Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Registering for gifts seems like it's lost its magic. Places like Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond are great for basics but when it comes to the truly unique gifts that will showcase your impeccable taste - think locally. Before you trudge down that beaten path to yet another chain store to find that needle in the generic haystack, consider some treasures in your backyard!
Ash Blue - gifts with timeless style and craftsmanship.
Even though they're new to the neighborhood, Ash Blue (http://www.ashblue.com) may have well been the reason the shopping plaza is called Fashion Square. Established in 2003 by Susannah and Zulu Scott-Barnes, Ash Blue carries the finest gifts from all over the world. No really, Zulu travels all the way to South Africa for great finds all the time.
It's not just gifts for the home, but gifts for yourself as well. They have gorgeous handcrafted jewelry, hats and stationery. This is a fern leaf necklace by one of the designers they feature, Mani Design, and would be perfect to wear to your rehearsal dinner.
From silverware to china sets, there's a style to match your tastes whether it's classic or more contemporary. These number dishes would be great to add to your bridal registry.
Ibiza Fine Gifts
Ash Blue’s shoes may have been a little too big to fill for most gift shops, but not Ibiza Fine Gifts who moved into the Belle Meade location where Ash Blue used to be. Ibiza Fine Gifts has proven to satisfy the neighborhood’s high-end clientele’s needs.
They sell great items for the bride and groom’s registries and thank you gifts for the generous wedding shower hostess. Here’s some fun “stock the bar” type gifts you could get. LOVE the polka dots.
Nothing says “I am a bride of grace and etiquette” like proper stationery.
They have a complete list of brands they carry at their website and you can find more pictures by doing a search on Facebook.
More preppy than progressive? Nothing shows off your personality better than personalized or monogrammed goods. You’re Invited specializes in personalizing gifts for every occasion so you can find more hostess thank you gifts, something to give your bridal party or something for yourself!
Plus, the staff at You’re Invited are so helpful and nice. I love their professional, personal shopping touch and hometown feel. This is an addictive store and a local business you will want to support for years to come.
Show off the sports bond you share with your fiance and customize with favorite team’s logo or colors!
For the cheese connoisseur
I’m sure you agree, you can never have enough stationery for thank you cards and correspondence. You’re Invited carries a huge line of customizable paper goods so you’ll be sure to find something to match your personal taste.
So go get your pots and pans from the usual places, but embrace your fabulous style by looking at the unique boutiques right at your perfectly manicured fingertips. Your wedding is going to be special - shouldn’t your gifts be too?