Not to freak you out, but the holiday shopping season is … here. Yes, Safeway has had holiday decorations out since the day after Halloween. Yes, some exceptionally organized people actually buy gifts year round so that they don’t face a gift buying frenzy come December. But if you avoid Black Friday shopping like the plague, then Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 28) offer up a great opportunity to explore gifts from some of Bend’s newest companies.

Consider purchasing presents from these eight growing, local startups:

1. Broken Top Candle Company maker of lovely scented candles.

2. Hydaway creator of these collapsible water bottles.

A Hydaway bottle!
A Hydaway bottle!

3. Cairn offers a subscription box for outdoor enthusiasts.

A Cairn box filled with goodies.
A Cairn box filled with goodies.

4. Zealios sells sunscreen and body products for endurance athletes.

Zealios' product line
Zealios’ product line

5. RipClear makes goggle protectors for skiers and snowboarders.
6. SnoPlanks handcrafts bamboo snowboards and skis.

Making SnoPlanks by hand.
Making SnoPlanks by hand at the company’s Bend headquarters.

7. Waggletops makes easy-to-wash dog bed covers.
8. Sudara offers loungewear crafted in India by women who escaped human trafficking.

Also please offer suggestions in the comments for other Central Oregon startups with products that may make good gifts. We’d love to hear to about them and we’ll add them to our list. Happy Thanksgiving!

Kelly Kearsley

Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of, is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship and Bend. In addition to writing this blog, she creates content and manages content projects for global financial companies, tech firms and startups. She began her career as a newspaper journalist and later worked as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at or

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Kelly Kearsley