Valentine’s Day has that sly way of sneaking up on us and before we know it we are in panic mode looking for that perfect gift for our perfect someone(s). This year be on top of your game with some awesome gifts for the holiday of love. We’ve gathered up some great gifts that speak to all things we love about our great city of Portland. These gifts are local, handmade, recycled, unique, and/or rain proof!
Best Gifts for the Ladies in Your Life (Grown and Small)
Lockets Full of Love
While it may seem cliché to give the lady in your life jewelry, we believe that a woman never tires of receiving a great piece of wearable art. These lockets (starting at $28), by Portland owned, Verabel Jewelry, are a beautiful way to say “I Love You.”
Baking in Style
Every little girl wants to be as grown up as her mommy. If your child likes to bake and likes to dress the part, head on over to Eight Women on Historic Hawthorne. A local boutique filled to the brim with to-die-for items, we found these adorable aprons to be just the right amount of sweetness. A matching mom-sized apron can be made in roughly 2 to 3 days so you can be a stylish baking duo.
3614 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, Or 97214
Never Go Wrong With a Good Pampering
There’s never a better time to show the one you love just how much you appreciate them by giving the gift of relaxation. Treat your girls to a manicure and pedicure at one of these non-toxic spas. They’ll come home feeling pampered and pretty.
Think Inside the Box
The best kind of gift is the one that makes our kiddos feel extra special. Whimsical and practical these jewelry boxes are a hands down winner. With wind-up musical animation, secret drawers, and a tiny mirror these boxes will keep all of their best treasures right where they belong. Available for $29 and in a variety of designs at Kids at Heart Toys.
Kids at Heart Toys
3445 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, Or 97214
Parking behind the store
Best Gifts For The Boys in Your Life (Grown and Small)
For the dad who loves his bike almost as much as he loves his family give him the gift of combining two of his favorite things. Frame a picture of the ones he loves in an awesome, recycled bike chain frame. Made in Oregon by Resource Revival for $39.95.
The Beer Lover
It’s practically impossible to live in Portland and not be an avid lover of beer. What better way to show off just how much you love your beer than to be an owner of the coolest growler in Portland. Pride of ownership comes with this 2 liter growler bought online or by visiting Deschutes Brewery in the Pearl District. This growler can be filled up at breweries all over town (not just Deschutes) so he can conveniently experience all his favorite drafts.
Deschutes Brewery & Public House
210 NW 11th Ave
Portland, Or 97209
Say yes to Duct Tape!
Help your little boy feel a lot more grown up and responsible with these super cool wallets! Handmade in Portland and built solely from duct tape these wallets are sturdy and hip. Who wouldn’t want to sport one of these?!? Sold for $22. Some styles can by found at Presents of Mind on Hawthorne or for more options visit the designer’s etsy shop, jDuct.com.
Presents of Mind
3633 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, Or 97214
May the Force Be With You
Who needs the force when you own a lightsaber umbrella? Keep your kid protected from the cold, winter rain while letting him fight away all his imaginary enemies. This LED lightsaber umbrella is sure to be a giant hit. With so much fun at hand, those rainy days will seem much less dreary. $26 at Infemtry.com.
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I Pick You
Do you have a guitar lover in your mix? Then we have the perfect answer for your Valentine. At ArtFire there are an abundance of wonderful handmade guitar picks to choose from. With sayings like ‘I Pick You,’ ‘Be My Valentine,’ ‘Couldn’t pick a better dad,’ ‘When words fail music speaks’ and so many more, you are sure to find the perfect pick for you. They come in a variety of styles and colors as well. And they start at just $10! Check out the entire collection at ArtFire.
Stylishly Fix the Droop
It’s hard to find kid belts that fit and are stylish. Give your kids a fresh way to keep their pants up while also showing off a little bling. Cute animal buckles ($15-$20 for ladybug, monkey, and/or fish) are a perfect accompaniment to the red or black patent leather belts ($15). And with kid belt sizes fitting waists as little as 19″ and as large as 31″ you should have no problem getting an ideal fit. Both pieces are made by Steel Toe Studios out of Seattle and can be purchased online at buyolympia.com.
Note: When ordering you can select an option for warehouse pick up. This will allow you to pick up your order directly from the warehouse in Portland.
Most kids have a love of music and it’s our job as parents to foster that love. At Grasshopper you’ll find a great assortment of Confetti Musical Instruments giving your child the opportunity to start an entire pint-sized band or a one man solo. Brightly colored and built solid so you can give them the gift of music. Ranging in price from $15 to $35 instruments can be purchased online or in the shop. Please note that these items are very popular and sell out quickly but don’t let that steer you from visiting this wonderful establishment. There are many more great gifts to be had and they offer free gift wrapping!
1816 NE Alberta St
Portland, Or 97211
The Love of Reading
One of the greatest gifts we can give is the gift of reading. You and your child will cherish the quiet still moments of being curled up next to one another engaging in the educational pages of these super fun interactive books. With clues and hidden pictures your child is sure to be entertained and will reach for these stories again and again. Best suited for toddlers through early elementary. Price: $24.99
Check your local Powell’s Books for stock by calling 1-800-878-7323
or order online.
Take a Bite Out of the Love Bug
It’s not exactly Valentine’s Day without a good dose of chocolate. This year chocolate doesn’t get any cuter or tastier than these little Love Bug Truffles ($15 for four) from Moonstruck Chocolates. Moonstruck is Portland based and handcrafts each piece of decadent goodness. Order all your valentine sweets online and have them delivered in time for the holiday.
Which of these locally made gifts would be perfect for your special someone this Valentine’s Day? Got any others you want to add? Leave us a comment below.
— Amy Smith