Bring out the Backpack, We’re Headed Back to School!

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Charles Darwin had it right in the Tale of Two Cities. Although he was not referring to the return to school every fall, he very well could have been. Heading back to school is both a moment steeped in happy expectations as well as sadness that the lazy days of summer are quickly fading away. It is truly a double edged sword that calls for a keepsake to celebrate the event. Perhaps there is a special teacher, student or staff member that you would like to surprise this school season. Take a look at some of our wonderful “Back-to-School” gifts that can make the start to the year a happy one!

330x330-1158For that special teacher consider giving him/her the proverbial “apple a day” in the form of a beautiful key chain. The apple measures 3″ (including ring) x 1.5″ and the ring is about 1″ diameter. The apple can be engraved with a special message or monogram. Choose the initials of your new teacher or possibly the year that you are in his/her classroom to make it even more personal and special.

330x330-3928For the student who likes to stay organized at their homework desk try this phone stand. If your favorite student is always putting their phone down on a messy desk, this stand can help them from always being on the search for it. The stand also makes it easy for maintaining hands-free activity and holding the phone stable during Face time conversations. Make it even more unique by monogramming your students initials on the stand.

330x330-3880For the student, teacher or mom who finds themselves always on the laptop or desktop during the school-year, this mouse-pad can be not only stylish but also utilitarian. The pad measures 7.25″ x 7.25″ x .5″ and can be nicely monogrammed or personalized. It is acrylic so that means long lasting and easy to clean when messy hands eat while working on the computer.

Back-to-School doesn’t need to be a gloomy occasion when gifts are involved. Let your favorite student, teacher or staff member know how much you care about them and start this year off right.

Celebrate Your Community with Personalization

Summer is all about getting out and enjoying your community – whatever that may mean!

polished engraved flaskSometimes that involves packing up your gear and setting out into the woods with your best mates, a handful of hearty campfire meals, and an engraved flask filled with special beverage of choice. Or it may mean staying near home and exploring town with the kids you coach on the weekends. Helping them get to know and appreciate your community as well, and develop lifelong memories and bonds.


Sometimes savoring your community means taking a road trip to visit grandparents – for a special occasion like an anniversary or just because it’s been a while! No matter how long or short the distance, they’ll biscuit barrelappreciate the effort. A personalized gift – perhaps a monogrammed biscuit barrel not unlike the one that may have been knocked off a table during a visit when you were little – will remind them of you and the special memories of your visit every time they see it. Taking the time to show them that you care will always be appreciated. And aren’t they worth the appreciation?

Sometimes getting out into your community means coordinating a block party with your neighbors. Secure the street and let the kids chase one another up and down the street, in and out of houses in the biggest game of freeze tag this side of last summer. While they tire themselves out, you can share favorite summertime dishes on your favorite summertime plates, mix up refreshing drinks in an engraved shaker, and pull grills out to show off your favorite tools and techniques. blue serving dishesAnd then spend the evening enjoying what you’ve made, swapping stories, and watching the sun set as lightning bugs come out.

Whatever your community looks like, we have gifts to make this year’s summer activities extra special. Personalization can mark the occasion as unique, to honor this summer and set it and its memories apart from the rest. Find your perfect summertime gift now!

Anniversary Gifts

Weddings and the anniversary celebration each year after are a common tradition in many countries. In the United States a special gift for the couple is traditional. It may come  from close family and friends or from those who were part of the wedding party.You may even be searching for a special gift for your better half. With over 2.3 million weddings every year in the US that is a lot of gift giving. How do you make your gift special and unique? Creative Gifts Direct has a few ideas to help you choose that “just right” gift for your spouse or that perfect couple getting ready to celebrate an anniversary.

330x330-1866The most popular month for weddings in the United States has long been the month of June but is quickly followed by August, September, and October. You may have an anniversary quick approaching and need to find a gift that sends a message of love. What says a couple will stand the test of time better than a clock engraved with their wedding date, a monogram, or a special saying unique to them and their love? The optic crystal is clear and heavy but contains no lead so it can be etched by laser engraving. Check out this timepiece that can be a gift that they treasure for years to come.


