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
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.
For the Beauty Fanatic: Scrumptious Suds Soap
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.
For the Coffee Lover: Stumptown Coffee
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.
For the Planner: Little Otsu – The Annual Weekly Planner
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
3925 N. Mississippi Ave.
For the Foodie: Marshall’s 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.
For the Fashionista: Queen Bee Creations Tote
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.
For the Wine Lover: Hop n’ Vine Bottle of Wine
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.
How do you plan to express your appreciation for your favorite teachers? Let us know in the Comments section below!
— Suzie Ridgway