For the young, broke and fabulous planning a low-budget wedding, lifestyle blogger Jessica Garvey from The Hostess Handbook recommends five places in Los Angeles where you can buy unique bridal gifts for the wedding party. All of these places offer great gifts for virtually any occasion, but especially bridal gifts that are not only fun and unique but also budget friendly. Whether you’re looking for gifts that make recipients laugh or smile, these specialty gift shops give shoppers quality you can afford. Make the most of your wedding dollars with thoughtful gift ideas that will leave a memorable impression.
8384 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
If Leonardo Da Vinci, Santa Claus and Harry Potter lived in Hollywood, Tweak 99 would be their go-to store for gift-shopping needs. “This neighborhood gift store carries some of the most unique products in the gifting world, including the brand Knock Knock, which always has the most clever items,” says Garvey. Celebrity giftologist and shop owner Tara Riceberg makes gift shopping fun and easy with her “touch everything” store policy. From wine monkeys and spicy apple candles to picture frames with small figurines bowing down before a photo of your choice, Tweak 99 will be sure to have something unique for each member of any wedding party.
D. L. Rhein
3303 Motor Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
A mecca for specialty products, gifts and home goods, D. L. Rhein takes ordinary items and turns them into beautifully rare finds. When you need gifts as unique as your wedding party, interior designer and shop owner Deborah Rhein helps you fine tune you’re search for the best bridal gifts based on your taste distinct taste. “This shop has an array of home goods from all over the world and knick knacks you have never seen before,” says Garvey. With a creative work space located in the back of the store, Rhein specializes in handmade jewelry and vintage decor.
OK The Store
8303 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Located in Silver Lake’s “Hipsterville,” OK The Store features unique items for bridal gifts made by local designers. Some of the items you’ll find here include gemmed jewelry for the bridesmaids and classy watches for the groomsmen. “The store’s selection of gifts are super cute and off the beaten trail. It also has a fantastic coffee table book selection,” says Garvey. This specialty gift shop even offers free gift wrapping using brown craft paper and a bow for those last-minute emergency gifts.
1325 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
This boutique gift shop combines elements of art and travel featuring handcrafted gifts from around the world. Limonaia offers home accessories, specialty jewelry, stationary and vases among many other options for bridal gifts. Garvey describes Limonaia as your neighborhood Anthropology. “It has all the shabby chic appeal without the corporate vibe,” she says. “This little mom-and-pop shop has kitschy items that will impress but wont distress your bank account!”
1121-1 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
A+R features gifts from the future for enthusiasts of pop culture and modern design. Although this unique gift shop does spotlight some high-end items, there are also a lot of budget-friendly gift options in the $50-and-under and $25-and-under sections. From household goods, jewelry and candle sets to iPhone cases and alarm clocks, A+R has something useful for everyone. The bridal gift ideas you’ll find here are designed to be charming, functional and even inspiring.
Niki Payne is a freelance writer covering all things Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.