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Gift registry ideas

The Union graphicTess' Great Kitchen Place, Grass Valley, has the oldest registry in the County-60 years and counting.
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Buying wedding or shower gifts is so much easier when you can go to a store that has a list of what the couple wants as well as what of those items have already been purchased by other family and friends. Stores of all types have registry services, including sport stores, kitchen stores, and home improvement stores, to name a few.

Some registries are automated, as at Target, Auburn. It’s brilliant. The bride goes into the store and armed with a gizmo scans the bar codes on items she wants, says how many she wants, and presto! a list is created. Then the family or friends goes into the store, finds the screen display near Customer Service, and start pressing buttons.

Home Depot in Roseville has something similar in the Special Services department.

Some registries are real personal, like Mary Kay Beauty Consultant Kimberly Gonzales, 46, of Grass Valley, who handles everything herself. She’ll keep a hand-written up-to-date list of items the bride wants after she’s had her beauty treatment.

Some registries have long histories. Take, for example, Tess’ Great Kitchen Place, Grass Valley. Owner Rita Burns, 56, says the store (which used to be known as Tess’ Gift Shop) has the oldest registry in the County-60 years and counting.

Burns is a sharp observer of trends, and she says what is popular today for wedding and shower gifts are things of a practical nature. “Knives,” she says with conviction, with Henckels being a brand of choice. “They’ll last a lifetime.” Pizza stones, bread machines, and implements to cook Asian food are big too.

Another trend is men who do the cooking. “They cook as much as women do, and many couple cook together, having lots of fun,” says Burns, so she substitutes “Wedding” for “Bridal” registry to include the groom. She says her store does not distinguish between gifts for a wedding or a shower registry. One stop at her store, therefore, can get you a present for the couple and a present for the shower, “which usually consist of cuter things,” she says, “like tea kettles, cookie jars, wine charms and pink elephant swizzle sticks, a sake set, or the “How to Win a Cowboy’s Heart” cookbook. Burns says she has plenty of items under $25, and is thoroughly competitive with “down the hill.”

Linda Valli Cary, owner of Wooden Spoon (next to Albertsons), sees quality consciousness being a major trend. “People want things that will last.” Stainless steel implements fit the bill; wooden bowls also, if they’re made out of hardwoods like Maple, much of which comes from Vermont.

“Fun, showy exotics are also popular,” she says; “things like espresso machines, interesting pottery, and always BBQ gear.”

She concludes that couples do their family and friends a great service when they register. “Guests are much happier when they know they’re getting a gift that’s wanted.”


Kimberly Gonzales • Mary Kay, Grass Valley • (530) 273-6543

Tess’ Great Kitchen Place • 145 Mill St., Grass Valley • (530) 273-6997

Wooden Spoon • 12066 Nevada City Hwy., Grass Valley • (530) 272-8980

Home Depot • Roseville, (916) 782-9600

Target • 2400 Bell Rd., Auburn, • (530) 889-5650

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