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Portland Last Minute Holiday Shopping Ideas - Gift Ideas for Portland Procrastinators

Hmm, did you wait until the last minute to start your holiday shopping? Well, so did I! I went to the Post Office in Downtown Portland last night to hurry up and ship my holiday gifts. Oh my God, there were at least 100 people in there in line waiting to ship their gifts! But, the good news is that they now have a 24 hour ship-your-own station where you can weigh/print, and ship right from the lobby. I really can't fathom the logistics of how my gifts will make it from Portland Oregon to Florida and Ohio in less than 2 days given the enormous amount of packages I saw them processing in there, but hey! If you want to ship something EXPRESS mail overnight, I think it might still get there in time.

Here is the address to the Pearl district post office (with 24 hour ship station):
US Post Office
715 Northwest Hoyt Street
Portland, OR 97208-8098
(503) 294-2564

Angela also told me there is an awesome 24 hour post office at the Portland Airport that no one knows anything about (until now). She says it is less crowded than some of the others.
Portland Airport Post Office
7640 Northeast Airport Way
Portland, OR 97238-9099

If you don't have to go to the post office, then lucky you!

Here are a few ideas for last minute holiday shopping, Portland-style!

Powell's City of Books - I braved Powell's today too (what am I, nuts?! Um, that is a rhetorical question, of course I am). Oh, the line at Powell's (both registers) was even longer than the line at the Post Office, but went fast. They guy working my register was nicer than the guy at the post office, too. They have some super cool gifts at Powell's. Beyond amazing books, I saw a couple neat gifties you might want to check:

Cardboard "Frame" Blackboard - This looks like a cool antique frame, but you can stick it on the wall wherever you want an instant blackboard. Fun for keeping your shopping list or notes to your roomies, or draw your own artwork, in chalk. Kids would probably love it, too. I think this was under $12. These can be found at Powell's in the orange room, over where the cookbooks and local books are, stuck ON the wall as you go up the staircase. Cool chalk "roman columns" sold separately for like $5.

Eco-Friendly Tote Bags & Coffee/Water Bottles - These are down by the main registers at the Burnside St entrance, where new books are, is a display of eco-totes and metal bottles (coffee or water) with great designs. The tote bags fold up into tiny pouches so you can have one handy the next time you go shopping or make a trip to the farmer's market, and are made from eco friendly materials. They come in neat patterns and colors. Under $10, according to the sign. The water bottles/coffee bottles were a bit more expensive, but very nice. Get one of these to avoid plastic water bottles, and refill it throughout the day. Really awesome and unique designs.

Over in the corner of the orange room in the "gifts" section, you'll find all sorts of fun items and great stocking stuffers. I saw some really cool stickers and gadgets for the bike commuter in your life. Cool bike bags, too, for $40 (only two were left, but they were sweet). I like the bumper sticker (only $1) featuring one of my all time favorite Portland signs:

Yes, I do bike commute at least some of the time, and you gotta watch out for those MAX tracks.

For the Rose City lover in your life, cool Portland books and T's are always fun. Great (I love Oregon themed) T-shirts over in the gift corner. I spotted a few cookbooks featuring Portland restaurant recipes (Orange room).

I was happy to spot our own book for sale on the Powell's shelves, in the orange room, Local Interest section right next to the stairs: PortlandNeighborhood's Guide to the Perfect Portland Weekend. Of course we are always happy to help you plan your own perfect Portland itinerary right here on the site, just post your questions on the forum.

Visit our Powell's Bookstore page for more info and links. (you can always order a Powell's gift card, too). If you'd like to find a list of Portland-related books for gift ideas, visit our Portland Books page.

More Portland Gift Ideas
Check our best Portland Happy Hours page for Portland restaurant gift certificates. You can also order the "Portland Happy Hour Guidebook". This handy little guide includes the best happy hours in town.

Also visit the Portland Art Musuem giftshop downtown, they always feature unique gifts for the art lover in your life. The Portland Japanese Garden gift shop is another fun place for unusual gifts, and a membership to the garden is always a nice gift, too.

Like beer? So do many other Portlanders. A gift certificate to one of our favorite pubs might make a welcome gift. A lot of the bars sell cool T-Shirts and other gifts, too. New Old Lompoc, Amnesia Brewing, Green Dragon, Horse Brass, Saraveza, Lucky Lab...we could go on and on. Visit our Portland Breweries page for more ideas.

Looking for a romantic gift idea? Try a gift certificate to one of the most romantic restaurants in Portland, or a Portland wine bar. Alu is a great choice...I just discovered them yesterday. (My review on yelp.com). Beast, Echo, 3 Doors Down, and Fratelli come to mind as other romantic Portland restaurant destinations. Also, Noble Rot (has a great night time view from their new location), or Toro Bravo (because tapas are always sexy, and you can have a cocktail upstairs at Secret Society, too). Visit our Best Portland Restaurants page for more ideas of great restaurants.

Got a Portland Music lover you need to get a gift for? Visit our Portland Music Venues page, and see if you can find an upcoming show (or again, a gift certificate is always welcome). Doug Fir Lounge, the Crystal Ballroom, Mississippi Studios, Wonder Ballroom, and others always have something new and inspiring on the calendar. And classic music lovers might like tickets to a Portland Opera, symphony, or other classical event.

For Portland families with kids, you might want to get a membership to OMSI, the Oregon Zoo, or the Portland Children's Museum. Also, for kids of any age (ahem), Portland's Ground Kontrol is always a ton of fun.

Tickets to a fun or swanky Portland New Year's Eve party might make a fun gift, too.

If you'd like more ideas of fun things to do in Portland that might inspire some gift ideas, visit our Portland Attractions page.

Of course, you don't need to spend money to have a great time in Portland. You can always visit one of our great Portland parks, or take a walk or bike ride. Here are some handy Portland walk/bike maps.

Happy Holidays, and have fun!

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Comment by Rubi Sullivan on December 22, 2009 at 9:14pm
great ideas lorri! thanks so much for passing them on :)

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