If it is, in fact, the most wonderful time of the year, the holidays are also a time of chaos. Dinners must be planned, friends and family must be seen and, of course, gifts must be given.

So how you spend your time is just as important as how you spend your money. If you prefer to avoid the cramped, populated aisles of the the big-box retailers or the dizzying experience that is the mall, Portland has plenty of local options to consider, offering deals just as alluring as the national chains.

To give you a hand, we've done some pretty heavy lifting. Just think of the national retailer that you're considering patronizing, and we'll provide you with plenty of local indie options where you can get all you need for your home, your sweetheart, your children or yourselves.

Toys"R"Us

Crate & Barrel

Victoria's Secret

Anthropologie

J.Crew