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Beautiful…and affordable…holiday gift ideas from Tagawa’s!

Shopping for the holidays can be fun…. and affordable… at Tagawa Gardens!  No matter who’s on your holiday shopping list, the purr-fect gift is just waiting at Tagawa’s.

Don’t let the beautiful sparkling displays in our Gift Shop fool you!  There are lots of gift choices that run around $15 and under.  Let’s take a look!

Our love of animals shows!

Mother Nature and so many of her playful creatures are on full display in Tagawa’s Gift Shop.  How about this sweet kitty, all bundled up for a bit of winter weather.

This blue-eyed feline comes in her own beautiful gift box, ready and waiting to bring smiles with every morning cup of coffee or tea.  What a sweet way to start the day!  ($15)

On the subject of cats, we have some playful tea towels that continue the kitty theme.  Cats of many colors, even one with an umbrella!  What fun!  (Starting at $13)

And who can resist this colorful plate with a wistful young bear, waiting patiently outside, but wanting to be inside, where the honey is, of course!  ($11)

Victorious little pigs, anyone?

These aren’t just any pigs wearing laurel wreaths.  They’re piggy bank pigs!  I don’t know what contest they’ve won to earn their wreaths of victory, but who cares?  They look pretty pleased with themselves!  Pure whimsey!  And a great way to teach kids the saving can be fun!  ($15)

Plenty of holiday tradition! 

Old-fashioned images of holidays past are everywhere you look in the Tagawa Gift Shop.  Mugs, plates, trays… all brimming with good cheer!

These jolly snowmen will make any table come alive with holiday spirit!  (Starting at $13)

Some tasty Colorado gourmet treats! 

Why not treat someone on your list to delicious gourmet goodies proudly made right here in Colorado?

“The Good Jar” products are made in Loveland and include a variety of relishes and pickled veggies, even jabanero piccalilli!  And for a special treat, check out their smoked paprika Dilly Beans.  Each and every jar would be a purr-fect hostess gift.  (Starting at $7)

And for those with a sweet tooth…

Cherry preserves, anyone?  These yummy preserves are from the Colorado Cherry Company in Louisville.

When’s the last time you had cherry preserves made with whole cherries?  Does morning toast get any better?  ($8.50)

These are no ordinary plants….

Ever heard of “air plants?”  If you haven’t, it’s about time you did!

Air plants make great gifts for “brown thumbers,” but plant geeks love them, too!  Air plants or “tillandsias” need decent light, perhaps near a window with morning sun.  But they don’t rely on roots to absorb water or nutrients, so no soil or pot is necessary. Houseplants don’t get any easier!

Air plants absorb moisture through their leaves.  A weekly dunking under running water is purr-fect!  Shake off the excess droplets, then return the plant to its bright display location.

If they’re “happy,” air plants will eventually bloom once, then the mother plant will begin to fail, to be replaced by offshoots or “pups.”

Tagawa’s has beautiful air plants, and the expert advice to help them thrive.  (Starting at $6)

Who doesn’t love great gardening tools?

Sometimes I think half the fun of gardening is having great tools!  Tagawa’s Garden Supplies Department has plenty!  For example,  these stainless steel hand tools from Terra Garden.

These comfortable but sturdy tools have a five-year warranty.  They’d help make any gardening project easier and more efficient.  (Starting at $15)

Grandmother’s House Holiday Boutique is almost here!

One more fun way to wrap up your shopping list at Tagawa’s is Grandmother’s Holiday House Boutique.  It runs Tuesday, November 6th through Saturday, November 10th, all indoors at Tagawa’s.

The five dollar admission is good for all five days.  Stroll in comfort through an array of more than 90 juried vendors.  You’ll find something for everyone!

Full details of Grandmother’s House and all of Tagawa’s holiday events are at tagawagardens.com

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Luan Akin
Luan Akin
Tagawa Gardens Outreach Ambassador

After 30 years as a news reporter for KCNC TV in Denver, Luan Akin was ready for a change. In 2008, she came to Tagawa Gardens and offered to create a brand new position: Garden Outreach Ambassador.

Luan had trained and volunteered as a Douglas County Master Gardener for ten years. In addition to her duties as a news reporter, working primarily out of the Channel 4 News helicopter, Luan also produced and presented a long-running series of stories called “Gardening Together.”

All these years later, Luan now works year ‘round, presenting a variety of gardening and nature-related topics to hundreds of children, HOA’s, gardening clubs, church groups, small businesses and other organizations.

She is an avid gardener, a beekeeper and a proud mom to four dogs who have trained her well.


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