There is something truly special about being able to give that hard to shop for person on your list a unique and special gift that reflects where you’re from. That is exactly what this week’s local small business With Love, From PDX will help you do.
Owned by the beautiful Inger, who also curates the fabulous gift boxes, With Love, From PDX combines her passion for the community and the fabulous locally-made goods you can find in Portland to make her gifts. By doing so she is able to help support over 75 other local small businesses. She launched her company in 2015 and her website makes it easy for you to curate a gift perfect for the person receiving it.
With Portland being such a diverse, innovative, creative community Inger can truly find some unique gifts. It doesn’t matter if the person you are shopping for is into wine, snacks or loves things to bring a unique flair to their kitchen there is something that everyone will love.
Halloween is Saturday and one of the big Halloween events is Haunted Houses. I know they’ll look different this year but here is a list of some amazing Portland area Haunted Houses that you can check out and get your scare on:
The Fear PDX
13th Door Haunted PDX
Creatures of the Night
Sauvie Island Haunted Corn Maze
Please note that many of these haunted houses do require tickets to get in because of COVID and some of them are close to selling out for this weekend. Hopefully you’ll be able to find somewhere to get your scare on at.
I am that person on your gift list that LOVES unique jewelry. I do not want to wear something that I’m going to see on every other person out there. Case in point on year for Mother’s Day my daughter bought me T-Rex earrings from Coach because I saw them in the store and fell in love. Plus how many people are going to wear T-Rex earrings. Hmmmm maybe I need a T-Rex costume to go with them? That’s a whole nother story.
So since I love unique jewelry I love to find local artists who make amazing jewelry to give to those hard to shop for women on my gifts list. We all have them, the ones that have everything. Therefore when I found this week’s Local Etsy Shop of the week I knew I had to share. It is Asakawa Silver located in Hillsboro, OR. I am more than a little bit obsessed with the bee earrings.
The owner/artist is Monte Gueber and he takes his inspiration for the unique pieces he creates from the world around us. From beautiful butterflies to honeycombs there is certainly a unique piece of jewelry for someone on your gifts list.
Alright I’m going to admit it, I’m an office supply snob. I absolutely love going into office supply stores and looking at all the amazing goodness that they have. The best part is finding the most amazing pen EVER! You know the ones I’m talking about right? The ones that if someone were to steal it you’d be really mad. When I worked at the elementary school I taped flowers to my pens so that they wouldn’t walk off, that’s how much I love a good pen. And when said pen can be combined with beautiful artistry it’s truly a win win. And that’s exactly what this week’s local Etsy shop of the week does.
I’d like to introduce you to Custom Story Pens which is owned by Hillsboro resident Don Osborn. Don’s pens are truly one of a kind. He has pens that have been created using wine barrels, that look like a gear shift, use a 50 caliber bullet and so much more. I personally feel that Don’s pens would make a great holiday gift for that hard to buy for person in your life.
Alright I’m an Apple junkie. I love all of their products so when IOS 14 came out and I saw on TikTok that you could change your aesthetic I was sooooo excited. What I wasn’t excited about was taking 3 hours to make it what I wanted like some people were. Friends, as you know I’m a Realtor® and time = money. So what’s a girl to do???? Etsy baby! There are so many amazing creators out there and you are sure to find an aesthetic that is right for you, and this week’s Etsy business of the week may be able to help you out.
It’s Blush Created located here in Hillsboro, Oregon and the woman behind the vision of some pretty amazing products is Brooke Atwell. She has some of the cutest Boho inspired aesthetics as well as Instagram Highlight icons. Now if those items aren’t up your alley she’s got some other amazing products for you too. From stickers to super cute stickers that you can use in your Instagram Stories to make them cute. She also has cute quote packs that you can use on Instagram too. If Instagram isn’t your jam never fear she has also created some AMAZING digital prints that are perfect for you or to give as gifts.
I also love that she does blog post signatures, business cards and so much more. Brooke truly makes some beautiful items that are sure to help you stand out from the pack on Instagram, your blog or home.