12 Days of Giving in Lake Oswego

days-of-givingWe are down to 14 days ‘til Christmas so my gift to the shopper in you is 12 days of gift ideas from local retailers right here in Lake Oswego. No need to strategize the mall, fight traffic on 217 or go incognito online. There is variety here right under your noses so check it out.

On the first day of giving, give the gift of light. Westlake Gifts offers a variety of ways to light up your family and friends’ holidays. Choose from illuminated signs that proclaim JOY, PEACE and MERRY. Or how about a flameless LED ornament? Other options include festive nightlights in the shapes of a snowflake, snowman or Christmas light bulb as well as battery operated garland. And if you’ve got a stocking to fill or a White Elephant exchange to attend, grab a bottle of Poo-Pourri—the “Before you go toilet spray”– with festive fragrances like Merry Spritzmas or Secret Santa. 14547 Westlake Drive, Suite A. 503.992.6312.

12-days-1On the second day of giving, give the gift of whimsy. Mix it Up is selling Chirpy Top wine pourers in assorted colors. These colorful birds emit a delightful chirping sound while you pour your favorite wine. 1179 McVey Avenue, 503.744.0359.

On the third day of giving, give the gift of style. With our recent spate of temps below freezing, chances are the women on your list would love a cashmere sweater from Spin Boutique. If you want to pair it with a pair of designer jeans, they can do that too. Name dropping (as in brands) is accepted here. 440 1st Street, 503.850.4374.

12-days-2On the fourth day of giving, give the gift of decor. Wishbone Home and Design has a lot of home décor to choose from, but how about zeroing in on their neighborhood and give a zip code pillow (97034, 97035 and 97068 were in store when I was there) or Lake Oswego key ring.  41 B Avenue, 503.636.1229.

On the fifth day of giving, give the gift of art. The Lake12-days-3 Oswego Arts Council’s Holiday Gallery features the work of 30 local artists. A couple suggestions include stick birds for the gardeners in your life. Clay artist Candace Wilson has created colorful birds with inspirational words inscribed on their stands. Geraldine Helen Foote has combined two arts in one with her Peace Leaves that feature her original poetry letterpressed on fine art paper. You can purchase them as ornaments, greeting cards or framed art. The gallery is open through December 23 on Mondays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Attend artist receptions and demonstrations every Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 510 Museum & ARTspace, 510 First Street.

On the sixth day of Christmas,  give the gift of comfort…for someone’s feet, that is. Boots are front and center at Mela’s Shoe and Apparel Boutique and feature brands like Frye and Eric Michael. 248 A Avenue, 971.204.0115.

On the seventh day of giving, give the gift of wine. Local experts, World Class Wines, not only have the bottles to choose from but also the accessories to help your recipients enjoy your wine purchase more. The Aervana Aerator provides aeration to a bottle or a single glass with the push of a button, allowing you to enjoy the flavors and aromas the winemaker intended. The Coravin Wine System enables you to pour wine without removing the cork so your wine is never compromised, even if you drink it over the course of several days. It’s perfect for wine lovers on your list who don’t finish a bottle in a single sitting or connoisseurs who like to test a bottle to see if it’s ready before opening. Check these gifts out this Sunday, December 11 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. during their Distributor Sale featuring savings of 20-50% off on wines in all price categories and styles. A $15 tasting fee will be refunded with the purchase of a case. 149 A Avenue, 503.974.9841.

12-days-6On the eighth day of Christmas, give the gift of one-of-a- kindness. Glassybaby sells hand-blown tealight holders and drinkers that each come with a story. The woman staffing the store the day I was in said she bought the tealight called “Pebble” whose story reminds you of skipping pebbles across the water as a gift for her dad who she shares that memory with. Other votive names include bff, begin again, smooch and skinny dip. I imagine if you share a memory with a family or friend, there is a holder with a story to match. Ten percent of all sales go towards the Children’s Cancer Association.

12-days-5On the ninth day of giving, give the gift of collectibles. R Bloom’s has what feels like a field of Hot Skwash silky velvet pumpkins ready for picking. Each has its own personality with natural stems that range from thick and meaty to twisty and gnarly. 267 A Avenue, 503.636.5876.

On the tenth day of Christmas, give the gift of playfulness. Flappy the Talking and Singing Elephant at Lucky Me Boutique is an animated plush toy that plays peek-a-boo while singing, “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” Little ones will love it. 385 First Street,  503.636.9595.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, give the gift of relaxation. Whether it’s him or her you’re fussing about, there are no bad choices at rumi simone. Pick from a full menu of services including massage, facial, waxing, and hair cuts. 345 First Street, Suite 107, 503.699.8899.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, give the gift of eye candy. Vanillawooddesigners/owners, Kricken and James 12-days-8Yaker believe in homes that look good and work hard and their store is filled with pieces to help your gift recipient’s do just that. Consider a white faceted vase or Verglas champagne flute. Take advantage of their 12 Days of Christmas sale on selected items right now. 16354 Boones Ferry Road, 503.305.8830.

If you’re thinking of gifting yourself a new home, give me call. I’ve been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 25 years and I’d love to show you around. Call me at 503.939.9801 and check out my website.

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About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at costellok@hasson.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right hand column. I would love to show you around.
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