In a city as creative as Portland, Oregon, someone’s always working on something. Artists, photographers, writers, and poets—all kinds of makers make their home here, dedicating their days to drawing, knitting, printmaking, and a range of other activities. Lucky for the rest of us, their wares are on sale at the many arts, crafts, and handmade goods collections around town. Here are a few places to stop for the perfect local souvenir.
The go-to for local art finds, Crafty Wonderland is a biannual maker’s market and shop in the heart of Portland, Oregon, right by Pioneer Courthouse Square. Oregon-made paintings, posters, jewelry, T-shirts, soaps, pottery and much, much more welcome downtown visitors from near and far looking to nab that perfect Portlandian find.
Crafty Wonderland, 808 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 224 9097
A stop for the local art collector, Artistic Portland functions as both a shop and gallery space—an artist’s co-op of sorts, with plenty of room to show off their various wares. One of the city’s more unique collection of crafts, the store features handmade items that range from gnome and fairy houses to cloth dolls, cleaning supplies, and all sorts of local and wonderful smelling candles, soaps, lotions, and potions.
Artistic Portland, 318 SW Taylor, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 206 4631
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
For the serious coffee drinker, nothing beats Portland’s famed Stumptown Coffee, only available at select coffee shops around the country and a few of their own cafés on either coast. True fans come straight to the source, however, and a bag of beans makes a great gift for any beloved caffeine freak—even if that person is you.
House Spirits Distillery
For another kind of potable gift, head to House Spirits Distillery. Founded in 2004 and voted one of America’s Best Craft Distilleries by Thrillist, the team batch-distills a variety of spirits, from vodka, aquavit, and whiskey to limited runs of coffee liqueur, rum, and crème de cacao. The quality and packaging can’t be beat, making these bottles a great way to remember Portland’s superior attention to detail.
House Spirits Distillery, 65 SE Washington St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 235 3174
From furniture and accessories to art, apparel, and even tools, MadeHere PDX prides itself on its fine and curated selection of Portland-made goods. Beverages and edibles also make the cut, as well as beauty, self-care, and kitchen items—almost anything goes, as long as it’s made in Portland, Oregon.
MadeHere PDX, 40 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 224 0122
Noun: A Person’s Place for Things
Noun: A Person’s Place for Things bills itself as a shop for vintage décor, local jewelry, art, and modern stationery. The unusual name and eye-catching storefront are enough to pull in passersby, but if you find yourself in Portland, it’s even worth going out of your way to explore. Fans keep coming back for the fascinating finds and friendly owner, whose taste for beauty and curios they think is unmatched.
This bright and cheerful space, with its white walls and wood accents, is full of precious Portland-made items just waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re looking for a unique piece of pottery, locally designed jewelry, the perfect card, or a quality handbag, Tilde is a sweet little spot bound to meet any gift need.
Tilde, 7919 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 234 9600
Hammer + Vine
Beyond your standard handmade trinkets such as ceramics, jewelry, and greeting cards, Hammer + Vine offers a world of plant life as well. Hanging plants, tiny succulents, an array of cacti, and more will delight any urban gardener, and the staff is happy to assist in putting together a dream DIY terrarium. They even hold workshops for those looking to develop their green thumb.
Hammer + Vine, 2190 W Burnside St, Ste. B, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 224 9678