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Nine tips for great gifts made in and around Portland

December 3rd, 2012

December is high season for holiday shopping, and if we shop right, we can support our local businesses and economy while giving memorable, thoughtful gifts that will be cherished by all.

Buying local not only helps support the local economy and creates local jobs, but also reduces the load on our transportation system and environment. Perhaps most important, it celebrates the awesomeness that our region has to offer.

Here are some great locally-sourced gift ideas:

  • Want to keep your loved ones warm? How about some beautiful Pendleton blankets, sweaters and scarves?
  • Keep them fed with Oregon-grown hazelnuts, fruits, jams, cheeses, baked goods, honey, smoked salmon, and organic meats and produce. If you need to go gluten-free, look no further than Bob’s Red Mill for a host of baking, cereal and other cooking needs.
  • Why not spices? Did you know that Oregon is the largest producer of peppermint in the U.S.?
  • If they love beer and wine, you can’t go wrong with our amazing craft brewers’ products and local wineries. Over 100 breweries and several hundred wineries give you tremendous choice – and most of the grapes, hops, yeast and barley is locally grown or sourced, too! Oh, and we have a number of cider makers and distilleries, too!
  • Trying to satisfy a sweet tooth? Try notable chocolatiers like Moonstruck, toffee from Cary’s of Oregon, or one of the dozens of taffy makers on the Oregon coast.
  • Of course we can’t forget our morning beverage providers. Dozens of local coffee roasters are complemented by specialty tea makers like Tazo and Country Spice Mulling Spices for your hot toddy or hot cider by the fire.
  • Sports fans, why not tickets to games? In addition to the Blazers and Timbers, we can support our local institutions of higher learning with tickets to games at the University of Portland, Portland State U., U. of Oregon or Oregon State. And Oregon’s own PAC Stoves makes great smokers and grills for the tailgater, which work great with Super Skewer BBQ skewers – another great Oregon product!
  • Don’t forget tourism. In addition to a great local walking tour company that sells gift certificates (hint, hint), we have great skiing with four resorts on Mt. Hood, over 300 miles of beautiful coastline, an amazing Columbia Gorge loaded with sights and B&Bs, and that nice, dry, sunny place known as Eastern Oregon for a break from the winter rains.
  • If you want your loved ones to get there by bike (and this IS Portland), check out the dozens of local bicycle manufacturers.

And of course, make sure that Yule tree is locally grown! Of course, that’s not hard. Oregon supplies over 20% of the Christmas trees in the U.S.!