As we continue navigating day-to-day life without seeing our loved ones, it can become discouraging and monotonous. We all miss large family gatherings and interactive social events, but we aren’t sure when it will all be “normal” again. One thing is for sure: sending a thoughtful gift in the mail can uplift spirits and bring about an emotional connection until we can all be physically together again. And Ridgeland is the ultimate spot for finding sentimental items that will be sure to send the love across any distance.
We are simply smitten with Smitten Gift Boutique and their seemingly endless amount of options for nearly any occasion. Perhaps you had to miss out on the birth of your nephew and want to send a little something he will grow up and remember you by or you would like to mail a housewarming gift to your friend who is new to being a homeowner. You cannot wait to see them in person, but for now a personal touch in your nephew’s nursery or friend’s house will do. Located in Old Town Railroad District, Smitten Gift Boutique is open every day of the week except for Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. on Saturdays).
Perhaps your younger sister’s college and Greek life experience has been cut short or drastically altered by Covid-19. She could certainly use an encouraging letter along with a gift that reminds her of her college town and all the incredible memories she has made so far with life-long friends. Located in Trace Station, College Corner has a large variety of college and sorority gear ranging from apparel to serving dishes to toiletry bags. Check out some of their merchandise online or stop by any time Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and until 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
Nothing says rest and relaxation quite like a gift basket from Bath & Body Works located in the upper level at Northpark Mall. Encourage your rock star of a sister who’s working a full-time job from home while taking care of her children to take off work and have a day of self-care. From essential oils to hydrating lotions, you’re sure to provide the perfect opportunity for any of your loved ones to calm their minds from the uncertainty and stress around them. With having to spend more time at home, they may as well enjoy it to the fullest extent! Bath & Body Works is open every day 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Ensure your “Best Aunt” or “Best Uncle” status and stop by The Olde Tyme Commissary located in the Renaissance at Colony Park. Choose from a wide selection of educational toys or items for both indoor and outdoor activities. The parents will surely appreciate you providing an interesting and unique way to keep the kids entertained for hours. In addition, The Commissary is infamous for their local artists who design and create custom pieces, from hand-painted step stools to birthday plates to their signature wooden eggs. Visit their website to see more incredible artwork. The Commissary is open every day of the week, Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Do you have a friend in the medical field who has been your biggest hero during all this? You admire them for their bravery and sacrifice, but also because they have been able to wear masks all day every day long before they were in style (or mandatory for the rest of society). You really don’t know how she does it after eating a meal with strong flavors. Swing by The Pine Cone located in Trace Station and grab a can of Tyler Glamorous Wash so your friend’s mask and scrubs will be smelling heavenly. Or grab your mother-in-law a beautiful piece of Etta B pottery to add to her collection. The Pine Cone is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
Perhaps you are newly engaged and wedding planning during a pandemic has been a little bit of a nightmare. Allow Gifts by KPEP to take some of the stress off your hands by checking out their wide selection of gifts for your bridesmaids or something special to give your parents when your big day rolls around. Gifts by KPEP is the perfect combination of trendy and elegant. Not only do they provide an excellent gifting experience, you can knock out two birds with one stone by taking advantage of their wedding planning services. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Have you had to miss so many celebrations that you just can’t keep up with what to send everyone anymore? BellaChes can help you out with their curated gift boxes. This team will work their magic for any occasion or recipient – whether it be for a birthday, newborn baby, bridal party, anniversary, you name it. BellaChes has even become an expert in putting together little pick-me-up boxes that have proven essential during quarantine. Catch them any day of the week from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Whatever the reason (even if for no reason at all), Ridgeland is an endless sea of opportunities to make your long distance loved ones feel special during this time of quarantine.