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Gifts that stand out from pack: Perfect marriage of unique, useful items

While everything on the list may be something the couple needs, sometimes it’s fun to break the mold and go for something that isn’t on the gift registry.

“Items a couple register for tend to be practical, but not exciting,” said Todd Imholte, president of Environmental Graphics, a Hopkins, Minn.-based home décor company. “If you know the couple well enough to choose something they will enjoy, there’s no reason not to get creative with your gift,” he said.

A Lasting Memory

The happy couple will want to remember their special day. Just about everyone has wedding photos and videos, but how about a watercolor painting to commemorate the occasion? offers paintings created using photos of the bride and groom to make a unique and sentimental gift.

To mark the joining together of two individuals, offers exquisite illuminated initials painted on vellum using centuries-old techniques of illumination and gilding. The artist uses 23-carat gold leaf and colors authentic to the period and the historical manuscript from which the letter is taken. Certain to become family heirlooms, each design comes with a description of its history, and is presented in a beautiful wallet covered with paper hand-blocked in gold.

Something for the House

Many newlyweds may not yet be able to afford the house of their dreams, but you can help them imagine that day with innovative wall murals from Environmental Graphics. Easy to install and just as easy to remove when relocating, these colorful, room-size murals can transform any room into the perfect get-away.

If the couple would love to live by the shore, they’ll appreciate the “Lighthouse Cove” mural; you can almost feel the refreshing breezes that propel graceful sailboats across the cove and around a rustic lighthouse.

If the forest is more their thing, consider the “Morning Forest” mural, with mist rising from the forest floor and light shining among the trees as a new day unfolds.

The “Lake in the Wood” mural features a perfectly calm lake reflecting the blue sky and trees that surround its shores.

If the happy couple likes a more urban feel, the “Manhattan Lights” mural, with a nighttime view of the New York City skyline is the perfect choice.

“Because of their size, the murals transform a room in a way artwork or wallpaper cannot, all for around $100,” said Imholte. Environmental Graphics’ eight-panel, 8-foot tall by 13-foot wide murals are available in 21 nature- and sports-themed styles. They are printed on high-quality paper and come with specially formulated paste, making them easy to install and easy to remove without damaging wall surfaces.

For a full-color brochure of the murals, call EGI at (888) 205-0914. You can also view and purchase the murals online at Murals are also sold at Home Depot stores nationwide.

- Courtesy of ARA Content

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