December 3, 2010

2010 Holiday Gift Guide

by Nate Rafn

Is there a "foodie" in your family who's always difficult to shop for? With Living Culture's 2010 Holiday Gift Guide, we hope to provide a wide variety of gift options from Mid-Willamette Valley artisans, restaurants, and farmers.

Food items actually make pretty good gifts, as long as they aren't perishable. Look for products that have a longer shelf-life, like dehydrated fruits and meats, nuts, candies, honey, jams, baking mixes, canned foods, etc. Better yet, purchase a gift card for the recipient to use at a later date. Traditional holiday breads also make great gifts. They evoke the spirit of the holiday season, and they can be shared with the whole family.

We also have sections for charitable giving and locally-produced fiber.

Happy Holidays!

Note: If you have suggestions for this list, please leave a comment in the space provided below. You can also submit a listing by visiting our Press Releases page. Thank you.

Apparel & Fiber

Springtime Farms
503-584-1242 |
Gift Ideas: Snuggly Toes alpaca foot warmers in men's, women's and children's sizes. Pets can also get in on the alpaca warmth with pet beds in cat, small, medium, large and Great Dane sizes.

Gourmet Foods & Wines

E.Z. Orchards Farm Market
5400 Hazel Green Rd. Salem, OR
Gift Ideas: gift baskets, fruit, nuts, baking mixes, jams, jellies, gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars

Fitts Seafood
1555 12th St. SE, Salem, OR
Gift Ideas: gift cards, regional seafood, local wine, cheese, condiments

Holiday Market
December 11th & 12th
State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR
Gift Ideas: handcrafted food, gift, and decorating creations

Hunt's Hazelnuts
Gervais, OR
Gift Ideas: Oregon-grown hazelnuts, chocolate covered hazelnuts, candied nuts

LifeSource Natural Foods
2649 Commercial St. SE, Salem, OR
Gift Ideas: gourmet organic foods, nuts, dried fruit, natural cosmetics

Made In Oregon
13 Locations [Find a Store Near You]
Gift Ideas: Oregon-made wines, micro brews, jams, honey, nuts and candies, smoked salmon, coffee, tea, hot cocoa

McK Ranch
3415 Ballard Rd. Dallas, OR
Gift Ideas: grass-fed/finished beef jerky, salami, pepperoni sticks; coffee beans, honey, plus Bettie's new Ruby Red Dessert Wine

Salem Public Market
1240 Rural Ave. Salem, OR
Gift Ideas: candied nuts, honey, beeswax candles, holiday breads, premium olive oil, arts and crafts

Santiam Wine Company
1930 Commercial St. SE, Salem, OR
Gift Ideas: port, ice-wine, reds and whites from the Willamette Valley

Victory Estates
Keizer, OR
Gift Ideas: Oregon-grown olives, premium olive oils

W.C. Kester Apiaries
Rickreall, OR
Gift Ideas: Willamette Valley honey, beeswax holiday candles

Kitchen Supply

Carl's Cuisine
333 Chemeketa St. NE, Salem, OR
Gift Ideas: cooking and baking equipment, cutlery, utensils, etc.

Salem, OR
Gift Ideas: kitchen appliances, cooking tools and equipment, cooking classes

Restaurants & Bakeries

Baklava Central
Salem, OR
Gift Ideas: holiday baking and catering

Caruso's Italian Cafe
5745 Inland Shores Way N, Keizer, OR
Gift Ideas: gift cards, holiday catering and dining

Cascade Baking Co.
229 State St. Salem, OR
Gift Ideas: holiday breads, pastries, rolls

La Capitale
508 State St, Salem, OR
Gift Ideas: gift certificates, French-American dining

O-Babie Bakery
Keizer, OR
Gift Ideas: holiday breads, desserts, and catering

Charitable Giving

Friends of Family Farmers
Molalla, OR
Mission: Promoting and Protecting Socially Responsible Farming in Oregon

Marion-Polk Food Share
Salem, OR
Mission: End hunger in Marion and Polk Counties

Neighborhood Harvest of Salem
Salem, OR
Mission: To alleviate hunger and create a sustainable community

Work Unlimited
Mid-Willamette Valley, OR
Mission: To provide vocational training and residential services to individuals with developmental disabilities

Note: If you have suggestions for this list, please leave a comment in the space provided below. You can also submit a listing by visiting our Press Releases page. Thank you.

1 comment:

  1. Nate, Thanks for all the great ideas!


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