Worried about shopping online this holiday season? You’re not alone. Buying locally and having gifts on hand can eliminate some of the hassle of gift shipping delays.
A variety of pop-up markets and gift fairs are available this season to help you out, with products made locally, in stock, and ready to pack. The Portland Saturday Market is open until December 18 (Saturday only) but will not host the annual procrastinator retreat, the “Last Minute Festival,” in 2021. If skipping the mall seems like a good idea , here are some gift ideas for shopping in the metro area and beyond:
MESO Holiday Market feature elements black-owned businesses. Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) welcomes 14 small businesses during the six-week market. The market will feature two food vendors rotating every two weeks. The family and community event is open to all ages. It will include shows on Fridays and Saturdays and a black Santa Claus available for photos from noon to 3 p.m. on December 4, 11 and 18. Market hours 11 am to 7 pm Tuesday to Saturday through December 24, 1237 NE Alberta St .; free entry; 503-841-3351 or [email protected].
Pop-up Hanukkah Shop includes menorahs, chocolate gelt, candles, masks and more. 1 pm-4pm Sunday November 21-28 and 10 am-2pm Monday-Tuesday November 22-23, Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 2858 NE Sandy Blvd .; jewishnortheast.com
The manufacturers will do, a market in southeast Portland has live music, drinks for sale, and activities for the kids. No less than 13 local vendors will be selling items. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 27, Formation Studios, 5514 SE Foster Road; facebook.com/events
My popular market: Downtown storefront shoppers walking past display stands at the corner of Southwest Yamhill Street and Ninth Avenue can scan a QR code and buy directly from over 30 Black, Native and Color businesses participating in My People’s Market, where you can also shop in person. . Noon to 6 p.m. on December 5, 12 and 19, at The Redd, 831 SE Salmon St.
Pop-up stores PDX 2021 are now open in downtown and Old Town Portland. Local designers and artists move into vacant city storefronts and give gifts just in time for the holidays. This year’s boutiques feature items created by Indigenous artists, wellness products, socks, ceramics and loot from the Portland Pickles team. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. most Tuesdays and Sundays until December 31; details and a map of the stores available on centrevilleportland.org
Sunday museum store invites shoppers to check out the unique offers at local museums and across the country starting November 28. Shopping in museum stores supports the missions and programs they offer. Not all items are local. Museum members will receive special discounts at these museums on various days, not just November 28. Some discounts are available online only. Check with each museum for its offers.
- Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way. McMinnville; evergreenmuseum.org/individual- membership
- Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave .; ohs.org
- Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave .; store.pam.org
- Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave .; Japanesegarden.com/join-or-renew/
- Rice Museum of Rocks Minerals, 6385 NWGroveland Drive, Hillsboro; Ricenorthwestmuseum.org/how-to-visit
Unique Portland Markets invites you to shop for items from over 140 local designers, artists and emerging businesses, all under one roof. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to Sunday, December 4 to 5, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 300 Winning Way; admission $ 5, 12 and under free. Pre-purchased admission recommended; uniquemarkets.com/portland
Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro will host a celebration of local artists and artisans during the Hillsboro Monthly Art Walk. Visit the artisan pop-up store and shop for local artisanal goods, including artwork, photographs, soaps, and ceramics, while listening to live flamenco guitar music. 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro; free entry; HillsboroArtWalk.com
Slabtown Holidaymakers’ Market offers a chance to give and give back. Shop for gifts such as jewelry, textiles, housewares and more. When you buy an item, 5-10% of the sales goes to various local nonprofits including Raphael House, the Pixie Project, and Urban League of Portland. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to Sunday, December 18 and 19, NW Marine Art Works, 2516 NW 29th Ave; free entry; dalletownmakersmarket.com
Silverton Christmas Market Of course, there is a German themed shopping market for gifts from local businesses and artisan vendors, but there are also over a million lights that wrap around the main pavilion and across the entire length of Oregon Garden Resort property. Evening hours vary depending on the date. Some nights charge admission. Open until Jan. 9, 2022 at Oregon Garden, 895 W. Main St., Silverton; silvertonchristmasmarket.com/tickets
– Rosemarie Stein, [email protected]