Create Lasting Memories with Picnic Baskets

Jun 29

A beautiful picnic basket

A beautiful picnic basket

Picnic baskets are one of the more quintessential marks of a relaxing summer day. Taking a special someone on a romantic date, or bringing the family to a park and enjoying lunch, a picnic basket can help create such create memories. The practice of filling a basket of food and eating outdoors and sharing quality time with people you care about dates back to the Medieval times in England. Throughout Europe, picnics became fashionable affairs, and some cases larger events with multiple families bringing picnic baskets brimming with culinary delights to share. By the mid 19th century, Americans had developed a fondness for picnicking.

Americans from the North-East states planned picnics that included clam cakes, clam chowder, meats, cheeses bread, wine, beer and soda. Southerners tended to focus on BBQ pork, baked goods, sweet tea, and cold beer. Mid-westerners traditionally packed hamburgers, chili and cold beers. Along the Western states, there was a tendency toward seafood including smoked salmon, lobster or even sushi, and of course, lots of  wine. No matter where you are from, the picnic would almost always include bread, cheese and fruits, and home baked cookies for the kids too.

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A Gourmet picnic basket makes the perfect gift for someone special

Today life seems so busy. Everyone is rushing around running here and there, with little time to relax. Here at Memento Gift Shop we think it is important to take time to slow down, relax and enjoy life. Live in the moment by sharing life with loved ones, and enjoy the great outdoors. Picnic baskets provide the opportunity to escape for a few hours. They are compact, convenient and easy to carry.

Think of the wonderful memories they can create–a first date, a marriage proposal, a wedding anniversary, or a family reunion. They are perfect for retirement gifts too. Children love picnicking, the mystery and anticipation of what Mom or Dad packed in the basket to unveil for snacking in the park or beach.

Stumped on what to buy a gift for someone who has everything? Well, a picnic basket from Memento Gift Shop is the perfect solution. Think about the impression you will make on the recipient. A beautiful wicker picnic basket says “Enjoy Life!” “Relax” ‘Have Fun” and encourages the user to plan an afternoon or enjoyment. These baskets are available in various sizes and styles, and include plates, flatware and napkins, among other accessories.

Consider a picnic basket for your next gift. You’re not just giving a gift, you are creating wonderful memories with a quality picnic basket. A gift that will truly keep on giving for many years. Call us at 760-325-1963 to order yours today!

The posh picnic basket for 4 people

The posh picnic basket for 4 people

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Palm Tree Home Decor Galore

Mar 25

Our recently expanded selection of Palm Tree motif home decor items.

Our recently expanded selection of Palm Tree motif home decor items.

We’re blessed to have a wonderful base of loyal customers, some who live full time in the Palm Springs area, some who live here “part time” and many “snow birds” who return year after year.

Our collection of palm tree motif home decor items has remained popular among our customers, so in response to high interest, we’ve expanded our assortment even further.

Check out our huge selection of high quality aluminum serving trays, dishes, platters and bowls. The aluminum line also includes trivets, serving utensils, napkin rings, cheese spread knives, bottle openers and display easels. These are all food-safe, functional and practical too.

We’ve also expanded our line of acrylic bar-ware with palm tree designs.  The large pitcher, three sizes of tumbler glasses, a wine goblet stem glass, and now two sizes of serving bowls. These are ideal for poolside use, as they are shatter-resistant.

In addition to these lines, we have two sizes of melamine dishes, cutting boards, ceramic tile trivets, paper cocktail napkins, paper hand napkins, and even some lovely stone-ware dessert plates.

If you are looking for home decor items with a palm tree motif, chances are we will have it. You can shop Memento with confidence, too, because we stand behind everything we sell. If you are in the Palm Springs area, be sure to stop in and check out this extensive line.

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New Arrivals from Kelly Rae Roberts

Mar 01

Kelly Rae Roberts collectable figurines.

Kelly Rae Roberts collectable figurines.

The Kelly Rae Roberts collection is one of the most interesting home decor/ gift lines we carry. Kelly Rae designs art with a purpose, and connects deeply with women of all ages.

Every piece of art tell s a story, expresses an emotion, offers wisdom, advice or provides encouragement. These traits are just part of the reason why our customers love this collection so well.

Here at Memento Gift Shop, we’ve just received a shipment of new products from the Kelly Rae Roberts collection. These free-standing figurines, for example are quite beautiful. Varying in sizes and designs, these are very tender and gentle. From the facial expression to the wording on each figure, you get an instant connection to the heart and mind of the artist. That why we’re leading off this post with this photo in particular.

Click on the image to see them in greater detail to appreciate the individual beauty of each style. We have more figures in store in addition to the ones shown here.

We’re especially pleased to have expanded our selection of wall

We've added an extensive selection of wall paintings from Kelly Rae Roberts in multiple styles and sizes.

We’ve added an extensive selection of wall paintings from Kelly Rae Roberts in multiple styles and sizes.

paintings from Kelly Rae Roberts as well.  The larger sized paintings are shown in this photo, running along the top of the display shelves.

One word of caution to you: 0ur collection of Kelly Rae Roberts art draws you right in to the artist’s world. You may just find your mind lost in deep thought as her work is delightfully thought-provoking. It is not uncommon for our guests to spend 15-20 minutes in this section alone “taking it all in” in amazement. Women often tell us how the Kelly Rae helped them “find their inner self” or helped “repair their relationship with a friend or family member” or how it “helped a friend who was going through a difficult time”. The most common remark we hear from customers about the Kelly Rae Roberts collection is “how perfect this is to have at work”. Women often say I keep this piece at my desk to help reduce stress levels”. We are happy that  this line speaks to people in so many different ways. Check out these photos of some of the other items we just received. To see the full line, stop by Memento Gift Shop, and enter the world of Kelly Rae Roberts.

