In our first Holiday Gift Guide, we directed you to some downright pleasant local stores, where you might putter around aimlessly and endlessly to find gifts for the various people in your life—craftsfolk, snoots, children—who might like to get a little something-something in cellophane and a bow.
Well, the time for puttering is over, you filthy procrastinator. The season's various gift-giving holidays are fast approaching or winding perilously down.
We like to follow a simple rule when our backs are against the wall: shoot for the plump, low-hanging fruit.
And, of course, we know that all acquisition stems from vice, and that vice is at the heart of our most decadent enjoyments. We've learned this from Leo Tolstoy, Gautama Buddha and Mitt Romney.
So for our Holiday Gift Guide Volume 2: Nice Things for Naughty People, we've picked 42 strange or wonderful or even useful items, all sold at independent local stores or websites, that appease or pander shamelessly to the traditional seven capital vices, from wrath to sloth.
Do not fight the failings or weaknesses of your friends and family. Indulge them terribly. The holidays, after all, are no time for nagging or self-improvement.
Let's all be worse together, in relentless good spirits.
And, as always, we raise our collective glasses to the mostly gentle passing of another year. Cheers! Kampai! Iechyd da!
Art Directors: Brittany Moody, Dylan Serkin
Ad Designers: Dylan Serkin, Kerry Crow
Copy Editors: Rob Fernas, Matt Buckingham, Peggy Capps
Editorial Contributor: Sami Gaston
Photographer: Matt Wong
Portland Gingerbread House: Olinka Broadfoot for ADX
Director of Advertising: Jane Smith
Advertising Executives: Maria Boyer, Michael Donhowe, Carly Hutchens, Ryan Kingrey, Janet Norman, Kyle Owens, Sharri Miller Regan
Special thanks to mallet-maker Charlie Haughey, the team at ADX, and cover model Michael Ewing.
The beauty of imaginary violence is a dangerous seduction, we suppose. We should cease all Call of Duty play immediately, burn our John Woo DVDs, stop blowing up 2-liters in our collective basement. But we probably won't. These cold, metallic dreams have been sharpening their edges for far too long, and they've already cut too deep.
1. Hammer-forged Nakiri
$120 at Hawthorne Cutlery and Gifts, 3208 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 234-8898,
$15 at Portland Shaolin Center, 3818 SE Powell Blvd., 737-5025,
(supplies limited before Christmas).
Greed, let's be honest, is hilt-deep in the spirit of the American holidays. This is the one time of year we're actually considered to be better people for buying that terribly expensive, wonderfully pretty little thing we can't possibly need. But here's the catch: You have to give it to someone else. Pshaw.
$100 at Martine Satchels, 2716 SE 23rd Ave., 956-5699,
$355 at Hive Modern, 820 NW Glisan St., 242-1967,
$125 at the Joinery, 4804 SE Woodstock Blvd., 788-8547,
$145 at Canoe, 1136 SW Alder St., 889-8545,
It's only natural to seethe when subjected to other people's all-too-documented Facebook vacations—or merely, simply, to covet them for yourself. And, sure, you could maybe find your cure in effortful, blandly narcissistic yoga practice. But absolute, disconnected self-indulgence also does the trick just fine, at lesser psychic cost to your friends.
$35 at Flutter, 3948 N Mississippi Ave., 288-1649,
$28 at Parallel, 1016 SW Washington St., 274-8882,
$150 at Alder & Co., 537 SW 12th Ave., 224-1647,
$69 at Red Sail, 1723 NE Alberta St., 971-266-8472,
$18 at Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., 2181 NW Nicolai St., 230-7113,
Whoever thought lust was a sin just wasn't paying attention. It is perhaps the only vice that offers itself so generously to the world: Lust can only be shared, or else it's useless. Which is another way of saying, if you give any of these gifts to the right person, it's also a gift to yourself.
$88 at She-Bop, 909 N Beech St., 473-8018,
$203 (set) at Lille Boutique, 1007 E Burnside St., 232-0333,
$9.25 at Escential Lotions and Oils, 236-7976,
$77.25 at Spartacus Leathers, 300 SW 12th Ave., 224-2604,
$16 at Foxfire Teas (and other locations), 2505 SE 11th Ave.,
No. 105, 288-6869,
$46 at UnderU4Men, 800 SW Washington St., 274-2555,
Pride needn't always be some irritating, rooster-crowing thing; sometimes it's just a matter of liking where you are, liking your neighbors, liking the things that make your city or family what it is. A few things, then, that celebrate that.
$9 at Courier Coffee, 923 SW Oak St.,
$5 at Sandy Boulevard Trading Post, 1447 NE Sandy Blvd., 234-6079.
$30 at Presents of Mind, 3633 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 230-7740,
(We're proud to a fault, too.)
$10 at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651,
Food is good. Good food is really good. We understand, of course, the fastest way to a congested heart is through a full stomach, but...seriously? Food is good.
$13 at the Meadow, 3731 N Mississippi Ave., 288-4633,
$10 and $5, respectively, at Alma Chocolates, 140 NE 28th Ave., 517-0262,
$17.99 at Pastaworks, 3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 232-1010,
$37.90 a pound at Cheese Bar, 6031 SE Belmont St., 222-6014,
$8 at Laurelhurst Market, 3155 E Burnside St., 206-3099,
Ah, you might not have written that novel, or gotten that job, or gotten up to go to that job. You might not have changed your underwear in over 48 hours. But you know what? There's nothing like a fine bottle of booze to make you feel like you're really getting somewhere.
, 375 ml
$25 at Stone Barn Brandyworks, 3315 SE 19th Ave., Ste. B, 775-6747,
$19.95 at Saraveza, 1004 N Killingsworth St., 206-4252,
$15.95 at local liquor stores.
$35.15 at local liquor stores.
$35 at Enso Winery, 1416 SE Stark St., 683-3676,