If you’re a soon-to-be mama or the bestie to someone who’s expecting, step away from the big-box registry and go local. These shops feature sustainable, handmade and Portland-produced items that are perfect for every mom, dad and baby-on-board. So whether you’re a first timer or shopping for someone who seems to have it all, read on to find the best spots to find the perfect for gift for expecting pals.
Photo courtesy Black Wagon
If you’re looking for something funky fabulous Something from Black Wagon, which carries onesies created by local artists and tons of unique gifts, is going to be your jam. Standout products at this store include a time capsule kit, a mermaid baby gown and funny books, like “Dads Are The Original Hipsters”.
Open Monday to Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
3964 N Mississippi Ave.
Sure, toys and clothing are fun, but really, what every new parent really needs is gear! While you won’t find a ton of toys here, you will find organic mattresses and bedding, natural rubber pacifiers and sustainable furniture to name a few popular items. Locally-owned and operated, we love EcoBaby for its natural and organic nursery supplies.
Open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
7980 SE Stark Street
Photo courtesy Oodles4Kids
With gifts, toys and games carefully selected by proprietor Carolyn, Oodles4Kids is the Sellwood neighborhood’s alternative to big box stores. Many of the products are made of environmentally-friendly materials, and the friendly staff at Oodles will wrap your items for free once you’ve selected the perfect gift.
Open: Monday to Friday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
7727 SE 13th Avenue
Family-run Polliwog has toys, bedding and clothing made of organic fibers and natural materials, many handmade right here in Portland. Check out their line of books, wooden toys and cotton baby clothes.
Open: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
234 NE 28th Avenue
There’s a reason Posh Baby’s slogan is “smart, fashionable and fun”. Every item in their store exemplifies this mission statement. With a commitment to providing organic, sustainably produced and eco-friendly products, Posh Baby’s two area stores sell a full range of toys, apparel and gear.
Open: Monday to Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
916 NW 10th Ave
In a rush to get the perfect, yet special shower gift? Head to Multnomah Village’s Thinker Toys, where your gift will be wrapped for free. In addition to high-quality European toys, Thinker Toys supports locally-made and handmade kids’ items as well.
Open: Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
7784 SW Capitol Hwy
Photo: April Hasson
Treehouse Children’s Boutique
Sure you’ll find cute bunny ear hats, colorful moccasins and Portland-themed onesies at Treehouse Children’s Boutique, but what we think really stands out about this shop is their auditorium space. Host your next baby shower, moms group party or even a community meeting here. Bonus: Treehouse offers 10% off registry items if you book your event at their store.
Open: Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
3954 N Williams Ave
What is your favorite local baby boutique? Tell us in the comments section below!
— April Hasson