Spring is the time to celebrate some of the most cherished people in our lives. Whether you’re shopping for the novice or the experienced mama, a new bride and groom, or a proud graduate, we checked out several stores near Grand and Excelsior and found gift suggestions that will make your loved ones sparkle this spring.
For Moms of all Kinds
Dads, we have the perfect gift from Little Bean Photography for the woman in your life who has mastered the art of motherhood. Bonus: All you need to do is make an appointment, dress the kids in their adorable coordinating clothes and show up. Elissa Bean Kadue and her talented team can shoot on location, in the studio or in your living room. One to two weeks after your session, you’ll be able to view the pictures and choose your favorite images. Create custom framing, layout collages and design albums during this consultation at Little Bean, which shares space with Grand Frames. Prices vary depending on photography package. 4617 Excelsior Blvd.; 952.922.8445.
Ooh Là Là
These special hand-crafted soaps are a special mixture of soap paste, perfumes, pigments and aromatic oils blended to create ultimate perfection. Claus Porto has been developing these Portuguese soaps since 1887 in scents like honeysuckle, lemongrass and wild moss. One of Oprah’s favorites, they are hand-pressed to create a longer-lasting treat and are sold exclusively at Guild and online. $11. 4414 Excelsior Blvd.; 952.378.1815.
Three words: The. Perfect. Bag. Make Mom’s day and surprise her with this elegant tote by GiGi New York, full of interior pockets and a magnetic closure. Useful for both everyday adventures like grocery shopping and day care drop-offs, and exciting extravaganzas like trips to New York City or Belize or Duluth. No matter what Mom is doing or where she is off to, she’ll be stylish with this Saddle Taylor tote. $360. Grand Frames on Excelsior, 4617 Excelsior Blvd.; 952.303.3411.
For the Happy Couple
Warm and Wonderful
Designed by Layla Grayce, these throws are perfect for cuddling on the couch during breezy spring nights. Accenting a sofa, chair or bed with rich color and satin border, these luxurious blankets will give the new bride and groom the perfect excuse to stay in and have movie night on the couch. 45 by 59 inches, machine-washable. $170–$260. Grand Frames on Excelsior
July 2014 will mark the one-year anniversary that same-sex couples could legally marry in Minnesota. Guild Collective, known for its eclectic products from stylists, local artists and designers from around the Twin Cities, offers a variety of cards and accessories for couples celebrating this momentous event. Prices vary. Guild Collective
Clean, modern frames by Tara Wilson add color and elegance to every kind of space. A perfect memento for the loving couple on their special day, and all the days to come. $48–$128. Grand Frames on Excelsior
This Adirondack candle lamp, designed to be mounted on a wall, has a silver-leaf finish that adds pop and sophistication to any room. The linen shade offsets the rustic hand-forged iron and graphite. $226. Filament Lighting & Home, 5023 Excelsior Blvd.; 952.926.5007.
Hold that Thought
Your new grad might not have that corner office just yet, but she’ll be on her way with these fun paper holders/picture frames from Tara Wilson Lucite. Bonus: Her desk just got a lot more organized. Holds standard 4-by-6-inch note paper. $58. Grand Frames on Excelsior
This rustic lamp from 345 Table Lamp is the perfect addition to late nights spent at the office. All your new grad needs now is a cup of coffee, an iPhone blasting the latest Arcade Fire and he’s good to go. $271. Filament Lighting & Home
Graduate from college. Get a job. Have a fantastic place to store any and all writing utensils to check items off your list. Brighten your grad’s day and heighten their organizational skills—with these personalized utensil holders, each time they reach for a pen, the unique design will keep them smiling and working hard. $44. Grand Frames on Excelsior
For the New Bundle of Joy
Choose from the soft and cozy collection of bedtime blankets and accessories by Little Giraffe to find the perfect addition to the already adorable nursery. Mixing clean white with playful pastels, these luxury baby blankets are available in blue, brown and pink. $35–$170. Grand Frames on Excelsior
Bright Baby Beads
Keep baby stimulated with these popular baby beads from Minneapolis-based Manhattan Toy Company, known for their time-tested classics designed to inspire imaginative play. Wooden beads, non-toxic and painted with water-based finishes, are strung together with an elastic cord and can be manipulated into several configurations. $12.95. Kiddywampus, 4400 Excelsior Blvd.; 952.926.7871.
Matchy-matchy (this one can be eliminated if space is needed)
These coordinating animal necklaces by Samantha Faye Jewelry come in small and large sizes, perfect for mama and baby. Choose from animals like an owl, elephant, bunny, duck or giraffe in an individual or pair. Adjustable 16- to 18-inch chain with a three-quarters- to one-inch drop; available in 14K gold plate, rose gold and sterling silver. $48–$102. Grand Frames on Excelsior
Music to Little Ears
Pounding on this wooden bench sends balls tinkling over the xylophone. Pull out the keyboard and the xylophone can be played by itself. Not only will this send magical music throughout the house, this toy can stimulate baby through every stage of development and help nurture and develop her natural abilities. $27. Kiddywampus