Crosses and hearts from Kelly Rae Roberts

Crosses and hearts from Kelly Rae Roberts

mini paintings on wooden easels, and luggage tags from Kelly Rae Roberts

mini paintings on wooden easels, and luggage tags from Kelly Rae Roberts

more figures, from Kelly Rae Roberts

more figures, from Kelly Rae Roberts

fun round magnets from Kelly Rae Roberts

fun round magnets from Kelly Rae Roberts

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Palm Springs

Feb 02

Cute Valentines Plush teddy bears at Memento Gift Shop.

Cute Valentines Plush teddy bears at Memento Gift Shop.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and Memento Gift Shop has a nice selection of small gifts that are just perfect for someone special. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romance; it is a nice occasion to give a gift to a close friend, a helpful neighbor or a favorite niece or family member. If you are heading to See’s Candy Shop next door, swing by for a card too. Our advice: buy your Valentine’s Day cards now so you can find the card you like and get it mailed in time.

Valentine's cards at Memento

Valentine’s cards at Memento

From Valentine cards, note paper, mini plush and fun novelty pens, we have some nifty little “extra” trinkets to bring a smile to someone’s face. What are your plans to celebrate Valentines’s Day? Why not take your special someone to Palm Springs for a long weekend and enjoy a romantic getaway in our fair desert city? Need some ideas on what to do for a Valentine’s Day weekend?

Here are our Top Ten Things to Do in Palm Springs for Valentine’s Day

1. Plan a Romantic Weekend Stay in one of the many boutique hotels or inns throughout Palm Springs. Or even better, rent a house for a few days.

2. Visit to a day spa for a massage or other relaxing treatment.

These notepad stacks have a beautiful pink ribbon.

These notepad stacks have a beautiful pink ribbon.

3. Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway ride. Its romantic and offers the best views in the Coachella valley.

4. Take a hike at Indian Canyons Trails. From easy to moderate to advanced, the experience is enchanting and a great way to see our desert in an up close, intimate way.

5. Take in a show at the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies. At any age, this show will inspire you and put a spring in your step. It’s well worth the already reasonable ticket prices, and is very entertaining.

6. Try your luck at the Spa Resort Casino. A few slots, a game or two of blackjack are a fun way to whittle away a few hours over a cocktail.

Don't forget to get a heart shaped box of See's Candy. They are right next door to Memento Gift Shop.

Don’t forget to get a heart shaped box of See’s Candy. They are right next door to Memento Gift Shop.

7. Visit the Palm Springs Art Museum to see an interesting collection of a wide range of art exhibits. Your date will be impressed by your sensitivity to culture. You might even see something that inspires passion while exploring the many rooms.

8. Explore the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and the Forever Marilyn statue. A nice, relaxing stroll through the village of Palm Springs is a perfect way to window shop, hold hands and inspire conversation about the many movie stars, celebrities, singers and public figures who have lived here or spent time in Palm Springs. You will want a photo by the Marilyn Monroe statue, and conveniently, there is a Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf right across the street from her, with perfect vantage points for photo-taking.

9. Have a few Romantic dinners: Copley’s on Palm Canyon and Melvyn’s at Ingleside Inn. These are two of the

We have some really cute gifts perfect for Valentine's Day.

We have some really cute gifts perfect for Valentine’s Day.

most romantic places to dine in Palm Springs, and offer two truly distinct and unique dining experiences you won’t soon forget. Melvyn’s has live music and dancing nightly in their retro lounge too.

10. Golf, Tennis, Off-Roading or Bicycles: Show your sporty side with some time on the links, the courts or in

the sand. Palm Springs has numerous options for these, depending on your interest.  Another great alternative for couples is to rent bicycles for a day and explore the city’s hidden neighborhoods. Its a great couples activity and is inexpensive too.

While you are in town, visit us at Memento Gift Shop. Check out our Valentine’s gifts. We have cute plush teddy bears, hand lotions, soaps, stationary, unique “lip balm greeting cards in fun, lip-smacking flavors you won’t be able to resist.

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A Spot of Tea, Anyone?

Jan 30

There are a wide range of tea–drinking traditions and rituals that span well over 2,000 years, from every civilization. The art of tea varies by culture, but without a doubt, there are some cultures who take their tea very seriously. Our cousins across the pond in the UK have some serious tea traditions, for which they are quite well known. Afternoon tea is deeply embedded among Great British traditions. Here in the United States, tea drinking has continued to surge in popularity, across generations and ethnic cultures.

Tea for One set, available at Memento Gift Shop

Tea for One set, available at Memento Gift Shop

Young people today have a greater understanding of the antioxidants found in tea that can help prevent things like cancer and cardiovascular disease. Tea drinking has a sort of retro-fashionable status. Popular import programs from the UK such as Downton Abbey have brought a renewed interest in the more formal traditions of afternoon tea. Regardless of how or why you consume tea, one thing is clear; tea is generally meant to be consumed slowly and enjoyed sip by sip. Rarely does one find a tea-gulping tea addict, as can be the case with some coffee fans.

Tea is truly an ancient beverage, but enjoys a modern place in society. That’s why we sourced these wonderful “tea for one”  sets. These pure-white ceramic pot and mug sets are adorned with a beautiful tiny bird, which make them quite unique. These make a perfect gift for someone you know who enjoys tea while curled up with  good book…or should I say, curled up with their iPad or Kindle.

Need a nice little gift for someone that’s not too personal, not too ornate and useful at the same time? Stop by and check out these lovely tea sets. Shop Memento Gifts and see what we have in store.

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