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Top Spots To Buy Bridal Gifts On A Budget In Connecticut

April 9, 2013 9:00 AM

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(Photo credit:ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

You have one more item to check off your list. The bridal party was carefully chosen from your closest friends and loved ones. Now you need just the right memorable gift to show them what sharing in this special day has meant to the both of you. Here are some unique gifts that won’t break the bank.

Harper’s Invitations
225 Main St.
Old Wethersfield, CT 06109
(860) 257-4615
www.harpersinvitationsct.com

Everyone flies the friendly skies these days and you need to identify your luggage. Personalized ID tags are an inexpensive item. The individualized tag will show thought and can be used as gifts by both men and women. Personalized notepads with various backgrounds, even a wedding photo of the bridal party, is a gift that will be used over and over, at least until the last page. Stationery cards are useful when you want to say “thank you” or just drop a note.

Engrave Your Gift
92 Horseplain Road
New Britain, CT 06053
(203) 681-7755
www.engraveyourgift.com

This shop uses the most up-to-date professional, permanent marking laser system. You can have almost any material engraved including glass, ceramic tile, metal, plastic and stone minerals like granite. Monograms or names can be marked on any of the above items. The cost is 30 cents per letter for standard fonts and there is a quick turnaround on your gift item. Engraved business cards, golf balls, cuff links, a jewelry box or photo frame are suggestions.

Related: Best Bridal Shops in Hartford

The Bowerbird
Old Lyme Marketplace
Old Lyme, CT 06371
(860) 434-3562
www.thebowerbird.com

The shop opened in 1989 and is full of “impulsive necessities.” Chris Kitchings and Jennifer Torgersen are the owners and say that the gifts here are “fun, special and trendy.” For the groomsmen, you will find beautiful hand-blown pen holders. Hopside-down beer glasses are unique drinking glasses that give the illusion of an upside down beer bottle inside the glass. A stone wine stopper or other bar gear will be a perfect gift for the wine connoisseur.

Old Mill Pond Village Shops
383 Salmon Brook St.
Granby, CT 06035
(860) 653-3433
www.oldmillpondvillage.com

A village of eight historic buildings some 200-plus years old surrounding the mill pond houses a variety of bridal party gifts to choose from. You will find cranberry glass, candles, collectibles and pottery. The shop also carries Alex and Ani beaded jewelry. For women, you will find Brighton handbags, wallets, organizers, watches, jewelry and sunglasses. A Vera Bradley collection of handbags, stationery and accessories can be purchased. You will also find a large selection of soaps and fragrances.

Amber Tortoise Jewelry
156 River Road, Suite 2303
Willington, CT 06279
(860) 368-0282
www.ambertortoise.com

Crista Grasso is the jewelry designer of Amber Tortoise Jewelry. At the studio, you will find jewelry including earrings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, belly chains and finger and toe rings. The designs are limited and one-of-a-kind items that have exceptional quality that will become heirlooms. Find attractive accessories for your hair such as frosted lucite hairpins, decorated with accents of silver and crystals that cascade from the hairpins. You can even arrange a private party trunk show. Hand-select the materials, colors and designs for a unique piece of jewelry that will coordinate with the dresses.

Related: Top Stationery Stores in Connecticut

Paula Moliver is a noted designer with a specialty in all things related to fiber. She spins and dyes her own yarn and is skilled in weaving and needle arts. She has been widely published in noted magazines including Arts & Crafts, Better Homes & Gardens and the Decorative Painter. Paula is a regular educator at New Pond Farm. She resides in Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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