Letters, Envelopes and MORE
In a time where information travels almost as quickly as thought, it is good to sometimes remind ourselves to take a beat and relax. There is something beautiful about receiving a letter or postcard in the mail that an email can never convey and that sense of timeless, tactile enjoyment will never be replaced by email...no matter how convenient it may be. Traveling the world is as exciting as you make it, so make it twice as exciting for those back home by snail mailing them a handmade card from Tokyo or a scented postcard from San Francisco.
Paper Jazz, 858 NW Wall St.
Backpacking Oregon by Douglas Lorain
This picture-filled extravaganza isn't focused on the traveling aspect of backpacking, but more of the trail walking side of things. Lorain has lived in the Pacific Northwest since the late '60s and has been hiking trails since the beginning, logging more than 30,000 trail miles just in our neck of the woods. This book is considered a resource even by experienced hikers, and Lorain's other books detailing hikes through Washington and Idaho only solidify him as one of the Pacific Northwest's important trail guides. Sometimes it makes more sense to commune with nature than walk through a city, and this book will show you the way.
Dudley's Bookshop Cafe, 135 NW Minnesota Ave.
Roark Outfitted by Hex Mule Travel Backpack
For the adventurous jetsetter who wants to explore the world with a bag capable of getting them into and out of anywhere they see fit. While the bag is urbane and stylish enough to fit a 15-inch laptop, it is also functional enough to fit gear for a three-day hike. Whatever kind of traveler you're purchasing a gift for, this bag will add a no-nonsense vibe to anyone's stylish traveling itinerary. It makes the wearer look as cool as they sometimes feel. Just fill it with books and find a beach. You know we're right.
Revolvr Menswear, 945 NW Wall St.
Klean Kanteen with Local Art Design
Klean Kanteens keep your cold drinks downright icy for 24 hours while keeping beverages hot for up to six. Being completely eco-friendly and BPA-free means you can enjoy your local coffee on the train ride to wherever the wind may blow you while also keeping that bit of home nice and fresh for a few more hours. Filled with a Lone Pine Coffee Roaster's homemade chai, bourbon caramel latte or noisette, the Klean Kanteen can be a deliciously decadent treat keeper and environmentally conscious Earth saver simultaneously. When something can taste good and feel good at the same time, life becomes just a little bit better.
Lone Pine Coffee Roasters, 845 NW Tin Pan Alley