Wedding Gifts They Won’t Return – Garden & Gun

photo: Alice Gao



Houston, TX

Expert hostess Lyndsey Zorich brings her talent for setting memorable tables to The Avenue, her Houston boutique and online collection of handcrafted housewares.

Clockwise from top:

• Napkins The tiny droopy flowers on these D’Ascoli cotton napkins bring a little garden to the party ($36 each).

Vase Add flowers to this sculptural ceramic design by Virginia Sin, or leave it blank as an art object ($268).

Bowl Salads will look even tastier when served in this hand-carved mango wood piece ($88).

Cutlery set Switch up the knife-fork-spoon routine with bamboo-handled utensils ($34 for a set).

Tablecloth Traditional ikat patterns like this sunny yellow and blue D’Ascoli design are both bold and timeless ($368-$428).

Glass Short seagrass-wrapped glasses make a great everyday addition to a cabinet ($15 each).

Glass of wine Liven up the tablescape with Estelle Colored Glass Stemware in an unexpected blush shade ($75 for two).

photo: Alice Gao



Nashville, TN

Last fall, formerly online-only Reed Smythe & Company, envisioned by Garden & Gun editor Julia Reed and tastemaker Keith Smythe Meacham, opened a Nashville flagship store, where offerings of bars only from the South.

Clockwise from top:

• Plateau Corral glassware, bottle openers, cocktail sticks and more on a handmade copper tray ($250).

Lantern A glass hurricane lantern looks great whether used as a votive or an ice bucket ($300).

mocha bowl Hide cheese straws around the house at a party, in a bowl from SJ Pottery of Arkansas ($100).

Wishbone A token of good luck, this hand-cast sterling silver triangle by Helen Bransford can secure cocktail napkins in a snap ($450).

Bottle opener Pop a top with a cast bronze beagle, golden retriever, lab or springer spaniel ($75 each).

cocktail glass Stir a batch of martinis in this antique reproduction glass, which doubles as a vase ($80).

Milk punch set Making a milk punch for two is easy with this set, which includes Julia Reed’s recipe, tortoiseshell highball glasses, homemade cheese straws and Belle Meade bourbon ($175).

photo: Alice Gao



Charleston, South Carolina

The shelves of the iconic Croghan’s Jewel Box in King Street, famous for its engagement rings and other fine jewellery, are also overflowing with silver utensils and pewter accessories, ever-classic gifts.

Clockwise from top left:

• Charger You could win the Most Original Gift award with this nickel-trimmed braided pine needle feeder ($85).

Plateau The paper may fade, but the details and date of a wedding invitation engraved on a pewter tray will last forever ($137).

Oyster knife The boutique engraves monograms, including on this sterling oyster knife ($150).

Vase No two antique silver vases in the shop are alike, making this one particularly suitable for gifts ($300 to $1,000).

Charleston rice spoon This sleek Lowcountry spoon dispenses the perfect serving of rice ($50).

wine coaster Rest or flaunt a special bottle in this English silver-plated coin ($125).

Salt and pepper set You’ll want to allow these good dogs at the table: royal Labrador retrievers made from lead-free pewter ($51).

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