“Made In Portland” Gift Guide

Hats, meat sticks and expensive axes…. Enjoy my first gift guide featuring all locally made products.

Happy Holidays!  I am not fanatical about buying locally made products, but it’s always a nice bonus.  So I did a little research and found this nice selection of gifts not just made in Oregon, but made in Portland!  There are many more products to chose from, but I think this is a nice selection.  And just to be clear, I am not getting any payment or compensation from any of these companies.  This is all just stuff I think is cool.

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

  1. Peyton Hat by Bonnet.  $56  Bonnet has a lot of styles that I like, including many vintage designs, but I think this is a classic hat that is in fashion right now.  Plus the price isn’t bad.
  2. Olympic Provisions Italian Sampler.  $50  Not only is Olympic Provisions one of my favorite Portland products, it’s loved by OPRAH too!  She put OP on her 2014 Favorite Things List.  I hope they can keep in stock!  OP also has a Salami of the Month Club that would be great for any meat-lovers on your list.
  3. Ristretto Roasters Cowboy Blend.  $14  All of Ristretto’s coffees are great, but I like this blend a lot.  Fancy coffee is an easy and inexpensive gift, that would be great to receive during the holidays.
  4. Pacific Wonderland T-Shirt from Bridge and Burn.  $36  Bridge and Burn sells a big selection of local themed t-shirts out of their shop in downtown.  I have one that says “Rose Quarter Till I Die” but I also love this Portland shirt.
  5. Dahlia Dress Pattern by Colette Patterns.  $18  A great gift for the crafter on your list.  I love this locally made line of sewing patterns with classic designs for men and women.  They are all rated with a sewing level and even the beginner level look fantastic.
  6. Sprocket Growler from Portland Growler Company.  $55-65  This is pretty self explanatory.  Which beer drinker wouldn’t love this cool growler?
  7. Aromatic Bitters from The Bitter Housewife.  $14-25  Why buy any old bitter when you could buy local?  They have lots of flavors and I’m giving them extra points for a funny name.
  8. Heritage Axe from Trust Co. $275  An expensive but impressive gift.  No one thinks “I need a new axe” but even I would be pretty delighted to open one of these.   Trust Co. restores old axes into brand new condition.
  9. Walnut iPhone Case from Grovemade.  $99  Everyone needs a cellphone case, these are just really cool.
  10. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn.  $16 at Powell’s.  A classic from of the most famous Portland authors.  I like this book because it reflects the Keep Portland Weird motto with it’s story of circus freaks and strange cults.
  11. Custom Plywerk Print.  From $19.  Have your photos printed on wood.  Fun idea for family members, parents and grand parents.
  12. Portland Flag from Elmer’s Flag & Banner.  $40  Local pride.  Fly the city of Portland’s colors in your yard.  Comes in a variety of sizes.
  13. Together Farm Blocks.  $65  For the aspiring gardener or new homeowner on your list.  Want to start a garden, but don’t have the skills or tools to build your own raised bed?  Try these!  Blocks snap together into a raised bed just like LEGOS!

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