Thursday, December 1, 2011
Style File: Unique Gifts
Holiday shopping has started. But this year, you can skip the madness of the mall. We've got some unusual places to get some unique gifts. From a local woman's garage to a historic South Florida home, 7's Belkys Nerey takes us shopping in tonight's Style File.
WSVN -- Fort Lauderdale's oldest and most historic home, The Stranahan House, might not seem like a holiday shopping destination, but their gift shop has unique presents you won't find anywhere else.
April Kirk, Executive Director, Stranahan House: "Everything here is really special. We pick something that belongs here, is part of Fort Lauderdale. A lot of our gifts are hand-crafted by our local residents."
Like these matching mother-and-daughter aprons, hand-made by the house's board president.
Or these awesome carry bags created from banners you've probably seen flying high around Fort Lauderdale.
April Kirk, Executive Director, Stranahan House: "They're for all the different cultural and historical locations. When those banners come down, they needed something do with them, so they made them into these bags."
If you're looking for a holiday hostess gift, they sell canned mango preserve. The recipe comes from a cookbook from the 1920s for Broward hostesses.
Or how about a piece of history, like this beautiful set of coasters made from Dade County pine.
April Kirk, Executive Director, Stranahan House: "It's a type of wood that cannot be harvested, and it's really not grown any more locally. They are perfect, because you cannot find them anywhere else."
For the kids, the historic home's caretaker got tired of seeing toys made out of the country, so he decided to make his own.
April Kirk, Executive Director, Stranahan House: "They are little wooden cars, each brightly colored, with little decals on it, and they say, 'Stranahan House, Made In America,' and most importantly, made in Fort Lauderdale."
From a historic home to a Weston woman's garage, where mom Marlene King makes gorgeous children's clothing.
Marlene King, Owner, Trendy and Posh: "My inspiration is my daughter. Since she was born, I always wanted to dress her very unique."
She'll custom-make any dress you like for your infant or toddler, and to keep it exclusive, she only makes three dresses of any design and fabric.
Marlene King, Owner, Trendy and Posh: "All the dresses come with the matching headbands, flower handbands."
Julie Deoligeira, Mom: "When she wears it, she calls a lot of attention. The flowers in the hair, the clothes are very beautiful."
Marlene buys designer fabric and loves to find unique prints, like this Eiffel Tower dress.
Marlene King, Owner, Trendy and Posh: "I love Paris. I think it's a beautiful city."
She specializes in pillow-case dresses, so your child can grow into it, later wearing the dress as a shirt with leggings.
Jeanette Barnes, Customer: "It makes it very cost-effective for any family. They grow so fast."
So this year, don't give a ho-hum present. Think outside the holiday gift box.
Belkys Nerey: "Dresses start at $32. Trendy and Posh also carries designer shoes for kids, and she makes shoes as well."
FOR MORE INFO:
Trendy and Posh
335 Southeast 6th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301