Admittedly, there’s a chance I’m not on your holiday gift-buying list.

It’s okay, I’m not hurt. Much.

But I do think there are a number of items on my Christmas list that would make cool gifts for all the people you love more than me. To prove I’m not bitter, here are five awesome holiday gifts you can find for your loved ones right here in Bend.


Hydro Flask – the best water bottle you'll ever own. Seriously.
Hydro Flask – the best water bottle you’ll ever own. Seriously.

A Hydro Flask

I probably sound like a broken record, because I know I’ve mentioned this Bend-made product on the blog before. If you’ve never had a Hydro Flask, you might be raising an eyebrow and thinking “why would I pay that much for a freakin’ water bottle?”

This is no ordinary water bottle. Through some magical form of engineering I’m convinced involves fairies, this thing will keep ice water at the right temperature for 24 hours or more. It does the same for hot beverages, according to my husband who uses one for his coffee each morning.

Since our household already has a flip-top 18-ounce one for hot drinks ($24 in the Bend Visitor Center) and the screw-top 21-ouncer I keep in my purse to help me stay hydrated ($28), I’d kinda like either the 40-ounce one for longer hikes ($36), or the 64-ounce growler for beer runs ($58). They come in tons of different colors, and I’ll go ahead and let you pick which one to give me. I like surprises.


A Bamboo robe from Oregon Body & Bath

The Bamboo Dreams nightie I already own, paired with the robe I really want for Christmas.
The Bamboo Dreams nightie I already own, paired with the robe I really want for Christmas.

I discovered Yala Bamboo Dreams sleepwear a few months ago when I wandered into Oregon Body & Bath on a sweltering summer afternoon. I saw a rack of simple, lovely nighties crafted from bamboo, and I read the tag that described them as breathable, temperature-regulating, moisture wicking, and antimicrobial. Sold!

What I’ve discovered in the five months since then is that Bamboo Dreams sleepwear is the softest, comfiest, most luxurious sleepwear I’ve ever owned, putting my stash of Victoria’s Secret to shame. They’re perfect for summer or winter, since they’re breathable, beautiful, and make you feel sexy to boot. How many garments do that?

Oregon Body & Bath is the only place in Bend that carries Yala Bamboo Dreams Sleepwear, so that’s where you need to go to buy my gift (not to mention some great stocking stuffers like made-in-Bend soaps and lotions). Since I already own the Cleo Gown nightie, I’d love to own one of their shorty robes. There are two styles to choose from—one with longer sleeves and a detachable tie, and one with shorter, blousier sleeves and an attached tie. I think I’m partial to the one with longer sleeves, but I’ll be delighted with either one you want to buy for me. What do you think, blue? No, maybe the deep purple. Wait, the peachy-pink is pretty, too. Or maybe the black one?

No matter, they can have any size or color at the shop within two days, so go ahead and peruse. Oh, and they offer free gift wrapping to make life easier for you. I’d like the gold ribbon on the leopard print paper, please.

BONUS: Oregon Body & Bath is giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky blog reader. Just comment on this blog post sharing what YOU hope to see in your stocking this year. We’ll draw a winner on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at noon!


Something sparkly and pretty

Lovely Hangr earrings made from recycled skateboards. Find 'em at Rescue Moderne Consignment.
Lovely Hangr earrings made from recycled skateboards. Find ’em at Rescue Moderne Consignment.

At the risk of perpetuating stereotypes, let me go ahead and put this out there: I am a girl, and I like sparkly things. I’m not saying I need ten-carat diamond earrings in my stocking, but a meaningful piece of jewelry is one of my favorite things to get for Christmas.

Assuming there’s someone in your life who feels the same, you’re in luck when it comes to finding awesome jewelry made right here in Bend. The Feather’s Edge in Downtown Bend carries a beautiful array of jewelry made by Bend artist McKenzie Mendel. Her necklaces, earrings, and rings are handmade with hammered sterling silver and a thin layer of high-carat gold on the surface, lending each piece a unique, mixed-metal feel. Prices range from about $65-$85, and The Feather’s Edge is the only shop in Bend where you can find it.

