Local Vendor Spotlight: Shelby Ann Gifts & Design

Mariana Pryhuber is the owner and creative force behind Shelby Ann Gifts & Design. She has a passion for creating “handmade, unique home decorative garlands, that have a positive meaning and spread love, one retail store at a time.” I have a special connection to Shelby Ann Gifts & Design because Mariana gave my daughter her first employment opportunity last year to both babysit on a regular basis and help string garlands.

I met Mariana through my local MOMS club shortly after her daughter Shelby was born and right before my youngest reached kindergarten age. We realized quickly that she had not only grown up with my husband, but that we had many shared interests, including a love of Tory Burch flats, cute fonts and Bon Jovi.

Mariana’s time spent as a buyer, designer, and product creator in the corporate world of retail enabled her to successfully build her own business from scratch. Shelby Ann Gifts & Design first became known for its 26 Bead Garlands. The wood bead garlands are made with 26 beads because the number 26 represents harmony, balance, love, family and relationships. From there Shelby Ann Gifts and Design has expanded to include seasonal garlands, wine tags, gratitude bead garlands and keychains.

Mariana has always loved to indulge her creative side through hand-made gifts for family and friends each Christmas. A few years ago she spotted a wood bead garland on a friend’s coffee table and thought to herself that she could make something similar as a Christmas gift that year. The recipients were smitten and she soon she was receiving requests to make more garlands.

In just two short years Shelby Ann Gifts and Design has flourished. Products can be found both online and in multiple boutiques. If you live in the East Bay, you can find Shelby Ann Gifts & Design products at Lemon Gift Shop in Danville and Lafayette and at Wish Walnut Creek.

Here are a few of my favorite Shelby Ann Gifts & Design products:

Gratitude Beads

These beads serve as a wonderful reminder of all of life’s blessings. I was lucky enough to have Mariana teach me how to make this garland at a small get-together she hosted. As I slid each bead onto the twine I visualized something I am especially grateful for in my life. I display the display the beads each fall and am reminded of my blessing again every time I walk past them. I enjoyed creating my gratitude beads so much that I asked Mariana to put together a gratitude bead project bag for my daughter’s National Charity League class. I am excited for them to have the opportunity to reflect on their blessings as they craft these garlands together at their next meeting. If you would like an opportunity to make your own gratitude beads, Mariana is hosting a special workshop this upcoming November 7th from 7-9 pm at The Board Room in San Ramon. Purchase your ticket here.

Holiday Garlands

I like to casually drape these garlands over a tray on my coffee table or around a candlestick on my sideboard to add a little holiday spirit to my decor. They make a fantastic gift on their own and look adorable tied on top of a package.


I’m always on the hunt for great teacher gifts, and these keychains fit the bill. The adorable tag thanks teachers for “being the key to my child’s success”. My children were able to pick different keychains to best fit each teacher’s personality.

Shelby Ann Gifts & Designs will be at these upcoming events:

  • St. Perpetua School Ladies Night Out at Orinda Country Club, November 14th
  • Greenbrook Elementary School Holiday Shoppe, November 21st

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