The 2021 holiday season is unlike any other. With supply chain issues, and the world opening up a little bit more, ’tis the season to support small, local businesses. It’s more important than ever to support the businesses we love, so give the gift of Tualatin Valley by shopping local for everyone on your list. Here are a few fun places we have found in the area, and some products you might want to add to your list.
White Birch Design Co. in Hillsboro is absolutely full of amazing gifts. Our favorites were their charcuterie section and all the locally made jewelry. The charcuterie section featured gorgeous boards of all shapes an sizes, gift sets of specialty preserves, fused olive oils, pickled veggies from Crisp & Co, and even a charcuterie planner! They have several local jewelry designers as well, including some beautiful pieces by local Dana Karin.
Some of these gifts are available on their website, but most things are only available at their beautiful brick and mortar store, which we HIGHLY recommend checking out.
For the dog lover in your life, Puppernickel in Hillsboro has some amazing finds for our 4-legged friends. This Cake Mix for Puppies is the perfect way to celebrate a special day in your dog’s life. But If you don’t want to do your own puppy baking, they have all sorts of different goodies to check out from ‘pupcakes’, to specialty cookies, to biscuits.
For a more interactive gift, or to give the gift of a fun, bonding experience, Versus Board Games in Tigard has all the games you could ever want. We had two particular favorites; You Think You Know Me, a card game created by a Portland-based designer is a great popular game to test how well you actually know your friends and family. Parks is a beautiful and interesting game which can be played alone or with up to 5 people. Players will take on the role of two hikers as they trek across different trails during four seasons of the year, and the game supports the National Parks! A great game for a cozy night in with the family.
Smith Berry Barn in Hillsboro is absolutely filled to the brim with great gift ideas. They have everything you could possibly want to decorate your home and tree for the holidays, some fresh apples and pears, and some of the cutest little gifts you will ever see. A great gift idea from Smith Berry Barn is Meadow Land Simple Syrup. These come in cute little glass bottles with beautiful art. The flavored syrups are made in Oregon, and they are the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who loves to make cocktails at home. Some things are available for online shopping at the Smith Berry Barn Website, but most are only available in the store.
Forager Vintage in Downtown Beaverton is full of unique one-of-a-kind items. Vintage clothes, accessories, and home goods. We particularly love their very unexpected and beautiful jewelry. Since most of what is sold at Forager is one-of-a-kind, we can’t highlight a particular item, but we recommend checking out their “made local” and jewelry sections.
Shop in person with your mask on or buy online, either way, it’s easy to show your support and give the gift of Tualatin Valley. Search our stores >>>