Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Holidays from Gardner Village

Thanks for making year 35 a wonderful one! We love being a part of your lives and memories made in Utah year after year.

We can't wait to see what 2016 has in store. In the meantime, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Your friends at Gardner Village

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Unique Gifts for Every Budget at Gardner Village (part 2)

You know that Mr. Claus. He's a busy fella, with party appearances here and mall engagements there. Not to mention all of the prep he has to get ready for the big flight. Why don't you give the Jolly Old Elf a hand and do some of the gift gathering. His elves have set up shop in Gardner Village, making it an excellent Salt Lake area destination to find unique gifts while also getting in the Christmas spirit. Last week, we took a look at just a few of the many awesome options available. This week, we're back with part 2 of your Gardner Village Gift Guide.

Gifts for Under $10

Gift: Inspiring Wall Art
Store: CF Home Furniture & Design
Price: $6.50
Give someone a little piece of happiness they can display and enjoy year round. These little plaques would be great for coworkers and teachers! There are several to choose from.
Note: Larger signs are also available for $11.95.

Gift: Soy Candles
Store: Natural Joy
Price: $8.95
Lighten anybody's mood with a relaxing candle. These soy options are made with natural ingredients for a clean burn. 

Gift: Decorative Dishes
Store: Layers (formerly The Village Quilt Shop)
Price: $5.95
These little trinket dishes are just right for holding earrings, rings, and other jewelry! You'll find them located on the front counter of the shop. Of course, there are also hundreds of new bedding options too.

Gift: Customizable Bangle Charm Bracelets
Store: The Bead Farm
Price: $3 (bangle); $0.65 to $2.50 (charms)

Gift: Polka Dot Cups
Store: CF Home Furniture & Design
Price: $3
At only $3, you won't want to let this deal pass you by. Give those neighbors the gift of a warm beverage on a cool night by pairing a set of these with some hot chocolate or cider. 

Gift: Gourmet Hot Chocolate
Store: Chocolate Covered Wagon
Price: $6.95
Speaking of hot chocolate, Gardner Village has you covered. Don't drive all over town when you can create those original gift sets in one stop. 

Gift: Sketch Book & Pens
Store: Lulu's Boutique
Price: $7.99 (sketch book); $5.99 (pens)
This sketchy bundle is just right for any creative cutie you have to buy for. It would also be a nice "extra" gift to have on hand, should you need one. (You just never know, and far better to be prepared.)

Gift: Stocking Stuffer Body Care Elements
Store: Cottage Retreat Spa & Salon
Price: $6
Give your gal pals a sock full of locally-made love. These pretty bottles of lotions, shower gels, softening gels, and more come in many divine flavors and would be excellent paired with some socks from Sock City!
Note: Gift boxes also available ($16)

Gifts for Under $20

Gift: Calico Critters
Store: Georgell Doll Shop
Price: $14.95
These furry little friends are such fun to play with, and they make excellent stocking stuffers. At this price, it's time you grow that critter collection! 

Gift: Oven Mitts and Dishtowels 
Store: Celebrations by Modern Display
Price: $16.95 (for the set)
Give those in your community a gift that's both decorative and functional--this sweet towel and oven mitt set. With a ribbon already in place, it's ready to give. Easy! 

Gift: Poppers
Store: Storybook Nook
Price: $10
There are a variety of playful popper characters to choose from. And you can now buy sticky targets as well (also $10). Isn't that fun? Simply squeeze the poppers stomach and the ball goes flying. Your pop play has never been better!

Gift: Clutches
Store: Shopaholics
Price: $15
These pretty purses are so affordable, you can turn one into a gift that keeps on giving by filling it with gift cards to your favorite Gardner Village shops. Fun!

Gift: Magnetic Pin Bowl
Store: Pine Needles
Price: $19.95
This shallow dish is great for the seamstress in your life. It's magnetic, so those pins aren't going anywhere. 
 There are many colors to choose from, and they come wrapped in a clear bag with some red and white twine wrapped around. Pretty!

Gift: Star Wars Socks
Store: Sock City
Price: $15.95
Are you surprising someone with tickets to Star Wars? Put them in a different kind of stocking so they can dress the part. 

Gift: Sweater
Store: Kamille's
Price: $29.99
If you don't have time to buy some Kamille's yummy yarn, you can still give a soft beauty. Check out this handmade piece. Isn't it pretty? And the color will go with so many things. 

Gift: Long Hats
Store: Posh Peddler
Price: $15
I saw kiddos and adults alike trying these on, and they looked so cute on young and old alike. Plus, it doubles as a hat and scarf, making a creative two-for-one approach.

Gifts for Under $50

Gift: Purse
Store: Shopaholics
Price: $45
Start the new year off on a fashionable foot with a new (and affordable!) handbag!

Gift: Throw Pillows
Store: Layers
Price: $49.95 (average)
There are so many pretty pillows to choose from. Something for every space and every taste. Santa, if you're reading this, I'd be delighted to find one of these under my tree on Christmas morning. *wink wink* 

Gift: Felt Bunny
Store: Pine Needles
Price: $39.95
Wouldn't this sweetheart look sweet peeking out from a stocking? And it's handmade, so you can give the gift of handmade without the work. Bonus! 

Gift: Batmobile
Store: Georgell Doll Shop
Price: $31.95
Cruise into Christmas with this vintage-inspired Batmobile. You'll also find a complete assortment of superheros at Georgell Doll Shop. Santa was kind enough to leave a few in my daughter's stocking last year. She loved them! They make a great gift for girls and boys alike. 

Gift: Christmas Dresses 
Store: Spoiled Rotten
Price: $46
Surprise your little lady with a new dress to wear to Christmas Eve dinner. 

