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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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