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Parcel Gift Boxes Feature Cocktalia Curated by Bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler

Just add booze.

Parcel

With Valentine's Day on the near horizon, it's time to start thinking about gifts. You can send a predictable bouquet of flowers, or you can go with something that has a little more Portland style.

Parcel, a recently launched local gift box purveyor, offers wood boxes packed with beautiful bouquets and some of the best Oregon-made food products out there, things like Marshall's Haute Sauce, Woodblock Chocolate, Quin Candy and Argyle wine.

But the box we covet is the Cocktail Box, filled with tools hand-picked by Clyde Common bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler. The large, slide-top wooden box comes filled with a Teardrop barspoon, weighted shaking tin, julep strainer, Japanese-style jigger, Morgenthaler's "The Bar Book," fresh herbs, and citrus. Essentially, it has everything you need to make a perfect cocktail except the booze.

Owner Kim Moran, a former flower shop owner and graphic designer, will also work with you to create a custom box perfectly suited to your sweetie. And she's in the process of creating more boxes with local chefs. Keep your eyes peeled for a box by Jenn Louis of Lincoln, featuring her upcoming cookbook "Pasta By Hand" set for release in March.

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