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Local stores have a little something for everyone

Bambini 205 W. 5th Ave.

Bambini has exclusive local rights to sell this sled dog T-shirt ($31), which can be the shirt that your favorite dog-loving tiny person wants to wear on all days that end in y. If it’s winter wear you’re after, check out these fun, bright-colored sweaters ($49.99). To help out a new friend who’s teething (and his/her parents!), look for natural rubber teething toy Vulli Sophie ($25.99), designed to stimulate all of a baby’s senses.


Coastal Farm and Ranch 2200 W. 6th Ave.

When you have absolutely no idea what to get a Eugenean, think of that common denominator in all our lives: rain. Northwest-based Coastal’s selection of boots in general is mesmerizing, and they have rain boots from black to brightly patterned ($79.99-$139.99).



Down to Earth 532 Olive St.

Plants can make the barest apartment or house feel like a home. Pair a tiny terrarium ($11.99) with a stand ($17.99), plant ($2.50-$5) and shells ($6.99) to gift a homier atmosphere. Plus, Eugene’s upcoming plastic bag ban means we’ll all need a reusable bag or two ($20.99).


Falling Sky Brewing Fermentation Supply Shop 30 E. 13th Ave.

The retail side of Eugene’s newest brewery includes all the equipment, ingredients and instruction needed to brew at home. With a deluxe starter kit ($160), you can give a lager lover a new hobby and cheaper beer.


Goldrich and Pease Holiday Show and Sale 768 W. 10th Ave.

If you’re out and about 11 am to 4 pm Saturday, Dec. 8, stop by and take stock of Hannah Goldrich and Mike Pease’s annual Holiday Show and Sale. Pease’s paintings, like the watercolor from the Island of Skyros ($300), feature rural and wild landscapes. Goldrich’s jewelry, such as this sterling pendant with an Alaskan fossilized coral and onyx ($400), is inspired by the stones they showcase.


Sweet Potato Pie 20 E. 11th Ave.

For those shopping for quirky, fun friends and relatives, Sweet Potato Pie sells a lot more than just clothing. The utility belts come in leather ($120) or canvas ($60) and have done the impossible by making the fanny pack look awesome. If it’s stocking stuffers and small gifts you’re after, the Pie has a variety of hemp soaps ($7) and salves ($6), plus fun, snarky and sarcastic magnets ($4).


Harlequin Beads and Jewelry 1027 Willamette St.

Whether you know an avid crafter or someone who makes jewelry every once in a while, a strand or vial of beads (generally $2-$5) is always an appreciated gift. Wrap it up with a book (most are $20-$30) that suits your giftee’s taste and you’re giving the gift of fun, productive rainy afternoons.


Urban Lumber Company 28 E. Broadway

Urban Lumber’s downtown showroom carries all sorts of furniture and household items made from locally salvaged wood. When the city or private landowners need to cut down a tree, Urban Lumber reclaims the wood and makes sure it continues to serve a purpose. The stylish cook in your life is sure to appreciate a present like this black walnut cutting board with a live (natural) edge ($40) or the black walnut and poplar mix ($75).


Passionflower Design 128 E. Broadway

Behind Passionflower’s selection of novel kitchenware, clothing and other mementos, the corner with the craft items has a remarkable range of paper items, stamps and other gifts. If you’re gifting for an avid Duck fan but don’t want to buy into the fandom, try this cute stationary ($12.95). If it’s something funny and quirky you want, check out the Grow Your Own Mushroom Garden Kit ($29). And if you need a gift that is relevant to everyone’s life, give a small pocket Constitution ($22).


Literary Duck 895 E. 13th Ave.

The Duck Store is probably best known for selling textbooks and UO swag, but the Literary Duck stocks literature-themed shirts. The men’s and women’s shirts, made by Out of Print, have graphics inspired by tomes like 1984, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Pride and Prejudice ($25).