The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping.
If you’re traveling to Portland this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!
Support a Black-owned business by starting your holiday shopping at greenHAUS Gallery. This art gallery and boutique is dedicated to making a positive impact on the local community. In addition to a rotating display of art, they carry industrial salvage and vintage goods, as well as artisan-crafted gift items. Due to COVID-19, they’re currently open with limited hours or by appointment.
Worn Path has all your typical gift items like apparel, self-care, books, and housewares, but where the store really shines is in its nature-themed items. You’ll definitely want to head here if you have anyone outdoorsy on your shopping list! They have camping and hiking supplies, knives and axes, and skateboards. And after all, if you’re heading to the PNW for the holidays, chances are you know someone who would enjoy these types of items.
Ecovibe is where to go if you want to get someone a plant-friend to brighten up those dark, winter months inside. This charming nursery has a huge selection of houseplants, including pet-friendly and low-light tolerant varieties, and stylish pots to put them in. They also offer curbside pick-up or local delivery for plants! But Ecovibe is also so much more than a plant store: this Black-owned business is also a gift, apparel, apothecary, and home goods store with lots of options to choose from. To help you get your shopping done a little faster, check out their “Gifts for Him” and “Gifts for Her” ideas online, which have hip choices like beard oil and multi-tools for him or bath bombs and floral-printed water bottles for her.
Portland International Airport
Of course, if your hectic holiday has you rushing straight from the plane to a family gathering, you won’t have time to browse through the boutiques in downtown Portland. Don’t worry, the Portland International Airport has you covered! Here are a few of the great shops you’ll find inside:
· Calliope, on Concourse E is an Oregon-based boutique with a variety of captivating gifts.
· Made in Oregon, on Concourse C, has products that were made, caught, or grown locally.
· Tender Loving Empire, on Concourses D and E, has a selection of unique gifts sourced from over 700 local artists and small businesses. The store also has downtown locations that are worth a visit if you find yourself with extra time.
· The Real Mother Goose, in Clocktower Plaza, showcases jewelry, ceramics, and art glass from over 1,000 artists.