The countdown to present opening has started and you still have gobs of shopping to do. Now you are worried your gifts won’t arrive on time if you order them online. Relax, we’ve got the perfect solution for you! Finding that special something for those you love most is easy when you visit the following locally owned family businesses. They offer a wide range of products you will love and it will feel extra special watching your little and big family members unwrap their surprises knowing your purchase supported someone living right here in town. Read on to find out where to go on your next shopping trip.

Flipside Hats

The cold has set in and the recent windstorms have chilled everyone in your home to the bones. Warm your crew up with a comfy, cool hat from this family-owned boutique. From slouch beanies to ball caps to cabbie hats and more there is something for absolutely every age and personality in your household. Each hat is made from large rolls of abandoned fabric from production and dye houses and then crafted into a unique piece that helps those who wear them express their own personal style. If your loved one isn’t a hat person, no worries! They also make headbands, scarves, hand warmers and more. There are plenty of options that help you keep all of your favorite heads, hands and hearts warm.

Show Room
4438 SE Belmont St, Portland
Hours: Mon-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9a.m.-4p.m.

Pop-Up Shop
221 SW Ankeney, Portland
Hours: Fri. 12-4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11-4 p.m

Candy Babel

Pick up some sweets for your sweet at this cute shop. This isn’t just any candy shop, this store has confections from around the world and you have the chance to buy them in bulk. Whether you are looking for stocking stuffers or a fun way to make little smiles appear, candy is a great option for giving on Christmas day. If your special someone has a special diet, don’t worry! Candy Babel carries something for everyone: vegan candy, gluten-free candy, dairy-free candy, corn-free candy and even dye-free options! Now if that doesn’t make you smile, we just don’t know what will.

12 NE Alberta St.
Hours: Sun.- Thurs. 12-6p.m., Fri. & Sat. 12-7 p.m.

Thinker Toys

Head to Multnomah Village and hit up this cool, cozy eclectic shop. It is home to every toy you could think of. You’ll find dolls and games and books and more. You’ll stumble across just what you were looking for and bump into great gift options you would have never come up with yourself. If you get down to a day or two until Santa arrives, Thinker Toys is where all of the stressed out elves head when time is running out.

7784 SW Capitol Hwy
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-6p.m., Sun. 10a.m.-5 p.m.

Black Wagon

If you are looking for something fun and funky to give that spunky little someone in your life, Black Wagon is the place to head. There are plenty of clothing items to choose from and you’ll also find options for stocking stuffers, like temporary tattoos, that are sure to be a hit! From puzzels to books to diaper bags and art supplies, the options are endless at this local stop. This artist inspired shop is truly a modern boutique that’s perfect for today’s Portland families.

3964 N Mississippi Ave.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-7p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


This family-run store has it all. If you are looking for something special for a tiny tot you’ll be pleased with their selection of toys, bedding and clothing made from organic fibers and natural materials. Keep tiny tootsies warm with a pair of Padraig Cottage slippers or grab a book or wooden toy. They carry plenty of handmade goods that make giving feel all the more special.

234 NE 28th Avenue
Hours: Mon. to Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun.11 a.m.-5 p.m.


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—Annette Benedetti