If there’s one thing we hear repeatedly heading into the holiday season, it’s “Shop Local!” Thankfully, there are tons of awesome things made right here in Portland, Oregon. From chocolate to books to bike accessories and beer. So whether you’re a Portlander or just in love with the city, here are 16 ideas for Portland gifts. Made right here in the Rose City (or in a nearby Oregon town).
Every time we’re heading to visit friends or family out-of-state, we reach for some of these gifts from Portland – something local to bring! Quite often, that’s coffee or something snagged at the Made in Oregon store before jumping on the plane. If you’re looking for gifts made in Portland – for Christmas or a hosting gift – check out this list.
Shop local with these Portland gifts:
1. Portland Coffee
A bag of whole bean premium Portland coffee is my go-to Portland gift! Especially, if I’m jumping on a flight to stay with friends or family. Coffee is one of the best Portland gifts IMO because it makes a great hosting gift, and an added bonus: you’re guaranteed to have good coffee on your trip. ;) Bring a couple bags. I love Coava Coffee, Trailhead, Nossa Familia, Stumptown and more. Upgrade your gift, with a cute travel mug from Bend-based Hydroflask.
Trailhead Coffee Roasters Coffee Subscription, Trailhead, $45
118 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Stumptown 12oz to 5lb bags, Stumptown, from $15
3356 SE Belmont St
2. Portland food gifts: Something tasty to eat like jam!
Something consumable is great for those relatives that have everything they need. Older grandparents or people who are trying to downsize. Local Oregon jam. Done and done. Oregon growers also has a lot of creative gift crates. Oregon Growers is actually from Hood River, but close enough to make the list and oh so tasty. This is the show-off gift to send (or bring) to family or friends who don’t live in the Northwest.
Not Too Sweet Apple Butter, Oregon Growers, $7
Gift packs online. Jars available at New Seasons, Whole Foods and more.
3. Portland Chocolate
There are lot of Portland chocolate makers. Chocolate makes a great stocking stuffer. Just be careful of melting and warm temperatures if you’re planning to travel with this gift. My favorite chocolates in Portland were from Alma Chocolates (closed as of July 2020, all the tears!). Their Thai peanut butter cups were divine – ginger, lime, Thai chiles, red volcanic sea salt… love. But there are still other great options like Xocolatl de David and Woodblock Chocolate, and Ranger (at Cup & Bar with Trailhead Coffee).
Chocolate bars, Xocolatl de David, $9+
Assorted Chocolate Bars 10 pack, Woodblock Chocolate, $40
4. Portland Dessert: ice cream or macarons
Fancy dessert, ice cream or macarons is another great consumable food gift. Salt & Straw now ships a Pints of the Month or Best-Sellers Pint Pack. It’s not cheap, but when it counts, your giftee will be pleased! Long-time Portland favorite Pix Patisserie also ships their famous macarons.
Ice Cream Pints of the Month, Salt & Straw, $65 for 5 pints
Salt & Straw, 4 Portland locations, California, Seattle, and Miami(?!)
Macarons, Pix Patisserie, $36 a dozen
Pix Patisserie / Bar Vivant 2225 E Burnside St.
5. Handmade jewelry
Jewelry can be a tricky gift category. But handmade jewelry is a great way to find a unique option – and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Especially for sisters, aunts and moms. If you’re unsure of what to choose, a gift card for a local jewelry maker is also a good option.
Some of our favorites are Betsy & Iya and Freshy Fig. Betsy & Iya have a shop in NW full of their own creations and other home and style items. Freshy Fig has hundreds of budget-friendly, but still super cute and unique necklaces on Etsy.
Willamette Ring Betsy & Iya, $42
1777 NW 24th Ave
Long Lariat Necklace with Gold Feather and Key Freshy Fig, $24
6. Music, art or home goods from Tender Loving Empire
Tender Loving Empire has a ton of great gift options. While a lot of their items are music related, you can find a whole range of ideas in one of their shops. They also put out an annual limited edition album compilation called Friends and Friends of Friends from their record label from the likes of Y La Bamba, The Shivas and more. And one of my favorite coffee mugs of all time was a gift from Tender Loving Empire!
Friends and Friends of Friends Vol 12, Tender Loving Empire, $15
412 SW 10th Ave or PDX Airport shop
7. Wood computer and home good accessories
Portland is full of makers. Something most people can appreciate? A beautiful and well-made phone and home office accessories. Grovemade started with lust-worthy iPhone covers, and now they offer all kinds of computer and home goods accessories like planters too. Another great place to get high quality, Portland designed goods is the MadeHere store, by Powell’s, that features over 200 local brands. A lot of these brands also show up at the annual holiday shopping bazaars.
