If you're like me, you develop a small rash if you're in Lloyd Center longer than 20 minutes, and run the opposite direction at the sight of frantic mobs. That's why Portland offers such great alternatives to corporate shopping, like the Japanese Garden Holiday Gift Sale, which starts today!

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  • japanesegarden.com

Peruse through the numerous designers selling ornaments, cards, housewares, jewelry, scarves, all in the peaceful environment of the garden gift store. Proceeds from your purchases also help fund the garden's programs and services. To visit the sale, you just have to purchase admission into the garden (would it kill you to put the scarves down for five minutes and look at some Bonzais?)

The sale runs until the 24th.