By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: January 2009
Brigette Caldwell, owner of The Gift Garden in Broken Arrow, displays one of her customized baskets that make a great gift for any occasion.
Do you enjoy doing crafts, but find yourself in a rut when it comes to trying new things? Making its debut in Broken Arrow just seven months ago, The Gift Garden is a combination of various gifts and do-it-yourself craft opportunities. Owner Brigette Caldwell explains, “We have gift baskets, party favors, custom candy wrappers, diaper cakes and other creations, plus our Soap Bar, an opportunity for the public to come to a class and learn how to make some fun soap products. It’s safe, fun, easy to do, and appeals equally to both kids and adults.”
The Gift Garden is a quaint shop located on Broken Arrow’s North Main Street. Whether you’re looking for a birthday, anniversary, holiday, housewarming, baby shower, new baby, bridal shower, wedding or just about any other kind of gift, you’re likely to find it here. They carry delightful gifts in all price ranges, plus an extensive line of invitations and announcements. Here’s a warning: While shopping for someone special, you’ll probably find something special for yourself as well.
The major product categories at The Gift Garden include beautiful gift baskets, delightful diaper cakes, handcrafted soaps, candles, bath and body products, party favors, and birth announcements.
If you’re the mischievous type, order a diaper cake made of Depend® products the next time you’re going to a friend’s over-the-hill birthday party.
A popular gift item for baby showers, diaper cakes can reflect any color scheme or theme you desire. And what new mother couldn’t use more diapers?
You will also find many made-in-Oklahoma products at The Gift Garden and might want to consider a gift basket containing just those items.
When you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Soap Bar craft classes. Classes can cover anything from making really cool soap bars for kids or adults to crafting lotions, body products, bath salts, special fragrances and blends for your own personal scent. The craft classes are a great activity for friends and family to do together, and the store even has party packages available that can accommodate up to 12 participants. The craft classes are great for kids’ birthday parties, scouting or other youth group activities, and they appeal to both boys and girls. The soap products made in the classes are creative, safe, and useful, and kids enjoy making their own personalized party favors to take home and share with mom, dad and other siblings. Two favorite soap creations are rubber duckies and spaceships with a toy alien embedded in the soap. Who knows, these products may even get some of those boys to start washing behind their ears!
Brigette has a passion for making soaps and various bath and body products and has introduced a new product line she calls Distinctly You. The line offers some pre-made items like cold and hot processed soaps, glycerin soaps, and mineral eye shadows, but will also include custom-made products distinctly to your specifications.
You can also find aroma beads, which are clear plastic beads that can absorb up to 30 percent fragrance oil. The beads are generally used as air fresheners in cars, lockers, linen drawers, closets, or anywhere a pleasant fragrance is desired or needed. The Gift Garden carries a variety of aroma beads and packages them in organza bags.
This is a fun store with a very unique line of products. You’ll enjoy checking it out and will probably want to make it a first visit for future gift shopping or personal needs.
Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.