Held at the Portland Expo Center, the Christmas Bazaar is an annual event that has been a Portland holiday shopping tradition for 31 years. The bazaar always starts the weekend after Thanksgiving. The show features 1,000 booths of a variety of interesting and diverse items ranging from beaded jewelry to dog beds. Booths are staffed and owned by the local small business owners. About 450 booths are juried handcrafted items including hats, jams and jellies, jewelry, little girls' tutus, ornaments, apparel, and some really clever ideas turned into really cool things. The rest of the show includes non-handcrafted gift items such as hair accessories, ornaments, antique baskets from China, candies, popcorn, barbeque sauces, Tupperware, handbags, collectibles, selected imported products, kitchen tools, fleece and a whole lot of holiday shopping ideas.
Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: This holiday bazaar is the largest in America and a great place to find gifts.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to check out Artisan's Alley featuring 450 booths of hand made items.
The General Store in Troutdale, OR has a fantastic collection of items for everyone on your Christmas list. For the baker there are lots of fun cooking items and kitchen decorations. For kids there are old time toys that are sure to be a hit, not to mention they have loads of candy. For those that love Christmas there is an endless supply of Christmas decorations to choose from whether it is ornaments, stockings, or home dÃ©cor they have it. They have regular home dÃ©cor too, including dÃ©cor for your garden as well. For the men in your life there is an entire man cave section.
Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: The General Store has all kinds of fun gifts for all ages and loads of Christmas decorations.
Meagan's expert tip: They close at 5:30, so be sure and get there at least an hour and a half before to have enough time to shop.
Molly Muriel products use all natural ingredients and are made in small batches by hand. Although the have been an online store for sometime their brick and mortar store is new. Here you will find essential oils, soups, lotions, teas, salts, cooking spices, bulk herbs, plants, bath and body oils, bath soaks, and more. If you want to learn more about using essential oils this is the perfect place to learn. They offer classes on an ongoing basis for candle making, home made syrups like elderberry syrup, laundry soup, perfumes, ciders like fire water, and more. Their classes are the perfect place to go and make holiday gifts.
Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Molly Muriel has an assortment of products that make great holiday gifts.
Meagan's expert tip: Sign up for one of their classes and make your own gifts.
Bella Casa located in the Pearl District, is Richard Codanti's passion and creation; an ever-changing canvas of artfully layered textures, colors, lighting, scents, and sounds that stimulate and excite the senses. Richard is committed to searching the world over for the finest and most unique home furnishings and accessories that are a cut above the ordinary. He thoughtfully selects every purchase and carefully curates collections that are worthy to be called 'Bella Casa Style.' During the holidays Bella Casa goes all out and transforms into a Christmas Wonderland. It will be easy to find gifts for everyone on your list here.
Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Bella Casa is one of the most beautiful stores in Portland and they go all out for the holidays.
Meagan's expert tip: Give yourself a budget before walking through the doors so you don't go too crazy.
Orox Leather has been family owned and operated for four generations. Their store in downtown Portland has been open for four years now and they have been selling their goods at the Saturday market for 12 years. They originally started out making baseball gloves and sandals and have expanded to a wide assortment of leather goods like handbags, wallets, belts, cell phone cases, pet items, and more. They use water resistant American made leather in all of their products. If you have an idea for something you would like made you will be happy to know that they do custom work.
Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Orox Leather makes an assortment of beautiful leather goods in downtown Portland.
Meagan's expert tip: They offer free shipping online and in store and a life time warranty.
Including four department stores, with one being the state's largest Nordstrom, Washington Square Mall draws patrons with its wealth of shopping opportunities and diverse merchandise. Over 170 specialty stores also call this landmark mall home. They have one of the only Brighton Jewelry Stores in Portland and the only Cheesecake Factory. Kids will love the Lego store and mom's will love the rest. Names like Pottery Barn, Abercrombie & Fitch and J. Crew keeps shoppers happily filling up their bags (and emptying their wallets) until the doors close. A large food court and an expansive parking structure with a skybridge to Nordstrom and Sears are convenient.
Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Washington Square Mall has loads of stores ensuring you find perfect gift for everyone on your list.
Meagan's expert tip: Plan to work in a lunch or dinner visit to the Cheesecake Factory while here.
Looking for a souvenir of your travels, a Christmas gift, or just an immediate taste of Portland? Head to the Saturday Market, a year round weekend event that's held the city in thrall since 1974. With scores of booths to browse, you'll encounter artwork, crafts, food, flowers, and pretty much anything you can imagine. The atmosphere is energetic, enlivened by eager shoppers and musicians who play among the crowds. Perfect for gift-shopping or simply to absorb the sights and sounds of Portland and do a little people-watching along the way. During the warm months kids can play in the new fountain.
Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Portland Saturday market has hundred of booths offer all kind of goods ensuring you will find the perfect gift.
Meagan's expert tip: Too busy on Saturday? Don't worry they are open on Sunday too despite the name.
The Crafty Wonderland shop is the most amazing little shop in downtown Portland full of handmade arts and craft goods from over 180 Portland area artists. By bringing them all together they've made it easy for Portlanders to buy local goods made by local artists. Goods include jewelry, books, clothing, toys, paintings, beauty products, and more. This is the go to place for items showing off Oregon state pride. Each May and December they host a large craft market at the Oregon Convention Center with over 250 local artists selling items. There is no admission to attend and they have a free craft making station set up.
Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Crafty Wonderland has made shopping locally easy by bring together hundreds of local items together in one spot.
Meagan's expert tip: Check their website for special events like free craft classes.
Catering to hip professionals and trendy city denizens, this area is one of Portland's busiest. It features fashionable clothing and home store chains, including Eddie Bauer and Pottery Barn, Lush, Williams and Sonoma, Urban Outfitters, and also includes a wealth of smaller, independent shops. Great restaurants including Papa Hayden's and Casa del Matador are here. There is also a slew of coffee houses and everything from stylish clothing venues and music shops can also be found. The boutiques found along NW 23rd offer a variety of goods, because no two shops are remotely the same. Great turn-of-the-century architecture and beautiful landscaping add to the neighborhood's appeal.
Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: NW 23rd has a nice mix of local boutiques and a few popular stores ensuring that you will find the perfect gift.
Meagan's expert tip: Plan to spend the whole day shopping and eating along NW 23rd street.
Located in the heart of downtown Portland near Pioneer Courthouse Square. This is downtown's primary shopping destination, spanning four city blocks and housing designer name brands and top quality dining and entertainment options. Anchor stores include Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, and Tiffany & Co.; smaller high-end retailers include Ann Taylor, Coach, Eddie Bauer, J. Crew and Nine West. This mall features an Apple Store and a brand new Microsoft store. During the month of December this Macy's location features Santa Land. Unfortunately you will have to park in a parking garage to go to this mall. There is no free parking available. Mall services include strollers, wheelchairs, a visitor's information center and an on-site ATM.
Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Pioneer Place is home to hundred of stores all in one place making it a great place to Christmas shop.
Meagan's expert tip: Park in one of the nearby parking garages, because street park is limited in this section of downtown.