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Gift Guide

November 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Let’s get real: The spirit of giving is great and all, as are the domestic tranquilities such as a warm house and the joy of reuniting with family and friends, but when it comes to the holidays, nothing beats feasting —especially on sweets. 

November 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Purchasing a cut-down Christmas tree can be a sad ritual for the sustainability-minded celebrator, or for those who find their post-holiday disappointment embodied by the malnourished or petroleum-derived tree in the living room. 

November 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Walking into a toy store can be overwhelming, even if you know exactly what you’re looking for. But say you’re a grandparent buying for a child in another state whose actual interests are a mystery, or for a teenager who lives in the other room but is equally mysterious.

November 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Artisans at the Saturday Market’s Holiday Market use anything from spider webs to pressed flowers when crafting their creations. Some are known especially for reusing materials to make something new. Recycling, upcycling, reusing — people have different names for it, but whatever you call it, the resulting products bear little resemblance to the “old” materials from which they came. 

December 19, 2013 12:00 AM

Movies are one way to stay entertained on cold winter nights

December 19, 2013 12:00 AM

Head to your favorite CD and record store for a quick musical gift

December 19, 2013 12:00 AM

Winter would be lost without a new stack of books to enjoy while wrapped up in a blanket, and you can always feel good about sending one more book into the world. This year we bring a little less fiction and a little more of the rest of the written word. So bring on the frightful weather, and help your giftees enjoy it.

November 27, 2013 12:00 AM

It’s that time of the year again — the holidays. And many companies are sending out one message: Buy! Consume! Waste! But Master Recycler Coordinator Kelly Bell wants you to hear a different message: Pause.

November 27, 2013 12:00 AM

Giving something that will end up stuck in a junk drawer or regifted is no fun for the giver or the giftee. And for the people who seem to have it all, it can be hard to pick something they might actually want. To avoid these hassles, try giving a gift of experiences that return your sentiment all year long. Many local establishments offer clubs and memberships that provide ongoing benefits for a one-time purchase. 

November 27, 2013 12:00 AM

You’ve probably noticed the logo, displayed proudly across the advertisements and storefronts of 22 local retailers. Maybe it looked like an affirmation of the area we live in, a sort of twist on “Keep Eugene Weird.”  But “Unique Eugene” is more than just a motto. 

November 27, 2013 12:00 AM

Saturday Market’s annual Holiday Market has long been the place for arts and crafts aficionados, and among the eclectic mixture of creative gift ideas is an array of potters with their own spin on ceramics. David Parry, Denise Davis and Ziggy Blum all have a singular journey into the world of clay in addition to unique styles, adding to the zest of the festive, welcoming atmosphere. 

November 27, 2013 12:00 AM

Anybody with a Pinterest account can attest that the holidays are no longer about giving the perfect gift — they’re about the gift-wrap, tag and greeting cards that go along with it. If the mundane store-bought cards won’t quite make the cut this year, you’re in luck. The beautiful letterpress holiday greeting cards from Eugene’s own Twin Ravens Press are sure to satisfy the inner Martha Stewart in anyone.

November 27, 2013 12:00 AM

Gift ideas for techies, kids of all ages, People who like to eat and drink, athletes, urban homesteaders, earth mamas and papas, significant others and lovers of the outdoors.

December 27, 2012 12:00 AM

If you want to make some last minute donations — as gifts, as tax deductions or on impulse because it’s a good cause — we’re here to give you some suggestions that are local groups who will put your hard-earned cash to good use and good deeds.

December 20, 2012 12:00 AM

The ongoing proliferation and fragmentation of music production, especially nonlabel productions, makes choosing the top 12 albums of 2012 an impossible and foolish task — but here at EW, we’re OK with attempting the impossible and playing the fool sometimes.

December 20, 2012 12:00 AM

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December 20, 2012 12:00 AM

Let’s face it: A good bottle of booze makes the holidays that much merrier, and what could be easier than a quick pop in to the liquor shop on your way to a party or a family gathering?

November 21, 2012 10:00 PM
November 21, 2012 10:00 PM

Some gifts warm the heart and others appease the stomach. Gifts of food and drink baskets are sure to please even those hard-to-buy-for folks on your gift list. 

November 21, 2012 10:00 PM

If you have a suds-lover or locavore on your list, if you want to buy an out-of-towner a “made in Eugene” gift or if you know broke college students and recent grads who consider microbrews a luxury, a stocking (Hirons, $9.99) or basket full of the good stuff is an excellent consumable present.

November 21, 2012 10:00 PM

To survive winters in Eugene and have some fun along the way, braving the rain and overall glumness of the atmosphere is mandatory. Gray skies and routine downpours shouldn’t equate to an uneventful winter.

November 21, 2012 10:00 PM

Holiday gifting can seem harder and harder each year. Budget, personalities and time are all variable factors. If you’re running short on any of them, here are a few ideas to jog your imagination.