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Gift Guide

November 27, 2013

Giving something that will end up stuck in a junk drawer or regifted is no fun for the giver or the giftee. And for the people who seem to have it all, it can be hard to pick something they might actually want. To avoid these hassles, try giving a gift of experiences that return your sentiment all year long. Many local establishments offer clubs and memberships that provide ongoing benefits for a one-time purchase. 

November 27, 2013

You’ve probably noticed the logo, displayed proudly across the advertisements and storefronts of 22 local retailers. Maybe it looked like an affirmation of the area we live in, a sort of twist on “Keep Eugene Weird.”

But “Unique Eugene” is more than just a motto. It’s a network and a movement with the intention of sharing their “collective goodwill in the community,” as their member application puts it. 

November 27, 2013

Saturday Market’s annual Holiday Market has long been the place for arts and crafts aficionados, and among the eclectic mixture of creative gift ideas is an array of potters with their own spin on ceramics. David Parry, Denise Davis and Ziggy Blum all have a singular journey into the world of clay in addition to unique styles, adding to the zest of the festive, welcoming atmosphere. 

November 27, 2013

Anybody with a Pinterest account can attest that the holidays are no longer about giving the perfect gift — they’re about the gift-wrap, tag and greeting cards that go along with it. If the mundane store-bought cards won’t quite make the cut this year, you’re in luck. The beautiful letterpress holiday greeting cards from Eugene’s own Twin Ravens Press, available at Out On A Limb Gallery, are sure to satisfy the inner Martha Stewart in anyone.

November 27, 2013

FOR THE TECHY

Modern 207 E. 5th Ave. Ste 105

December 27, 2012

“Resist impulse decisions to donate.” That’s one of the pithy bits of advice on charitable giving that the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) sends out along with a list of the worst charities in order to keep the generously inclined from getting scammed. EW begs to differ: Impulse donations are awesome. Then again we are the kind of folks who pull over at a green light to give dollars to the people holding signs that say “made some bad decisions” or who have cute dogs with them. But it’s all in whom you give to.

November 21, 2012

Some gifts warm the heart and others appease the stomach. Gifts of food and drink baskets are sure to please even those hard-to-buy-for folks on your gift list. 

November 21, 2012

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.

November 21, 2012

If you have a suds-lover or locavore on your list, if you want to buy an out-of-towner a “made in Eugene” gift or if you know broke college students and recent grads who consider microbrews a luxury, a stocking (Hirons, $9.99) or basket full of the good stuff is an excellent consumable present.

November 21, 2012

To survive winters in Eugene and have some fun along the way, braving the rain and overall glumness of the atmosphere is mandatory. Gray skies and routine downpours shouldn’t equate to an uneventful winter. For active people who love the outdoors, routine runs, bike rides, hiking trips and climbs to the top of snow-covered peaks can still take place. And to be fully prepared for these ventures, having the right clothing is key. This sort of gear costs more than your average stocking stuffer, but when considering how efficient and durable it is, the prices are worth it. 

November 21, 2012

Holiday gifting can seem harder and harder each year. Budget, personalities and time are all variable factors. If you’re running short on any of them, here are a few ideas to jog your imagination. 

November 21, 2012

The walls at House of Records are made of wood, but if they keep collecting vinyl the way they have been in recent years, they might have to substitute slats for LPs. Walking into the small shop is really an undertaking for somebody with little time on their hands. Right as you enter, you’re greeted by posters, cassettes and CDs galore, and then there are the records. Holy shit, sweet, sweet vinyl.

November 21, 2012

A perfect gift for a family Christmas morning, carolers shivering on your porch or friends and neighbors who love to drop by during the holidays, hot cocoa is an American holiday staple.

This year when handing out a cup, remember that there are ways to keep it local, from froth to dredges.

November 21, 2012

Whether a gifting list has five people on it or 25, Eugene Saturday Market’s Holiday Market has enough variety in one place to be true one-stop shopping. Kim Still from Holiday Market says that during the course of this season, almost 400 different artisans will pack the 250 spaces at Lane County Fairgrounds. If you’re afraid you’ll miss your favorite artisan in the sea of stands, check out www.holidaymarket.org for a vendors schedule and map.