A Eugene classic, the 5th Street Market is a great place to find a unique gift and eat a great lunch. You can find flowers, candy, stationery, Oregon art, perfumes, jewelry, clothing, toys, Nike apparel, and travel gear, to name a few things. There is a great inner courtyard for eating outdoors on a nice day and plenty of unique eateries to choose from.
Smith Family is an independent bookstore downtown with two convenient locations and many shelves to browse. It is a great place to find cheap used books on virtually any subject or to get new books at 10% off. Also, if you are feeling strapped for cash, they buy used books and offer you cash or trade.
The Fifth street public mall is a collection of shops and local eateries. It is not your typical mall will throngs of teenagers blocking the walkway with - "Oh my gosh! - I can't believe She said that about your butt!?!?" The mall has a great local bakery by the name of Metropal, a good coffee shop, and several places showcasing Oregon wares. The highlight has to be the Nike Store. The one in Portland is larger but in Eugene is where it all began. Here you can see the waffle iron that Bowerman used to make the tread of the first Nike shoes. Also here is some items from the glory days of Oregon distance running.
What to buy: A cup of coffee and some warm bread. Load up on Nike stuff if so inclined. In Oregon - NO SALES TAX!