Eugene Weekly Gift Guide – Eugene Weekly
Expensive gifts are nice, but they are the thoughtful gifts that you keep forever. My parents never could afford to buy me the pony I asked for, but for years my mother, who was a flight attendant, found me figurines of horses on her travels to worldwide. I still have them – hand-carved wooden ponies from Sweden and Brazil, hand-painted horses from England, sit on my shelves.
Maybe because of this, or maybe because writers are always broke, I love giving thoughtful gifts that don’t have to break the bank. And while I hate bright lights and the frenetic rush of holiday shopping, I love going to new places and chatting with the people who made the items I’m thinking of buying.
TO Eugene Weekly It’s still the season to buy locally, but with the ongoing pandemic, the tightening supply chain, and general retailers struggling these days, it’s really time to focus on supporting our neighbors. – and with regard to holiday shopping, our neighboring manufacturers and sellers.
So there is a solution to my anti-shopping dilemma, and that is to wander the local holiday markets with no real purpose beyond making my friends and family happy, and having a pleasant conversation or two. and safely hidden.
Want to stay close to the city? Check out the annual Saturday Market Holiday Market, the Weihnachtsmarkt at Old Nick’s Pub, and the Whiteaker Winter Market, all in Eugene, or head to Springfield for the Washburne Café’s Makers Market, all in this issue.
Want to go further ? There’s the Coburg Holiday Market and the South Valley Farmer’s Market open-air winter market at Cottage Grove. Or take a rural walk and you can shop for local produce at places like Pleasant Hill Feed and Farm Supply near Highway 58 or Camas Country Schoolhouse Bakery and Store near Junction City.
Find out about the local markets and manufacturers listed in this issue and treat someone. And if you’d rather not go out at all, consider a gift certificate at a local restaurant or retailer. Nothing says giveaway season like a beer from Gratitude Brewing or spices and tinctures from Mrs. Thompson’s Herbs, Gifts & Folklore. Or gift an experience – museum memberships are a year-round gift.
Can’t see your favorite manufacturer or brand in our 2021 Gift Guide? Send us a letter to the editor ([email protected]) and tell our readers! Want to donate to a non-profit organization or buy a book from a local author? No problem, GEWinter’s Reading is December 2 and Give Guide is December 16.
Wondering what to get me for Christmas? Well you can always help support GE so we have more pages to write about local businesses!
Or buy me that goddamn pony.
Holiday markets and shopping spots
The best of local vacation shopping
Old Nick’s Eugene Weihnachtsmarkt
Main Street Craftsmen