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Be Our Guest

We sent our resident explorer, JD Dotson, in search of the perfect wedding gifts that will land you on the greatest guest list 

PHOTOS & STORY BY JD DOTSON 

Always looking for the perfect wedding gift that is sentimental or functional (or both!), I have a tendency to skip buying the single salad fork on the registry and look for something special for the couple of the hour. I 100% get the importance of a gift registry, especially if the couple is someone I barely know or just starting out in adulting life together. But I also 100% trust my instincts on giving thoughtful gifts to people I love and in no way have waited until the last minute when the only thing left on the registry is a $600 Vitamix. So, here are a few of my faves that will help land you on the unofficial “Greatest Guest” list you know couples compile. 

 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_052_image_0002Set of 3 galvanized steel hearts, $19.99 

Ceramic You and Me Dish, $3.99 each 

Instantly feeling the need to redo everything in my house, I had to remind myself to stay focused when I go to PC Home Center. Anything a young couple starting a home together might need can be found in this store. From paint, flooring, windows, cabinets to entire kitchen installations and really cool lighting features, PC Home Center offers gift cards in any denomination to get the project started. Not one to just toss a gift card at a couple without something to open, I found this galvanized steel heart set of three containers, and a couple of “you and me” ceramic ring dishes to compliment. 

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For the bicycle enthusiast couple on your gift list, I fell in love with this Cycle Gathering Table. I even have the perfect spot picked out at home and don’t mind a belated wedding present. 

Cycle Gathering Table $559.99 


PC Home Center 

123 Cherry St., New Albany | 812.944.4444

www.pchomestores.com


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_053_image_0002The blank page cut out letter books have the look of vintage, classic readers digests. They come in a wide and wild variety of cover designs, all 26 letters of the alphabet and the ampersand. Combine the initials of the couple, spell out LOVE, the last name, any romantic word for a functional, customizable and fun gift. 

Everyone needs that chip and dip tray for fancy entertaining. The couple are full-on adults — no more cutting the top of the bag off and screwing off the lid. It is time to actually elevate the chips and dips when company calls. The Nora Fleming line of platters, cake stands, serving trays and chip and dip bowls can be accessorized with “decorative minis.” Every kind of theme is available from summer fun, holidays, baby, even a tiny ceramic zombie hand and they all easily attach to the dish. 

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Nora Fleming Chip and Dip Platter, $43.20 

 

Decorative Minis, $11.66 each 


Ben Franklin Crafts 

420 New Albany Plaza, New Albany | 812.944.1215

www.benfranklinartsandframin.com


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_054_image_0001The best way to get your foodie friends to invite you over for a post-honeymoon meal is to get them amazing things they can use in the kitchen. I love a multifaceted theme gift, and The Olivet delivered. I discovered The Oil and Vinegar Lovers Cookbook by Emily Lycopolus and picked a variety of exotic goodies (Rose’ Wine Balsamic, Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Hawaiian Black Lava Salt and a Citrus Peel Rub) and topped off the gift with a locally-handmade wooden cutting board by Wayne Pepin. I may have had some chocolate and macarons while I shopped. Don’t judge. 

 

Cookbook, $29.95 2 oz. bag of spices or salts, $7 each or three for $18 

375 ML Balsamics, $18.95 

200 ML Olive Oil, $13.95 

Cutting Board, $79.95 


The Olivet 

37 Bank St., New Albany | 812.913.4430 | www.theolivet.com 


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_055_image_0001Georgetown boy meets the love of his life in Clarksville. Wedding toasts follow in the stemless wine glass with etched zip codes. No matter what area the couple grew up in or plan to call home, zip code glasses can be special ordered. 

$9.99 each 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_055_image_0002The rustic, simple and sweet couple, hand-carved out of wood, painted and embellished is ready to be taken to their new home. Sold individually, they are perfect for every couple. 

$30 each; $60 for the couple 


Madhouse 

151 E. Spring St., New Albany | 812.924.7728 www.madhousena.com 


Walking into True North makes me want to get remarried and put so much hand-made beautiful stuff on my list. I fell in love with the simple driftwood candle holder by Mack Dryden, even though my IKEA coffee table would do it justice. Depending on how much you loved me and my significant other, you could throw in the gorgeous Paul Weddington coffee table it sits on and I wouldn’t hate that one bit. 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_056_image_0003Driftwood Candle Holder, $45 

Table, $475 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_056_image_0002Every home should have that beautiful tea set that comes out on special occasions. Dallas Wooten’s soda-fired ceramic tea set deserves a spot in a glass cabinet and carefully taken out when people you love stop in for tea. A really beautiful, functional work of art is an ideal gift. 

