The holidays are in full force (cue stress sweats) and for many of us, this season is going to look a bit different than usual. Despite all the craziness of 2020, I think we can agree it’s a good time to show our people – near and far – that we love them. In the spirit of giving, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to give and give back.
Based in Portland, MANTEL prides itself on highlighting small, independent artists. From jewelry to ceramics to home goods, MANTEL has you covered. These linen napkins are perfect for your (small) holiday gathering, or wrap them up and give them as a gift.
02. Wild Diversity
Wild Diversity is all about creating a personal connection to the outdoors for all people, especially members of the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. The organization provides outdoor adventures, education and workshops, while also fostering a deep understanding of the history of the land and the people and cultures connected to it. Donations go toward meals, permits, camp gear and scholarships. Visit their site to learn more!
03. Wood Bead Hanging Planter
This 10-minute DIY project comes to you from the blog, “Almost Makes Perfect.” With the materials list being only 5 items long, this makes for an easy and budget-friendly gift.
04. Custom Watercolor Home Portraits by Jessica Aspen
These sweet portraits come from the hands of one of our own: The incredible Jessica Aspen! Each piece is custom and painted on 6×9 watercolor paper. Send her a DM on Instagram to get your hands on one.
05. One Tail at a Time
Seems like there’s no better time to foster or adopt a dog than during quarantine – you ain’t going anywhere! OTAT’s mission is to improve the lives of companion animals by providing humane, individualized care and a chance to know the comforts of a loving home through advocacy, education, and support of those in need. If that’s not reason enough to add some paws to your household, I don’t know what is.
06. Decorative Clay Plates
These clay plates make for great accessory and trinket trays. Click below for directions and check out Kate Schmidt’s blog, “Snap Society” for more DIY projects!
07. Deadstock Coffee
In my opinion, there’s no better way to start the day than with a cup of bean juice. If you feel the same way, then you need to check out Deadstock Coffee. Located in Northwest Portland, Deadstock is a tight team of sneaker-loving “bean burners.” Stop by their shop for all things coffee. Bonus: They deliver!
08. Farmers Market Fund
Farmers Market Fund works to provide low-income families with fresh fruits and vegetables grown at small, local farms. The organization’s Double Up Food Bucks program matches SNAP dollars used to purchase produce at farmers markets all across Oregon. Farmers Market Fund is currently accepting donations through their website, linked below.
09. Milk and Honey Soap
Another quick project, these handmade soap bars make for great gifts. The simple ingredients are gentle on your skin, and they smell really good, too! Pro tip: Get you hands on an antibacterial soap base for a COVID-friendly gift.
Still stumped? Check out a few of our favorite local businesses linked below!
Are there any small, local businesses or organizations you’d like to highlight? Share below!