Let’s be honest, no matter how many people tell you the holidays are all about family and the spirit of giving, they are actually about spending money, buying the love of your family members and putting your friends in their place with that special gift that says, “You owe me big time.” The holiday shopping season is upon us and there are only a few weeks to get everything you need to make the people in your life feel indebted to you for the next year.
Fortunately, in addition to all of the chain and mall Black Friday specials there are many different shopping events in and around Portland where you can find really unique gifts for your friend and family. This December offers gifts that can make recipiants feel happy, guilty politically correct or all three. Most of these gifts should work within your budget and ship without postage costing you as much as the gift.
Northwest Cannabis Classic
Sunday, December 6
Everyone knows that the suicide rate soars like a rocket right around the holiday season. The stress of being around the dysfunctional family that you thought you escaped years ago combined with the angst of being judged by that family, can make Christmas a depressing time of year. Nothing cures depression quite like America’s most popular hallucinogenic; pot.
This festival offers the opportunity to taste and buy the best cannabis products that Portland has to offer, right from the people who grow them. Shopping has never been more fun or relaxing as the festival will include a tasting village. You are certain to get some great gift ideas walking around the festival and seeing the many different forms the evil weed comes in from smoke, to brownies to soda.
Tickets are $25.00 for general admission and $199.00 for a VIP pass that will include admission to off-site parties and a swag bag that might make a pretty good present in itself.
Portland Expo Center
Friday November. 27 to Sunday, November, 29 and Friday December. 4 to Sunday, December 6
When you give someone a homemade gift, that person can’t help but thinking about the hours that were spent making that gift. A recipient of such a gift can’t help but feel guilty about the way you must have crafted that gift just for them, thinking about their favorite colors and figuring out their size. Certainly they will feel they owe you something every time they put on that sweater or use that blanket.
They best part about giving such a gift is that you don’t have to make it yourself at all, you can just bop on over to the annual Christmas bazaar where you can buy a handmade item to pass off as one you made yourself. There are over 400 exhibitors to choose from with gifts such as clothing and personalized ornaments, flavored soap and original framed photographs.
Tickets to the Bazaar are $7.00. The doors open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Oregon Convention Center
Friday, December 11 through Sunday, December 13
This expo offers the perfect selection of gifts for those people on your list who have a strong social conscience. You can find green sustainable local grown gifts in the form of food, beauty care or even that perfect recyclable chew toy for Fido. You can take a break from shopping and enjoy the organic food court or the beer and wine garden as well as a workout in the yoga pavilion.
The hours of the festival are Friday from 12: 00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.