Plant lovers can fill their homes and gardens at Birds and Bees Nursery (pictured above) and Larkspur Portland, both in Southeast. (Kids will also love Birds and Bees’ excellent selection of fairy-garden accessories.) Pro tip: Birds and Bees is part of Equitable Giving Circle — an organization that focuses on entrepreneurship and food insecurity — and partners to get free plants to BIPOC folks. Larkspur Portland is also a plant shop that focuses on community building. It partners with local organizations to offer free monthly therapeutic horticulture group sessions.
Need a seriously spectacular kid’s birthday cake or a bunch of celebratory cake pops? Portlanders rave about DB Dessert Company. For vegan and gluten-free cookie cravings, check out Blackstreet Bakery. One of the programs of the racial justice nonprofit, Brown Hope, Blackstreet Bakery is committed to expanding economic opportunities for Black Portlanders who have been displaced by gentrification.
Started by local mom Ivy Chuang, Blendily, offers botanical skincare products for head-to-toe self care. (And even a balm for baby bums!) Bonus: Ingredients are locally sourced and the company is committed to sustainability.
Finely hand-crafted leather goods is a family tradition for Jose Martinez and his sons. At Orox Leather Co., purses, wallets, belts and more are designed with durability and timelessness to become heirloom pieces.
Local mama and illustrator extraordinaire, Taimani Emerald, sells posters, t-shirts, cards and more that celebrate all things diversity, equity and inclusion. Her “When I Grow Up I Will Be a Good Human” poster is one that should be hanging in every nursery.
With Love From PDX is a one-two punch for local gift giving. With Love curates goods from 75 local purveyors of coffee, wine, chocolates and more into a wide variety of unique gift boxes that can be sent anywhere in the country.