330x330-1356For the couple who loves to celebrate with a nice meal and some bubbly a stainless steel wine bottle or champagne cooler may be just the ideal gift. Add the couples monogram wedding date or the couple’s wedding song to make it even more personal. The couple will enjoy this gift not just on their anniversary but during dinner parties and holidays.


330x330-3482Anniversaries many times come with flowers and rose petals to show how much you care for the couple. Give the couple something special to display their bouquet in every year with this crystal Rose Bowl. The bowl has a beautiful crisscross diamond cut topped with a wheat cut. It could be used for candles, votives or fragrant rose petals to celebrate every year. A one to three letter monogram with the couple’s fist initial and last initial will make this gift as unique as they are.

Making Memories Outdoors

engraved leatherette flaskWhether it’s a week of casual, comfortable trailer camping with family, a weekend telling ghost stories in the backyard, a week bunking in cabins with people you’ve just met, or an epic journey through challenging wilderness, spending time outdoors is great for creating lasting memories. So many of us have childhood memories of trips like these – experiences that shaped who we are today, that influence how we’ll relate to our families for years to come.

Having the correct gear to see you safely through these outdoor adventures (like bug spray, a sleeping bag, or warm socks) is understandably crucial. But it’s nearly as important to have a memento that reminds you of your once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Sending someone off on a journey with a thoughtful, personalized gift appropriate to the trip on which they’re embarking is a great way to do that.

1824For the casual weekend camper, consider an engraved leatherette flask – something to keep the beverage of their choice close at hand. And clearly marked so no one sneaks off with it by mistake!

For the young scout headed off on a first camp cabin adventure, send them with a watch marked with their initials so that whenever they look at that watch while they’re at camp they’ll be reminded of you. And in the years to come, they’ll instantly be transported back to the heady excitement of camp whenever they look at their memento.

2721For the avid, intrepid adventurer (perhaps headed out for a months-long through hike of the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trail), a personalized pocket knife with a host of handy tools or an engraved whistle for deterring inquisitive potential predators.

But however you commemorate a great outdoor adventure, personalization takes the thoughtfulness of your gift to the next level. Browse our entire selection of memory-making gifts now.

Gifts to Warm a Home

It’s finally happened!  Your friends scrimped, scraped and saved and are now ready to move into their first home. Their hard work and fiscal responsibility has paid off in the form of a new house, condo or even a cool new apartment. And now that the furniture has been moved in and the boxes are all unpacked it is time to celebrate with a house warming party!

Since your mom taught good manners you know never to show up empty-handed to a house warming party. Therefore the task at hand is to find a gift that will help make their new house into a home. How do you pick something that can bring cheer to a home, and maybe a bit of the whimsical? Our advice is to think about what your friends might need such as: organizing tools, kitchen gadgets, home decor or something completely unique that could be a talking point during one of their soon-to-be parties. Think about finding something that is both practical and personal. Put some thought into who they are and what will help fill their dream home for years to come.

new house gift keychainThis House Shaped Key Chain is the perfect gift to give a friend or relative that has just purchased their first house. Engrave the date or special saying so every time they open their home they will think of you and the day they started their life in their new home.

engraved bread board housewarming giftFor your friends who love to entertain, this lovely acacia wood bread board is a perfect choice. Acacia wood is known for its strength and durability, which makes it the perfect choice for any cutting board. The beautiful warm brown and golden hues of the acacia wood will make any room feel like home. Personalize it with their last name or a saying to make it personal and thoughtful.

house warming clock giftMaking a house into a home is easy with this classic wood tower clock that can go on their new mantle. It even looks like a house! This classic wood tower clock has a rich, piano finish to go along with the gold accented face. Personalize it with their name, a monogram or their new street address. This will surely put a smile on their faces when they remember the day they celebrated their new dream home.

