Something for everyone, broken down by who you are and/or who you want to be.
Shop till you drop, they say. Well. You can make that happen in Portland if you don’t know what you’re doing. With hundreds of small and local businesses located throughout the city, make the most of your time and money this holiday season and plan ahead. We’ve organized a few guides for you that are broken down by your personality (or who you’re buying for!) and the vibe of the space. Happy hunting!
Natural, Holistic Vibes
For the botanical, apothecary set. Clean lines, fresh scents. You’re a little witchy, but in a mainstream way. Plant babies ≥ babies and naturopathic, clean living is a way of life. Self care vibes abound.
Artisanal, Food Vibes
For the discerning food enthusiast. You’re the one at the table who can taste all the flavors. Maybe you know where all your food comes from or are a proud early adopter of the local CSA box which you like to tell everyone a bit too proudly. We know Portland is a foodie paradise.
Playful, Family Vibes
For the young and young at heart. You’re here for childhood magic. And imaginative play. Bright colors and solid craftsmanship in all things play are your jam. Step into these whimsical wonderlands to find a little something for your favorite kids.
Refined, Dramatic Vibes
For the statement maker. You like to walk into the room and make heads turn. You pay attention to the details and strive to find high-quality, unique looks to wear. 80% Local, 20% Global – all fair trade & ethically sourced.
Adventurous, Outdoor Vibes
For the budding PNW naturalist. You’ve mentally bought into the apparently endless flannel craze, recently purchased a used Subaru and find yourself drawn to night skiing at Ski Bowl. The outdoors is definitely calling. Now you just need to outfit yourself with the best of them. Try these local outdoor shops on for size.
Hidden Gem Vibes
For the treasure seeker. You like to walk into the room and make heads turn. You pay attention to the details and strive to find high-quality, unique looks to wear. 80% Local, 20% Global – all fair trade & ethically sourced.
Popular, Buzzing Vibes
For the popular kids. You’re the one always in the know, the one with the pulse on what’s happening around town. You’ve probably already been to these places… but hey, be a tourist in your own town and hit up the buzzing joints for a hit of high octane juices.
Creative, DIY Vibes
For the recovering DIY-er. After the initial low of realizing your maker’s phase only resulted in a half-finished macrame tapestry and an enthusiastic, albeit dangerous attempt at whittling your own salad bowl, head to these spots to decorate your home with locally sourced goods.
For the diehard Portlander. For those who haven’t missed a Timbers game, know where to find Portland’s smallest park and put on an overstated scowl when presented with a newcomer who incorrectly pronounces Couch Street.