Shopping: Unique wedding gifts

Jackie Mantey, Columbus Alive
A self-sustaining eco-system, $58 at Tigertree

When the betrothed's wedding registry selections feel too impersonal or too expensive, try one of these cool takes on congratulatory classics.

Instead of: Cookie-cutter decor

Give: Framed art, $30-$60

So much to choose from here.

Wholly Craft!

3169 N. High St., Clintonville

Instead of: Stationery

Give: A paperweight, $34

We love this playful crystal paperweight from local online store Susabelle Boutique. In-stock merchandise ships the same day, and there's no shipping and handling for Columbus customers.

Susabelle Boutique

Instead of: Table centerpieces

Give: Surreal candlesticks, $58

Antlers, anyone?


787 N. High St., Short North

Instead of: Flowers

Give: A self-sustaining eco-system, $58

These sealed environments by EcoSphere star four of the shrimpiest of shrimp that live on bacteria growing in the water. They require zero maintenance and are awesomely weird.


787 N. High St., Short North

Instead of: Hangers

Give: Customized hangers, $15-$30

Made by a Gahanna gal, customers can request different words and names to be worked into the wire. Around 14 characters, including spaces, tops.

The Painted House and More

Instead of: Cookware

Give: A cooking gift basket, price varies (This basket cost about $50.)

Load up on Ohio-made and fair-trade products at this Easton shop. You can compile your own collection of goodies, or a staff member can help you pick the best products for your budget.

Celebrate Local

4030 The Strand E., Easton Town Center