A few blocks away, Clutch: A Handbag Boutique is the only local shop carrying EML Sparklies made by Bend artist Erin Latham. Her super-unique creations use semi-precious stones and make awesome statement pieces for a woman looking for a one-of-a-kind bling. Prices range from $3 for adorable hair pins to $45 for necklaces and some of the more intricate earrings.

So many sparkly pretties made by McKenzie Mendel and sold at The Feather's Edge.
So many sparkly pretties made by McKenzie Mendel and sold at The Feather’s Edge.

You’ll find tons of great locally made jewelry at Rescue Moderne Consignment. My personal fave is Hangr, an array of jewelry made from recycled skateboards. As an added bonus, this is one of the best consignment shops in town, so stay awhile and browse for gently-used designer clothes and shoes.

If your tastes trend toward higher-end jewelry, hit Karen Bandy Design, John Paul Designs, or Douglas Fine Jewelry Design in Downtown Bend, or head for the Old Mill District to check out Saxons Fine Jewelers.

Speaking of the Old Mill District, you’ll encounter the Old Ironworks Art District as you head that way from Downtown. Stop and shop for a while, browsing unique jewelry from Stuarts of Bend (touted as “Bend’s least normal jewelry) and an array of other designers with pieces at The Workhouse.

Once you’re in the Old Mill District, head for Nashelle, one of Bend’s best-known creators of unique jewelry. Their designs have been featured in oodles of splashy fashion magazines, and their personalized charm necklaces make one of the most unique gifts you can give. Even better? Their Shop for a Cause program gives you a chance to support some pretty awesome charities with your purchases.


Experiences, not things

There’s been a trend in gift-giving in recent years prompting people to give “experiences,” rather than things. I’m a big fan of this movement, mostly because I don’t need more clutter in my house.

Blogger Tawna (center) enjoying a Segway tour from The Bend Tour Company.
Blogger Tawna (center) enjoying a Segway tour from The Bend Tour Company.

Luckily, there’s no shortage of awesome experiences to be had in Bend. Give a gift certificate for Wanderlust Tours and let your loved one choose from caving, snowshoeing, canoeing, and tons more terrific ways to explore the Central Oregon outdoors.

For several years running, my hubby has gotten me a voucher for the two of us to enjoy a cooking class together from The Well Traveled Fork. It’s a fabulous bonding experience, not to mention a great way to pick up new culinary skills and recipes. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, they also offer a variety of tours, plus their new Mountain Menu (an easy way to get fresh, locally-made food to take with you on your winter outing).

The Bend Tour Company is another terrific company offering a variety of unique tours, ranging from the Art Safari (a chance to see Bend’s art scene up close and personal) to Segway tours. If cruising around Bend on an electric bike sounds like a fun way to see the town, consider a gift certificate for Let It Ride.

To peruse a more extensive lineup of local tour offerings ranging from fly fishing to mountain biking, go here.


Can’t decide? Grab Old Mill Bucks or Downtown Dollars!

DowntownDollarsOldMillBucksWant to let me choose my own gift, but think cash is too impersonal? Hey, thank you! I also applaud your effort to keep the spending local by giving me Downtown Dollars or Old Mill Bucks.

Just as the names imply, those are gift cards that can be used in either Old Mill District or Downtown Bend. They spend the same as cash at restaurants and boutiques in those areas, and you can purchase them right here in the Bend Visitor Center.

I’ll take a few of each, okay?

DON’T FORGET! Comment on this post for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Oregon Body & Bath. Just share what YOU hope to see in your stocking this year. We’ll draw a winner on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at noon!


43 responses to “Five Christmas gifts you should buy me (and, uh, everyone else you love) BONUS: Win a $50 gift card from Oregon Body & Bath!”