Tea set, $120 


True North 

137 E. Market St., New Albany | 502.873.868

www.shoptruenorth812.com


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_057_image_0001The stacks of books that have been on my side tables and coffee table for the past 12 years are the ones I keep telling myself I am going to read. I found a stack of books at LL&A that make the reading quick, easy and perfect for the happy couple. “I was made for loving you baby, you were made for loving me” will now be stuck in your head as well. Top off the gift with a bottle of wine and a congratulatory bottle topper and get yourself out on the dance floor. 

 

Bottle Toppers, $18 

Book Stack $ 172 


LL&A Interior Design 

247 Spring St., Jeffersonville | 812.282.6606

www.leslielewisdesign.com 


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_058_image_0005There is nothing wrong with pre-wedding gift giving. You want the couple to look and feel good on their wedding day, and gift cards to Body & Brow Boutique will take care of both of them head to toe. Facial and body waxing, male waxing, tanning, facials and even makeup application are available. I thought treating the couple to a nice soak with some bath bombs for after the big day would be a good way to start spending the rest of their lives together. 

Gift cards available in any denomination, price list available on the website. 

Bath Bombs, $6.50 


Body & Brow Boutique 

141 E. Spring St., New Albany | 812.225.9191

www.bodyandbrow.com


extolmag_28_ad_final_page_059_image_0005Great as a pre-wedding gift to be used at a reception perhaps, the Love Jar by Gratitude Jars comes with 250 blank foil embossed Love cards. Guests can leave a love note in the jar as a keepsake for the couple after the wedding. Great minds think alike: the Love Jar is one of Oprah and my favorite things, too. 

Love Jar $45.00 

extolmag_28_ad_final_page_059_image_0006Love is Love is Love in these beautifully sweet rendered wedding mugs. Love is a lot of things and I hope every morning starts off the day right with a good cup of coffee with the one you love. 

Coffee Mug, $15 


Regalo 

234 Pearl St., New Albany | 812.542.6567 | www.regaloart.com


 

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Unicorns, Mermaids and Dinosaurs – Oh My!

By JD Dotson

Our Intrepid Explorer JD Dotson’s Went on The Hunt For His Favorite Finds For Little Ones


LOOKING FOR A FEW GOODIES FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES? HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE FINDS SURELY TO BRING A SMILE TO ANY KIDDO’S FACE.


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Unicorns, mermaids and dinosaurs, oh my! Regalo is the place to go for all things socks, and these adorable kid versions come in a set of three. Fits kids shoe sizes 4-8.

$16 for a set of three.

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Buttercup the Magical Unicorn grants wishes and tells time from the wall of any lucky kid’s room while jumping over the rainbow. All this magic happening in a wall clock.

$58

Regalo

234 Pearl St., New Albany

812.542.6567

562 S. Fourth St., Louisville

502.583.1798

www.regaloart.com


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Pick up ceramic trinket trays for the secret mermaid or inner unicorn in the family. And, a gal is never too young to start a jewelry collection; these teething bracelets make a great accessory for mom and baby.

Trays $14

Teething bracelet $12

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Your own little mermaid will be protected from the harmful rays of the sun in this two-piece swimsuit. The suit boasts a 50 UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) meaning only 1/50th of the sun’s harmful rays make it through. The only thing your kid will care about is the mermaid scales that appear when the suit gets wet.

$58 for the 2-piece set available in 18 month to 5T.

Dress and Dwell

138 E. Spring St., New Albany

812.725.7566

www.dressanddwell.com


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The felted Zooties booties are handmade and fair trade by artisans in Kyrgyzstan and help reduce global poverty by giving the artists a living wage. Available in sharks, gators, whales and lots of land-loving critters, too.

$19.99

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I really wanted these Bling2o goggles to fit on my giant, adult-sized noggin. The adjustable kid-sized swim accessories adorned with bling, fake eyelashes or dino spikes may not make the kids better swimmers but they will be the coolest kids at the pool.

$16

Madhouse

151 E. Spring St., New Albany

812.924.7728

www.madhousena.com


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MESA is not only a culinary gem in the heart of New Albany, but a kitchen gift shop/accessory store as well. I found this amazingly adorable flamingo apron for my kitchen helper/aspiring Food Network child star. The adjustable strap will let the apron grow with the little master chef.

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The best alternative to the store-bought high sugar ice treats is to make your own fruit juice frozen pops in these Zoku animal silicone molds. The kids won’t notice they’re having a healthy treat but will notice the animal form it takes.

$8

MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen

216 Pearl St., New Albany

812.725.7691

www.mesachefs.com


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Mommy and Baby push toys come as a set of two-wheeled toys, the smaller nestled inside the larger for mom (or dad) and baby to play together. Seafaring and land-bearing creatures are available as a set of two.

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Push puppets are a throwback toy from when I was a kid. This modern version is done in wood and brightly painted, but still offering simple, classic fun. All species of sea and land creatures collapse with the mere push of a button.

$4.95

Brilliant Bumble Bee

426 Spring St., Jeffersonville

812.946.9901

www.brilliantbumblebee.com