Instead of elbowing strangers in the face at 4am on Black Friday, enjoy a hot cup of cheer whilst you fill your basket with gifts that are not only made by fellow Oregonians with love, but gifts that are bound to make you The World’s Greatest [INSERT FAMILY TIE HERE] (Aunt, Uncle, Mom, Dad, Friend!) in someone’s life!
Now on to the listing! Many of the products below are what’s been coined in our house as “micro” cultured, which means that what many of these businesses offer, you will not likely find anywhere else! And while many of the listed businesses have online stores, some will only have product available in stores at this time–and that’s ok!
The perfect gift for any inventive cook. These rubs are unique blends of herbs, spices, and Jacobsen salt. This set includes Marshall’s Haute Sauce‘s four rubs: BBQ Rub, Sandwich Rub, Potato Rub, and Seafood Rub. All of the rubs come in four-ounce glass bottles and are vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan. Marshall’s Haute Sauce’s Rub Set is available here for $35.
Introducing a thoughtful gift that will broaden the honey-loving horizon for any recipient, Bee Local Honey specializes in artisan neighborhood honeys in the Portland metro area. Varieties are notably different in both color and flavor from location to location, even season to season! This set includes three varieties of honey: Portland Farmland, Mount Hood, and Willamette Valley. The set also includes a Bambu honey dipper. Bee Local Honey‘s Gift Pack goes for $22, and a percentage of sales will go toward the OSU Honey Bee Lab. You will find this gift pack at Pastaworks, Tails & Trotters, Woodsman Market, Mr. Green Beans, Market of Choice, and Alder & Co.
If you’re looking for a gorgeous gift for the person who has everything, you may be able to stop reading at the end of this paragraph. This ceramic growler etched for Clay Pigeon Winery is bound to cause many oohs and ahhs as well as some jealous stares toward the lucky recipient. Made by Portland Growler Company, this growler is hand etched and ready to receive beer OR wine from The Clay Pigeon Winery–and why not complete this perfect surprise with a gift certificate toward their first fill of Clay Pigeon‘s soon to be released Pinot Noir or Syrah? This growler is available in-store for $65.
****UPDATE: Growler was previously listed at $85–it is in fact $65 🙂
An excellent gift for any Oregonian or recipe buff, The Oregonian Cookbook, by Katherine Miller, is a compilation of all the best recipes from The Oregonian’s FoodDay. This book features 360 recipes covering everything from snacks to main courses to desserts! A chapter is even dedicated to some of Portland’s most influential cooks to date, including Greg Higgins, Vitaly Paley, Andy Ricker, Cathy Whims, and more. James Beard is also given a special section in the book. This recipe book serves as a beautiful archive for more than 30 years of amazing culinary delights run in Oregon’s largest circulation daily newspaper. Find The Oregonian Cookbook here on Amazon for $17.74.
This popular 3-in-1 is a crowd pleaser! The sweet Mexican Cajeta (a goat’s milk caramel), made by Portland Creamery, will go on just about everything. Marshall’s Haute Sauce‘s savory Cranberry Red Jalapeño sauce will spice up any holiday meal and highlights cranberries from Oregon bogs. Finally, Masala Pop’s Chai Popcorn, made with traditional spices found in Indian tea and paired with caramel, serves as the perfect snack or even dessert! These handcrafted items are available together or separately in-store, and the Gift Box is available this holiday season online through Masala Pop’s site for $35.
I am of the opinion that every college student should be gifted an electric teapot and one of Bob’s Red Mills’ Every Meal of the Day Bundles. Why? Because they are easy-to-cook meals that will feed any person for days! This bundle is perfect for campers, students, and friends who may not even have cooking in the list of their favorite things to do! Don’t get me wrong though–foodies are sure to love it too! This set comes with Bulgur, Vegi Soup Mix, Whole Wheat Bread Mix, Organic Seven Grain Pancake Mix, Steel Cut Oats, Old Country Style Muesli, and Organic Quinoa Grain. This Gift Bundle is available at the Bob’s Red Mill Store just SE of Portland and online and is priced at $43.70.
Sometimes food gifts can be difficult for those with dietary restrictions–and they deserve some love too! These gluten-free, vegan sea salt chocolate chip cookies by Tula Bakery are a delicious option for anyone. Not only can you get them locally, but you can order them online and have them delivered as well! Snag a pack of three for $9.
You know no gift guide is complete without a gift basket! Gift baskets make for great family gifts! Need something for a thoughtful neighbor who takes care of your house when you’re gone? What about parents that have everything? This Storm Watcher’s Basket is filled to the brim with everything you need to hunker down and make it through the season’s worst storms. The basket includes: a bottle of Blue Heron Pinot Noir, Werner Beef Jerky, Cheese Curds, Marinated Olives, Hazelnuts, Cosmos, Malted Milk Balls, Skout Organic Trailbar, Crackers, Storm Watcher Old World Ornament and Wine Opener. The Storm Watcher’s Basket can be purchased for $99.95.
It’s Only Beginning!
Hang on there! This was only Part 1 of this 2 Part SERIES!! Check back in tomorrow for more excellent Oregon-based gift ideas! Later this week I will also be sharing a Portland-centric Small Box Saturday approach to Black Friday, and December brings a chance that you might be taking home one of these great gifts for yourself (what Giveaway!?)–Perhaps.