Wooden succulent planter, Grove, $30
8. Bike accessories
Ah yes. Biking. You may get some laughs with bringing someone this one, it’s definitely a more unique Portland gift. These slightly kitschy but also functional bike gifts are sure to get a laugh and please. Just make sure you add in a 6 pack, wine bottle or growler too. ;)
Take your beers on the road, or spend $10 more on the wine rack.
6-pack holder bike frame cinch Walnut Studiolo, $33
Etsy shop. Also usually at Portland Bazaar shopping
9. Magazine subscription to Portland Monthly
Great for friends or family who used to live in Portland. Give them a dose of nostalgia and keep up on the latest in Portland. Maybe it will convince them to come visit you at least. Also makes a great gift for a recent transplant or someone moving to Portland.
Portland Monthly magazine subscription, Portland Monthly, $20
10. Powell’s Books gift card or books
No Portland list is complete without a nod to Powell’s! You can either ship books or send a gift card. Skip Amazon and shop Powells whenever possible! Need some book ideas? Think local books, Powell’s does awesome “Staff Picks” lists, books by Portland authors, and favorite Portland cookbooks like Six Seasons (chef at Ava Gene’s one of my favorite Portland restaurants) or the Portland Farmers Market Cookbook.
Gift cards from Powell’s, Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St
11. Letterpress cards
Need a cheap, small gift? Letter press cards are my go-to. It shows you’re making a bit of effort, but isn’t an over the top gift. Great for a hosting gift or wishing someone well. For cards that they won’t want to throw away, go letterpress.
Lucky to Live in Oregon card, Lark Press, $5
3901 N Williams Ave
12. Art prints
There are no shortage of art prints and designers in Portland. While a large print needs to be pretty specific to be a well-received gift. A smaller or framed print or card is a nice touch gift. Perfect for those soon-to-be parents on your list.
Sellwood Series Joy Ride art print Dan Stiles, $20
13. Home goods like tea towels or coasters
Unique home goods make great gifts. This isn’t your average home goods store purchase. You can find a lot of cute local home items like tea towels! Have a friend with a tea towel obsession? I do, but your mom will think it’s cute too. And if you stop by pretty much any of Portland holiday market in December, you will find lots of options for home goods – tea towels, planters, coasters, so many cute things.
Scissors tea towels, Rebecca Pearcy, $16
(formerly Queen Bee at 3961 N Williams Ave)
14. Something to wear – hats or face masks
Shops like Flipside hats make cool, Portland-made gifts. If you’re unsure of style, start with a gift card! They make beanies, wool hats, ball caps and now face masks too!
Yes, you can find cheaper hats, but for a unique and local pick Flipside is a good choice. They also have mens and children’s hats and masks.
Knit beanie, Flipside Hats, $38.00
4432 SE Belmont St
15. Something cozy – like a Pendleton blanket
Especially lately when we’re taking everything outdoors. We want to be cozy! Yes to outdoor distanced socializing and yes to some cozy blankets. So the first the comes to mind is Oregon’s own Pendleton. The coveted wool blankets that are both warm and cozy and a design statement. Choose from their classic camp blankets or the National Park collection.
Pendleton Blankets, REI, $99.50+
16. Local Portland beer, wine, or liquor
And ending with the most popular Portland gifts idea – drinks! Whether you buy beer, wine, or liquor from one our local distilleries, local drinks are a great hosting gift during the holidays or anytime – especially winter warmer beers!
Northwest winter ales, your local grocery store
If you’re not currently in the NW and missing all our seasonal brews, you can find many of your favorite winter ales online. For example, Deschutes Brewing now ships their seasonal Abyss beer. Deschutes got their start in Bend, Oregon, but they also brew on-site at their Portland pub! And Great Notion, which started on Alberta has some of the most giftable beers – great design and taste! Check out the whole list of Portland breweries here.
17. Portland experience gifts
Want to gift something fun that doesn’t take up space? Gift an experience like a concert, show, theater, tour, or something else active. Although many experience gifts are in the raincheck territory this year because of COVID!
Concert tickets, Doug Fir Lounge, $12+
830 E Burnside St
Feel free to buy
me your loved ones any of the above items for Christmas. And remember one of the fun ways to get many of the items on this list are durning the holiday markets, one of my favorite Christmas events in Portland. Happy shopping!
What’s your go-to Portland gift?
Gifts From Portland was originally published in 2011, and updated for 2020.