Thoughtful Gifts for your Graduate

galileo thermometerWhether it’s from high school, college, or beyond, graduation is one of the most exciting events in our lives. It’s the culmination of years of hard work, long hours studying, and probably extended periods of little sleep. No matter how you made it, you made it – it’s an accomplishment worth commemorating. As the graduates in your life hear their names called as they cross stages at commencement, get them something that will help them remember this momentous occasion.

rosewood jewelry boxIn addition to being a big day in itself, graduation means starting a new phase in life, one that may cause graduation memories to slip away quickly. So get your graduate something thoughtful and unique, that will help spark their memory every time they look at it. Got a college graduate eager to dive straight into law school? A personalized pen set will remind them of how much they have already achieved. Have a scientist heading off for a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship? Get them a personalized Galileo-style thermometer to display in their new office. What if your high school graduate isn’t quite sure what they want to do when they get to college? An engraved money clip (perhaps with a few bills tucked in it) will help them find their footing as they head out on one of life’s biggest adventures. Or consider a Rosewood Box with drawers to hold their most precious possessions – and add a touch of class to their dorm room. engraved money clip

Whatever you choose for your graduate, adding a bit of personalization will make the gift even more thoughtful. As they head off into the next great adventure – whether it’s into a career, into college, or into more school – give them a thoughtful, creative gift they can cherish in the years ahead.

Celebrating Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up fast – June 19, 2016. Finding just the right item that shows your dad, father figure or male mentor how you feel can be a challenge. We have some unique ideas of how to pay tribute to the special man in your life. Show your dad that you love and appreciate all those times that he guided and coached you along the way with one of these personal Father’s Day gifts.

330x330-2880-2For years you asked your dad for the funds to head to the movies, gas money and the list goes on and on. Treat him this Father’s Day with a black leather card case and money clip combination to keep his valuables including his credit cards and ID safe and secure. Add a personal monogram to make your gift choice truly unique.


330x330-1372Is your dad the “Grill King” in your family?  If he loves grilling every summer this personalized stainless steel Bar-b-cue set is just the right gift for your outdoor dad. The three oversized tools include: tongs, fork, and slotted spatula that features a built in bottle opener. The attractive carrying case includes a self-adhering engraving plate for personalization.


330x330-1184-2For the “Do-it-Yourselfer” dad, this stylish and functional tool set is an all-in-one item. The Hammer-Shaped Tool includes: a hammer, pliers, 2.5″ blade, 2.5″ saw blade with file, flat head screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, bottle opener, reamer and wire cutter. Add initials and this gift becomes a keepsake for your dad, pa, or pops – no matter what you call your special man.

Make Mother’s Day Memorable with a bit of Personalization

When we are young, handmade gifts are our best way to show our mom’s how much we love and appreciate them. It can’t help but come through in the time, thought, and effort we put into making something special with her in mind – even if it’s just a painting, a small potted plant, or a homemade birdfeeder. As we grow older, handmade gifts give way to other thoughtful gestures – breakfast in bed, an afternoon for herself, fun family activities together (or maybe just day of togetherness with no complaints!). And then one day we move out on our own and we have to get a little more creative about how we express our appreciation. Creative Gifts Direct can help you find the perfect personalized gift for your mother that captures the sentiment of those handmade childhood gifts, or the thoughtful gestures of your youth.

Silverplated RoseFlowers are always appreciated as a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift – but why not take it up a notch this year? Personalize a silverplated long-stemmed rose with her name, initials, or other message and add it to the bouquet. Long after the other flowers have wilted and gone, your mom will have the personalized rose to remind her that you’re thinking of her all the other days of the year.

Recapture the handmade sentiment by putting together a personalized photo album of family memories. Whether it’s a collection of holiday portraits, candid snaps from family vacations, or a compilation of school photos, your mom will appreciate the time, thought, and effort that went into the creation of such a personalized gift. Add her name or other special details with our (always free) personalization. And if you’re close enough to your mom, you can spend the day together reminiscing about family adventures (or misadventures)!

Victorian Style Jewelry BoxIf your mom has allergies and bookshelves full of family photo albums, we still have tons of items that you can personalize and add a special touch to. An engraved jewelry box with a handwritten note inside. A bookmark personalized with her initials and stuck into one of your favorite novels that she’s never read. Or, if you don’t live close, maybe a personalized luggage tag and an invitation (or even tickets) to come visit you!

