This year, our friend Lee Lewis Husk offered to host our office holiday gift exchange at her home in Bend. We seized the opportunity. Everyone had to bring one of their favorite Oregonmade gift ideas for exchange. Good friends. Good times. Cool stuff. Use our picks to inspire your holiday giving.
Oregon bounty is one of our favorite things, and the cook in your life would love an Oregon cookbook, such as, from top,
1) The Myrtlewood Cookbook: Pacific NW Cooking, by Andrew Barton;
2) Hello! My Name is Tasty, by John Gorham and Liz Crain;
3) LURE: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the
4) West Coast, by Ned Bell; and
5) Portland Cooks, by Danielle Centoni (powells.com/books).
For the coffee-lover in your life, Felipe the dog recommends an Aeropress coffee maker, a bag of Stumptown’s Hair Bender Roast and a mug (gift set available at stumptowncoffee.com). He’s wearing a chic black leather collar from Orox Leather Co. (oroxleather.com).
Kelly and Aaron ward against the chilly Central Oregon air with a Curtis Navajo blanket by Pendleton (lonecrowbungalow.com). They’ll be even warmer once they light the Cowboy Cauldron (cowboycauldron.com).
For the fan of statement jewelry, our very own webmaster designs these solid silver necklaces, which feature the interlocking letters of your family’s names (etsy.com/shop/isaacpeterson), or try a pendant necklace and cuff bracelet from John Paul Designs (johnpauldesigns.com)
Olio e Osso balms are great for preventing winter’s dry skin and lips (olioeosso.com), and Lava Love’s natural volcanic clay soap, face and body mask and bath powder will please the Oregonian in your life who really wants to get in touch with nature (lavalovebend.com).
Zayev may be the cutest hat model ever—he sure makes dad Isaac proud (thisisfolklore.com).
The outdoors set will be very happy with tumblers and a growler from HydroFlask (hydroflask.com), as well as the bike basket and animal-themed drink cages from Portland Design Works (ridepdw.com)—adding 10 Barrel’s Pray for Snow winter ale is optional.
A pint glass with Mt. Hood’s distinct peak hand-blown into the bottom? That’s about as Oregon as you can get (northdrinkware.com). Beware: Spills can happen at office holiday parties. Maybe this Portland Razor Company leather sharpening strap and The Sprite 2-inch straight razor will inspire Kevin to shave more often (portlandrazorco.com). Wool & Prince’s button-down gingham shirt adds a little class to a guy’s wardrobe (woolandprince.com).
Jasper the dog was growing tired, so he grabbed his Ruffwear Gnawt-astick chew toy (ruffwear.com) and settled in for the evening on his Pendleton Crater Lake National Park small dog bed (pendleton-usa.com).
Brooke’s alpine pack and Allison’s modern school pack from LINK Leather Goods were big hits (linkleathergoods.com), while, by serendipity, Kelly’s leather and fur clutch from Riley and Vine Handbags matched her outfit (rileyandvine.com).
As the evening grows long and the adults showed no signs of slowing, Izzy and Fiona lay down in a nest of Bryar Wolf pillows, handmade featuring fabrics from around the world (bryarwolf.com) and read stories to Mary and Rosie from Oregon Reads Aloud: A Collection of 25 Children’s Stories by Oregon Authors and Illustrators (powells.com/books).
*A winner has been selected for this category* Congratulations to Ashley J. in Bend!