Weddings celebrate your new life together and it is traditional to show your appreciation to the people who are part of the ceremony. But gifts for the wedding party do not have to be expensive or formal; you can find unique treasures at these Sacramento small businesses without using up your time or budget.
PeraDice Cards & Gifts
918 24th St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
PeraDice has unique options for everyone in the wedding party. Handmade, all-natural soaps and lotions from $6 to $10 come in scents like mint fusion and mojito. Combine them with other small items or give them alone. Embossed metallic business card/ID cases and etched money clips are $15 or less, and sports fans in your party will love the crystal football for under $35. There are artisan jewelry pieces for the bridesmaids, gorgeous wall hangings and journals for $20 or less. Or perhaps your wedding party would love futuristic comic neoprene iPad or Netbook cases or robot wallets, available for $18 to $26.
Local Roots Food Tours
Gift certificates make great thank you gifts and Local Roots offers restaurant and winery tours that you won’t find anywhere else. For $58 to $72 per person, trained culinary guides lead all-inclusive excursions such as the City of Trees or Origins of Sacramento Food & Culture walking tours. Bridesmaids and groomsmen will also enjoy food and wine tours in Murphys or the Sierra foothills. Tours can be private and tailored to the group’s interests, including things such as a scavenger hunt, dancing or even a trivial food pursuit game.
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1812 J St
Sacramento, CA 95814
Artworks 21 has an eye-dazzling array of gifts to show your wedding party how much you appreciate them. Hand-painted and adorned Milagro winged hearts come in various sizes from $33 to $47, and colorful suede wallets are less than $18 each. Card or cigarette cases made of German silver are available for $26 or less, and there are also special little treasures for the ladies. Make a basket with earrings, painted wine glasses and a whimsical bathing-suited angel. Each item is available for $15 or less. Pick up colorful compacts decorated with hearts at $8.50.
Barber Blues Shave Shop
1401 E St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Barber Blues offers a special package for grooms and their friends before the wedding, but a gift certificate also makes a great thank you gift for use after the big day. The highest-priced service in the place is a straight razor shave with hot towels and special treatments before and after. This utterly masculine indulgence is only $25. Far from a boring and antiseptic environment, Barber Blues’ customers can enjoy a game of pool, cards or dominoes, watch the game or relax with a drink and good music.
La Fleur Nail Spa
4000 E. Commerce Way, Suite 140
Sacramento, CA 95834
Thank the bridal party for their support with a gift certificate from La Fleur. After the hustle and bustle of wedding preparation, the girls will appreciate the chance to be pampered and you won’t have to pay a fortune for it. A manicure is only $15 or just $22 when a relaxing paraffin treatment is added. Your bridesmaids will feel good down to their toes with a spa pedicure, and at only $30 to $50, you won’t be feeling a pinch to your wallet. Pedicure options can include shiatsu or hot stone massage, aromatherapy, callus treatment and hot paraffin dip. Don’t forget the flower girl; the salon also offers special services for kids and teens.
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