  1. My Christmas gift will be seeing my hubby, who is already in Bend for his new job! But since I’ll be moving next week there too, a practical gift I would love is a couch for our new house since we’re not bringing much furniture from Atlanta!

  2. I would be happy to have any of these things in my stocking, but I love anything recycled and jewelry, so the skateboard bling is very nice. Thank you for a chance to win.

  3. Never thought of a new bamboo robe but after looking at my plush robe that is over 5 years old and comparing it to the one in Oregon Body and Bath I would love to use a $50 gift certificate to purchase one just like the one on your blog…Im sure my family would appreciate as well 😉

  4. Wow! So many great choices! 30 years in Bend now, and you picked a few of my favorites…I’m partial to bamboo anything from Oregon body and bath…they made custom perfumes for my daughter’s wedding party, or the can’t lose choice of a wanderlust tour. Fun times!

  5. What do I hope to see in my stocking this year??

    arg! i can’t think of anything i NEED, but i’d be super sweet to see some lovely cooking gadgets, a new cookbook, and maybe a new ginormous mug, i like my morning tea in really big mugs.

    (but a bamboo robe sounds sweet, i’ll have to check them out regardless of the results on the 23rd)

  6. Gonna take a really big stocking but a new kayak sounds great! Of course I’d spend the $50 gift card on bamboo sleepwear for my wife.
    Thanks Tawna & Oregon Body & Bath.

  7. I’d like one of those paddles for my Kitchenaid mixer with the built in bowl scraper. Whoever came up with that idea is a genius!

    Although any of your suggestions would be more than acceptable.

    Thanks for the blog and Happy Holidays!

  8. I can’t believe that after almost 3 years of leaving in Bend, I still don’t own one of these super hydro flasks! I would love to find one in my stocking!

  9. Definitely and Archipelago Candle. They are simply the best .. all scents and last for hours upon hours. I give them as gifts to everyone and would like one for myself. Merry Christmas to all.

  10. Wow! I’m heading out to visit these places this weekend to finish my gift shopping! Thank you! In my stocking, I would love the $50 gift card from Oregon Body and Bath to go toward a new robe and some local soaps and lotions from their store would be wonderful too! 🙂

  11. I would just like a visitor at my door this year. I am always spending holidays alone. I have homemade stockings hung for the people I love and miss, just for fun and to think about them. <3 If I did have a visit from Santa I would like something that says Bend.

  12. just stopped by Oregon B & B and crossed off two people on my list. Thanks for the referral, pretty awesome (and local) place!!!!

  13. I’ve love to see a $50.00 gift certificate to Oregon Body and Bath in my stocking this Christmas. Why? Because my family and I are heading to Bend for a week’s skiing holiday, only I don’t ski. So I’ll be on my own visiting Bend’s neighborhoods and stores.

  14. I would love jewelry from any of the above-mentioned shops, a tour from Wanderlust, and winning a gift card to Oregon Body & Bath would make my Christmas! I would share a little, I promise. (A very little.)

  15. I’d love to see a Bamboo gown, Hydro Flask, earings, Downtown or Mill Bucks in my stocking on Christmas morning from Santa. Thanks for the opportunity! I love your store!

  16. It would take a really large stocking but a kayak would be great, as would anything from Oregon Body & Bath. Thanks to them & Twana for the gift ideas!

  17. I just returned back to Bend last week after living here 32 years ago! Feels so good to be home. I would love a gift certificate from Oregon Body & Bath.

  18. I’d love a hydroflask water bottle in my stocking and if I won the gift certificate, I would be able to treat myself to the lovely bath products I’ve been buying as gifts for all of my friends!

  19. Please pick me I’d so love to have anything from your store thank you for giving us a chance. My anniversary is Sat and I need a gift.

  20. Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest! Our lucky winner is Rachel Peters. Congratulations, Rachel! We’re sending you an email with details on how to claim your prize. Congrats, and enjoy!


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