Working with artisans in developing countries who would otherwise be underemployed, Ten Thousand Villages supplies handicraft lovers with hand-crafted jewelry, home décor, accessories, and gifts from Latin America, Africa, and Asia, while paying artisans fair wages for their products. Support marginalized women in Bangladesh with YWCA Craft Centre's bright and goosy Super Duck backpack (Bangladesh, $24), which allows school children to strut confidently into second grade and medical malpractice lawyers to swagger into the courtroom with a duck on their backs. Socially conscious crafters can take home a hand-stitched measuring-tape cat (Vietnam, $8) from Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts, while frugal fashionistas can sport dancing-girl earrings made from recycled soda cans by KICK Trading Ltd. (Kenya, $12) or a marbled bead choker from TARA Projects (India, $16). Fair-trade staples, such as Equal Exchange coffee, tea, and chocolates, make tasty gifts for Father's Day, Secretary's Day, or Father's Secretary's Day.
The experienced designers at Young & Richards Flowers and Gifts provide personalized care to cater to their clients' every romantic, congratulatory, sympathetic, apologetic, or seasonally affective whim. Whether the occasion be birthday, baby, or anniversary related, Young & Richards will passionately provide you with the proper petals pronto. In addition to classically vibrant floral arrangements such as the sunny Daisy Daze ($39.99), the Day-Greeter's color-burst of orange roses, Gebera mini-daisies, and blue Belladonna delphinium ($44.99), and Sunflower Fields ($55), Young & Richards offers lovely pre-plucked blooming plants, fruity and fulfilling gourmet baskets, and more.
Browse through the blossoming botanicals at Country Garden for a floral arrangement snipped to order for any occasion. Perk up an uninspired cheerleader with a Teleflora be-happy bouquet of yellow roses and daisies in a smiley-face mug ($39.95) or give an awkward teen something to fumble around with before prom with corsages and boutonnieres in various colors and sizes. Star-crossed lovers and legally bound marital partners can exchange a romantic arrangement of a dozen premium red roses ($69.95) or give the gift that gives until it's consumed with a gourmet fruit basket ($79.95).
Owners Amy Donelan and Sharon Rons keep their quaint shop stocked with an ever-changing abundance of quality home goods and room fillers to liven up even the dankest of dwellings and homeliest of hobbit holes. Shoppers can peruse interior upgrades such as artwork, silk florals, and original lamps (starting at $29.99), as well as exterior upgrades to their body-temples in the form of scarves ($29.95), purses ($50+), jewelry ($29.95+), and lotions ($10.99–$12.99). One-up the neighbor's makeshift Kool-Aid stand with Tea Forte's iced tea brewing pitchers ($29.99), a revolutionary new method for brewing whole-leaf teas into freshly flavored seasonal sips overflowing with antioxidants. Otherwise, stock up on Jaunty 100% wool rugs to politely shield the home from unwanted barefoot baggage. Hanging a picture frame (starting at $24.99) around the suspicious rectangular hole in the wall will make it look intentional, while a few well-placed candles ($4.50+) and potpourri ($19.99 for 14 ounces plus refresher oil) will mask the smell of poltergeist B.O. Likewise, accumulating a collection of wind chimes can wreak a subtle vengeance on any newspaper-swiping neighbors. At John Adam Collection, the home improvement possibilities are as endless as most American soap operas.
An unwavering devotion to freshness permeates Tomacelli's kitchen, where pizza chefs adorn their daily made dough with house-made sauce, all-natural cheese, and more than 50 market-fresh toppings. Millions of possible build-your-own combinations complement 23 creations brainstormed by a husband-and-wife team, from a ham-and-pineapple-studded hawaiian pie to the seafood supreme's maritime medley of fresh ingredients. Not content to recline on the edible laurels of their circular masterworks, the Tomacelli's kitchen team rounds out the menu with piping-hot pasta dishes and fresh salads.
An affordable and mountainous selection of goods lines Traditions Furniture and Design’s spacious confines, making it an excellent location for a swashbuckling sword duel. Closely inspect a variety of cocktail tables ($299+), mirrors ($139+), and artwork ($200+) before pondering how they’ll fit inside a bicycle basket on the ride home. Peruse the selection of uncommon furniture pieces gleaned from around the world and accessorize domiciles with bookends ($39+) and a trio of vases ($249+). Additional items span the spectrum of home wares, including mattresses, outdoor furniture, flooring, lighting, area rugs, windows, bedding, and more.