Pygmy Hippo Shoppe

Best Handmade Gifts, August 2012

For armchair artists who prefer to dream about making gifts rather than break out the glue gun, the itsy-bitsy Pygmy Hippo Shoppe has prefab presents that look like you spent weeks laboring over them. Embroidered wall hangings depict animals and deliver funny quotes; we’re partial to the fox who declares “F**k Lars von Trier” and the two middle school bunnies dissing each other: “No way she is not wearing two scrunchies.” In Portlandia they put a bird on it; here it’s a deer—on pillows, pencil cases, and book covers. Jewelry, cards, and candles are also handmade, mostly by the owner, her mother, and other local artisans. » 306 N. Stanley Ave., Beverly Grove.