Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses 2021: Blue Velvet Bunny
The holiday season is upon us. As a responsible adult, you’ve definitely prepared for it and you’re definitely not sweating right now, on the verge of getting gift cards or stalking social media for any inkling of what to get someone. Completely unrelated, here are some gift ideas from independent Utah businesses that are sure to shake up the typical rolodex of holiday fair. Whether it be thrifted gold or fantastical comics, we’ve got inspiration for just about everyone!
Blue Velvet Bunny
451 E Broadway Suite 200, SLC | W–Su 12–6
385.549.1987 | bluevelvetbunny.com
Sarah Daya started the eclectic vintage shop Blue Velvet Bunny in 2019 and opened its first brick-and-mortar location in April of this year. A life-long thrifter and sustainability advocate, Daya has curated a specific line of pre-loved clothing, housewares and accessories. “I’m influenced by modern and pop art, kitsch, transgressive cult films and punk rock,” says Daya. Basically, the items sold at Blue Velvet Bunny emit a specific brand of badass. The shop is a piece of art itself, featuring statement pieces such as a 2000s-era television and giant, fuzzy dice blocks. “I love creating a unique, inviting and inspiring space that allows people to feel safe and excited to express themselves!,” she says.
Apart from the aesthetic appeal, Daya is also passionate about offering sustainable alternatives to fast fashion. From throwback Disney sweaters to Y2K platform sandals, the unique inventory at Blue Velvet Bunny invites shoppers to express themselves while also joining a larger movement that centers the health of our planet. “I am inspired to educate people about this wasteful cycle,” says Daya. As the most waste-producing holiday approaches, Blue Velvet Bunny invites shoppers to reduce their footprint by gifting loved ones high-quality, vintage clothing with history.
To shop their ever-changing offerings, visit Blue Velvet Bunny’s downtown location at 451 E. Broadway, open Wed–Sun. You can also make purchases online at bluevelvetbunny.com. Daya posts new items on Instagram @bluevelvetbunny. –Avrey Evans