This season we invite you to think beyond the box to create giftable experiences that will invite deeper connections with people you care about most. For a little extra inspiration we took our cues from one of our favorite yuletide carols.
Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
Prepare your home for a season of gatherings with lights from Beaumont Hardware. Whether you are looking for some classic twinkle lights or a show-stopping extravaganza of illumination, their 4,500 square foot showroom can help you make your holiday memories happen. What’s more, you can save $5 off your holiday lighting decor purchase of $25 or more during their annual Holiday Light Sale (can be combined with other offers.)
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It’s time to bring a little holiday spirit to your hearth and home, but before you deck those halls, bundle up those little ones with festive knit beanies and bonnets from Black Wagon. They’ve also got cozy holiday-themed socks and leggings as well as jackets, sweaters, and all the organic pajamas and onesies you need to keep your kiddos warm this season. If you are looking for gifts, it’s also a good spot to find sustainably-crafted and built-to-last toys or those clever and quirky books that you are unlikely to find in the average kid’s boutique. Right now, you can even save $5 on a purchase of $25 or more.
3. Fill the Meadcup, Drain the Barrel
As the leaves begin to fall and our thoughts turn to the northwest bounty of apples, dark leafy greens, and winter squash, we crave opportunities to gather and share a meal. Natural Grocers is a great place to find everything you need for a truly amazing feast with friends . You will find free-range eggs and grass-fed dairy as well as 100% organic produce and humanely raised meats. And what could be better than feeling good about the food you serve? Maybe saving $5 on your next purchase of organic produce and groceries.
Want the good stuff to come to you? Full Circle will bring you fresh, customizable boxes of fruits and vegetables as well as 100% organic eggs, dairy, bread, and other staples. Simply choose your box size, customize your produce, and then feel free to add things like local honey, hand-crafted jams, and other such treats. You can schedule deliveries weekly (or every other week) and right now, you can save $10 on each of your first four boxes.
4. Strike the Harp and Join the Chorus
This year, give the gift of a truly magical experience that will be sure to leave a lasting memory. Portlanders can tell it is officially winter when Oregon Ballet Theatre launches their annual production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. After 16 years, OBT remains one of only a small handful of companies licensed to perform Balanchine’s iconic holiday classic and each year, the production gets a little more spectacular. If you want to catch the dancing snowflakes and sugarplum fairies in all their glory, now is a great time because you can get 40% off admission to select performances of The Nutcracker before it leaps away.
Is your family more into scientists than sugar plum fairies? Oregon Children’s Theatre is an award-winning company that brings to life fairy tales and fantasies while tackling big ideas such as dreams, expectations, and emotional growth. The final production of their 2019 season features a 10-year-old Jane Goodall and her sidekick, a stuffed monkey named Jubilee as they challenge the notion of what girls “should” be. Now through November 17, you can get one child's admission with purchase of one adult admission.
5. Follow Me in Merry Measure
The bond forged while hiking the northwest trails and forests is unmatchable, so why not invite someone out for an adventure? KEEN is known for their revolutionary hiking, sailing, and work shoes, which have attracted the attention of celebrities, engineers, and outdoor aficionados alike. KEEN’s tough but stylish designs are state-of-the-art when it comes to foot protection and body alignment, but they also very committed to sustainability and community support. You can see for yourself and save $10 on your online purchase.
6. While I Sing of Beauty’s Treasure
Here’s another lovely way to give the gift of time spent together: how about an afternoon at the Portland Art Museum? Peruse their remarkable collection of Native American art, transport yourself to the Edo period of Japan in the Asian Art Collection, and find inspiration in a wide range of other exhibits from Rembrandt to Jasper Johns. You can treat your favorite art lover with one free admission to the Portland Art Museum with purchase of one full-price adult admission and maybe even pick something up from the gift shop to remember the day.
If the art museum has you feeling inspired to craft your own gifts this year, head over to Klum House Workshop, for one of their hands-on skill building workshops. Learn how to sew or create your own leather tote or Dopp kit with one of their many fun and educational classes. You can even learn to make your own Christmas stockings with real Pendleton wool. It is a great way to spend time with a friend while learning a new skill and right now, you can save 15% on any in-person workshop.
7. See the Flowing Bowl Before Us
Got a foodie on your list? You can satisfy their cravings for both food and company with a trip to Paradox Café. This diner-style café has been around since the early 90s providing vegetarian and vegan comfort food like tofu scrambles, breakfast burritos, and whole grain pancakes with local nuts and berries. So, gather a crew and hunker down with some deliciously crisp roasted potatoes and a green tea smoothie. During the month of November, you can save 20% on your entire table’s bill.
Or, grab a cocktail and some delicious empanadas at Epif Restaurant and Lounge, a colorful and inspired spot that features vegan takes on dishes from the Andes region of South America. Epif is short for epifania (epiphany in Spanish) and you can certainly have one over their ceviche, made with hearts of palm and mushrooms soaked in mango leche de tigre. Their bar is pisco-focused, so you can sample a flight or try one of their many pisco cocktails like classic Pisco Sour or even a Pisco Manhattan. This month, you can save 20% on your entire bill.
8. Hail the New, Ye Lads and Lasses
Finally, you can both get a jump on resolution season with a membership at Prism Fit, where you can engage in Olympic weightlifting, intense interval training (like CrossFit), and flow classes that employ yoga and Kettlebells. As it turns out, getting fit can be a very positive experience, especially when you can do it with a friend in an affirming environment that welcomes women, queer folks, and people of color. Take advantage of their special offer (buy one membership, and get 50% off another for the first month) and treat someone you love while you treat yourself.
Of course, being happy and healthy starts from within and at Body and Soul Apothecary, you can find everything you need to bring harmony and balance to your life. Lisa Marie Haley, the practitioner behind it all, is an energy healer who hosts a regular podcast called Everything is Energy. Haley can tailor treatments to you personally and leave you with the tools you need to discover your most radiant self. Nourish your soul or your soulmate’s by saving 20% on energy healing, trainings, and clairvoyant readings.
Whether you stretch, sing, soak, clap along or cuddle by the fireside, we hope these gift ideas will help you nurture your connections with the people you care about. And stay tuned: Gift Guide #2 has a few great tips for how to keep it local and low impact on Black Friday this year.