Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Health-Conscious Friends

Please the self-styled wellness gurus in your life with these Portland-made presents.

By Webb Wright December 9, 2016

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DIY Desktop Garden Kit from jpants
Help a loved one decorate a desk or coffee table, purify the air, and nurture their inner gardener with this fully equipped DIY garden kit from jpants. Complete with Bonsai tree seeds, handcrafted ornaments, moss spores, an instruction booklet, and much more, this little box of agricultural wonders is guaranteed to add color and creativity to anyone’s home or workspace. $29 and up

Jogger Sweats from Portland Gear
These trend-setting sweatpants from Portland Gear will surely please your couch potato pals and your more athletic friends. This winter promises many more cold jogs to endure and many more seasons of new shows to watch. Now your loved ones can do both in style and comfort, all while showing their P-Town pride. $55 


Stay comfy in our new Jogger sweats. #portlandgear #portland #pdx #shoplocal

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Myrtlewood Home Cooking from the Pacific Northwest
Perfect for any lover of the flavors and foods of the PNW, this gorgeous cooking volume is packed with photography, writing, and recipes for dishes made with ingredients typically found in our wonderful and wet region of the world. $35


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Coffee from Upper Left Roasters
Whether they live in this corner of the map or halfway around the world, your favorite coffee drinkers will savor these beans from local Upper Left Roasters. After all, what better way to give somebody a taste of the spirit and daily life of Portland than good coffee? $16-22 

Altair Adjustable Yoga Strap
There might be no better gift for the mobile yogi you know and love than this adjustable leather strap from Portland’s own Beebe Company. Like almost everything produced by these masterminds of beauty and function, this strap is durable, convenient, and multi-use; it can just as easily carry skis or anything else you want to wield for a temporary little escape. 

Dairy-Free Cheese Kit from Urban Cheesecraft
If your loved one is fond of fondue but does not dare get near dairy, then this DIY, handmade, vegan, and paleo-friendly cheese kit from Urban Cheesecraft is a holiday household necessity. Complete with a host of ingredients and flavorings like black truffle sea salt and white pepper, this kit includes dairy-free brie, chevre, fondue, and feta, and is sure to bring the whole family together in the way that only cheese plates can. $35 


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Aromatherapy from Altar
The herbal masters at Altar PDX have something to offer everybody, including a huge selection of alternative health remedies. Packaged either as a spray or a roller, these oils are “blended with intention” and claim to make a real difference in a person’s everyday health. Soothe your friends' insomnia and throbbing temples with the “Sleep” blend (coconut oil, lavender, vetiver, marjoram) and “Headache” antidote (coconut oil, frankincense, lavender, peppermint).  $16–28


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Peppermint Moon Bar from Margalaxy
While you’re stuffing those stockings, be sure to throw in a handcrafted peppermint moon bar from local maker Margalaxy. These “m’intergalactic brownie bars” are made with dates, almonds, chia, flax, and coconut oil, making them nearly as nutritious as they are delicious. Best of all, they’re raw, vegan, and gluten-free, making them a true Portland crowd pleaser. $40 for 12; buy one for $4.30 at Food Fight! Grocery.

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