Gifts Inspired by the Spirit of Locals

Natural Beauty with Angelina Swanson

Yarrow and sage, prickly pear and wild rose are more than pretty wildflowers to Angelina Swanson, namesake and founder of Angelina Organic Skincare, a local artisan line of skin and beauty products. These are powerful botanicals that inspire natural creations. Transforming plants into skin-nurturing products has been a life-long passion for Swanson who describes her philosophy as, “Full-circle beauty,” she says, “We create beauty for the world, as well as for clients.”  For her, full circle means starting with meticulously sourced ingredients from around the world, intentionally blended to enhance healthy skin. This holiday season, Swanson is drawn to warm, earthy scents like amber and myrrh, and to the sweet snap of blood orange with cranberry, to nurture wind-burned skin and brighten short winter days.


Angelina suggests: 1.) Bergamot Beard & Stache Oil, $22; Blue Sapphire Facial Oil, $120; Prickly Pear AHA + HA Peel, $60. Angelina Organic Skincare, Bend

Editor’s picks: 2.)  Locally-foraged and handmade “Light My Fire” Wild-Crafted Fire Fuel, $22. 3.) Metolius All-Natural Tea Blends, locally grown and hand-crafted in Bend. 4.) LoilJ Essential Oil Diffuser Hexagon Bracelet, $18. Made in Bend. 5.) Living with Plants: A Guide to Indoor Gardening book by Sophie Lee. $24.99.

Outdoors with Dan McGarigle

Chat a few minutes with Dan McGarigle, owner of Pine Mountain Sports, and you’d expect to focus on a focal point of his store, backcountry skiing. Instead, you’ll discover what really drives him: building community.  McGarigle’s passion is reflected in his shop’s motto: Get some! Give some. “We’re so fortunate to live here, surrounded by fantastic recreation, but we can’t ignore the people in our community who struggle day-to-day,” he says. What inspires him most? When customers and friends join his Community Ambassadors program and support this year’s local non-profit, Family Access Network.

Dan’s personal favorites for gift-giving this holiday season reflect his passion for backcountry escapes: every piece of gear is able to hold up to many seasons of rugged use, and meant to get the most fun possible out of stormy winter outings.


Dan recommends: 1.) Black Diamond Helio 105 Backcountry Touring Ski 2.) Smith Camber Snow Helmet. Pine Mountain Sports, Bend

Editor’s picks: 3.) Farm to Feet & FITS Ultralight Ski Socks,  $21-$24. Birkenstock of Bend 4.)  Jetboil Flash Java Cooking System with Coffee Press, $109.95. 5.) Oregon-made, Reclaimed Wood Mt. Bachelor Rack, $255. Lark Mountain Modern, Bend

In the Studio with Lacey Champagne

When Lacey Champagne arrived in Bend, she saw alpenglow-lit landscapes and a thriving creative scene. What she didn’t see was a resource for supporting the art community so she created one by founding LAYOR Art + Supply, a purveyor of art supplies, a gallery for local art, a space for workshops, and a connecting point for artists. Champagne finds inspiration by exploring the Cascades. “This landscape, the lighting and colors—there’s nothing like it,” she says. That love is evident in her paintings: mostly large, abstract landscapes, each telling a story through the image. She fills her studio with pops of color and loves fresh flowers year-round to fuel her own creative fires. This holiday, her gift recommendations include tools to nurture the artist in all of us.


Lacey suggests:  1.) Jack Richeson Hand-rolled Pastels 2.) Daniel Smith Luminescent Watercolors  3.) Dynasty Black and Gold Quill Brush, Layor Art + Supply, Bend

Editor’s picks: 4.) Chia Bud Vases. Small, 11.95; Large, $15.95. Sand Lily Home, Bend 5.) Red Ruby Rose Handmade Kisslock Clutch Bag, $65. The Feather’s Edge Finery, Bend