National Teacher Appreciation Day is May 6th! To accompany the priceless, handmade piece of art from your little one, why not include a locally made gift to show your appreciation? From soap to totes, read on to find out our top picks for teachers gifts made right here in Oregon.

For the Sweetest Teacher: Alma Chocolate

Alma
Pop into Alma Chocolate’s cafe for a 10-piece Super Sampler of the company’s top selling chocolates, including the Lavender Caramel, Bourbon Bon Bon, Thai Peanut Butter Cup and others, or the popular All Salted Lavender Caramel Box, wrapped and ready to go. The antique-festooned cafe and retail outlet serves up coffee and baked items, alongside their handcrafted sweets, made from real ingredients with no preservatives or artificial flavors. Prices vary by selection.
140 NE 28th Ave.
503-517-0262
Online: almachocolate.com

For the Beauty Fanatic: Scrumptious Suds Soapsumptious suds chai tea
Deliciously scented bath and body products from Scrumptious Suds, like Oregon Chai Tea and Citrus Verbena Mint Martini soap, are sure to relax any stressed out teacher. Among other places, you can find this intoxicating soap at Crafty Wonderland’s store downtown, a treasure trove of handmade goodies from over 170 local artists. $7 and up.
Crafty Wonderland’s Retail Shop
808 SW 10th Ave.
503-224-0907
Online: scrumptioussuds.com

For the Coffee Lover: Stumptown CoffeeStumptown Coffe
We’re guessing that, on average, at least 9 out of 10 teachers drink coffee to get them ready for a roomful of bright-eyed kids each morning. Local roasters of sustainable coffee, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, offer some of the tastiest coffee in the city. Head to any of the locations to pick up a pound of deliciousness, like Hairbender, and a mug to go with it. $14 and up.
6 locations
Online: stumptowncoffee.com

For the Planner: Little Otsu – The Annual Weekly PlannerLittleOtsuAnnualWeeklyPlanner
The annual, weekly, dateless, spiral-bound planner from local publisher Little Otsu is perfect for the organized teacher. The planner has artwork from the UK’s Lizzy Stewart throughout the book, with 144 pages for weekly planning simplicity, as well as month-at-a-glance pages.  While you’re picking up your planner, you might feel like you’ve seen Land before. This über-hip, N. Mississippi gift shop and art gallery was the filming site of Portlandia‘s famous ‘Put a Bird on It” skit. $18
Land
3925 N. Mississippi Ave.
503-451-0689
Online: landpdx.com

 

For the Foodie: Marshall’s Haute Sauce Marshalls Haute Sauce Made and bottled here in Portland, these fresh and local, small batch creations are sure to please any grill-happy teacher. Visit the company’s commercial kitchen and choose your own sweet, smoky and tongue-searing flavors or pick up a Sauce Gift Pack with Habanero Carrot Curry, Serrano Ginger Lemongrass, Red Chili Lime and Smoked Habanero Barbeque. $30
1640 SE 3rd Ave.
503-504-6061
Online: marshallshautesauce.com

For the Fashionista: Queen Bee Creations Tote
QueenBee Drizzle If there’s one thing for sure, teachers need to haul things.  Queen Bee offers a wide range of handmade bags and other products, like coin purses and wallets, that always make a statement. This green and turquoise Ginkgo/Drizzle Pocket Tote workhorse can hold books and homework during the school year and beach towels and sunscreen in the summer. $36.
3961 N. Willliams Ave.
503-232-1755
Online: queenbee-creations.com

For the Wine Lover: Hop n’ Vine Bottle of WineRed_wine_closeup_in_glass
For the teacher who loves wine, grab a locally-produced bottle in any price range with help from Hop N’ Vine’s super friendly and knowledgeable staff. Prices vary by selection.
1914 N. Killingsworth Ave.
503-954-3322
Online: thehopandvine.com

How do you plan to express your appreciation for your favorite teachers? Let us know in the Comments section below!

— Suzie Ridgway

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Photos courtesy of Anna I., Jennifer K., Jessica B. and Jacob D. via Yelp, Scrumptious Suds, Caleb Plowman, Land, Queen Bee Creations and Wikimedia Commons.