Shopping for friends can be a nightmare. Shopping for a little being that you've never met and isn't born yet can be even worse. These boutiques offer thoughtful, clever, quality gifts that will ensure you'll be leaving the baby shower with some primo party favors in appreciation.
At Queens Mab, both consignment shop & new local goods vendor, you can trade in your tot's older, used duds for credit to buy some fresh new fairy wings, or locally-designed adorable shoes.
If you are shopping for a child you don't know well, and have no idea who Tickle-Me-Elmo is, ask the well-informed staff about what's trendy in toys. They're happy to help.
When I'm looking for something a little dressy or even a little casual and don't want to go through the numerous racks of out-dated and out-of-style blouses at Goodwill, I head to the racks of classic and retro clothing at Button.
Frock's selection of jackets and jewelry are worth noting. They possess a certain elegance that is lost on other boutiques in the neighborhood that focus more on the bohemian.
Queen Bee is behind Portland's most popular handbag, and with good reason. They're hand-crafted in-house to the highest quality. Makes a clever Portland souvenir for out-of-towners.
Long supportive of local artists, Redux is the perfect little spot to find gifts for friends when you're not sure what to get them. Your search ends at Redux.
Screaming Sky Gallery is an inviting adult playground full of collectibles and culture. Special props for the Law & Order coloring book.
Bring in the books that your kids have since grown out of (but not appropriated as coloring books) for cash or credit to Green Bean Books. But all ahead and schedule an appointment before showing up with a red Radio Flyer full of Dr. Seuss classics.
With an emphasis on toys of Asian pop art persuasion, Missing Link fills the gap between kitschy bric-a-brac and socially progressive tees.