Renee Patrone of Events by Renee didn’t hesitate when asked to supply a few suggestions for special or unique wedding gift ideas. The Philadelphia area, she notes, has something for everyone. For those who want to shop for a special gift outside of the traditional big box stores and online registries, there are a number of unique boutiques and specialty shops to choose from. Hotel, restaurant and tour packages are always a hit, she says, as is a gift certificate for travel.
Events by Renee
120 Bloomingdale Ave.
Wayne, PA 19087
Events by Renee and her experienced team of fast-thinking coordinators work to provide Philadelphia-area brides with a flawless, stress-free wedding. As a trusted partner, Patrone’s team helps the happy couple navigate the path to wedded bliss from the moment he asks to the moment they both say “I do,” seamlessly managing the small and large details the day of and week of the wedding. Events By Renee also manages every aspect of corporate and social events, and recently launched a new Host Helpers service, helping individuals manage their special events from planning to clean-up, leaving the party hosts to do nothing but host and enjoy the party along with their guests.
241 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Scarlett Alley in Philadelphia is proud to serve discerning shoppers in the City of Brotherly Love with a fabulous and continuously changing inventory of unique and designer gift items. Popular wedding gift items range in price from French and Italian pottery-inspired serving platters for just under $25 to designer lamps for just over $550. Many gifts can be personalized, and the shop offers a signature gift wrap for no additional charge. Registry is available, and gift ideas – including many designer-crafted items – are available for the engagement party, bridal shower, ceremony, wedding party and honeymoon.
Flag Lady Gifts
398 W. Lancaster Ave.
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 964-6280 Ext. 6
A truly unique and “Philadelphia” gift shopping destination, Flag Lady Gifts, a Philadelphia Main Line favorite located in Wayne, specializes in unique and personalized gifts, as well as lovely designer accessories and treasures for the home including handbags, jewelry, candles, wine accessories, picture frames, picnic baskets and accessories and more. Cookbooks – specially compiled with recipes and stories from around the Philly Main Line area – are available for the shopper who wants something uniquely “Philadelphia,” and silver and fashion jewelry are popular gifts for the bride and bridal party. Designer items are available by Nomination, Chamilia, Kameleon, Vera Bradley and more, with many gift ideas available with the option of having them engraved.
Manor Home and Gifts
210 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Manor Home and Gifts provides an extensive array of gift items appropriate for a wedding or bridal shower. Gifts range from fine china and silver flatware to an assortment of home accessories, dishes, glassware and more. The shop’s website provides gift tips as well as ideas for maintaining and caring for heirloom and family treasures like fine china and silver. Linens and other home items are also available, as are many other unique and special gift ideas, many of which are available for under $100. Guests may register with Manor Home and Gift for wedding and bridal shower gifts, and a wide variety of options abound for shoppers looking for that uniquely special gift idea, including jewelry boxes, perfume bottles, desk accessories, dishes and Waterford Crystal.
433 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Renee Patrone often recommends hotel packages as unique and special gift ideas, especially when paired with restaurant gift certificates. Philadelphia’s Hotel Monaco is one of her favorites, located next to Philadelphia’s Independence National Park in the historic Lafayette Building. Elegant, well-appointed rooms and in-room spa services provide the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Other pampering and specialty services include 24-hour in-room dining, complimentary bicycle rental and a complimentary hosted wine hour. Guests can enjoy a dinner for two at the hotel’s adjoining restaurant, The Red Owl Tavern, or enjoy an enchanting evening under the stars in the hotel’s Stratus Rooftop Lounge.
18 Commerce Drive
Wyomissing, PA 19610
Travel is a popular gift item these days, Patrone says. Partnering with a well-qualified travel agent can provide access to upgrades and specialty services one may not find when arranging travel without the help of a professional. A team of local travel experts headed up by Helene Singer, past president of the American Society of Travel Agents and owner of Singer Travel in Wyomissing, has been helping Philadelphia-area travelers realize their travel and honeymoon dreams for the past 30 years. From cruises to all-inclusive hotel and resort packages to airfare and travel arrangements, Singer’s team of specialists help match each couple with the travel package of their dreams.
Christy Ayala covers sports, recreation, the outdoors, and leisure activities in the Philadelphia area. She earned a masters degree in recreation administration from George Williams College and managed programs in the Midwest, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.