Whatever you do to celebrate Mother’s Day, making a thoughtful gesture can be as easy as a special, personalized gift from Creative Gifts Direct! Shop our wide selection of Mother’s Day gifts now!

Baby Gifts they will Treasure

There really is nothing sweeter than bringing a little bundle of joy into this world. That feeling of completeness when you hold your baby for the first time is unparalleled in the love and serenity that it brings. All those feelings of “Am I ready?” and “Can I do this?” go right out the window. Part of the confidence of knowing that you can do this (and will do it well) is knowing that you have all the baby paraphernalia that you will need – probably for months to come. From strollers to rattles, babies tend to need a lot of stuff!

Creative Gifts Direct is a fantastic place to start when looking for that perfect baby gift this shower season. In fact, some of the most treasured baby shower gifts are those that have the extra touch of personalization. As a mom of two little ones, I can attest that some of my favorite baby items are the engraved or personalized items that were given to me with my child’s birth date, full name or birth statistics such as time of birth, weight and height. I still look back with happy memories on the frames, baby banks and keepsakes with my child’s name from that precious first day. I will keep them forever and eventually pass them on to my children, when they have their own.

Here are some of my favorite items that you may want to give the parents-to-be at a shower or after the baby is born when you can personalize with all the critical information!


These adorable first banks for the baby come in several styles including footballs, bank vaults, kitty cats, trucks, boats and cars. They are great for engraving and make the perfect gift if you want something customized for a child and it is a great way to help the child by adding a little cash inside for their college savings account!

330x330-2698For many families having a baby means bringing a child into not just their family but into their religion as well. A beautiful engraved cross can hang in a child’s bedroom and be a custom piece with the child’s full name that can be kept even as the child grows.

330x330-2725There really is nothing better than a baby’s first photo that captures those few moments with mom and dad. This bi-fold, hinged frame allows a relative to send a written sentiment that the parents and child will cherish for years to come.

Bridal Shower Checklists and Gift Ideas

We are coming upon that time of year again! Spring and summer weddings mean that it’s “shower time”.  There’s lots to do and planning that is needed to make a shower a once-in-a-lifetime event. If you are the Maid or Matron of Honor or the Mother of the Bride or Groom, you may feel overwhelmed at planning the party and finding the perfect gift for that perfect couple, but here is our easy reference guide to help the shower go off without a hitch and help you find a special gift for the couple.

Preparing to “shower” the couple with gifts to start their new life together?  Here are some things you will want to check off your list:

  1. Pick a date – Try to keep it a few months before the wedding and be sensitive to planning dates if their are relatives coming from out-of-town.
  2. Plan the Guest List – Consult the bride and groom to see how big or small an affair they want this to be.
  3. Choose a Theme– Is this shower going to be in a garden or a different type of venue?  Choose according to the personalities of the bride and groom. If they are a relaxed couple, maybe a backyard Jack-and-Jill style shower or if they are more formal maybe an afternoon tea or brunch at a local restaurant.
  4. Send the Invitations – Our suggestion is to send it several weeks in advance and give several options of how to RSVP.
  5. Plan a Menu and Decorations – Depending upon how elaborate or simple your shower will be plan a menu accordingly. Shop for fun theme type decorations.
  6. Decide on Activities– Again, depending upon the audience and the personality of the bride and groom, you may want to consider some fun activities that will keep guests entertained during the shower. Here are some wedding shower activities courtesy of Pinterest that range from hilariously funny to adorably sweet!  Wedding Activities at Pinterest.
  7. Buy the Perfect Gift–  Here is our specialty!  Creative Gifts has so many personalized items that will be a true keepsake for the wedding couple. Mantle Clocks with their wedding date engraved upon it, frames for their stunning photos with their new family name on it or kitchenware for their future parties or dinners as a married couple. Check out all of our unique gifts that can touch the couple by reminding them of the day they wed!330x330-3843