Last week we gave you some ideas for over-the-top, guilty-pleasure gifts. This week, it’s all about gifts that make you—and your loved ones—feel good. Check the pages inside for ideas that support local businesses, that give something back to the community or even help your loved ones lower their carbon footprint.
Class up your mantel this holiday
with these locally-made Christmas
Meadow Land Simple Syrups
Flavors including Black Tea & Lavender,
Raspberry & Rose, Wood Fired Apple,
Marionberry Black Pepper,
Juniper Rosemary & Sage, Honey Vanilla Chamomile, Winter Forest, Cinnamon Brown Sugar
Boy’s May the Forest Be With You Shirt/ Women’s State Shirt
AVAILABLE AT CASCADE COTTONS
A Few Conifers (in Oregon)
"I Speak in Frogs and Fish" book
By Christian Brown $15
You don’t have to leave Central Oregon to find some of the coolest gifts this season. These ideas barely scratch the surface of all the local love you could give this year—but it will give you a good start…
Specialty Beer/Cider gift pack
Pick what you want from The Commons’ hype selection, but these are delish:
Sahati—mixed fermentation ale from Ale Apothecary.
750 ml, made with spruce boughs & aged in wine barrels. $36
Strawberry Spruce Tip— hard cider from
Wildcraft Cider Works. 500ml. $8
Flanders-Style Red Ale
from PFriem. 375ml, sour ale with a hint of Pinot. $11
AVAILABLE AT CROW’S FEET COMMONS CAFE
Tularoo Soaps Heart in Central Oregon soap
“You’ve Been Naughty” Coal Soap, made with activated charcoal
“You’ve Been Nice” Snowball Soaps, made with goat’s milk.
AVAILABLE AT COSA CURA AND JUNQUE N BLOOM, OR ONLINE AT: TULAROOSOAPS.COM
USE CODE DELIVER FOR FREE LOCAL DELIVERY!
Mazama Hydration Packs
The Tumalo is mid-sized with lots of cargo space for all-day hikes and mountain bike rides. 2-liter hydration reservoir. The Koosah is ideal for skiers, runners
Because every baby should be this Oregon chic. Made in Oregon… naturally… $35
AVAILABLE AT LONE CROW BUNGALOW
Bike Chain Coasters
It says it right on the coasters, so you’d better do it: Enjoy the Ride. Made from bamboo and recycled bike chain. Oregon made. $10AVAILABLE AT LONE CROW BUNGALOW
Adirondack ski chairs, custom-made from
Cascade Ski Furniture
your old gear—or buy one made from someone
else’s. Relive the glory days in relaxation and
comfort, beer in hand.
AVAILABLE AT CASCADE SKI FURNITURE
Possibles Pouch from Giant Loop
Strap it on your bike fender to stash your gear for your commute, or use it on a motorcycle or snowmobile. Waterproof & snow proof, with a roll top, multiple lash points and a pair of webbing anchor and compression straps. $50
VSSL Outdoor Utility Tool + Cylinder
A dual-mode LED flood beam lantern light, compass, bike tools and flat repair kit and other goodies, inside a military-spec aluminum cylinder (doubles as a flask). Use the strap to attach it to your MTB, or even your commuter bike. Tiiight.
Grapefruit Citrus Nutrient Oil
A blend of
Indie Lee Coconut Citrus—Scrub. Get rid of dead skin and moisturize with the Coconut Citrus Scrub, featuring a blend of coconut, lemongrass jojoba
$38-40 AVAILABLE AT SAGE BEAUTY BOUTIQUE
“La Crow” water bottles
Because you never know when the need for a La Croix-inspired sip might occur in the woods.
Give the gift of experience with these DIY classes
Cooking Classes at Kindred Creative Kitchen
A variety of classes for adults and kids age 7 and up. Learn basic techniques in the “Cook Like a Pro” professional skills classes or learn how to make the perfect soufflé. Kid classes are available throughout the year and include tasty topics such as cinnamon rolls and puff pastries.
Find class offerings at thekindredcreativekitchen.com
You supply the materials, DIYcave supplies the tools, space and local experts. DIYcave— holding an open house and fundraiser for Bend’s Habitat for Humanity on Sat., Dec. 23, where you can use their tools or purchase last minute handmade gift.
Find class offerings at diycave.com
Private Lessons at the Workhouse
The Workhouse in Bend houses nine studio artists that not only create in the space, but sell their creations in a retail gallery open to the public. Some of these artisans also provide private lessons by appointment. Offerings vary throughout the year depending on who is currently instructing.
Beer and coffee painter Karen Eland currently offers a two-hour class for small groups by appointment, guiding students how to paint using only beer or coffee.
To schedule an appointment, contact Karen at 541-350-9778 or [email protected]
Beer and coffee painter Karen Eland currently offers a
two-hour class for small groups by
appointment, guiding students how to paint using only beer or coff
To schedule an appointment, contact Karen at 541-350-9778 or cof
GIVING BACKWhen it comes to giving this season, not all of it has to be the stuff that gets stuffed under the tree.
Check out these ideas for ways to show you care, while helping others in your community.
Sudara PunjammiesGorgeous pajamas, made in India by women
who are survivors of sex trafficking
AVAILABLE AT OREGON BODY & BATH
Nashelle Trunk Box
Your own personal jewelry stylist. Subscribe and get seasonal jewelry and classic
Adopt an Animal from the High Desert MuseumHelp provide expert care and nutrition for the animals at the museum, including bald eagles, river otters and more. Did you know it costs $1700 a year to care for an eagle?!
Adoption packages starting at $25, up to $150
Donate your time instead of a gift! Here are some great local orgs who’d love your help.
After School Buddies
Leadership development anD mentoring, in which young adults from local high schools and colleges help younger kids improve study skills, self esteem, fitness and more
Working to increase the number of students graduating from high school & continuing their education
Habitat for HumanityMaking homeownership possible for families right here in Bend.
Fences for Fido
Building fences at homes where dogs don’t have them.