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Graduations, weddings and babies are abundant this time of year. It’s time to go gift shopping at outside of the big box stores to find unique gift items perfect for the graduate, bride and groom, new mom and best friend. Orange County has several locally-owned gift stores that provide effortless shopping and stylish gifting options for the hostess, the bride, the graduate and new mom. Here are five of the best OC gift boutiques that are musts on everyone’s shopping radar.
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Tuvalu Home
295 Forest Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-3202
www.tuvaluhome.com

Coastal-inspired gift shop Tuvalu Home is the right place for the right find. Gifts are aplenty here where shoppers will discover unique treasures and beach-themed home accents. For the kitchen, Tuvalu Home features wood cutting and cheese boards, decorative wine stoppers, trays, tea towels and tableware. Mermaid towel hooks, Beach Days hand soap and luxury candles are pretty for a guest bathroom. Shoppers will have many options for girlfriends or moms such as delicate charm necklaces and bracelets, Thomas Paul scarves, sailcloth tote bags, vanity pouches, bath salts and lotions.

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(credit: Willow Manor Gifts)


Willow Manor Gifts
22342 El Paseo, Ste. F1
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
(949) 858-1216
www.willowmanorgifts.com

Willow Manor is known to Orange County locals as one of the best one stop shop for gift ideas. This boutique gives shoppers an array of unique items ideal for pets, seasonal holidays, hostesses, teachers, girlfriends, and moms-to-be. Discover beautiful picture frames and photo albums to hold special memories, hand bags by Brighton and Vera Bradley, elegant silver-plated serving trays, romantic candles by Aquiesse, hand lotion and soap sets from Cucina and many more items to choose.

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Roger’s Gardens
2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd.
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 640-5800
www.rogersgardens.com

Roger’s Gardens is a California-friendly landscaping and design company, and specialty gift boutique. Set in a beautiful ambience, Roger’s Gardens features a gourmet food experience of delectable sweets, beautifully packaged food items and specialty coffees along with garden gifts for anyone with an appreciation for nature, gardening and the outdoors. Gardens gifts include whimsical bird feeders, peaceful wind bells and chimes and pretty outdoor wall thermometers. Collectors appreciate ornaments and figurines from Christopher Radko, Byer’s Choice, Vallancourt, and Debbee Thibault lines. What makes Roger’s Gardens stand out from the other gift shops is the wonderful floral and live plant arrangements including California friendly succulents.

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Fleur De Lys
369 E. 17th St., #14
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 548-0810
www.shopfleurdelys.com

Named to impart the universal idea of beautifying one’s home and life, Fleur De Lys is a gift shop that has both timeless and modern style gifts for everyone on the list. Fleur De Lys offers a gift registry service for brides and customers. While this registry makes it easy for husbands and boyfriends who need a little help with gifting their loved one, the Fleur De Lys team is ready to help customers find the perfect gift. From jewelry designs by Beautiful Soul and Melinda Maria and Lucy B and Library of Flowers beauty faves to kitchen accents such as Heavenly Hostess aprons and gourmet ingredients, Fleur De Lys adds its signature personal touch of complimentary gift wrap. Each gift is wrapped in a kraft brown box and tied with a black grosgrain ribbon, and sealed with the gold Fleur De Lys wax seal.

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(credit: Back Porch Designs)


Back Porch Designs
237 Main St.
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 209-4725
www.back-porch-design.com

Back Porch Designs flourishes with handcrafted gift items, original art and jewelry, cottage and garden home accents, floral arrangements and wreaths, and gifts for men. Shoppers are welcome to shop the store’s hand painted china pieces like serving bowls, nut bowls, vases, vintage-style piggy banks, starfish accented picture frames, seaside poster art, and decorative tablescape items. Vibrant scarves are perfect for favorite friends, Bloomer sun hats are sweet gifts for babies, and a large assortment of seasonal gifts for Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day and more.

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Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.