Felt Your Heart
Holiday Market, 10 am to 6 pm every Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm and Christmas Eve
These magical handmade creatures are the perfect gift for the child in your life, the child in your friend’s life or the child in you. Master felter Eliel Fionn creates each one-of-a-kind Feltie and writes their back-stories. Esa Elephant ($22, pictured), for one, is a member of the Turquoise Elephant Clan, and she uses her whistling skills to referee rugby tournaments. Other fuzzy friends include Antoine Santa ($12, he teaches giraffes chiropractic techniques to take care of their long necks), Aberto Bunny ($12, the first Feltie bunny to jump over the moon) and much, much more.
esa elaphant, feltie
Sold at theombrella.com, Hiron’s, the Duck Store, Market of Choice, Friendly Market, Capellas and more.
These OMbrellas ($10-$34) could not be more quintessentially Eugene; they protect you from the rain and they come in rainbow tie-dye. Eugenean Kate Davidson designs the patterns herself (except for the new yin yang and penguin designs) and uses recycled materials whenever possible. Other patterns include a black spiral (very Beetlejuice-esque, pictured), a Duck spiral (green and yellow) and even a Beaver spiral (orange and black) — perfect for the sports fan who wants to hypnotize the opposing team.
A Splash of Sci-Fi with Your Coffee?
Local artist Ziggy Blum (Ravenland Arts) makes waking up for that morning cuppa Joe so much easier with her new Robomugs ($28). Add a dash of the Atomic Age to the sci-fi lover’s morning routine, or just make your coworkers jealous around the coffeemaker, with these handcrafted, dishwasher-safe stoneware mugs. These are not microwave safe, but you already knew that about robots.
ziggy blum’s robomugs
Pretty Papers (and Downloads)
Talk about the perfect gift for the procrastinating gifter — these greetings cards are just are just a click away. The recently opened Bloom Paper Goods, brought to you by local design partners Brianna Bulski and Chyanne Ganzel, offers direct downloads ($5.95) of their customizable (add up to six photos) holiday greeting cards, ranging from bright and traditional to hip and cheery. Next year, plan ahead and order stationary on their lush, thick cardstock.
The Kiva, New Frontier, Jiffy Market, Chocolate Decadence (Valley River Center)
The locally-owned Roc’ N Toffee makes handmade English toffee with a soft crunch and puts them in pretty little packages ($5 for 5 ounces), perfect for your sweetie or friend with a sweet tooth. The toffee is made with almonds, semi-sweet chocolate and GMO-free sugar and butter. This toffee will last up to a month in the fridge, but who has that kind of restraint?