Here is a specific personality type: That person who loves cuddling up by the fire, throwing on a Netflix documentary and crafting their way though the winter months with the cat snuggled on their lap. Sound familiar? Someone in your life? Check out these local shops for great gifts for any lover of indoor-activities.
Kinitting has transcended its grandmotherly roots in the new hip age of handmade glory. For your favorite at-home crafter, Gossamer The Knitting Place (1326 NW Galveston Ave.) is filled with materials, from designer, hand-dyed wool yarns from Madelinetosh (on average worsted weight $22.50 per skein) to locally-sourced yarn from Imperial Ranch, one of the few yarn companies in America that owns the yarn from soil to finished product just north of Bend ($18.50 per skein). Gossamer also offers a variety of knitting classes on circular needles, making specific items such as stylish Lola headbands and ponchos ($25-$35 plus cost of materials). Buy the suggested materials for the class and let your crafter do the rest from the comfort of home!
For those of us who end up having more Pinterest fails than successes, fear not. There's plenty of locally made arts and crafts that make great gifts for those who love the handmade feel. To buy directly from the artists check out Craft-O!, a yearly extravaganza brought to you by the artists housed in the Old Ironworks (Arts District, 50 SE Scott St.) on Sat., Dec. 13. More than 50 makers will have their work available including amazing jewelry from Stuart's of Bend, unique creations from Cindercone Clay Center and extraordinarily detailed beer paintings from BeerPainter. There will be a bus running between the Old Ironworks and a simultaneous Locavore Holiday Gift Faire at the Old Stone Church (157 NW Franklin Ave.), totaling 80 local vendors between the two locations. If all else fails, you can pick up a gift certificate to Sparrow Bakery and satisfy all of your gift-ees' Ocean Roll needs.
A great recipe for a cozy afternoon is a snuggly pair of slippers and a brimming cup of fresh tea...but ditch the paper bags in favor of fresh and exotic looseleaf teas from Townshend's Tea (835 NW Bond St.). Townshend's chai, green, black, rooibos, mate, oolong, and apothecary teas in more than 100 varieties are sold by the ounce ($2.75-$13 per oz., 4-8 ounces gets a 10 percent discount, 9-15 ounces, 15 percent discount, over a pound, 25 percent discount). All sorts of tea drinking accessories, from brewing baskets ($11) to teapots, large to small (prices vary), are also available.
When looking for books for your dedicated reader, check in at Dudley's Bookshop Cafe (135 NW Minnesota Ave.), The Open Book (155 NE Greenwood Ave.) and Pegasus Books of Bend (105 NW Minnesota Ave.). Pegasus also offers up a variety of card and board games, and graphic novels (try the extremely popular Hawkeye Volume 1, $16.99) for kids and adults alike, from "Settlers of Catan" ($42 for the starter set, 3-4 player game and $20 extension packs for 5-6 players) to "Magic the Gathering" (intro pack $14.99).
If your homebody is an internet fiend, there's no doubt they've gotten addicted with the rest of the nation to podcasts (we cannot stop thinking about listening to the next episode of Serial! Why isn't it Thursday yet?). Grab a pair of shiny new headphones from Connecting Point (514 NW Franklin Ave.) for quality listening (assorted brands $49.99 and up). As for buying music locally, drop in at one of TWO locally owned record stores Ranch Records (831 NW Wall St.) or Recycle Music (3 NW Bond St.) for all your audiophile's listening wish list.