State of Oregon 2023 Ultimate Gift Guide


From cozy clothes to charitable donations, give the perfect Oregon gift this year!

Support the Coffee Creek Puppy Program

Oregon Department of Corrections

Service dogs wearing vests line up and sit patiently with treats in front of them

In the heart of our communities, the Coffee Creek Puppy Program serves as a symbol of hope and transformation, touching the lives of both adults in custody (AICs) and people with disabilities.

Through this program, AICs volunteer to raise future service dogs from puppyhood, teaching them essential life skills along with roughly 30 additional skills.

Not only does the program transform the lives of the adults in custody, but it also prepares these puppies for their eventual professional training at Canine Companions.

As the season of giving approaches, we invite you to be part of this meaningful journey. By purchasing gifts for this program, you bring joy to the AICs who are working diligently to prepare these puppies for a life of service. Your generosity will touch the lives of those behind bars and bring newfound independence and freedom to individuals with disabilities.

Ways to Give

  • Amazon Wish List: The program’s Amazon Wish List contains a range of items that the program urgently needs, from puppy food to training supplies. Purchasing something from the wish list lets you make a direct and tangible contribution with just a few clicks.
  • Monetary Donations: If you prefer a more direct approach, consider making a financial donation to the program. Checks made out to the “Coffee Creek Puppy Program” and sent directly to the institution are gladly accepted. Your gift will significantly support the program’s mission, impacting the lives of both AICs and future service dog recipients.

Give the Gift of Preparedness

Oregon Department of Emergency Management

The holidays are a great opportunity to encourage your friends and family to prepare for emergencies and disasters.

Most people would love to be more prepared but haven’t made the time or don’t know where to start.

Here are a few low and no-cost ways to help your loved ones get prepared, and perhaps cross some items off your wish list as well:

Make a Plan
Planning is the first step in being prepared. Talk with your loved ones: Establish an evacuation route, a family meeting place, and how you will contact each other if you are separated during an emergency. These free preparedness publications can help you get started.

Stock an Emergency Kit
Help your loved ones create or update their emergency kit with essential items. Flashlights, extra batteries, portable power banks or phone chargers, a weather radio, a first aid kit, and tools are all necessary items that make great gifts.

Include the Kids
Protect your loved ones by helping them learn what to do in the event of an emergency. Kids and teens who are prepared often experience less anxiety and feel more confident during emergencies and disasters. Visit for resources to teach kids and teens how to be prepared, not scared, for emergencies.

Sign up for Emergency Notifications
Are you and your loved ones signed up for emergency alerts? Visit OR-Alert to sign up or update your contact information to receive local emergency alerts in Oregon. Share the website with friends and family on your holiday cards. Take a moment to help loved ones sign up during your holiday visits.

Create Community
Well-connected communities are more resilient. As you spread holiday cheer and share treats with your neighbors, talk to them about emergency plans. Exchange contact information and identify if any neighbors may need extra help during emergencies.

Get a Search and Rescue Card
Statewide Search and Rescue (SAR) efforts average 1,100 missions per year and are the responsibility of each county sheriff. Each SAR team, mostly made up of volunteers, must have the appropriate training and outfitting to perform their important role of saving lives.
The Oregon SAR Card program is a way for outdoor lovers to support SAR efforts statewide. The personalized cards are tax-deductible, feature a choice of eight Oregon landscapes, and are available as a one-year card for $10 or a five-year card for $55.
All proceeds help fund SAR training, equipment and missions across Oregon by contributing to the SAR Fund managed by the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association.

Gift Ideas for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Oregon Department of Fisheries & Wildlife

A gift from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife is like giving a year’s worth of outdoor adventures!

If your holiday gift-giving list includes hunters, anglers or other outdoorsy people, consider giving them a fishing license, wildlife area parking permit or big game raffle ticket. Single and combination licenses make for easy gifts for loved ones of all ages!

Need a gift for a conservation enthusiast? Consider making a charitable donation to the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund in their name. Donations to the OCRF create new opportunities for wildlife watching, urban conservation, community science and more.

The State Forests Trust – A Donation That Keeps On Growing

Oregon Department of Forestry

Whether you’re an avid hiker, a mountain biking enthusiast, a family that loves camping, or someone who simply enjoys the quiet allure of nature, your gift to the State Forest Trust of Oregon ensures that Oregon’s state forests remain a treasured destination for all.

The State Forests Trust of Oregon is a 501(c3) nonprofit that engages with Oregonians to increase understanding of Oregon’s state forests. The trust supports learning opportunities at the Tillamook Forest Center, promotes outdoor recreation, and ensures these enchanting state forests are available for discovery and enjoyment for generations to come.

Visit the State Forest Trust of Oregon website or call 503-260-8394 for more information on how you can make a difference.

Scratch-Its: Last-Minute, Easy Gifts for Grown-Ups

Oregon Lottery

Need a last-minute gift idea? Oregon Lottery Scratch-it tickets are a festive, easy option that all adults can enjoy.

This year’s Scratch-it designs were created by Oregon Lottery staff and start at $1 to purchase. With five festive themes to choose from, you can “Build a Snowman” with a friend or wish someone a “Meowy Catsmas.”

Remember, when gifting a ticket: make sure the recipient is at least 18 years old.

“It’s important to remind Oregonians that lottery games make great gifts and are for grown-ups,” said Stacy Shaw, Oregon Lottery’s senior manager of product marketing.

To promote gifting lottery tickets responsible, lotteries worldwide partner with the National Council on Problem Gambling and McGill University’s International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors. The Oregon Lottery has been part of this annual campaign for over a decade.

