PDX Kids Calendar’s 2012 Shop Local, Buy Local Holiday Gift Guide

Dollface Girl Dolls At Milagros

We are so very fortunate in Portland to be surrounded by so many kid-loving, eco-friendly, and all-around gorgeous children’s toy stores and bookstores. With holiday shopping upon us, we called upon some of our local favorites to provide their top picks for some crafty, educational, or just plain fun toys. Most selections are born in Portland or nearby. So here is… the PDX Kids Calendar Shop Local, Buy Local Holiday Guide!

Special thanks to Aster and Bee, Black Wagon, Branch & Birdie, Child’s Play, Green Bean Books, Kids at Heart Toys, Learning Palace, Milagros Boutique, Spielwerk Toys for their excellent suggestions!

Gifts under $10
Gifts $10-20
Gifts $20-30
Gifts $30-40
Gifts over $40

Gifts under $10

Wildwood by Colin Meloy.  Created by Colin Meloy, lead singer of the Decemberists and his illustrator wife, Carson Ellis, this is the first book in an epic middle-grade fantasy series.  Set in Portland!
Ages: 11-14
Cost: $8.99
Buy it at Kids at Heart Toys, 3445 SE Hawthorne, Black Wagon, 3964 N. Mississippi, Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta

 

Good Night Oregon.  Oregon’s beloved landscapes are artfully celebrated in this book designed to sooth children before bedtime.  Landscapes include Crater Lake, Smith Rock, Multnomah Falls,and more.
Ages: Infants and toddlers
Cost: $9.95
Buy it at: Learning Palace, 9971 NE Cascades Pkwy (and other Learning Palace locations throughout Oregon)

Magic Wands.  Handmade of natural materials and lovely to behold.  These are perfect for your little wizard, witch, warlock, or magician.
Ages: 3 and up
Cost: $9.95
Buy it at: Milagros Boutique, 5433 NE 30th

 

 

Gifts $10-20

Wee Alberta Owls.  Everyone loves the big, plushy, locally made owls.  Now there is a little one at a great price!
Ages: 2 and up
Cost: $10
Buy it at: Milagros Boutique, 5433 NE 30th

 

Tiny Packages by Leaf Cutter.  Stuff stockings with itsy bitsy brown packages tied up with string, each featuring a different tiny treasure – pick a tiny compass or alphabet blocks. Each comes with a copy of The Small Times newspaper and a sweet message. Crafted by West Coast artist Lea Redmond.
Ages: 5 and up
Cost: $10
Buy it at: Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta

 

Arfabet by Hilary Pfeifer.  The perfect book for any pup-loving Portlander, Pfeifer honors the alphabet with the charm of dogs big and small, sleek and scruffy in one fell swoop.  Her wooden canine construction and accompanying rhymes will delight all ages!
Ages: All ages
Cost: $10
Buy it at: Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta

 

Crinkle Teethers.  Oh how your baby will love these wooden teethers!  Each has a colorful attachment of crinkly fabric for tactile fun.  All natural materials for safe teething time.
Ages: 3 months-2 years
Cost: $12
Buy them at: Milagros Boutique, 5433 NE 30th

 

Wooden reindeer with hand knit scarf.   Locally made!
Ages: 3 and up
Cost: $12.95
Buy it at: Spielwerk Toys, 3808 N. Williams Ave.

 

 

Locally made wooden rainbow gnomes.
Ages: 3 and up
Cost: $16.95
Buy it at: Spielwerk Toys, 3808 N. Williams Ave.

