Local merchants help with gift registry, selection


— Getting that perfect gift for the soon-to-be-married couple doesn't have to be as stressful as planning a wedding.

Although there's no limit to how much or little you should spend, it really is the thought that counts.

DeeDee Koran of MJK feed and sales suggested giving couples something practical that can help make a home.

"I would want something to fix up a new place," she said. "I like the practicality of it. I think it's becoming more of a trend."

MJK offers a wide selection of goods from house wares and home decor to jewelry. Although the store doesn't have a gift registry, Koran said it offers gift certificates in any amount. That could mean feed for livestock or pets or other tack items, such as a bridle or a grill. A complete tool set might also be in order for a couple that is starting out together, she said.

"We kind of cover it all, but the jewelry is awfully nice," she said.

For the couple that enjoys the out-of-doors, Ski Haus in Steamboat Springs offers a gift registry and will even send gifts to the couple's door.

"Usually it's the one way to get a lot of things you need but don't want to buy," said employee Jessica Farrer.

Farrer said the store's hand-crank blender, which is ideal for camping, tends to be a bestseller for wedding gifts. Other popular wedding gifts include almost anything camping related. That can include a pair of sleeping bags that zip together, travel books for the honeymoon, travel luggage and travel kits.

To register, couples need to fill out an application and some details at the store.

"It seems people who sign up tend to get a lot of things that they asked for," Farrer said.

Couples who register at least four weeks before their wedding date for gifts at the Steamboat Art Company in Steamboat Springs receive a $25 gift certificate, said Amber Hinton, the store's merchandising manager.

"Typically people who register are going for home interior items like blankets, picture frames and candles," she said.

Popular gifts for couples tend to be wind chimes, photography and other home decor items, Hinton said.

She noted that a trendy gift is a cobalt blue "love bowl" crafted by local artist Jonathon Kaplan. A quote is inscribed along the rim of the mixing bowl.

The store also carries a wide selection of jewelry that brides can match to their wedding dresses or purchase as gifts for bridesmaids.

"We encourage people to come a few months in advance at least," Hinton said. "That way, we can order in different items if we don't have what they're looking for."


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