It’s the first weekend of December, and we have more favorites to share that would make great gifts for even the most particular person on your list. Part 2 of our Holiday Gift Guide focuses on locally-sourced finds from Design Department Manager Marty & Project Manager Joe Hoffman.
Shopping locally this year means more than ever. While we don’t all have big gift budgets, if you have something set aside to spend, it makes a huge difference to buy from small businesses around town rather than big box stores or giant online sources.
Marty’s Local Picks
Restaurants, Food Trucks, & Bakeries, etc:
While some of our favorite restaurants and bars have closed, many around the city are working hard to adjust, offering delicious food for takeout and/or outside dining. It has been a heartbreaking year for many in the food industry; let’s do what we can to support those whose doors are open!
Some of my favorites:
Bete Lukas Ethiopian food that will warm you from the inside out. 2504 Southeast 50th Avenue #D, Portland, 503.477.8778
Verde Cocina: Healthy, tasty Mexican food. Locations in the Pearl District – 1131 NW Hoyt St. Portland, 503.894.9321 & Hillsdale 6446 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, 503.384.2327
Chop St Johns: Delicious breakfast fare, sandwiches, soups and salads as well as select pantry items. 8537 N Lombard St, Portland, 971.888.4058
The Fishwife: Fresh seafood done right for more than 28 years. 5328 North Lombard St. Portland, 503.285.7150
Handsome Pizza: wood fired pizzas that please the soul. They share the space with Seastar Bakery, which is kind of heavenly! 1603 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, 503.247.7499
What are your favorite local restaurants, pubs, food trucks, bakeries, etc?
The Gift of Pampering:
Stephanie Johnson of Sugarpuss Beauty Petite Spa makes lovely lotions, oils and masques for your skin. In this COVID-19 time, she’s limited hours for the spa, but is about to reveal At Home Facial Kits! She also makes the best sanitizing spray in town: it smells divine, is natural and doesn’t leave you with residue-y hands. Order online or buy a gift certificate for someone who’d love some TLC.
For the Sweet Tooth:
Ice cream in December? Oh yes! In my opinion, Ruby Jewel has the best in town. In COVID times, they’ve reduced hours at N. Mississippi, NW 23rd and & Downtown . You can also find them at many shops around town. Check out their rotating holiday flavors, and pick up some scrumptious “gems” for the sweet tooth in your life.
For the Appreciator of Snacks:
For that someone who loves popcorn, you can’t go wrong with a gift from Joe Brown’s Caramel Corn. Before the days of Cinnabon, Lloyd Center Mall was filled with the wafting aroma of fresh-popped popcorn from this local company, founded in the ‘30s. Check out their bags, tins and bulk popcorn varieties!
From Portland with Love:
Send your bestie a curated gift box from With Love, from PDX! Choose from Inger’s ready-to-ship boxes like Zero Waste, Ultimate Harvest or Fireside Cocoa, or create your own from a collection of treats she’s selected from locally-made coffee and teas to olive oil to wine and more.
For the Plant lover:
As we approach winter, indoor plants are a beautiful way to connect to nature, small-scale. In this department, I need all the help I can get. Local favorite urban nursery Pistils has beautiful plants & plant necessities like food, snips, misters, pots and hangers to keep them healthy as the days get shorter and chillier. Here are their current shopping guidelines for both the Slabtown and N Mississippi Avenue locations. Pistils’ Spread Cheer gift box, $62 & Leo Planter in Satin Peach, $68
Feed the Local Community:
roject Manager Joe Hoffman tells me that everyone in his family knows that he appreciates a donation to the Oregon Food Bank more than any gift he could unwrap. Helping to support food assistance in our state is so important. As they say, “Hunger starves the human spirit. Communities thrive when people are nourished.”
Get Them What They Ask For:
Joe knows that some people really like to give a gift you can physically open, so he says, “if someone really feels compelled to get me something with a bow, a box of nothing (what I really need) or some jerky (my favorite food group) is awesome. (“My son once gave me a box of nothing. I still have it.”)