Portland Monthly's 2015 Gift Guide

13 local gifts for the discerning giver, from local vinyl to the perfect leather watch

By Eden Dawn November 23, 2015 Published in the December 2015 issue of Portland Monthly

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For the swing cuff in her Dea Dia line of handcrafted jewelry, Brooklyn transplant Jessica Lawson uses hand-crushed pyrite druzy to accent a simple brass bracelet. $60 at Tender Loving Empire



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Friends who really care give the gift of local vinyl. This year, opt for The Decemberists’ What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, Sleater-Kinney’s No Cities to Love, El Vy’s Return to the Moon, Pure Bathing Culture’s Pray for Rain, or Pfarmers’ Gunnera. $17–22 at Music Millennium

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Pick up- one of the T Project’s small-batch organic teas—like the Marrakesh Express, with Mediterranean spices and Oregon peppermint and spearmint—in a pretty canister for connoisseurs. $22 at T Project

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Furniture maker Elliot Stith uses sustainably harvested western maple and Oregon walnut for his wooden serving slabs—complete with a handy recessed dish for nuts or olives. $105–250 at


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Woolrich’s Chalet Socks are the perfect hybrid of slipper and sock: cozy knit wool epitomizes comfort while rubber footpads prevent any unwanted slippage. $70 at Animal Traffic 

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For its latest release, local bitters company Bitter Housewife teams up with Bull Run Distillery, using Bull Run’s American Whiskey as the base for a barrel-aged cocktail complement. $22 at New Seasons

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Shinola just opened its first Oregon outpost in West Burnside’s Blackbox building: a fitting home for its famed line of leather accessories, including the dapper Runwell Coin Edge Watch. $600–800 at Shinola 

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Hillsboro ceramicist April Brimer sculpts each one of her whimsical Pursuits of Happiness gemstone pitchers and accompanying teacups by hand, allowing slight imperfections to underscore the charm. Pitcher $150, cups $48 each at Backtalk 

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Have a Dudeist in your life? They’ll appreciate this classic Pendleton muffler featuring the jacquard weave that appeared on Jeff Bridges’s iconic sweater in The Big Lebowski. $70 at Pendleton 

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Reflect the glow of that special someone with Caravan Pacific’s handcrafted Sullivan table lamp, made from matte stoneware with a linen shade and deep mahogany or walnut accents. $185 at Red Sail 


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With its an eye-popping sequence of 150 infographic maps—charting everything from racial diversity to security camera locations, ghost sightings, and breweries arranged by bitterness—Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas should be required reading for newcomers and natives alike. $25 at Powell’s 

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Ara takes the standard backpack into luxury territory with sumptuous leather, hand-braided straps, and multiple interior compartments. $530 at West End Select Shop


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Banish the unsightly packaging from the kitchen counter and embrace sleek, slip-cast stoneware storage vessels from Kept Goods—they keep ingredients handy but pleasantly hidden. $60–75




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