Every holiday season there are those certain people on your shopping list that leave even the savviest gift-buyers panicked and uncertain, often leading to hasty decisions and pit-stained shirts (hey, those shop lights are hot!). Some people just seem impossible to buy for: distant cousins, Aunt Bev’s ex-husband who still attends family gatherings, tweens (ZOMG!). There are so many high expectations around the holidays and the last thing you want to do is disappoint or give into the pressure of finding the ever-elusive “perfect gift.”
Luckily, we understand and are here to help with options for where to shop for the most perplexing names on your list this holiday season*. Enter these shops with our suggestions and an open mind, and don’t hesitate to ask who is working for help, too. We’re all in this together!
*December shopping is not the only time to use this info! File away these suggestions for birthdays, anniversaries, and “just ‘cuz” occasions.
If you’re shopping for your MOTHER-IN-LAW (MIL)
No one woman can incite as much anxiety as the MIL. Gaining approval from your partner’s mother is the ultimate holiday miracle. Wow her by showing you DO listen when she blabs, er, explains, all about her latest Pinterest-inspired project and with your support of the local economy.
The Crafty MIL:
Whether homegirl is already a pro or just dabbles while watching the telly, these retailers have options for all-levels of craftastic:
YARN, FABRIC, & SEWING
Happy Knits 1620 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
Yarnia 4183 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202
Modern Domestic 1408 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211 (pictured)
Twisted 2310 NE Broadway St. Portland, OR 97232
Muse Art and Design 4220 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215
SCRAPBOOKING, STAMPING, JEWELRY-MAKING
collage (2 locations) 7907 SE 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97202 & 1639 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211
The Homebody MIL:
Takes “home is where the heart is” seriously, very seriously. She’s always redecorating a room of the house or undertaking a remodeling project and is an expert at creating a cozy, welcoming abode.
TEXTILES, FURNITURE, MODERN HOME ACCESSORIES
woonwinkel 935 SW Washington, Portland, OR 97205
Manor Fine Wares 907 NW 23rd Ave. Portland, OR 97210 (pictured
Perch Furniture 923 NW 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
ANTIQUE FURNISHINGS AND TCHOTCHKE OBSESSED
Stars Antiques Mall 7027 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97202
Stars & Splendid Antiques Mall 7030 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97202
Crow 7425 N Leavitt Street, Portland, OR 97203
The In-Need-of-Pampering MIL:
Recently retired? Doesn’t make time for herself? Treat MIL to a delightful surprise just for her to enjoy.
NEW ACCESSORIES FOR WINTER
Bonnet 412 NW 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97209 (pictured)
Clogs-N-More (4 locations) 6809 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland, OR 97202; 617 NW 23rd Ave., Portland, OR 97210; 3439 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland OR 97214; 2006 NE Broadway, Portland OR 97232
Ellington Handbags 1211 NW 23rd Street, Portland, OR 97210
COMFORTING LIQUID TO BE SAVORED WITH GOOD BOOK
Clive Coffee 79 SE Taylor St Suite 100 Portland OR 97214
Townshend’s Division St. Teahouse 3531 SE Division St., Portland, OR 97202
Mr. Green Beans 3932 N Mississippi Ave., Portland OR, 97210
This is by NO MEANS an exhaustive list! Ideas of your own? Share ‘em in the comments! And remember to tag all your Little Boxes shopventures #LittleBoxes2012.
This shop guide was brought to you by guest blogger Anna Reed.