Design Museum Holiday Gift Guide 2019

December 19, 2019 | | View Comments

It’s that time of year, and Portland’s design community has something for everyone on your list.

Being part of this community means supporting local, small-batch, environmentally-conscious designers as business partners in addition to within daily practices. It’s only fitting that these designers, movers, and makers are our holiday shopping inspiration and destinations. We have no doubt they’ll be yours, too. 

Owner and Founder Angela Medlin

House Dogge

What started with a search for quality-made toys for Wubbi, owner/designer Angela Medlin’s pup, turned into what’s now the hottest trend in the pet care world. The House Dogge brand has been featured in heavy-hitting publications such as Sunset and Better Homes & Gardens, as well as local hot spots, including the Portland Night Market and the Portland Bazaar. From customizable hoodies to merino wool or vegan leather chew toys—and everything in between—her extensive design experience comes through in colors and textures that make our dogs our style inspiration. 




Renna collection, from center out: Villo hoop earrings ($54), Willamette adjustable ring ($28), Pasu earrings ($49), Semita earrings ($49), Renna hoop earrings ($44), Dati stud earrings ($39), Dati necklace ($64), Semita necklace ($54)

Betsy & Iya

With their curated gift guides personified with names like “Outdoors Lover,”  “Life of the Party,” and “Show it with Jewels,” these aren’t just another pair of gold hoops. This women-run, handmade, local jewelry-and-more line is redefining luxury jewelry in an authentically imperfect, affordable, and whimsical way. Their new Renna collection (below) is about just that: finding the fun and playfulness of accessorizing, or, as they put it, “It’s bubbles, big hair, and dirty fingernails.”








Shop 11:11 Supply’s notebook bar for a selection of gifts at various price points.

11:11 Supply

Shortly behind the holiday madness lies all of the hope and possibility of the new year. Help friends and family keep their promises of self-improvement with a thoughtful gift (or gift card) from 11:11 Supply. 

Choose from a wide variety of journals and notebooks, motivational calendars, or inspiring workshops. Shop from the notebook bar wall where buyers can choose from a selection of notebook types and formats to satisfy even the most particular planner. 




Kush Rugs features rugs in a variety of sizes and at various price points.

Kush Rugs

A plush, soft rug on a hardwood floor says comfort and class. The perfect example of “find what you love and do it well” mentality, Brian and Rebecca travel the world to curate tangible modern, traditional, custom, and tribal quality and design.

Nothing says holidays like a cozy living room, and Kush is a master of bringing a unique perspective to the well-aged art. Dance, sit, laugh, play cards, have a drink: give the gift of making a house a home, and the celebration of a practice that’s been around for centuries.




From left: Landscape Wallet in brown ($120), Money Clip wallet in black ($85), Half Wallet in tan perforation, brown, and olive ($75) Passport Wallet in tan ($130)

Woolly Made

Classic, customizable, and made from the highest quality leather, we’ve found the gift for the minimalist, functionalist, or individualist. We’re all about shopping with intention and doing away with the idea of buying a gift just for the sake of buying it. Woolly Made is the embodiment of a “do more with less” philosophy created by Jake Fromer and Jeff Heil, whose designs went from basement to back pockets all over Portland. 

We were lucky enough to work with them to create a custom Design Museum wallet for Gala 6, and trust us—this is the good stuff. Get back into the holiday spirit and shop for gifts that are made with the same purpose and thought that they serve in your loved one’s lives. 




Flask workshop ($44)


What’s even better than buying the perfect gift for someone? Gifting the opportunity to make it.  Offering Craft +Sip Sessions with a drink in hand, DIY Bar is a maker’s paradise. From DIY soy candles and diffusers to a customized leather flask holder and indigo dying, take a note from the experts and see your loved ones learn something new. This is the perfect gift for couples, teens, and your parents. Book a spot and let them choose to make their own way.

Pro tip: Go during happy hour Tuesday – Friday from 3pm-6pm; select projects are $29, and drinks are $1 off!




Deadstock’s ONE HUNNIT, “Citrus and stone fruit notes with a light, mellow body.” ($15)

Deadstock Coffee

Coffee drinkers are notoriously easy to shop for. There’s an endless variety of gadgets and accouterments for people at every level of coffee expertise. Still, every coffee lover can agree that good, locally-roasted coffee beans are among the best gifts for any stocking. 

Deadstock Coffee roasts their beans from a variety of top coffee locations, including South America, Africa, Kona, and other choice destinations. Deadstock’s ONE HUNNIT is a light/medium roast and will please even the most discerning coffee lover. Also, pick up their vintage Shaq mug for a drinking vessel worthy of the finest beverages money can buy.




Fall Table 2019 Lookbook from left, MUUTO Open Candelabra White ($99), XENIA TALER Studio Bamboo Bowl (from $10), PEACHES Doughnut Vase Aubergine Ombre ($185)


A pop of color never hurt anybody, especially when the planet likes it, too. The two women behind the yellows and pinks are leading the way with the tagline “Everyday Goods That Shine Bright.” Woonwinkel is all about connecting to product origins and how daily practices affect people and the planet.  

With a focus on sustainability this holiday season, our picks include lilac and cobalt reusable straws, bamboo to-go boxes for the whole family, and a 100% cotton US made and designed meat blanket for a touch of humor. Everybody on the list in one shop? You got it.




Ace Hotel Portland lobby.

Ace Hotel

For many of us, the spirit of the holiday season is a time to take a break from our busy routine and come together with loved ones. Sometimes we need to change our space to pause, reflect, and recenter, and the Ace Hotel is the most aesthetically pleasing place to do just that. 

We love a good experience gift, and for all the travelers out there, here you go. Combining function with taste, Ace has been a fan favorite for years with locations nationally and abroad, each boasting its own curated personality. Keep the people in your life close and gift a stay in the new year, or a trip somewhere new to share. Lucky for you, they’ve got a 25% off Get Away Deal now through the end of February. Bon voyage!


Still looking for that one-of-a-kind gift? Give to Design Museum Portland’s Annual Fund for exclusive, limited edition items to be delivered after the holidays.