts two virtual markets (around Christmas and Mother’s Day) as well as online gift guides.
- Hood River Marketplace lets you to shop products, takeout and gift certificates from Hood River businesses.
- Genuine Wallowa County features handmade items from 65+ local makers from Wallowa County and the Nez Perce Tribe.
- Bush Barn Art Center Online Marketplace showcases the Salem Art Association’s ceramicists, jewelers, woodworkers and more.