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The holiday floodgates are back open this weekend with Thanksgiving 2020 officially behind us, and although many Portland counties remain in lockdown, there are plenty of safe ways to indulge in some festive cheer in isolation or with your quar pod. We've rounded up those (and other non-holiday) activities and events below, from places to get pre-cut Christmas trees to the drive-in Cinnamon Bear Holiday Show, and from festive beer releases to virtual karaoke parties. For even more options, check out our guides to the best online events this week and the best movies to stream this week.
Support BIPOC small businesses on Black Friday. With the economic strains put on independent makers following COVID-19 setbacks, shopping local—particularly from Black-owned businesses—is vital this holiday season, and Portland has tons of great BIPOC brands to choose from. For beauty fanatics, Paula Hayes's Beaverton-based cosmetics company Hue Noir offers products catering to darker skin tones, and they happen to be offering 50% off online through Cyber Monday. Coffee nerds will give you points for gifting a bag of Deadstock Coffee, whose beans are roasted on Tuesdays and shipped fresh on Thursdays. Looking to educate the little ones in your life on social justice issues? Local Oprah-approved publisher A Kids Book About has digestible books on topics you wish more people talked to you about when you were a tiny tot, from systemic racism to divorce to body image, and they're offering a buy-two-get-the-third-free deal through Sunday. Other notable mentions: BBQ sauce haven Felton & Mary, sweets purveyors Sugar Street Bakery, Inger McDowell's gift baskets With Love from PDX, and Cole and Dayna Reed's Northeast home goods store GreenHaus Gallery. Local nonprofit Equitable Giving Circle also has limited-quantity Black Friday Boxes, which include items from local Black-owned businesses like KMD Kandles and Helen Rose Skincare Co.