There are many traditions and time-honored rituals involved in weddings, but that does not mean your gift to newlyweds must be conventional as well. While toasters, elegant picture frames and crystal stemware are classic wedding presents and are certainly appreciated, these Sacramento businesses offer additional gift options that are unique, personal and fun.
Taylor’s Market
2900 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 443-6881
www.taylorsmarket.com

Wedding receptions often include a gorgeous cake, great food and celebratory drinks, but hectic months of wedding planning rarely allows the couple to plan for meals after the big day. A basket full of delectable comestibles from Taylor’s would be a welcome gift, whether it includes classic kitchen staples or luscious treats they would not normally get. Taylor’s has pre-made gift baskets or you can create one yourself with special items chosen just for the newlyweds. Savory delicacies include tins of gourmet mussels, caviar, escargot, pate and foie gras, and there are, herbs, sauces, mustards, vinegars and oils as well. Champagne, wine or beer, pasta, wild strawberries in sauce and gourmet chocolates can go in a basket, along with the perfect romantic dessert, Cookies Con Amore from Italy.

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901 Galleria Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 782-2273
www.idiggreenacres.com

Planting the seeds for future happiness is a promise kept when the bride and groom get a gift from Green Acres. There are many thoughtful wedding presents available for urban, suburban and rural dwellers, whether or not they have extensive experience or interest in plants. Consider a young tree that will grow as a permanent reflection of their love. Choices range from dwarf varieties appropriate for apartments to some that will provide their yard with beauty and shade for years to come. Young Japanese maple trees come in a variety of lush colors, and there are many other evergreen, flowering and deciduous trees from which to choose. Fruit-bearing bushes and trees make excellent gifts as well, and the staff can help you choose just the right thing.

1416 9th St., Suite 144
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-8280
www.parks.ca.gov

A wedding present does not have to be a physical item you can hold in your hand; a gift pass to the state’s park system will provide memories to last a lifetime. And we are not talking about grassy little neighborhood spots with swing sets and picnic tables. California State Parks include majestic redwood forests, nature trails, world-class museums, sunny beaches, historic buildings and forts, Gold Rush mines and wild animal, bird, waterfowl and flower preserves. Different passes are available and it is not even necessary to know what types of recreation the newlyweds prefer. State parks include cultural adventures indoors and out, along with the best possible places to hike, bike, tour, ski, relax, camp, surf, fish, sunbathe and go horseback riding, off-roading, floating, boating and more.

Ancient Future truffle (Credit, V, Heimerich)

Ancient Future Urban Sanctuary & 24K Chocolate Cafe
2331 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 476-3754
www.ancientfuturenow.com

If the new mister and misses are foodies, gift them a certificate for a truly spectacular meal, appetizers or dessert at the intimate 24K Café. In keeping with Ancient Future’s goal to relax, inspire and delight, menu items have been carefully chosen to soothe the soul and tantalize the taste buds. Savory selections include beef bourguignon crepes, warm prawn salad and chipotle-cherry Black Angus steak, as well as baguettes stuffed with combinations of gorgonzola, caramelized onion and bacon or with brie and strawberries. Delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes are also available, and the happy couple will be blissed out after having champagne and the delectable and thoroughly unique handmade truffles.

Thai Massage Spa and Retreat
1314 H St., Suite 101
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-3789
www.massagemagictouch.com

After months of planning, organizing and worrying about every detail, couples can be exhausted after their big day is done. A gift certificate from this magical retreat will allow them to start their life together right, both relaxed and invigorated. The spa offers several couples packages that are perfect for the bride and groom, and you can even personalize and print the gift certificate yourself. The “Romantic Rejuvenation” includes Swedish massages followed by a bubbly, candle-lit bath for two in a private Jacuzzi tub. The happy couple would also be happy to receive a gift of Thai massage for two; this exotic and relaxing treatment includes luxurious stretching on a soft pad, and is unlike any massage they have had before.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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