From fancy and fun baubles to beautiful bouquets, balloons and chocolate, there are many,many options both traditional and non-traditional to give the individual that stole your heart. Did I mention chocolate? Whether this is the first gift you are picking out for that special someone or the 60th, there is always something fun, meaningful or just perfect to give to them. And the best part is as I’ve been hitting the streets of Chickasha, I can proudly say that our local retailers have hit it out of the park this year!
Some of us have an uncanny knack at knowing just what perfect gift to get someone and others well, we need a little direction. I have always prided myself on being the first. I literally listen and pay attention all year to their interests, needs or the “I’d love to have that, but wouldn’t buy it for myself” comments. However, I have to say I really find Valentine’s Day one of the most challenging holidays or gift giving days. Either way, the retailers in town understand and know their customers, community trends and buying trends and can help steer you in the direction of the perfect gift that will bring that smile of appreciation you are wanting for the love you have for that special person.
Here is a snapshot of a few ideas for you.
Outfits for the Little Ones
Starting with clothing ideas for little ones is Maddiebugs, located at 407 Chickasha Ave, this store has been here for a number of years and prides itself on providing only the best quality clothing for its customers. Maddiebugs, owned by Ms. Boswell, has some really unique boutique pieces, accessories for children and ladies, as well as an extensive business where they customize pieces for their customers.
Customer satisfaction is by far what she prides herself and judges her business on. I found great little t-shirts for little ones and adults alike with vintage Valentine Day card designs, as well as super cute and frilly outfits as well for a more dressed up look. Obviously, this time of the year there are a lot of options for the ladies, but Maddiebugs had some super cute outfits for that pint-size boy in your life as well.
With rows and rows of super cute clothing ideas for you to choose from and the wide selection for Mom to find the perfect outfit or accessory, you’re sure to hit the town in style for that school or daycare Valentine’s Day party or date night out with your love.
If you want to customize a piece that is not a problem at all. Just remember customized pieces are in demand around the holidays, so hurry in to ensure your sweet tart will be dressed to the nines just in time.
One of the biggest gems in Chickasha is Jay’s Jewelry on the corner of 4th and Chickasha Ave., no pun intended. Owned by the Jarnigan family, Jay’s has been a staple since I was a kid. I think one of the biggest misconceptions about jewelry stores is they are overly expensive and that diamond and gemstone jewelry is as well. There is the saying that you do get what you pay for, but I have to say that the options and price ranges at Jay’s Jewelry is endless.
Popular items include the “Two Us” collection, which features two diamonds, one representing your love and the other for your best friend. The “Rhythm of Love” collection which features a stone that moves with every heartbeat is also not only very impressive, but extremely meaningful and is sure to catch the eye of that special someone. You can also never go wrong with a set of diamond stud earrings and Jay’s has a wide range in carat sizes.
In addition, to diamonds, there are many more options available. Including add a link or charm bracelets, which are also very popular and a great affordable way to celebrate your love all year with giving new charms and links throughout the year. Each charm or link with a special meaning.
Traditional necklaces and bracelets are available as well. It simply isn’t just a “diamond” store. And I would be totally be missing the boat, if I didn’t highlight that they have plenty of engagement rings if you have something extra special up your sleeve. These two come in a variety of sizes, carat values and designs. The selection is great and the quality is outstanding.
The staff is extremely helpful, listening to the budget, preferences and desires of either the buyer or the prospective couple depending on whether they come in as a pair or it is completely going to be a surprise to the lucky gal. All of this helps the customer leave with a ring that no girl could say no to. On average Jay helps with 10-20 engagements this time of year. Some year’s more and some year’s less.
Just remember that although Jay’s isn’t in a mall or in a wedding magazine that the attention to detail, unique and varied selections and less commercialized selection will be something that special lady will value for years. They pride themselves on picking out quality and unique pieces that will leave customers happy for years.
Now enough, on the ladies, let’s focus on the men for the moment. Don’t be fooled by the fact it is a jewelry store that it is just for ladies. From bracelets to cuff links or a wide selection of watches, Jay’s has lots of options for men as well. In addition, they also carry a wide array of pocket knives, which also make a memorable gift and keepsake.
And if that special gal says yes, there is also a wonderful selection of men’s wedding bands and gift and wedding items as well.
Balloons and Bouquets
There are many florists in town and several grocery retailers that offer a selection of flowers and balloons for the holiday. Kendall’s located off of Choctaw, formerly Elston’s Florist, is all prepared for the big day. Typically we all think of roses for Valentine’s Day, however, mixed bouquets have made a surge in requests in more recent years. The owners say it is truly hard to predict what their customers will want. From the traditional to the creative, Kendall’s is ready to assist. And they are also quick to not leave out the little members in your family. They have a wide selection of chocolate cups and stuffed animals already prepared as well many balloon choices. If a unique chocolate gift is what you have in mind, they also carry handmade chocolate as well in a variety of flavors and they sure looked ready to eat.
They do suggest you order early to ensure your preference on roses, color, etc. However, they will be taking orders all next week. Thursday is the cutoff though for guaranteed delivery. Please remember school is out in several of the county schools on Friday this year. So please check with your child’s teacher on what day to send a special gift to school.
Like I mentioned, Kendall’s along with many other retailers have many chocolate options from the traditional chocolate hearts to chocolate baskets. One retailer you might not think to check out is Salt Creek Casino’s Reflections gift shop. Reflections, features a number of gift, accessory, clothing and food items perfect for the holiday. But there is one display rack that I venture to guess will get the most business in the next two weeks. Bedre Fine Chocolate, is just that.
Really, really good chocolate. Made in Oklahoma, just down I-35, this chocolate comes in bars, truffles and covered over potato chips and corn twists. This might sound a little odd, but I have to say the saltiness of the chip just makes the chocolate even better. From dark to white chocolate and your traditional milk chocolate there is plenty to choose from.
If you want to try a sampling, enter later this month for a gift basket from Salt Creek Casino featuring Bedre chocolate. Hint, Hint…keep checking back with us on Facebook!
Note: Obviously, there are many children’s clothing retailers, florists and shops that provide or sell jewelry. This is just a small sampling and throughout the year all businesses will be covered. In addition, I will be posting on Thursday a list of similar retailers to the one’s featured here. Please check our Facebook page Visit Chickasha to see additional pictures from the retailers featured here in our blog. There were just too many pictures to post here!