Throwing someone off-guard is never my intention! When a visitor in the gallery mentions needing a wedding gift but having no idea of the couple’s taste, I open my laptop and ask for bridal registry details.
This usually draws a startled look and an expression such as “I wanted to avoid those big box stores. That’s why I’m here!”
So I explain: “We’ll get an idea of their style, favorite colors, and maybe how they plan to decorate their home . . . Then, we can seek out something that will be a hit!”
And it happens every time! Shower curtains, bedding, dishes, and kitchen accessories give us clues; then we find that striking item, in the right price rage, that will be a one-of- a-kind gift. It gets wrapped, free of charge, and the buyer loves our decorative label that attests to the fact that they sought out a locally-inspired gift.
The best outcome of all is the fact that this gift giver is remembered because the gift is unique! (Do you think of Uncle Paul and Aunt Mary — or was that the cousins? — when you fold the bath towels?) So, when there’s a registry to give you clues, remember there’s a nearby shop where you can be original!