Gift Guide

20 Locally Made Gifts Under $50

Our local stores need your help more than ever this year—and luckily they've got oodles of goodies to suit a more modest budget.

By Fiona McCann and Eden Dawn November 27, 2020

'Tis not the season to celebrate in person, turns out. But 'tis the season to celebrate whatever you have, wherever you are, and shower gifts on all you love from an appropriate distance. A reminder, though: if you're gonna shell out for festive cheer, please keep in mind your local stores and makers, all trying to get through this toughest of times. We've assembled a handy guide of largely locally made products that won't break the bank. 

Ritual and Fancy Candles

$14-44, Ritual and Fancy 

Ritual and Fancy’s gorgeous botanically speckled candles range from votive to tumbler in size and boast fragrances including Sandlewood Rose, Fig & Honey, Milk & Mahogoney, and many more.  

Holiday Cards

$5, Tigerpocket Press

For seasonal correspondence, look no further than these bright, fun greeting cards from Portland’s Tigerpocket Press. 

Organic Dog Treats

$15—28, Goodos for Doggos

Pooch presents! Goodos for Doggos makes homemade, plant-based, natural dog treats that'll make your fur children howl. There's classic treats or Paw-nut Butter, too. 

Clean Wit Soap

$8, Clean Wit Soap

Locally made and populated with Portland’s plants, herbs, and flowers, these Clean Wit small-batch soaps are as deliciously fragrant as they are good-lookin'.

Tea from Aesthete

$10-128, Aesthete 

Nothing like a good cup of tea to cure what ails you, and Aesthete takes that up a notch with loose leaf tea blends sold in one-, two-, eight-, and 16-ounce packets with flavors from the turmeric-based blend Golden Milk to long-leafed Assam to their Wake Up Maggie chai blend. 

Lip Balm

$2.99, Portland Bee Balm

Stocking stuffers ahoy! Keep your loved ones lips moist (that came out weird) and support a local business all in one fell swoop! Portland Bee Balm’s got Oregon Mint, Unscented, Rose Garden, and Solar Eclipse (with SPF) versions of this balm made from beeswax from Pacific Northwest hives. 

Albina City Nuts Sampler

$20, Albina City Nuts

Enjoy Oregon hazelnuts three ways—salted and roasted, mixed with cranberries, or the OG sweet and salty version—with this 1lb gift box of from this family-owned business. 

Wildwood Chocolate

$12.75, Wildwood Chocolate

Proving chocolate bars can be pleasing to both the eye and palate, Wildwood Chocolate has created these exquisite treats—think Rosemary Caramel, Ginger Pistachio, or Orange Confit and Cherry for something seasonal—that are ALMOST too pretty to eat. 

Hand and Foot Therapy Lotion

$14, Suzi’s

Look: Lavender is relaxing AND smells delightful, particularly when you're stuck indoors with other people for a long time. What more do we need to say? Oh, it’s in this cruelty free, locally made, Hand and Foot Therapy from Suzi’s. 

UMC Eye Ring

From $35, Upper Metal Class

We've got our eye on this simple, stackable eye ring in 14k gold, sterling silver, and bronze, in multiple sizes. 

Macaron Studs

$40, Barrow

Pretty porcelain studs from Barrow are inspired by the delicious French cookies of the same name, with flavors including Sugar Plum, Oregon Blueberry, and Madagascar Vanilla. And they’re all handmade in Northeast Portland. 

David Rose Mug

$18.95, Citizen Ruth

Schitt’s Creek fans can now sip from this cup of David Rose wisdom—he’s the bitchy, fashion-forward son of the family at the center of this binge-watchable CBC comedy—and absorb new ways to tell people to shove it.  

Bloody Mary Mix 

$14, Portland Bloody Marys Mix

Look, it’s a festive season like no other festive season: someone you love is probably gonna need a Bloody Mary. How about you help them out with this mix?

Retro Clock Cross Stitch Kit

$20, Collage 

Got some time on your hands? Get it? Collage has a sweet DIY clock kit, allowing budding cross stitchers to create their own clock face (for a real-life working clock). OK, so technically not locally made but it will be if you complete it here!

Pomegranate Puzzles

$19.95, Pomegranate Puzzles

If, like many of us at Portland Monthly, you are finding puzzles the only way through this grim season, then look no further than local publishers Pomegranate Puzzles, who are stocked full of every manner of jigsaw puzzle for the stay-at-home season, including this one based on a painting by John Simpkins containing a mandala at its center to “defeat negativity and instill well-being.” 

Eat Drink Took Kit

$22, Bambu

Maybe you’re planning on a very socially distant park picnic with your chosen other household. Or maybe you just like eco-friendly, locally-made sustainable goods and want to support small businesses. Either way, this Bambu portable cutlery set might be the practical gift you really need. 

Little Lark Ornaments

$12-14, Little Lark

‘Tis the season to go really, really big on festive decoration, and Little Lark’s felted ornaments—I’m here for the cats—are a great place to start. 

Love Over Hate Tee

$35, Mimi’s Fresh Tees

Someone you know is going to love this Love Over Hate Tee from Mimi's Fresh Tees, a stylish reminder of values to live by. 

You Think You Know Me

$30, You Think You Know Me

You may think you know the people in your household you’ve been seeing nonstop, day in, day out through these locked down days, but do you really? This locally made card game will clarify. 

Gift-wrapped Books from Green Bean Books

Various prices, Green Bean Books

Northeast Portland’s delightful kids’ bookstore Green Bean Books will gift wrap any book purchase for $1 and donate it immediately to the Oregon Food Bank to help feed those in need. (Pssst: They can order grown-up books, too!)

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