 

 

The Best Bike Ride Ever by James Proimos, Illustrated by local artist Johanna Wright.  Budding bikers and adventurers will go bonkers over this especially joyful story of a little girl who rides over the river and through the woods, to the top of the Statue of Liberty and down the Grand Canyon!
Ages: 3 and up
Cost: $16.99 (hard cover)
Buy it at: Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta

 

Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy.  In this sequel to the wildly popular Wildwood (see selection above) return to a wintry world of bandits, bicycle coups, and intrigue with the help of a mythical book that is so pretty and special it feels like a Christmas present even pre-wrapping paper.
Ages: 8 and up
Cost: $17.99 (hard cover)
Buy it at: Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta

 

 Bambino Toy Bags.  These eco-friendly, reusable bags are great for keeping kids’ stuff together in one place.  Store all the pieces to a favorite lego set, everything you need for a car ride or even mom’s latest knitting project!  Made in Portland.
Ages: All ages
Cost: $19.99 for a set of 3.
Buy them at Child’s Play Toys, NW 23rd and Kearney

 

Gifts $20-30

DIY Embroidery Kits by Handmade Julz.  Not only are you getting a fun craft but also an adorable wall hanging when you’re finished! Designed by PDX local designer Handmade Julz.
Ages: 8 and up
Cost: $20
Buy it at Branch & Birdie, 8021 SE Stark

 

 Burp cloths.  Hand made by moms in Bend, each stylish burp cloth uses premium 6-ply 100% cotton in designer colors, embellished with 100% cotton fabric stitched down the center.
Ages: Infant-toddler
Cost: $24.95
Buy it at: Kids at Heart Toys, 3445 SE Hawthorne

 

Upcycled Skateboard Slingshots – made from retired skateboards!
Ages: 5 and up
Cost: $24.95
Buy them at: Spielwerk Toys, 3808 N. Williams Ave.

 

 

Doll Face Girl Dolls.  Classically inspired, lovable and huggable dolls from Dollface Girl.  Handmade using fabric and felt and lots of love.
Ages: 3 months
Cost: $28
Buy them at: Milagros Boutique, 5433 NE 30th

 

Break open real geodes.  Break open six real geodes and discover the crystal treasures hidden inside them.  Company is based in Ashland, OR and many of the geodes are found here in Oregon too!
Ages: 6 and up
Cost: $29.99
Buy it at: Learning Palace, 9971 NE Cascades Pkwy (and other Learning Palace locations throughout Oregon)

 

Bull’s-eye Word Game.  A family fun game that challenges your word-making ability.  Bull’s-eye was invented by a husband and wife, Doug and Nilda Loriz, from Vancouver, WA.
Ages: 8 and up
Cost: $29.99
Buy it at: Learning Palace, 9971 NE Cascades Pkwy (and other Learning Palace locations throughout Oregon)

 

Pajaggle.  The game that thinks it’s a puzzle!  Race to fit your pieces into the matching holes.  Play with family, friends, or by yourself.  Winner of the Best Toys for Kids 2012 award.  Made in Oregon!
Ages: 8 and up
Cost: $29.99.  Additional pieces are $12.99
Buy it at: Child’s Play Toys, NW 23rd and Kearney

 

 

Gifts $30-40

Black Wagon original onesies and t-shirts.   Made in collaboration with Rattle n Roll and Portland’s own Steve Matthews. 
Ages: Infant to size 8
Cost: $32
Buy it at: Black Wagon, 3964 N. Mississippi

 

 

Classic Push Toy from Papa Don.  Papa Don has been making toys in the Coastal mountains of Oregon since 1973 from locally harvested alder wood and organic dyes.
Ages: 1-3
Cost: $36.95
Buy it at: Kids at Heart Toys, 3445 SE Hawthorne

 

Collegien slippers (made in France).  The cutest and most comfy slippers yet, slip proof and washable!
Ages: Toddler and women’s sizes
Cost: $38-42
Buy them at: Branch & Birdie, 8021 SE Stark

 

 

Gifts over $40

Upcycled Denim Jackets embellished with Pendelton Wool. Beautiful and cool, each jacket is one of a kind.  Made in Portland!
Ages: newborn to size 5
Cost: $50
Buy it at: Black Wagon, 3964 N. Mississippi

 

 

Locally made star tulle fairy dress.  Gorgeous layers of fluffy tulle and sparkles with several layers of magical wings that hold shape in the back.
Ages: 2-8, but can be custom made
Cost: $59
Buy it at: Spielwerk Toys, 3808 N. Williams Ave.

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