For friends near and far, 11 Oregon gifts to eat, drink and be merry

For friends near and far, 11 Oregon gifts to eat, drink and be merry

While more people are venturing out for in-store shopping than during last year’s holiday season, online shopping continues to be an easy way to send delicious gifts to far-flung family and friends. Here are 11 gifts that celebrate Oregon’s bounty.

Product shot of a wood cutting board holding a piece of blue cheese, fruit, nuts and crackers

Rogue CreameryÕs ÒBlue ChristmasÓ Gift Box. (Photo by Marguerite Merritt, Rogue Creamery)Photo by Marguerite Merritt, Rogue Creamery.

Southern Oregon’s Rogue Creamery has been raking in the honors for its blue cheese – at the recent International Cheese Awards, the creamery received six gold and two silver medals, and was named the best blue cheese outside the United Kingdom. To share what all the fuss is about, send their “Blue Christmas” gift box, which includes a quarter-wheel of Rogue River Blue cheese (approximately 19 ounces), preserved cherries, rosemary crackers, roasted Oregon hazelnuts, and a Rogue River Blue Cheese cutting board.

$135, at roguecreamery.com

Three bottles of wine sit on a blanket

Best of Bellingar Estates Gift Pack. (Photo by Kim Bellingar)Photo by Kim Bellingar

One of Oregon’s newest small wineries is Newberg’s Bellingar Estates, which took over a struggling hazelnut orchard a few years back, replanting it with chardonnay and pinot noir. This 3-bottle gift includes a bottle of reserve pinot noir, a reserve chardonnay, and a bottle of syrah made from grapes grown in Eastern Oregon in collaboration with Copper Belt Wines.

$120, at bellingarestates.com

Product shot of three bottles of CBD tinctures, with a sprig of fresh lavender

Daygold CBD tinctures. (Photo by Jessica Ebelhar, jessicaebelhar.com)Jessica Ebelhar

The last few years have been trying, to say the least. Looking for a way to calm your mind, soothe your body, or get better sleep? These neurologist-formulated tinctures blend CBD, CBN, CBG, and THC (<.03%), as well as dozens of botanicals such as lavender and sage to deliver high-free results. The hemp blends are made with all-nature ingredients, are vegan-friendly, and have been triple tested for effectiveness. Available in three formulas: Restful Night for improved sleep, Calm Mind to enhance relaxation, and Easy Relief to promote a sense of ease throughout the body.

$99 a bottle, at daygold.com

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For Bitter For Worse Gift Trio. (Photo by Polara Studio)

Earlier this year, the Portland drink startup For Bitter For Worse won gold and bronze medals at the International Wine and Spirits competition in London for its non-alcoholic bottled cocktails. This three-pack offers a taste of the complete line of cocktails made from Northwest ingredients. Know someone planning to participate in Dry January? This is a great way to make it a delicious experience.

$29.95, at forbitterforworse.com

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Big Foot Toe Jam. (Photo courtesy of Made In Oregon)Photo courtesy of Made In Oregon

If you have someone on your gift list who is fascinated with sasquatch, Made In Oregon’s stores and website have t-shirts, plush toys, and stickers celebrating Bigfoot. This Marionberry jame makes a perfect stocking stuffer, celebrating the state’s most-famous “wild man” as well as a cane berry that’s unique to Oregon.

$6.95, at madeinoregon.com and Made In Oregon stores

Departure executive chef Gregory Gourdet will open a restaurant of his own next year.

Departure executive chef Gregory Gourdet will open a restaurant of his own next year.Beth Nakamura | The Oregonian/OregonLive

Portland chef and “Top Chef” star Gregory Gourdet’s debut cookbook features 200 recipes focused on superfoods that can improve people’s health. But the focus on vitamins, antioxidants doesn’t mean blah. Gourdet draws heavily from his Haitian upbringing and his affinity for Asian and African cuisines. The recipes reflect where he’s been as a chef, and where his ambitions could take him.

$37.50, at powells.com and other bookstores.

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A Taste of Oregon Gift Pack from Willamette Valley Vineyards (Photo courtesy of Willamette Valley Vineyards)Photo courtesy of Willamette Valley Vineyards

Here’s another wine gift pack that celebrates Oregon flavors. You’ll get at bottle of Willamette Valley Vineyard’s 2019 Estate Pinot Noir, which is its signature wine, a jar of pinot noir-strawberry jam, and a cutting board shaped like the state.

$83 (shipping included), at wvv.com

A red wooden crate holds pears

Harry & David Royal Riviera Pears Christmas Crate. (Photo courtesy of Harry & David)Photo courtesy of Harry & David

Southern Oregon’s Harry & David is known for its sweet and incredibly juicy Royal Riviera pears, which are grown in orchards near Medford, and are picked at their peak, just in time for holiday delivery. New this year: You can send 9 perfect pieces of fruit in a red holiday wooden crate, which is sure to be enjoyed for years to come.

$54.99, at HarryandDavid.com.

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Smith TeamakerÕs Pacific Northwest Assortment. (Alan Weiner, photo courtesy of Smith Teamaker)Alan Weiner, photo courtesy of Smith Teamaker

Coffee may be Portland’s reigning passion, but there’s no better argument for the allure of tea than this collection of green, black and herbal infusions. Each box contains 10 Portland Breakfast black teas, 10 Rose City Genmaicha green teas, and 10 Peppermint herbal teas, each enclosed in a plant-based sachet so there’s no worries of microplastics leaching into your cuppa.

$32.99, at smithtea.com

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Christopher Bibby Portland Coasters. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Bibby)Photo courtesy of Christopher Bibby

Artist Christopher Bibby captures some of the Rose City’s most-iconic places in his paintings, which have been turned into whimsical coasters featuring the Bagdad Theater, the Portland Oregon sign by the Burnside Bridge, and downtown’s Heathman Hotel. Each 4-inch square coaster is made out of moisture-resistant cork, keeping your coffee table safe from water stains.

From $4.95, iambibby.com, kitchenkaboodle.com, and at Kitchen Kaboodle stores, New Seasons Markets, Made in Oregon stores, and Portland Art Museum Gift Shop.

Product shot of a jar of caramel sauce with a spoon drizzling some of it on apple slices

Salty Caramel Sauce from Jacobsen Salt Co. (Photo courtesy of Jacobsen Salt Co.)Photo courtesy of Jacobsen Salt Co.

Jacobsen Salt Co. spoons up a perfect stocking stuffer with its Salty Caramel Sauce, which is ultra buttery, with just enough sea salt to elevate the caramel flavor. Perfect for ice cream sundaes, drizzled over pear or apple slices, or swirled into brownie batter right before putting the pan into the oven.

$15, at jacobsensalt.com, and at ECOVIBE, Tender Loving Empire, World Foods (Northwest), and Zupan’s.

— Grant Butler

gbutler@oregonian.com; @grantbutler


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