Unique party fare fills local boutiques

Courtney Ramos, a florist at Dutch Floral & Home

Dutch Floral & Home (dutchfloralandhome.com; 401 NW 23rd St.; 609-2809) offers an array of classy gifts and flowers so you can add a personal touch. Pick up cocktail shakers and mixers and a book of drink recipes or some coffee and a nice mug. Grab some cash-and-carry flowers (individually priced, with or without a vase), a potted succulent your friends can enjoy for more than a week and a fragrant candle. Or take a chance on a nice coffee table book or an arrangement made by one of Dutch’s skilled florists.

If you’re looking for something with a more homey, handmade feel, drop by Collected Thread (collectedthread.com; 1705 NW 16th St., 557- 1141). This shop is nestled in the corner of the Plaza District and is full of items that are “handmade, hand-altered or [have] a handmade aspect to [them].”

You will enjoy browsing through unique jewelry, handbags and clothing — including charming baby items and Thunder shirts — long after you’ve found your gift.

Perch’d (perchdmodern.com; 14 NW Ninth St.; 494-0419) is the place to find a gift that’s more on the modern side. Located in a shipping container in historic Automobile Alley, Perch’d offers a clean, bright variety of throw pillows, coffee mugs, knickknacks and innovative odds ’n’ ends.

While you’re there, be sure to check out its selection of ultramodern furniture.

Pop by Womb Gallery and visit Dwelling Spaces (dwellingspaces. net; 25 NW Ninth St.; 208-4455) for a gift that’s a little less ordinary.

This shop offers an eclectic array of items, including stickers, coffee mugs, clothing, jewelry and Flaming Lips gummies, as well as pillows and prints highlighting the robot artwork of Eric Joyner. A lot of the items even feature Bigfoot, everyone’s favorite woodland-dweller, whom some believe roams the hills of our lovely state — thanks, Animal Planet and Finding Bigfoot.

If you’re feeling unsure about choosing something that your host might not quite enjoy as much as you thought, take a more traditional route — you can never go wrong with a good bottle of wine. Urban Wineworks (urbanww.com; 1749 NW 16th St.; 525-9463) offers a wide variety of bottle openers, stoppers, glasses and bags, as well as its famous-in-OKC selection of “damn fine table wine[s].”

Let’s shop, OKC!

Brittany Pickering

Brittany is a copy editor and occasional writer. She holds a bachelors degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma and a certificate in publishing from The Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She has spent the last six years copyediting books and journalistic writing.

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