By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: April 2009
Owner Brigette Caldwell holds one of her popular diaper cakes available at The Gift Garden in Broken Arrow.
If you’ve ever found yourself in the quandary of not knowing what gift to give, make things easier on yourself with a visit to The Gift Garden. Owned by Brigette Caldwell, this cute shop is stuffed with unique gifts suitable for just about anyone, and for just about any holiday or occasion.
The Gift Garden may be able to save you some time and dollars with its classes and kits. There are classes for adults – beginners and experienced hobbyists – and for children ages five and up. Since you wouldn’t want to be at the class when your youngster is making a gift for you, you’re welcome to drop your children off and pick them up afterwards. Or, another parent or adult is welcome to accompany them.
Easter, Mother’s Day, and high school graduations present great reasons for attending a class. If you like to make things for yourself or for others, you might enjoy cooking up some soaps and other bath and body products. The shop has time-proven formulas for adding scents to chosen products, or you may want to experiment and formulate a custom aromatic scent of your own.
Brigette’s classes provide simple instructions and hands-on help by qualified assistants to guide adults, young adults and children in custom blending ingredients to form a desired item. When projects are finished, you can take them home for yourself or use them as gifts.
A favorite with kids is bath bombs. These delightful little bombs fizz when placed in the bath, releasing ingredients that soften the water, add color, make a delightful fragrance, and moisturize the skin. They can also include therapeutic Epsom salts. Bath bombs are molded into a variety of shapes such as hearts and flowers. Colors are unlimited.
Kids also enjoy making perfumes and colognes for their moms and dads. The Gift Garden has over 125 fragrances and natural essential oils on hand. The essential oils are natural extracts from plants, such as eucalyptus, peppermint, jasmine and lavender, and are used in aromatherapy. “Many people use them for treating headaches or sinus relief, and there is also a natural extract that kills fleas – great for bathing the dog,” says Brigette.
The Gift Garden offers custom-ordered leis that are made with real flowers and/or Kukui nuts from Hawaii for graduation season only. You may also take classes and make the leis yourself. Those made in class include Money Leis (adult classes only), crafted with paper money, ribbons, beads and artificial silk flowers. Kids enjoy making candy leis, which make great gifts for friends and classmates.
If you are a seasoned hobbyist, you may feel that hands-on assistance is unnecessary and choose to buy a kit that comes with complete instructions and ingredients to do it yourself. Brigette posts helpful tips and recipes on her blog at www.egiftgarden.blogspot.com. If you see something online that you like, you’ll find all the materials and ingredients at The Gift Garden.
Come into The Gift Garden and see the huge variety of made-in-Oklahoma gifts, cards, cookie bouquets and custom baskets, all excellent ideas for Easter and other holidays.
Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop in for a visit and get inspired to create your own special gifts.
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.