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Holiday Shopping in Southern Oregon

November 29, 2018

Whether or not you need that new fuzzy sweater, techno gadget or hot toy, holiday shopping is an enduring tradition — and an excellent chance to support Oregon’s small, local retailers and artisans. Southern Oregon dazzles for the holidays, with its quirky, independent shops a welcome reprieve to crowded parking lots and big-box stores of larger cities. Here are some great places to shop — and gift ideas for all — in Southern Oregon this season.

Arrange a tasting and purchase bottles at River Ranch Oregon Olive Oil, part of the Great Umpqua Food Trail. (Photo credit: Joni Kabana)
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Tasty artisan goods

Handmade crafts and artisan food and drink are bountiful here — the only question is where to start. If you’re road-tripping along the Umpqua Valley, you can find bottles of mead at Oran Mor Artisan Mead, wine at Delfino Vineyards and olive oil at River Ranch Oregon Olive Oil to start. (Set out on the new Umpqua Valley Food Trail, but be sure to call each spot before visiting for any seasonal closures.)

Know a home chef, or an aspiring one? Pop into an independent bookseller, such as Bloomsbury Books in Ashland (home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival) or Village Books in Medford (specializing in rare, out-of-print books) and pick out one of Oregon’s top taste-making cookbooks or the new camping cookbook by Bend-based author Linda Ly.

Find decadent cheeses at Rogue Creamery in Central Point and handmade links to go (plus dinner and live music on Fridays) at Taylor’s Country Store in Cave Junction. In Medford, head to the flagship Harry & David Country Village store, with its addictive gourmet snacks (using fruit from Southern Oregon farms).

When in doubt, pick up a gift card to any of the region’s spectacular local restaurants, such as Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine in Ashland and Medford, The Parrott House in Roseburg or The Twisted Cork in Grants Pass to inspire a future road trip.

 

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Everybody’s Vintage is part of an antique/boutique cluster in downtown Klamath Falls. (Photo credit: Travel Southern Oregon)

Cool boutiques and sweet antiques

You can easily spend all day perusing the boutiques in downtown Ashland —  Paddington Station and its sister stores are full of Oregon-made apparel, home decor and other excellent finds. Half an hour north, downtown Jacksonville is also a hot spot for strollable boutiques, from birdhouses, air plants and work gloves at Blue Door Garden Store to fair-trade jewelry, crafts and clothing at Pico’s Worldwide. Heirloom lovers can rejoice at the antique store next to the under-construction Butte Creek Mill in the tiny town of Eagle Point, which happens to be run by the town’s mayor, from his private collection of signs, jukeboxes, posters and memorabilia over past decades. Everybody’s Vintage and Simpler Times Antiques are part of an antique/boutique cluster in downtown Klamath Falls. For the artistic friend, head to Lakeview Reclaimed Lumber, featuring one-of-kind wooden furniture and art.

And don’t forget — most of the downtown shopping districts are covered in festive lights for the holidays. The Grants Pass Historic District goes one step further with its annual Magical Christmas Murals event — 20 sparkly fiber-optic murals created by local artists, on display throughout the season. While you’re downtown, don’t miss Evergreen’s Bear Hotel, where you can visit 50 giant wooden bear sculptures (the town’s mascot) on permanent display.

 

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Find gift inspiration with a ski trip at Mt. Ashland Ski Area or one of the region’s top snow parks. (Photo credit: Mt. Ashland Ski Area)

A piece of the outdoors

Nature lovers will find plenty of gift inspiration in Southern Oregon — it just helps to think outside the box. Crater Lake National Park is home to three gift shops, for all of the cuddly plush toys, sweatshirts, scarves and fleece blankets you’ll need this season. At The Ashland Outdoor Store, you can pick up the latest style of Ruffwear gear (made in Bend) with the opportunity to give back 1 percent back at the register to your favorite local conservation group. Give the gift of adventure and book a birding and wildlife tour this winter in the Klamath Basin, which hosts at least 360 species known to use the Pacific Northwest Flyway. Send your sweetie on a boys’ or girls’ trip winter angling in Southern Oregon, or pick up a sweet bike jersey for your cycle nerd at BikeKraft in Grants Pass. Local art galleries are another way to bring the outside in — see the latest exhibits at Rogue Gallery & Art Center or Art du Jour Gallery in Medford, which hosts the works of 20 local artists. Or plan on winter family fun instead of a tangible gift and surprise the kids with their first ski trip (or sledding, tubing or snowshoeing romp) in the pristine Siskiyou Range at Mt. Ashland Ski Area or one of the region’s top snow parks.

 

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Jen Anderson
Jen Anderson writes and edits Travel Oregon's e-newsletters and other online content. She loves finding the latest places to eat, drink and play around the state with her husband and two young boys. Brewpubs, beaches and bike trails top the list.

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