Start prepping for your holiday-shopping trip to Portland with these local, artisan finds from seven great stores.
Whether you love unique, artisan finds or just love shopping tax-free, there’s no better time for a swing through Portland than before the holidays.
Start planning your trip down south with ideas for your whole list from seven top stores, all centrally located downtown. And if you can’t make it to Portland, all of these fun Oregon finds are also available online.
North of West
For the hip, stylish woman in your life, pop into North of West, located near Powell’s Books. You’ll find locally made standouts for the home, such as Pigeon Toe Ceramics’ Marble Sprout Pot ($44), as well as accessories like the Nell & Mary Sideways Rain Backpack ($130).
The shop also has a large array of clothing from clothing company Make It Good, which prints and sews its pieces in Portland. The line’s Composition Tank ($68, all at shopnorthofwest.com) is a midweight cotton that’s perfect alone or layered for winter and beyond.
You could easily knock off your whole list in this vast store, also near Powell’s, that highlights the depth and talent of Portland’s makers.
A large jewelry case includes Nested Yellow’s Knot Ring ($89), which is handmade in Portland and comes in sterling silver or gold fill.
In the huge apothecary section, you’ll find Urban Oreganics Body Food ($22), a do-anything body butter that works on skin, hair, even diaper rash, with its mix of organic oils and butters.
And among the home goods is Revolution Design House’s Boxcar Electric Table Lamp with Edison Bulb ($115, all at madeherepdx.com), a handsome addition to a study or living room.
Wildfang & Tender Loving Empire
Across from the Ace Hotel are these two neighboring stores that wonderfully display Portland’s fun and edgy spirit.
Wildfang’s Come As You Are Crew ($50 at wildfang.com) reflects its tomboy aesthetic, while nodding to a Nirvana anthem. Also in the cool, friendly store are shoes, bags and gifty odes to feminists such as Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Hillary Clinton and Beyoncé, in the form of pins, pennants and coloring books.
At Tender Loving Empire, you can pick up records from the local label’s lineup, as well as Portland-themed cards and stocking stuffers like Bishop Lennon Art’s Happy Cloud Magnet ($6). Make the kids happy with one of the store’s own Portland Rain Color Kids Tees ($24, both at tenderlovingempire.com), which is screenprinted on site.
Amble across the street to pick up a new tent or bag from Poler, the outdoor outfitter known for its great prints and color combos.
The Portland firm teamed with Seattle’s Thermarest on the oh-so-cozy Slacker Double Hammock ($90), which will add comfort and a pop of color to camping next spring. Or pick up a pair of the Poler x People Lennon Chillers ($70, both at polerstuff.com), funky slides available in camo and hunter-orange or in a “Miami Vice”-themed pink and mint.
Across the street and around the corner is this shop that specializes in Scandinavian design, but that also carries plenty of Portland makers.
An extensive jewelry case includes Natalie Joy Moonlet Posts ($52) in brass and silver, while a neighboring table holds the Marshall’s Haute Sauce Gift Pack ($35, both at woonwinkelhome.com), sure to please the foodie or spice-lover on your list.
It’s worth a walking a few blocks down to Canoe, located across from the Portland Art Museum. The store helpfully labels where items are produced and gives some backstory about each maker.
Local finds include the July Nine Roll-Up Tote Bag ($20.50), made in Bend, Ore., that elevates the stowable bag by adding a leather handle, and Flint & Lars Pet Toys ($10–$12, both at canoeonline.net), which are handsewn in Portland. Chic fabrics cover Organic Catnip Mice for cats and Squeaker Bones for dogs.