Gift Guide {PDX Favorites}

Monday, December 1, 2014

Can you believe it is the first day of December?!?!  I most certainly cannot.  With Hanukkah and Christmas just a few weeks away I wanted to share my Portland Gift Guide in hopes of helping you with your shopping this year.

Every product in this guide has been made by Portland business owners and artisans.  All of which I personally support on a regular basis.  Not only are these products high quality, but, they are made by passionate individuals who believe in creating products that make life so special.  

For your wise and witty co-worker

Why I Love It When it comes to Smith Tea, the 'A' stands for artisan!  Created in small batches with fresh ingredients, a cup of tea is perfect to savor while chatting with a friend or while sitting by the fire!

What You Should Know The Smith Tea team will be shipping orders up to December 24th.  For Christmas gifts, order by December 21st!  Even better, holiday shipping rates are just $2.99 in the US.

How To Get It
In store at the tea shop {1626 NW Thurman Street  Portland, OR 97209} 
Holiday Hours- 9am-5pm M-F Saturdays, 10am-6pm
Online at

What They Have To Say"The Teamakers at Smith blend in small batches to ensure that the leaves and flowers packed are not crushed. Typically what they blend in one day will be packaged that very same day in an oversized biodegradable full leaf sachet. We blend and pack what we believe we will sell in 30 days or less, delivering to our customers the freshest tasting tea they have ever tasted. And, we give consumers a unique perspective to the origins of each ingredient we use. By entering the batch number on the bottom of the carton, consumers can learn the provenance of the ingredients for that particular carton, who blended the tea and when the tea was blended and packaged along with our batch notes. To sample, go and enter batch # 91765."

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Price Range $5.50 - $75.00

For your super-cool cousin  

Why I Love It These hand-crafted coasters are not-only functional but they are beautiful.  You will find these in my Instagram shots and blog posts.  

What You Should Know Holiday orders will be processed through December 19th 2014.  Enjoy 15% off your purchase with code HOLIDAY15

How to Get It Order online at Etsy, BrownPaperBow

What They Have to Say "Each coaster pattern has been hand-selected based on colors that make me smile and patterns that inspire me to be more adventurous! Patterns can be mixed and matched however you like. All coasters are finished with a heat proofing spray, so they are great for hot and cold drinks!"

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Price Range $12

For your always eclectic and stylish blogger friend

Why I Love It The wood jewelry is perfectly Portland but still classic!

What You Should Know Martha Chartreuse readers will get 20% off the purchase through December 31 using the code Chartreuse20

How to Get It  Order online at Etsy, PeoplesDispensary

What they have to say"Regarding the bristlecone pine: These are made of conscientiously harvested Bristlecone Pine, found only in the mountains of the American West and known as “living stone” for its incredible heartiness. The oldest living single organism on earth is one of these trees, a California Bristlecone Pine named Methuselah, which is over 4,770 years old and still growing. It's true -- Google it! The wood I use comes from naturally fallen Bristlecone branches, from trees that have already died, or from stumps in the San Juan Mountains near Creede, Colorado, where many of the trees were cut down from the 11,000-foot tree line in the late 19th century to build silver mines. Some of the wood I use comes from trees that were as old as 2,000 years before the miners cut them down. I hand-sand these earrings to a shine and treat them only with oil -- no stain or varnish -- and then finish them with nickel-free antiqued bronze."

Price Range $18-$50, and custom pieces can be made to order.

For beauty-junkie bestie

Why I Love It This silky smooth serum keeps bumps and imperfections at bay!  

What You Should Know They will be offering 25% off retail prices for Cyber Monday!

How to Get It  Order online!

What Their Clients Have To Say “Just wanted to let you know how much I love Serious Serum!! I don’t wax but wanted to try it on my face. I had ugly blackheads in my frown lines. I’ve tried everything. And with oily skin they never went away. But after using Serious Serum they’re gone! I cant believe how fast this stuff works! I followed the directions and use it morning and night. My skin is so soft now and I’m not wiping oil off my face mid-day. And i’ve only been using it for 1 week! Needless to say…I’m going to re-order more. Thanks for a great product!!” Patty

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Price $25

For the friend who has everything

Tique Box

Why I Love It Whether you want to send a holiday box to make cheese or give a gift certificate this is a great gift for just about everyone!

What You Should Know  Through December 3rd, use the code MC$5OFFHB to get $5 off your order!

 How To Get It Online

What They Have To Say This year, we are thrilled to deliver a unique batch of Portland artisanal goodies for the holiday season. It's the perfect holiday gift for your friends, family and clients. Order one or use our special gift service to send multiple boxes to all the folks on your "nice" list.

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Price $25-$55

For your handsome man

Why I Love It Not only do these oils smell amazing, they soften up his scruff and go nicely in the bath!

How to Get It Online

Price $23.00

For the sophisticated bachelor

Why I Love It This gin is light and tastes great on the rocks or mixed with freshly squeezed juices!

How to Get It Across the country or in stores.

What They Have To Say Aria Portland Dry Gin is a classic British style gin garnering critical praise and multiple awards—gold medals in every judging in which its been entered. Craft distilled in Portland, Oregon, Aria is rich, yet soft, full bodied and boldly aromatic. Aria is handmade and batch distilled for depth, complexity, and balance.

Price $23.95

For the hostess with the mostess

Union Wine Co

Why I Love It Their Pinot Noir provides an interesting and delicious wine of the region's golden star!  It doesn't hurt that his affordable bottle also has amazing packaging!

How to Get It Online! or at World Foods in Portland

Price $10-12

For the friend that takes life to the next level

Why I Love It  Raft Syrups are perfect to jazz up a cocktail, make specialty lemonades or bring lattes to the next level!

What You Should Know  Use the code CYBERM2014 for 15% off on Cyber Monday. 

How to Get It  Online  

What They Have To Say Versatile flavors from real organic botanicals. Perfect companion for craft spirits or sparkling water. Very concentrated - you need just one tablespoon per drink so you can enjoy delicious flavor with a hint of sweetness. Life is an adventure of experiences. Spend less time preparing ingredients and more time enjoying your fabulous drinks and company.

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Price Range $9.99-$29


  1. love this! that aria gin is my fave!

  2. Great picks!!!! Loving everything on this list. I may have to look into the beard oil for D!

  3. Nice list! I love gifting local flavors of Portland.

  4. Love all of this. Especially the suggestions on who it is for :) I totally am going to give someone a Tique Box subscription, now to figure out who that lucky person will be...