Holidays 2016

Handmade Rugs to Repurposed Rings, Your Essential Holiday Gift Guide

Grab a nog. With these 12 locally made gifts, your shopping is done.

By Eden Dawn November 14, 2016 Published in the December 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

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After a 10-year break from clay, in 2013 ceramic artist Benjamin June started his small line of slipcast stoneware nesting pots and geometric flask sets at the Radius Community Art Studios. Hip flasks are now hipper, people. $50–55 at

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Look, the only function of some gifts is that they be fun. And the Joinery’s Areaware Small Cubebot puzzle, made from sustainably harvested beech wood, fits the bill. $27 at

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Make America love vinyl again with these 12-inch standouts from our impressive local talent pool: Y La Bamba’s Ojos Del Sol, Radiation City’s Synesthetica, Joseph’s I’m Alone, No You’re Not, Blind Pilot’s And Then Like Lions, and Summer Cannibals’ Full of It showcase the best of 2016. $10–18 at Music Millennium

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Local tool company Leatherman partnered with pro skaters—Arto Saari, for one—to develop the Jam + style pocket tool. It can trim a rope, wrench your trucks, or just stash your ear buds. Clip it on and go. $47 at

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Reduce, reuse, recycle. Dora Lou’s handcrafted repurposed rings come from heirloom sterling silver patterns designed for formal silverware with most of the finely wrought patterns dating back more than 100 years. $78–298 at

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Go green with a moisture-friendly jungle cactus, mounted with sustainable cork and bright green sphagnum moss and ready to hang on a wall. These dramatic, living accent pieces are classified as easy-care, needing only a wee bit of indirect light and a weekly soak. Smaller pieces starting at $34 at Pistils Nursery


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In The Art of Sparkling, a collaboration with the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Dundee’s Argyle Winery has packaged together three of its best bubblies with arresting labels from three PNCA students. Art plus vino equals tipsy sophistication, right? $100 at Argyle

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With 100 seasonally organized recipes from your favorite local chefs—think Greg Higgins, Naomi Pomeroy, Jason French—plus stories of the market’s vendors, shopping tips, and pretty photos, the Portland Farmers Market Cookbook is a gift for kitchen novice and pro alike. $28 at

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PDX company Stitch & Loom partners with indigenous weavers in Mexico for these stunning handmade rugs. Founders Chris Frager and Matthew Collier take regular trips to Oaxaca to stay close with their suppliers, all small-scale, family-run businesses working in an art form that predates Columbus. $130–600 at

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May you sport a soggy sneaker no more! Converse’s new Counter Climate line takes the traditional kicks design and weatherizes it for winter with water-repellent rubber and waterproof neoprene. Win! $55–140 at

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Olympia Provisions cofounder Elias Cairo spent his pre-Portland days apprenticing in Switzerland and picnicking in the Alpine countryside. Now he packs all that experience into a giant basket in the form of Swiss country ham, Saucisson D’Alsace salami, caraway and coriander Kleine Schweine pepperettes, pickled onions, robust gruyère, and the Swiss Picnic chocolate bar, a collaboration between OP and Xocolatl de David. It all comes ready to go with a custom Pendleton blanket, walnut cutting board, and Opinel French pocketknife. $250 at

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The audiophiles at work behind Campfire’s brand-new line of headphones spent countless hours listening and performance-testing to make multiple iterations before finally presenting the perfect sound machine to the public. They’re handy for tuning out your nearest and dearest over the festive season. $899–1,299 at

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