Whether your loved ones are near or far, it’s not always possible to present a gift in person (although wouldn’t that be nice?). Why not put your cellphone or computer keyboard to work by sending some Oregon-inspired love to a friend, family member or even yourself. In the process, you’ll be showing love for your favorite Oregon businesses and help them to thrive amidst the challenging climate.
Here are some gift ideas from around the state to show your love.
For the Foodie
Mmmm, is there anything more comforting than cheese? Stock up online at Bandon’s Face Rock Creamery, Rogue Creamery in Central Point (home of the award-winning blue cheese) or the famous Tillamook Creamery. Then go online for ooey-gooey, step-by-step Tillamook recipes — try the rosemary and kale mac and cheese. For the true cheese lover, plan a trip along the Oregon Cheese Trail, where you’ll get to meet many of the state’s 20-plus cheesemakers and learn about how these fresh artisan products each represent their own terroir.
Farms products from the Hood River Fruit Loop make perfect gifts: jams and honeys from Packer Orchards and Apple Valley Country Store; wine from Cathedral Ridge Winery and Stave & Stone Wine Estates; and soothing, stress-relieving lavender products from Hood River Lavender Farms and Lavender Valley.
Portland has an international reputation as a foodie town thanks to dedicated restaurateurs and talented chefs. Show your love by buying online gift cards for dining or, restaurant swag like hats and T-shirts. If you ever wanted that pink Voodoo Doughnut coffee mug with the hole in the middle, now’s the time to buy.
Looking for inspiration for your next tasty road trip? Check out the many farms, restaurants and other foodie havens across the state along Oregon Food Trails.
For the Bookworm
Legendary Powell’s Books is always fun to browse, but you can also order titles online. Look to other independent neighborhood bookstores to do the same. Plus, if you need something besides Monopoly and Scrabble to play with the kids, check out Powell’s online selection of board games.
Celebrate ski season all year long with the Timberline Lodge online store featuring clothing and souvenirs with the iconic lodge’s name. You also can buy good reads about Timberline and the Cascades, including some selections for kids.
For the Kids
Between holiday breaks and long weekends, it’s always good to have some at-home ideas for kids to balance out screen time. Print out a free OMSI stay-at-home activity for DIY science fun and then visit the museum when you can for hands-on exploration. Consider giving the gift of an annual membership to support OMSI’s educational mission.
A great place to visit year-round, the Oregon Zoo cares for more than 1,800 animals. You can help by participating in the zoo’s Symbolic Adoption Program. If you make a $100 donation, you’ll receive an earth-friendly plush animal, framed photo, personalized adoption certificate, animal fact sheet and sticker. You can check on how the real animals are doing every day here.
Oregon Coast Aquarium has a similar online Adopt-an-Animal program. For $65, you’ll receive a plush stuffed animal, 5”x7” photo, personalized adoption certificate, species fact sheet, aquarium sticker and newsletter subscription.
The High Desert Museum in Bend cares for more than 100 animals — from bald eagles to river otters to desert tortoises. You can adopt an animal; commitments range from $25 to $150 with various swag packages.
For the Outdoor Enthusiast
If you’re shopping for a camper, hiker or frequent visitor of Oregon State Parks, the gift of an annual park permit or some parks merch — a mug, journal, beanie or a deck of playing cards with your favorite park on it — will surely bring surprise and delight. For gearheads who can’t get enough, a gift card to a local outdoor shop in Oregon is a fantastic way to support small businesses. You can order iconic Pendleton blankets and clothing online. The national park line is perfect for the outdoorsy person in your life. The gift of an annual Northwest Forest Pass would be another winner that’ll score you brownie points in the gift department.
Gift a summertime rafting trip with Northwest Rafting Company, Rogue Rafting Company or Orange Torpedo Trips on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River or a future kayaking tour with Sky Lakes Wilderness Adventures or ROE Outfitters on Spring Creek in Southern Oregon. Hellgate Jetboat Excursions lets you explore the Rogue on multiple-day tours, with stops at riverside cabins and gourmet meals.
Check out the full range of Oregon’s tours and guided trips for the ultimate gift that will keep on giving.
For the Chocolate and Coffee Connoisseur
Ida’s Cupcake Cafe in Bend ships its four-pack cupcake parfaits — red velvet, chocolate-almond joy, vanilla salted caramel and peanut butter-stuffed chocolate — anywhere in the country.
Are you going through an inordinate amount of coffee at home? Restock with freshly roasted beans from Sisters Coffee Company, which is offering special discounts.
Family-owned Arrowhead Chocolates in Joseph sells it handcrafted treats online; consider a box of the award-winning huckleberry and espresso truffles.
For the Happy-Hour Lover
Many Oregon distilleries produce phenomenal whiskies, gins, bourbons and more, many using local ingredients, like Portland’s Freeland Spirits. Check out their beautiful swag online. For the craft brew lover in your life, what better way to show your love than with a branded hoodie, T-shirt, beanie or ball cap? Check out the merch at pFriem Family Brewers and Ferment Brewing Company in Hood River, Solera Brewery in Parkdale, and Freebridge Brewing in The Dalles.
Many wineries are shipping bottles with shipping discounts, wine deals and special gift packs. Whether you’re looking for eco-friendly wineries, celebrity- or women-owned wineries, Latino-owned wineries, urban wineries in Portland or wineries from the burgeoning Rogue Valley or Tualatin Valley, there’s never been a better time to stock up on your favorite vintages. If you can’t visit in person, a wine club membership makes for a fabulous gift (for yourself and your loved ones, of course).
A purchase with Corvallis-based Bella Vino Gifts has a ripple effect throughout the state. The company fills its baskets and boxes with carefully selected Oregon-made products, which in turn supports other small businesses. Choose gifts themed around Oregon beers, wines and specialty-food items or around regions like the Oregon Coast. Bella Vino also curates some baskets to only include products from family- and female-owned businesses. Each basket or box is beautifully arranged with special attention to using sustainable materials.