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Best Places to Buy Wedding Gifts in OC

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Considering their wedding day is one of the most important events of your friend or family member's lives, it's only reasonable that you want to get the happy couple a gift as unique and as special as they are. Shopping for wedding gifts should be exciting and painless, and while you could just blindly pick something off the wedding registry, sometimes it pays to hunt around a bit for a one-of-kind gift the two will always remember. The following gift ideas can all be found at local Orange County shops, and are sure to a put a post-wedding day smile on the faces of any newlyweds.

Shopping & Style Wedding Gifts, Timree
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365 N. Old Newport Blvd., Suite A
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Timree is an adorable art studio that offers painting classes by Timree Gold. An artist to celebrities and a star in her own right, Gold is adored by the Newport Beach community for her personalized creations. Timree has many wonderful works such as handcrafted dishes and stationary, all of which is customizable. Timree is even available to decorate rooms with murals with the couple's favorite theme or colors. Wedding parties can purchase exclusive items like jewelry boxes, wedding ring dishes, wine and cheese platters and initial boxes. Or, for the big day, get the couple a set of personalized wedding dishes that feature bride and groom's names and wedding date. Timree is a truly wonderful place to choose a thoughtful gift that will stand out among the standard blender or pillow case set gifts.

Shopping & Style Wedding Gifts, The Pantry
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The Wedding Pantry
3313 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

This Costa Mesa store is a local favorite filled with precious wedding goodies. You can find household gifts like bright, pastel and floral reusable cupcake liners, pens, candles, dishes, gift wrap, party favors and wall décor to get the couple started on items for their new home. Married couples will love delicious recipe books on how to make cupcakes, whoopie pies, pop cakes and macaroons. While you're there, pick up the book "Wedding Speeches and Toasts" so that you're prepared for your big public speaking event come reception time. Also find keepsake books for flower girls and ring bearers so that the couple may commemorate the occasion in style. The Wedding Pantry even rents out its location for events, so it's a great spot to recommend to the bride-to-be for bridal parties or lunch planning sessions.

Shopping & Style Wedding Gifts, Commemory Painted Textured Memories
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Commemory Painted Textured Memories by Bethany
Santa Ana, California
(714) 305-1915

Love birds will absolutely adore a one-of-a-kind work of art created just for them by Bethany Thomas, a fabulous artist who uses textures and symbolism to make the perfect wedding gift. In addition to being the artist, Thomas is also the owner of Commemory Painted Textured Memories. She takes the time to learn about the couples' shared memories of the past and hopeful dreams for the future and then transforms them into a beautiful painting. Commemorate the big day with a painting of the ceremony or ask her to immortalize the bride's wedding dress on canvas. Thomas even paints special requests like wedding bands. The piece will serve as an heirloom that can be passed down from one generation to another as a treasured keepsake. Commemory Painted Textured Memories can also create custom décor like original guest book covers and hand-painted table signs for the reception. These masterpieces are an ideal gift that allow newlyweds to cherish their once-in-a-lifetime ceremony forever.

Shopping & Style Wedding Gifts, Rogers Garden
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Roger's Gardens
2301 San Joaquin Hills Road
Corona del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 640-5800

Roger's Gardens is a home and gardening center that will leave you in awe. Feast your eyes upon this seven acre location, filled with breathtaking gardens, a beautiful art gallery and special gifts, all overlooking the ocean. Here you'll find everything a new couple could dream of for their home or garden, from live arrangements and indoor plants to cookbooks gorgeous jewelry to pre-wrapped baskets filled with the couple's favorite edibles like chocolates, pasta and appetizers. Also find one-of-a-kind antique treasures and items for the backyard, including furniture, garden sculptures and ornaments.

Shopping & Style Wedding Gifts, Love N' Bloom
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Love N' Bloom
18822 Beach Blvd. Ste 101
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
(714) 593-4446

This lovely florist/boutique/gift shop combo is a great place to look if you're at a loss for what to get the bride and groom to be. The great thing about this store is that you can walk in completely clueless and leave with a unique, personalized gift the couple will think it took you days to create. This shop allows you to personalize just about anything, so it helps to bring a few of your favorite photos of the couple or wedding party in case you decide on a gift that can feature the picture. Personalize aprons, memory boxes and magnets; embroider pillows, handbags or robes or have a pendant or serving tray engraved.

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Cassandra Bautista is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. Her work can be found at


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