Shopping in Salem – where to go for unique local gifts this season

Shopping for holiday gifts can also be a good time to explore Salem.

We invited local retailers to send along information about one gift item they have with the price. They are located throughout the city and responded with a remarkable mix of items.

This was done as a community service – no business was charged to participate.

So, consider this a bit of a Salem treasure hunt and go out and see what you can find.

We should note that all the merchants listing a specific item also will provide gift certificates.

Let’s go shopping……….

PJ Salvage pajamas

These adorable pajamas are the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life! Soft, cozy and sure to please.

Price: $98.99

Olivia’s • 310 Court St. N.E • (503) 581-6953

Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Yule log cake

Back by popular demand from last year! Available in three flavors; Chocolate Cherry, Eggnog, and Gingerbread, these gorgeous cakes serve both as a centerpiece and as the perfect dessert! Rich in flavor, light in texture, and oh so decadent. One cake serves 10-12.

Price: $68

Sewell Sweets • 155 Liberty St. N.E. #160 • (971) 287-7171

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday 10 am.-7 pm., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.


Electric guitar

Epiphone’s best-selling electric archtop, the legendary Casino, has set the rock ‘n’ roll standard since 1961. A perfect gift for Beatles enthusiasts, it’s often linked to John Lennon and George Harrison. Bring iconic sound to your local guitar player—no rooftop concert included.

Price: $699

RiverCity Rock Star Academy • 2769 19th St. S.E. • (503) 689-8372

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Satuday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Tree of Life dream catcher

Our beautiful handwoven dream catchers and wall hangings are constructed with locally sourced cane, sustainably harvested woolen yarns, natural cotton and webbed with a long-lasting wax covered thread, are further decorated with a genuine lead crystal prism. Handmade in Nepal at a woman-owned production center.

Price: $67.50

We are Journeys • 4400 Salem Dallas Hwy N.W. • (503) 991- 5091

Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Cashmere scarves

These luxurious 100% cashmere scarves from Seattle Silver are incredibly warm, soft, and affordable too! Hand tailored in Germany, and perfect for holiday gifting. Many colors to choose from!

Price: $23.99

LifeSource Natural Foods • 2649 Commercial St. S.E. • (503) 361-7973

Hours: Sunday-Saturday 8 a.m.- 9 p.m.


Hand-made Christmas ornament

Our 2023 Christmas ornament is a hand turned set of ornaments made by our refugee apprentices. There are four different designs to choose from, all made from local wood!

Price: $15 each or $12.50 for four or more

Sparrow Furniture • 1264 Broadway St. N.E. • (503) 584-1813

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Conscious Step Fair Trade socks

A gift that gives back. connecting you with world-changing nonprofits, making it easier to make an impact towards today’s most important causes.  Supreme comfort, ethical and sustainable production using Fair Trade cotton, designs that make you smile — all empowering nonprofits to support the causes and communities you care about.  We carry more than 50 different designs, supporting many causes.

Price: $15

One Fair World • 474 Court St. N.E. • (503) 585-1636

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m-2 p.m.


6-inch chef’s knife

The Wusthof Classic is a quality piece of German-made cutlery that will last a lifetime. This knife will be perfect for your favorite chef. It is on sale now.

Price: $97.95

Willamette Valley Kitchen Co. • 333 Chemeketa St. N.E. • (503) 363-1612

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Custom engraved wooden board

We offer a variety of high-quality wooden boards in different shapes and sizes. Each board can be purchased blank or have a custom logo or saying engraved into it.

Price: $156

Gift certificates sold 

Copy Cats • 1567 Edgewater St. N.W. • (503) 370-7340

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Tesla’s Lamp Plasma Ball

Control electricity with your fingertips! Originally patented by NIkola Tesla in 1894 following his experiments with high voltage currents, the plasma ball is an exciting way of observing electrical discharges. Control the filaments inside the ball using your finger to move them around the glass.

Price: $50

Natural Wonders Educational Toys & Books • 1313 Mill St. S.E, Suite 103 • (503) 779-5227

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Girl’s Twirl dress

Our pink dinosaur twirl dress is made of soft stretchy milk silk on top and a tulle skirt perfect for twirling. Only 1,000 of each design is made. We are happy to be one of the two retailers approved to sell this brand in Oregon. Pete + Lucy clothing for kids.

Price: $28

MiMi and Little Bean’s Children’s Boutique • 4628 Treeside Dr. N.E. • (503) 269-5282

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Faber-Castell 12 Polychromos colored pencils

These contain the highest quality pigments for unsurpassed lightfastness. They feature a buttery smooth color laydown and are easily blended and layered without waxy build-up. Pair these gorgeous pencils with coloring books, sketchbooks, and journals for a perfect gift.

Price: $27

Art Department • 254 Commercial St. N.E. • (503) 364-7465

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday Noon-5 p.m.


