Gift Guide

From Hot Sauce to CBD Lotion, 5 Gifts for Mom That Aren't Macaroni Art

Forget the earrings and perfume. Here's what Portland moms really need.

By Portland Monthly Staff April 22, 2019

Finder's giant mesh tote.

Image: Michael Novak

As Mother’s Day draws near (Sunday, May 12, and don’t you forget it), it's time to start thinking of gifts for someone you care about. Maybe it's the woman who birthed you, maybe your bestie who just had a baby, or maybe America’s mom, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Whoever you want to surprise with a nifty gifty, we’ve got some ideas for you.

For Readers

Grace Paley wrote vivid short stories and was a tenacious political activist. Now, after 25 years out of print, Grace Paley’s Life Stories—a biography by local writer Judith Arcana, herself a pioneer of ’70s-era abortion work—is available again, after a Kickstarter campaign by Portland’s Eberhardt Press$25 through publisher

For Lotion Lovers

Dry, cracked skin? Bend-based High Desert Pure’s cannabis lotion promises a non-oily moisturizer loaded with 250mg of THC and CBD in every bottle. It’s not psychoactive (translation: it won’t get you high) but packs in mango plus shea and cocoa butters (among other natural ingredients) to soften your skin.

For Heavy Haulers

Mary Poppins’s bottomless bag has nothing on Finder Goods’ wide, deep, cheery-hued totes, which can haul most anything—farmers market finds, soggy beach towels, cases of La Croix—with ease. The brainchild of a mom with two active kiddos, the bags are lightweight, machine washable, and crafted in Beaverton from durable PVC-coated mesh. $59–79 at MadeHere PDX and

For Political Polish Lovers

Warning! Conflict of interest: PoMo Style Editor Eden Dawn spends her off-hours commanding Claws Out, an indie nail polish brand that flaunts colors like Uterus, Darcelle, and Liberty and gives 20 percent of every sale to groups like Planned Parenthood and the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls. We shy away from ever writing about it in print because, duh, JOURNALISTIC ETHICS. But I don’t know of any other local polish that funds groups trying to keep our country from turning into an authoritarian regime/dumpster fire, so I’m cool with bending the rules right now, OK? Plus, that gold metallic Matriarchy polish is frickin’ fabulous (and funds benefit Moms Demand Action)$15 at Tender Loving Empire  and online

Image: Karen Brooks

For the Spicy

Next up: the Ataula Brava Sauce, a collaboration between acclaimed Catalan chef José Chesa (Ataula) and Marshall’s Haute Sauce, whose inventive hot sauces are a fixture at Portland’s best markets. The result is surprising: a hot sauce with a Spanish-Indian vibe. Ataula’s signature flavors ring forth, with rustic notes of smoky paprika and sherry vinegar. The Marshalls add some left-field inspirations, including tamarind for color depth, smoked Ghost chiles and heirloom Honeycrisp apples for sweetness. It’s bright, prickly, fruity, and smoky, with great texture and layers of nuanced heat—just what you’d hope for in a fine hot sauce.

Bottles will also be available at the Marshall’s Haute Sauce booth every Saturday at the PSU Farmers Market.







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