Prizes can range from a few dollars to upwards of $250,000. Even if you don’t win, the lottery helps fund programs that Oregonians care about.

Support State Hospital Patients Through the Caring Tree

Oregon State Hospital

Give a gift and support Oregon State Hospital (OSH) patients through the Caring Tree, an OSH Volunteer Services program that ensures each patient receives a gift during the holiday season. The program relies on donations and volunteer help to wrap gifts. Our Volunteer Services team has created an Amazon gift registry with requested items, including puzzles, cards, games, stationery, clothing and snacks like jerky and trail mix.

Visit the Oregon State Hospital website to learn more about the people and programs of OSH, and sign up for our quarterly newsletter, Recovery Times.

Ways to Give

  • Volunteer: Give the gift of your time by volunteering. Email OSH Volunteer Services to learn more about available opportunities.
  • Amazon Registry: Visit the OSH Volunteer Services’ Caring Tree Amazon Registry and select a gift or contribute an Amazon gift card for delivery by Dec. 5.
  • Monetary Donations: Make a cash or check donation made out to “OSH Volunteer Services – Caring Tree.”
    • Monetary donation mailing address:
      • OSH Volunteer Services
        2600 Center St. NE
        Attn: #R20
        Salem, OR. 97301
    • Monetary donation drop-off locations:
      • 2600 Center St. NE
        Salem, OR. 97321
      • 29398 Recovery Way
        Junction City, OR. 97448

Gifts for the Paddlers in Your Life

Oregon State Marine Board

The Marine Board now sells seven-day waterway access permit in addition to its one and two-year permit options. Permits can be bought online through the Boat Oregon store.

Annual permits are valid for the entire calendar year, and the two-year permits for two calendar years. Permits make a great stocking-stuffer gift that lasts!

Beginning Dec. 1, permits can also be purchased through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website. Click on “Buy License/Tag” and then scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Guest Checkout” link, then scroll to find and make your selection. Permits can be stored within the ODFW eLicensing app or can be printed.

Permit sales help fund ODFW aquatic invasive species boat inspection stations and develop or improve boating access facilities for paddlers. Grants are also available to non-profit organizations who provide paddling opportunities in underserved communities.

How to Buy Boating Permits Online

The Boat Oregon Store is fast, secure and easy to use!

  1. Visit the Boat Oregon Store
  2. Click “Online Services” in the upper right-hand corner (or find it in the footer).
  3. Click the link for the permit option you want.
  4. Click “Register” and follow the prompts to create an account.
  5. Once the transaction is processed, the permit can be printed or saved to your mobile device.

Give the Gift of Memorable Outdoor Adventures

Oregon State Parks

Give a loved one the chance to experience Oregon’s beautiful state parks through gift cards, parking permits, park gear, apparel or even a donation!

Parking Permit
Oregon State Parks’ 12-month parking permits make a great gift, and they’re $5 off during the month of December! Permits can be purchased at the Oregon State Parks online store or at state park friends’ group stores and select local businesses throughout the state.
Parking costs $5 a day at 25 Oregon state parks unless you have a 12 or 24-month parking permit or a same-day camping receipt.

Centennial Boots by Danner
We’ve partnered with Danner to offer a retro-inspired hiking boot with waterproof protection. $50 from each pair sold will be donated to Oregon State Parks Explorer Series, a program that aims to remove barriers to outdoor recreation and encourage diversity.
This popular boot is currently sold out in men’s sizes but is still available in women’s sizes 5.5 to 9.

eGift Cards
Oregon State Park eGift Cards can be used as payment for state park overnight and day-use charges. They do not expire. Cards can be purchased online at the Oregon State Park Store.

Parks Gear
Rep your favorite park with t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, mugs, bags and accessories!
For all-season apparel featuring the Oregon State Park logo, visit the Oregon State Park Store.
For parks gear with a little more flair, check out these artist-designed collections on Threadless.

Oregon State Parks’ Pendleton Blanket
Celebrate Oregon State Parks with a limited-edition Pendleton wool blanket! This beautiful design features Mt. Hood reflected in a mountain lake, surrounded by 12 Oregon State Park identities. Every purchase helps support the Oregon State Parks Explorer Series, a program that aims to remove barriers to outdoor recreation and encourage diversity.

Donate to Oregon State Parks
Make a donation on behalf of someone you love to Oregon State Parks. 100% of your donation goes toward state park operations and special service projects such as the new North Canyon Trail at Silver Falls State Park.

Give a Gift that Grows – Oregon College Savings Plan

Oregon State Treasury

This holiday season, give a gift that makes an impact for years to come. When you contribute to a child’s Oregon College Savings Plan account, your funds grow along with your loved one. Help them chart their course after high school—from trade school to apprenticeships, college, and more.

If the kid in your life doesn’t have an account yet, set up an account in their name to help them save for educational expenses like tuition and fees, books, computers, supplies, equipment, and more. Add the finishing touch to your gift by downloading a fun digital greeting card to let them know a gift is on the way.

Another way to gift—connect your BottleDrop account to an existing Oregon College Savings Plan account and make contributions year-round when you recycle your cans and bottles. It’s that simple.

Give Wishlisted Items to Support Oregon Youth

Oregon Youth Authority

If you’re looking for ways to support Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) youth, please check out our facilities’ Amazon wish lists.

Each list is stocked with items the youth at that facility have requested to support their living units.

Please note: OYA can only accept items from these lists, and the items must be shipped directly from Amazon to the facility.

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