Can You Suggest Any Non-Chain Stores for Unique Gift Cards?

From artisan chocolates to fresh flowers to car detailing, the Main Line area offers plenty of options for unique gift certificates. Here are seven.

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An anonymous Main Liner writes: I am tired of giving chain-store gift cards to my clients and friends, and would like some suggestions on unique gift-certificate options.

Antoine Amrani ChocolatesWhen it really is the thought that counts, I tend to suggest places and vendors with services that gift-card recipients may not seek out on their own but would surely take advantage of. Here are some ideas.

1. I don’t think the namesake of Antoine Amrani Chocolates would mind me calling him a chocolate savant. An artisan of the highest order, Amrani is a shy, quiet genius with a factory in nearby Audubon. Check out his delectable corporate and personal gift selections. Visit
2. Sugartown Smoked Specialties is one of the best in the country at what it offers: the finest-quality smoked meats, fish and fowl. Visit

3. I know of no car detailer who can produce the flawless results achieved by Ken Cocchi and his meticulous team of technicians at Auto Appearance in Bala Cynwyd. A gift card will make someone’s four-wheeled baby very happy. Call (610) 668-3909.

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