December 18th, 2008 5:33 pm | by BEN WATERHOUSE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Last-Minute Christmas Tip: Five cool Portland crafters on

Tags: Etsy
Erin Dollar and fake beards
Still looking for awesome handmade gifts? Don't want to go out in the cold? Shop locally from the comfort of your home through local crafters' Etsy stores.

Check out Portlander Erin Dollar's sweet sewn prosthetic beards ($40). We had an intern this spring who periodically wore a false moustache to work. This is much more dignified.

A local woman who goes by dancingcircle makes elegant wreathes from a variety of natural materials for $17-$40.

Ryan Berkley Illustration
You may have seen Ryan Berkley's work around town—his skilled and strangely endearing drawings of besuited animals are hard to forget. He'll send you a print for as little as $8.

Perfect Children
Marc, a local gent who shares my birthday, makes disconcertingly odd stuffed animals from "post-consumer waste." I don't know what that means, but I bet you nephew will love one of the creepy critters at Perfect Children ($9-$42).

Chocolate Obama
Finally, who doesn't want a chocolate bust of Barack Obama? Pinkwhitebrown fills the need for $20, and also makes chocolate moustaches.
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