by: JAIME VALDEZ, Recycled bottles make cozy – and conservationist – lids.

Save money and planet

There's not really a person who has everything, but for those hard-to-please buddies a Chinook Book makes a thoughtful, useful and beneficial gift.

The $20 book is jampacked with more than 375 coupons good for everything from a free pound of Pastaworks pasta to two-for-one theater or train tickets and gallons of paint.

The book highlights area businesses and services committed to sustainable practices; aside from the money-saving offers, it also is chock-full of tips for a greener life.

For retail locations or to order, visit

Plastics see another great future, in clothes

It's been said that you're not a true Oregonian until you own at least one fleece garment. But it might be more appropriate to specify fleece made from recycled plastic.

The cute, warm and brightly colored hats and scarves from Cagoule Fleece, a 16-year-old Portland company, are 85 percent recycled bottles and are supersoft, durable and rain-resistant.

The caps cost about $22 and are available at New Seasons, Wild Oats and through

Buy from the creators

• If you have the fantasy of making all your holiday gifts but lack the time or the talent, don't miss the varied offerings at the Handmade Bazaar.

Seventy-five vendors will sell homemade cake mix, reconstructed clothing, candy, soap and more. You also can meet and mingle with local crafters, or sell your own stuff if you get really creative, really fast.

Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St.,, free

• The monthly Crafty Wonderland presents a Double Trouble Holiday Extravaganza on Sunday as well, with more than 40 artists selling their personally crafted wares.

If you get inspired to do your own thing, make a shadow puppet at the DIY table.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St.,, free

- Audrey Van Buskirk

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