Nestled in historic downtown Trussville, The Spotted Zebra's cheerful pink sign invites pedestrians to meander through aisles of eclectic gifts and accessories. El Deano insulated tote bags gleam with green paisley and blue wave patterns, and T-shirts for children and adults bear heartwarming adages and cute designs. A kaleidoscope of jewelry pairs with patterned sunglasses and houndstooth watches, and monograms customize cups, towels, and wall décor. Throughout the year, a metamorphosing stock of seasonal décor and gifts also prepares shoppers for Christmas, Halloween, and Calendar Awareness Day.
Urban Cottage's whimsically upscale stock contains treasures of all varieties, including jewelry, bags and purses, home décor, creative gifts, and various other sundries of singular charm. Gently swaddle an infant with muslin baby blankets ($30), or gift a piece of local artwork such as an angel face made of hurricane debris ($38). No two pieces of folk art are the same, so pawing through Urban Cottage's richly appointed shelves is like catching snowflakes with a tiny butterfly net. Designer items, such as O-N-E stationery ($18), Uglydolls keychains and dolls ($7.50–$22.50), and Anne Taintor napkins, creatively complement any party. Hand-picking your favorite piece is the only guaranteed way to make it match your style and basement full of nutrias.
For more than three decades, the framing specialists at The Framin' Shoppe have preserved memories behind glass. They build custom frames for flat items such as diplomas or photographs and build shadow boxes to contain three-dimensional items such as quilts or football jerseys with the athletes still wearing them. The shop also purveys DIY framing materials; posters; prints commemorating Alabama, Auburn, and other SEC football teams; and a wide selection of mirrors. Conveniently, the company operates at four Birmingham locations.
Year round Christmas, Hanukah, sports,wedding, baby, gourmet, general gifts, commercial displays, and of course gingerbread centerpieces for all occasions. In addition, there are custom gift baskets, pre-made baskets, fantastic imported fancy candy.Expect the unexpected.