Gifts for Under $100

Gift: Sweater
Store: Plum Dandy
Price: $68
There are so many beautiful clothing options to choose from here. This is just one of many for that hard-to-shop-for fashionista you know. 

Gift: Ampersand 
Store: Layers
Price: $89.95
For a gift that's cool & unique & interesting & memorable &. . . well, you get the idea. ;) 

Gifts for $100+

Gift: "Merry" Light Sign
Store: Upon the Shelf
Price: $149.00
This tree and "merry" combo will make any holiday party sparkle. 

Gift: Antique Secretary Desk
Store: Aunt Elsie's Trinkets & Treasures
Price: $210
Like everything in this shop, is a one-of-a-kind piece. Isn't it stunning?

Our elves are looking forward to seeing you soon at Gardner Village!

Megan Hoeppner

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Unique Gifts for Every Budget

Eeep! That window for online shopping before Christmas is quickly closing. Looks like your shot at unique gifts that aren't found in every big box store has passed... or has it? Of course not! Whether you have weeks or months left before a big event, Gardner Village is here with original, hard-to-find presents. In this case, with the holidays upon us, I've rounded up just a few of the many Christmas ideas waiting for you. With more than 20 locally-owned stores, you're sure to find something for that special someone no matter your budget.

Gifts for Under $10

Gift: Ceramic Berry Baskets
Store: CF Home Furniture & Design
Price: $5.95
The gift of storage is always appreciated, and these cute containers would look great in any room. I actually have one in my kitchen, which holds my dish soap and a sponge. I love it! 

For an added touch of sweetness, fill your baskets with some yummy Old-Fashioned Salt Water Taffy from the Chocolate Covered Wagon. Yum!

Gift: Glass Holiday Plates
Store: Celebrations by Modern Display
Price: 70% off of original prices (original prices $8.95, $11.95, and $13.95)
Attending a holiday shindig? Show the party hosts you appreciate them with the gift of cheese. You can't go wrong with a tasty cheeseball and some crackers placed on one of these beauties.

Gift: Holiday Specs
Store: Chocolate Covered Wagon and Celebrations by Modern Display
Price: $1.95
Turn a date to go see the holiday lights into quite the spectacle with these groovy glasses. They transform lights into fun shapes like snowflakes, candy canes, Santas, and more!

Gift: Makeup Brushes
Store: Natural Joy
Price: starting at $7
Before you get dolled up for that holiday party, look at replacing those old makeup brushes with this lovely new assortment. Any lady on your list would appreciate a brush gift set as well.

Gift: Ring
Store: Spoiled Rotten
Price: $1
Your daughter will love picking out rings for her friends from this colorful batch, and you'll love the awesome price!

Gifts for Under $20

Gift: Coloring Crush book with colored pencils included
Store: Storybook Nook
Price: $16.95
Note: The pen sets range in price from $8.99 to $9.99
Coloring isn't just for kids anymore. The adult coloring trend is taking off in a major way. So whether you're buying for the young or the young at heart, this gift is a bright idea.

For more coloring options, visit Lulu's Boutique where you'll find this spectacular display!

Gift: Woven Throws
Store: Layers (formerly The Village Quilt Shop)
Price: $19.99
The manager of this shop informed me that they sold more than 100 of these in the first hour they were put on display, so you'll want to get them while the getting is good. 

Gift: Princess Makeup Sets for Girls
Store: Natural Joy
Price: $13.95
Everything this store carries is carefully selected to ensure it contains natural ingredients, making this one makeup set that's safe for even the youngest princesses in your kingdom.

Gift: Scarves
Store: Posh Peddler
Price: $15
You'll find colors and styles for every fashionista on your list!

Gift: Festive Socks
Store: Sock City
Price: $12.95
Stuff those socks with socks. You're just a step away from finding something for every personality you know. 

Gift: Watch Wrap Bracelet
Store: Plum Dandy
Price: $15
Now's the time! Give the gift that's both a watch and chic wrap bracelet.

Gifts for Under $50

Gift: Clock
Store: Down to Earth
Price: $35.95
Here's a home decor item that rings the "cool" alarm.

Gift: Handmade Hats
Store: Kamille's
Price: $29.99
Just because you don't have time to make a gift doesn't mean you can't give handmade happiness.

Gift: Quilt Kit
Store: Pine Needles
Price: $49.95
For the creative kid on your nice list, it's a complete quilt-making kit in a cute tin.

Gift: Chic Headbands
Store: Spoiled Rotten
Price: $26
Your little doll will be the star of Christmas Eve dinner with one of these beauties around her lovely locks.

Gifts for Under $100

Gift: Superhero Cookie Jars
Store: Celebrations by Modern Display
Price: $54.95
Wrap up one of these sweet treats and be the hero of Christmas morning. 

Gift: Gotz Dolls
Store: Georgell's
Price: $94.95
Note: Georgell's carries more clothes to fit the popular 18" dolls than any other store in Utah. Clothes range in price from $5-$35.
What little girl wouldn't love a beautiful new Christmas dolly?

Gifts for $100+

Gift: Mirror
Store: Upon a Shelf
Price: $299.99
Reflect the affection you feel for your Mr. or Mrs. Claus and give this gorgeous mirror. 

Gift: Handbag
Store: Spoiled Rotten
Price: $120
Who needs a diaper bag when you can carry one of these sleek purses?

Join me again next week for Part 2 of our gift guide. And please feel free to share any awesome finds you come across in your next visit to Gardner Village in the comments section of this post. Or post a picture of your find and tag us on Instagram. We always love seeing your treasures.

Megan Hoeppner