Prodigy Disc Golf 3-Pack starter set

The Prodigy Ace Line Disc Golf 3-Pack is the perfect set for beginners to start playing disc golf. It includes a Fairway Driver for long shots, a Midrange Disc for accurate throws, and a Putt & Approach Disc for short game precision. Get everything you need to hit the course and improve your game with this high-quality disc golf set.

Price: $25

Kuhl Discs • 3737 Cherry Ave. N.E. Keizer • (916) 747-5329

Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


Salem socks

We have the one and only Salem socks plus many other high-spirited (will crack you up), high-quality (comfiest), made in the USA socks. They are Gumball Poodle brand and perfect for the holiday gift exchanges! Designed to make you feel good, inside and out!

Price: $14

CreativiTee & rofe designs • 110 Commercial St. N.E. • (971) 301-5277

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Future is Female” 12×18 print

The gallery and boutique feature local artists from Oregon and the U.S, including original art, prints, jewelry, plants, and more. A portion of all sales benefit West Salem’s only 24/7 community food pantry. 

Price: $25

At The Corner Art Gallery • 1105 Edgewater St. N.W. • (971) 599-1133

Hours: Thursday noon- 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Bearded Oregon beard oil

Locally infused beard products – made right here at Capitol Menswear! We use only natural ingredients and name the scents after cities around Oregon.

Price: $18

Capitol Menswear • 220 Commercial St. N.E. • (503) 544-1045

Hours: Sunday-Monday Noon-5 p.m, Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


Birkenstock Zermatt slippers

For adults and kids.

Price: Starting at $79.95

Footwear Express • 290 Commercial St. N.E. • (503) 589-9794

Hours: Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


12 Days of Trinkets Advent Calendar

A holiday themed box with 12 treasure filled compartments. Examples of the contents include: figurines, crystals, enamel pins, miniatures, jewelry, keychains, and so much more. These locally created calendars are perfect for kids or whimsical adults!

Price: $30

Raven’s Roost Trinkets –

Online business – no hours, retail location

Outdoor recreation rack

Our full utility trailer rack kits are ready to clean, paint and assemble.  We offer two different designs to meet your camping or multi-sport hauling needs; a roof top tent trailer rack and a kayak trailer rack.   Plus the racks are custom to your specific trailer.

Price: $479 – kayak rack

Compact Camping Concepts, 6051 31st Ave. S.E. (no retail outlet)

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Customized cups

Custom engraved cups are a fun way to gift something they can cherish and use for years to come. We engrave on a variety of powder coated cups suitable for their favorite hot or cold beverage. Most engravings take less than 30 minutes! We offer our artwork counters for anyone wanting to draw or write something special for engraving.

Price: $26

The Freckled Bee • 105 Liberty St. N.E. • (971) 208-9233

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


Stainless steel rings

Men’s and women’s stainless steel rings in 10 different styles. These are popular!

Price: 2 for $10, 5 for $20

The TRUNK Boutique • 142 High St. S.E. • (503) 991-4599

Hours: Monday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m., Sunday Noon-5 p.m.



ENTERTAINMENT: Give the gift of entertainment with an Elsinore Theatre Gift Card. From live music to comedy to theatrical stage shows, the Elsinore is a hub of culture in the heart of downtown Salem. 
Elsinore Theatre • 170 High St. S.E. • 503-375-3574

Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CIDER: Receive a free custom La Familia can opener with the purchase of any gift card over $25.

La Familia Cider House • 231 Court St. N.E. #100 • (971) 719-2375

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday Noon-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday Noon-9 p.m., Sunday Noon-7 p.m.


MASSAGE: One discounted 60-minute massage at $70. My style combines the deep relaxation of firm, rhythmic massage with therapeutic techniques to relieve muscle tension and discomfort.

Natural Healing Massage and Wellness • 2100 Lancaster Dr. N.E. • (971) 254-5634

Hours:    Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

SALT THERAPY: Gift certificate for a 40-minute halotherapy session in the salt room for $40. Certificates available for any service, starting at $25. Salt room, sauna and redlight room provide detox, relaxation and stress relief.

Salt Haven • 2794 12th St. S.E. • (971) 428-7180

Hours: By appointment

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MOVIES: From now through New Year’s Eve, get an additional $5 for every $25 in gift cards purchased. See a movie at your favorite locally-owned independent movie theater and get some holiday shopping in at the same time!

Salem Cinema • 1127 Broadway St. N.E. • (503) 378-7676


WELLNESS: Gift certificates start at 20% off. We offer a variety of health & wellness services, such as chiropractic care, massage therapy, private yoga therapy, online yoga classes, stretching sessions, Healthy Back monthly classes and much more! 

Indigo Wellness Center, 320 Liberty St. S.E. • (503) 371-1120

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


SELF-DEFENSE KIDS: Give the gift of self-confidence. Group classes start at just $95 for kids ages 7-14. Sign up in December and the uniform is 50% off!

Kensho Martial Arts • 688 High St. N.E.  • (503) 509-0815

Hours: Monday and Friday 3 p.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m-1 p.m.


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