Art of Shopping
Holiday Gift List -
Brainstorm These Great Gift Ideas
For your Sweetie
This cool, new Pentax OptioX digital camera ($450) has a 2-inch, high-res
LCD monitor that swivels up, down or straight ahead. The ultra-slim, aluminum alloy
body makes it compact and light enough to take anywhere. www.pentax.com
See the “Man of La Mancha” from November 14–December 4 at Salem’s
Pentacle Theatre ($18–19/ticket) and while you’re there pick up a bottle of the theater’s
Anniversary Special Label wine by Willamette Valley Vineyards ($9-18/bottle).
450 Court St. NE, Salem, 503-485-4300. www.pentacletheatre.org
Bend & Balance
Anyone looking to put a little balance back into their life will find it at
Yoga of Bend. Owner Nadine Simms offers private one-hour sessions ($45) for those
seeking individual attention in the ancient art of Hatha Yoga. 541-318-1186.
Friends and Colleagues
Brava! This unique locally owned store offers home cooked meals that you either prepare
in their kitchen or pick-up from their Washington Square location. Meals can be frozen
and eaten whenever you want—making them a perfect gift for the busy professional.
(Packages of 12 meals range from $197–227) 503-624-2728. www.bravameals.com
The “Pinot Guy” scours the best vineyards to bring thirsty connoisseurs the best
of the best in the Oregon Pinot Noir Club. With offerings that include single vineyard
bottlings and limited release wines not available outside Oregon, packages range from
one-time shipments to 12-month memberships ($47–975). 800-847-4474.
Inspired by an original Pendleton robe worn by Geronimo in an early 1900s
photograph, the enduring design of the Geronimo blanket ($165) has been sprung from
Pendleton’s archives and reintroduced. The blanket’s (64” X 80”) rounded corners and
unnapped finish are reminiscent of Pendleton blankets made through 1909. Pendleton
A uniquely Oregon gift idea, this one-of-a-kind calendar is filled with
beautiful, historical photos from the OHS archives. Warm color tones combined with
engaging photos make this a great gift, and partial proceeds benefit the Oregon Historical Society. $17.95, available at Pendleton stores, Columbia Sportswear stores, Border’s and
at www.ohs.org or www.brainstormnw.com For quantity corporate gifts: 503-675-7366.
Rock n’ Bowl
Where do vinyl records get a new life? Christine Claringbold’s studio. The
beautifully crafted, hand painted bowls ($52–60) offer a unique and decorative touch to
anyone’s home or office. Natural Spaces, 6401 SW Macadam Ave., Portland,
Tea for One
This adorable—and practical—teapot and mug by Chantal ($17.99) hug
together like a match made in heaven. Making tea at your desk has never been so easy—
brew on top, sip below. Wild Oats Natural Marketplace or www.chantal.com
This 9-hole Children’s Course with vistas of the Clackamas and Willamette
Rivers is the ideal place for juniors to play. With clinics and tournaments geared toward
kids and inexpensive greens fees ($5–13), young players will have fun learning the game.
19825 River Rd., Gladstone, 503-722-1530.
Dreaming of a White Christmas
Tired of bulky PCs—
Apple’s new iMac G5 (starting at
$1,299) integrates the entire computer into a flat panel display. With the whole system
only measuring two inched in depth, this is the world’s thinnest desktop computer.
Lip Plumping Potion
What young lady wouldn’t want to try this hot new lip-gloss, Lip
Injection, ($18.50) from Too Faced. Wand on the crystal clear liquid and watch your lips
pink up and plump up 20%—it’s the safe, easy way to get a smooth, silky, full-lipped
look. Nordstrom stores or www.sephora.com
For Your Pup
Keep your furry friend warm this winter in a leather coat from
Friends of BadyDoll Pliner ($378). It will be licks all around when Fifi sees this stylish
number, made in Italy, under the tree. Paws & Claws, 417 First St., Lake Oswego,
There will be no more begging at the breakfast table after your pup has
his first Barkin’ Bagel. These all-natural, fat-free treats ($7.00 per dozen) are handmade
by the Great Dog Bakery in Beaverton. 503-626-3600. www.greatdogbakery.com
Lago di Merlo Vineyards and Winery make it easy to give the gift of wine.
Your choice of two bottles of their award winning, Sonoma County wines ($19–30 each)
inside an elegant box ($10) with Grandpa Guiseppe Merlo on its cover makes a special
gift for any connoisseur. 503-693-2494. www.lagodimerlo.com
Only in the Oregon will you find vodka made from—of all things—
potatoes. Northwest potatoes and glacier-fed water from Mt. Hood make this a Gold
Award winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. With a smooth, slightly
sweet taste, Spudka ($15.95–17.95) is a great choice for those looking for a little twist in
their martini. Hood River Distillers. www.hoodriverdistillers.com
Seventeen talented musicians from around the world have come together
to create a very special compilation of fresh, adult contemporary songs—all to benefit the
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “One Step Closer” ($12.97) features a mix of song styles that
will suit any mood. Sample the music at www.cdbaby.com/cd/afac
Go Ahead—Treat Yourself!
A Trip Down Memory Lane
The ultimate splurge—cruising off the lot in your pristine
1957 Chevy Belair Convertible. With nearly 55 cars ($4000–$37,000) on the lot each
day, Memory Lane Classic Cars will take you back to a time when cars were more than
just vehicles to get you from Point A to Point B. 2608 SE Holgate, Portland, OR,
On Your Fish List?
Whether your vice is salmon, steelhead, trout, bass, sturgeon or
year-round ocean fishing, Oregon Fishing will tailor a fishing trip ($300–350 per person)
just right for you. Experienced fishermen (or women) and newcomers alike will enjoy
these guided journeys to some of the best fishing holes in Oregon. 877-694-0856.
Forget filling your basement with dumbbells. SelectTech adjustable
dumbbells ($350) offer a stylish, compact alternative. Each handle adjusts between five
and 52.5 pounds, making it perfect for a variety of exercises. Its patent-pending
technology ensures that the weight is fully engaged, making dropped plates a thing of
the past. www.bowflexselecttech.com
Set Your Sites on the Holidays
Best of Online Shopping
Tried and True
Green thumb or no, everything for the gardener’s soul.
Imaginative toys, books and furnishings for kids.
Gear and classes for your favorite cook.
First-quality, genuine designer fashions, accessories and house wares at
surprisingly affordable prices.
Shoes, accessories and clothes for everyone in the family—plus no hassle returns!
The best food and flowers on the doorstep every month? How perfect!
Unique and personalized gifts for family and friends
Give them a try
Send your favorite gourmet a beautiful assortment of fruits and vegetables from
this Portland-based organic grocery home delivery service.
Take the whole family on a white water rafting adventure vacation complete with
expert guides and delicious meals.
Nifty note cards, swank stationery and custom printing for the hippest
correspondent on your list.
Perfect bags for home, work and travel made out of recycled plastic.
Check out a pair of boots from the oldest shoe company in the United States—
even Teddy Roosevelt wore a pair!
Peruse these divine handmade soaps, cosmetics and bath products for some spa-
How many days until Christmas?
BrainstormNW - Nov 2004