The bad news is that there are only 16 more shopping days until Christmas. The good news is that you can find something for everyone on your list right here in Lake Oswego. Santa’s elves went looking recently and here are some of the great gift items they found.
ADORN. This boutique is one of the new kids in town but is the fourth location for this Portland based shop. Stylish with price tags that will help you check several women off your list, the store offers everything from jackets to jumpsuits along with accessories like jewelry by Portland artist Betsy Cross. Her betsy & iya line feature cuff bracelets inspired by Portland bridges like Tilikum Crossing and the Steel Bridge. Another thing to consider: exfoliating sugar cubes by Harper & Ari that come in wonderful fragrances like lemon and gingerbread and lovely packaging that is sure to impress. And if you know a redhead (or a blonde or a brunette) who is proud of her locks, crewneck sweatshirts that tout their hair color are sure to be a hit. 369 First Street. 503.303.5614.
LUCKY ME. This accessory boutique is filled to the brim with jewelry, PJ Salvage robes and PJ sets, greeting cards, and stocking stuffers. For the Lake Oswego resident on your list choose from Lake Oswego signs, socks, and ornaments. Wine toppers range from the elegant to the whimsical. Give yourself some time to wander through this store—there’s lots to choose from! 385 First Street, Suite 115. 503.636.9595.
RAIN SPARK GALLERY. This seasonal art gallery is back again displaying the work of 31 member-artists and 8 guests. The wide selection includes tiles, baskets, jewelry, poetry, fused glass, handwoven wraps and recycled metal art. 1st and A Avenue, 971.294,2042. Be sure to check out the other artistic holiday marketplace at 510 MUSEUM AND ARTSPACE for more handmade gifts, including selections by some of our Gallery Without Walls artists! 510 First Street, 503.675.3738.
SUR LA TABLE. Make this your stop for the foodies on your list. Ornaments come in all flavors from hot sauce and bacon to donuts and a six pack of beer. The Nespresso machines take coffee brewing to its highest (and easiest) level, making your favorite drip or espresso drink and frothing your milk like the pros. There are gadgets galore, including many your gift recipient didn’t know she couldn’t live without. 390 N. State Street, #120. 503.636.2181.
GRAPEVINE. Name dropping is encouraged here. That’s why you’ll find fashions by Joie, 7 for all mankind, Rails, Vince, Citizens of Humanity and Eileen Fisher just to mention a few. Stop in between December 13 and 16 for the Jewelry Trunk Show with Girl in the Pearl. 310 N. State Street, #112, 503.635.6009
FLEET FEET SPORTS. For the road warrior on your list, consider a gift card to Fleet Feet Sports. They pride themselves in their “Fitlosophy” taking care to get to know a runner/walker’s history and study their feets’ biomechanics before recommending the right shoe. They can even scan your feet with a 3D scanner in just five seconds, measuring everything that goes into a comfortable fit. So buying a pair of shoes without this input would be missing the point! Gift card them and let them get the customer service that has helped this store grow to three locations with Lake Oswego being their newest! 368 1st Street, #123. 503.305.8616
ECOVIBE APPAREL. This holiday pop-up shop carries affordable, ethical, and trendy fashion from their main store at 1408 Northeast Alberta Street in Portland. Since that can mean different things to different people the management looks at how things are made, by whom, and out of what materials and then try to feature fashions produced ethically and jewelry and accessories locally made from recycled materials. Versatility and sustainability are also factored in. Plus they donate 1% of your sales to two local nonprofits. And did I mention that the items will make a person look good as well as feel good?! 385 1st Street, #121.
GLASSYBABY. Another feel good store is just around the corner from Ecovibe. Glassybaby sells hand-blown votive holders that each come with a story. With names like Courage, Skinny Dip and Awesome Ain’t Easy, I imagine there is a votive that would speak to the friends and family on your list. There are also sets to choose from like Blessings: Thoughtful in green and Grateful Red in red; and Naughty (in red) and Nice (white). A portion of all sales go towards the White Light Fund to support causes close to glassybaby’s mission: helping people who need medical treatment get it; helping animals find sanctuary and keep animals in the wild from becoming extinct, and preserving our planet. 390 N. State Street, 503.804.5415.
CHICO’S. Lake Oswego managed to garner one of the 600 locations of this franchise and the location seems to be a good match—Chico’s was one of the original Lake View Village tenants. The company prides itself on personal stylists who work with you to select the right style with the right fit. Share a little with one of their stylists about your recipient—what colors does she like…are there certain styles she gravitates towards…is machine washable a requirement…and let her go to work for you, letting you look good when she opens her gift. 385 1st Street, #119, 503.675.6655.
WISHBONE HOME DESIGN. Dress up your home for the holidays with seasonal décor that includes fresh or preserved plants, rugs and holiday candles. Gift items include jewelry, candlesticks, frames and gift cards. Pick up a little decorating advice while you’re at it from the experts on hand. 41 B Avenue, 503.636.1229.
THE GROVE. Here’s another new kid on the block in the Lake Grove shopping district featuring a collection of unique gift items that include jewelry, candles, purses and bags, stationary, tea, jellies and plants, many made locally. An entire wall is dedicated to co-owner Jasmine Fullman’s Naturally Knotty scarves and wraps. It’s a cozy place to hang out or take a class. Recently participants learned how to create their own centerpieces. Follow their Instagram account @thegrovelo to learn of upcoming events. 4473 Lakeview Boulevard, 503.953.4056.
PASTICHE FRAME SHOP AND GALLERY. Located just around the corner from The Grove, this spot is for the adventurous shopper who likes fun surprises. Walking into this eclectic mix of repurposed and new home décor and gift items, you can rest assured the person on your gift list is going to receive something unique. 16780 Bryant Road, (503) 636-0208.
PAPER CAPER. From stocking stuffers to hostess gifts you can check a lot of people off your list at this store. Children’s pop-up books, holiday headbands, Mixture candles, holiday serving pieces are just some of the treasures you’ll find in addition to their wide selection of greeting cards. 16829 65th Avenue, 503.620.9460.