PORT CITY GIFT SWAP

Give a gift, get a gift, and support our local business community

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  1. Sign up here by Wednesday, December 16th to register for the gift swap
  2. You will be randomly assigned another person to give a local gift
  3. You’ll have until Friday, January 15th to drop off their gift at a designated drop off location (and let us know that you have done so via the customized link in the email that announces your Giftee).
  4. Another person will be randomly assigned to give you a local gift – you’ll get an email telling you when and where to pick it up as soon as they confirm that it has been dropped off!

IS MY GIFTEE THE SAME AS MY SECRET SENDER?

No, the gift swap is one-way, and is randomized. Each person will get a different Giftee (person to whom you give a gift) and Secret Sender (person who gets you a gift)

Example: IF 5 people sign up, it might look like this:

Person A gives Person C a gift
Person B gives person E a gift
Person C gives person A a gift
Person D gives person B a gift
Person E gives person D a gift

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The recommended amount is $25.

WHERE SHOULD I SHOP?

Gifts must be purchased at locally-owned, independent businesses.

We suggest getting some inspiration from the Portland Buy Local Gift Guide or the Black Owned Maine directory.

HOW DO I DELIVER MY GIFT?

We have four designated drop off locations throughout the city.

Bring your gift to one of those locations, and then follow the customized link in your email to let us know it has been dropped off.

We’ll alert your Giftee, and they will go pick it up!

Make sure to clearly write the NAME of your gift recipient and ensure it is securely attached to the gift.

WHERE ARE THE DROP OFF LOCATIONS?

Nomads – 100 Commercial Street

Coastal Pharmacy and Wellness – 29 Marginal Way

D. Cole Jewelers – 10 Exchange Street

Rwanda Bean Coffee Company – 463 Stevens Ave

SHOULD I IDENTIFY MYSELF TO MY GIFT RECIPIENT? 

It’s totally up to you! They may want to say “thanks” or share their excitement, which is easier to do if you’ve told them your name and/or email address, as well.

SHARE THE LOVE

Take a picture of your gift and share it on social media using #PortCityGiftSwap, and tag us @PortlandBuyLocal so we can share all the awesome gifts and fabulous local businesses involved!

And don’t forget to tag our partners, too! @KnackFactory, @BlackOwnedMaine, and @PortlandDowntown.

GOING THE EXTRA MILE

If you’d like to go above and beyond for your gift recipient, feel free to add a hand-written note or decorate the package. Use your creativity to make it extra special!

SWAP GIFTS, NOT GERMS

Above all else, safety is the most important thing! Follow current state and local CDC guidelines.

If you’re shopping in person, doing curbside pickup, or dropping off gifts, wear a mask! Stay at least six feet apart from others, and wash or sanitize your hands often. 

When picking up or dropping off, you can call the business to bring your gift out to you if you would rather not go inside.