The holidays are right around the corner, and there's no better way to show your love to a friend, family member, and city than by shopping small for your Christmas gifts! These four local businesses are in need of our support during the pandemic.
Shop small and give thoughtful gifts to anyone on your list!
Crafts and Art
Small Price, Big Impact: Embroidery is back in a big way, and Marisol from MarisolCreates has created a cute line of custom, hand-embroidered pieces as well as stickers and simple embroidered hoops that send good vibes to your loved ones. Check out their Etsy to shop, and be sure to follow them on Instagram to see some great gifts!
Support Indigenous Communities: Creations for Continuity features bright beaded works of wearable art that support and pay homage to the indigenous cultures they're inspired by. Artist Caroline Blechert's designs often feature collaborations with other indigenous artists and help create a dialogue about their peoples' cultures, traditions, and ancestry.
Tea Up: Aesthete means 'a person who has or affects to have a special appreciation of art and beauty' and, based on the tea selection offered, Aesthete couldn't be named more aptly. The tea lover in your life will be sure to love the holiday black tea 'Mint + Coco', but if you're worried about choosing the wrong flavor, just pick up a gift card and let the giftee choose their next brew.
Wine Wait?: The Crick doesn't seem like your average winery, which is exactly what founder Bertony Faustin intended. As the 1st recorded Black winemaker in Oregon, Bertony is involved in the winemaking process from soil to glass, and his winery is more than a place to taste the variety of wines—it's a place to deepen the bonds between people and lessen the gaps in diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Wine tastings are paused through the new year due to COVID restrictions, but you can still pick up a bottle and use the opportunity to dive into some valuable discussions over the next Zoom dinner party.
Not sure what you're looking for? Portland has released an online database to help you find the perfect gift from our many local shops and businesses. You'll feel good giving great gifts while spending intentionally this holiday season to help support our community!