Tienken’s Take – December 2023

Clutter-Free Holiday Gifts

Happy Holidays! We know you’re probably gearing up for the upcoming festivities, and with that comes the need to buy gifts for friends and family. We all have those people who are harder to shop for — whether they don’t need anything new or appreciate more creative gifts. Well, clutter-free or local gifts are great for those who may not be into receiving physical items or prefer unique options. To get your ideas going, here are some clutter-free gift options for all personalities, and a few upcoming markets where you can shop for unique gifts and support local businesses!

Experiences | Buy tickets or a gift card for a hot air balloon ride, escape room, manicure, massage, rock climbing, concert, play, movie, or sporting event.

Classes | Schedule a cooking, wine tasting, pottery painting, canvas painting, home brewing, fitness, dance, or language class.

Time | Help them save time by booking them a yard service, house cleaner, or babysitter. You can also offer to do the services yourself.

Memberships | Purchase them a membership to a museum, zoo, theme park, gym, car wash, or the mountain.

Subscriptions | Gift a subscription to a magazine, book club, streaming service, music service, or book service (like Kindle or Audible).


Around Town

December 9-10: Unique Markets: Portland Holiday MarketThis is the perfect opportunity to find unique gifts and support independent local artists, designers, and brands. The market offers home decor, clothing, art, leather goods, jewelry, apothecary, kids’ items, stationery, and more! It’s open 10 AM – 4 PM, and general admission tickets are $10.

Location: Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 4300 N Winning Way Portland, Oregon 97227

December 9-10 & 16-17: Portland Bazaar – The Portland Bazaar began in 2011, and highlights the skilled artists, makers, and small businesses of PDX. It features 160+ makers, custom gift wrapping, and amazing raffle prizes, with proceeds going to a local non-profit. Bazaar hours are 11 AM – 4 PM.

Location: Premier Gear & Machine Works, 1715 NW 17th Avenue Portland, OR 97209

December 16: Holiday Kids Market – Here you can shop from 30 different local kid artisans to find some great kids’ gifts! The market will also have a Frosty Funds kid’s bucks giveaway, an alpaca petting zoo, pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, and kids’ crafts. It’ll run from 10 AM – 2 PM.

Location: Vancouver Farmers Market, 605 Esther Street Vancouver, WA 98660


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