The holidays are in bloom at the Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center! Without paying admission, you can visit the Garden Gate Gift Shop and shop for unique and creative merchandise at reasonable prices. Twenty plus artisans showcase unique offerings, including handmade jewelry, wood carvings, birdfeeders, wire sculptures, Christmas books, greeting cards, hand painted tiles, CD’s, T-shirts and much more.
You’ll find plenty of gifts to choose from for your family, friends as well as the little ones on your list. There’s an excellent collection of gardening and nature books, orchids, amaryllis bulbs and potted plants, jewelry, bird feeders, plush toys and pillows. There are small gifts, large gifts, garden and patio décor. For the hard to buy person, consider a Friends of the Des Moines Botanical Center membership – many benefits, including free addmission and discounts.
Here is just a sampling of items you can find at the Garden Gate Gift Shop this season:
Jim Shore Figurines, Collectibles & Gifts – Shop with us for a great selection of Jim Shore figurines, fairies, Santa Claus, snow people, sleighs, pumpkins, horn of plenty and more, each with Jim Shore’s signature quilt patterns, folk art designs and country styling. You’ll enjoy the mix of rich colors and fine detail in the works of Jim Shore figurines from his Heartwood Creek collections! $21.00 – $26.00
Gallop and Swing Books – Employing a patented new technology all through the magic of “scanimation.” A first book of motion for kids. The horse really gallops and the baseball is really comin’ at ya. A book that will charm and amuse any little one on your list. $12.95
Banana Grams – The award winning #1 game of 2010. An anagram game that will drive you bananas. Fast, educational and great family fun. Choose your fruit: banana, apple or pear… or get the books, you will enjoy them all! $8.95 – $15.95
Monkeez – Hang on…Giggle, laugh, smile and play! Fall in love with a new family of sock monkeys. Handcrafted knit in vibrant colors. Strong magnet hands and feet let you hang them almost anywhere. Kids love ‘em. $17.95.
Fashion Jewelry from Gift Craft, Two’s Company, Wear Any Wear and select Iowa Consigners – Elegant and affordable $7.00 – $30.00.
Pop-up Fairy Book – A great gift that will ooo and aah anytime of the year. Pop-up dioramas for the four seasons appear in exciting three-dimensional boxed displays. $19.95.
If you are just shopping at the Garden Gate Gift Shop, no admission is required! Friends of the Des Moines Botanical Center members receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases. The Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call 515-323-6294 or visit www.botanicalcenter.com